Your teachers were right: Learn a little every day and end up much smarter.
The Bibliophile's Devotional: 365 Days of Literary Classics (Adams Media) by Hallie Ephron is a "tasting menu" of savory book summaries, topped with yummy first lines or paragraphs and finished with delicious comments from authors, that will send you to the shelves hungry to re-read.
The Grammar Devotional: Daily Tips for Successful Writing From Grammar Girl (Holt) by Mignon Fogarty delivers clear and useful tips, one per day, from the difference between a dash and a colon to when to capitalize "mom." A recommended stocking stuffer for people whose e-mails look like the cat typed them.
Homework for Grown-ups: Everything You Learned at School and Promptly Forgot (Broadway Books) by E. Foley and B. Coates looks like an old-school textbook and rounds up easy-to-understand basics of such subjects as mathematics, geography, classics, home economics — and recess (hopscotch!).
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor