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Regarding Reading (#7)

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I’m switching things up a bit this week.  Instead of doing a post with GIFs and insanity, I want to ask an actual question…Hopefully, you’re willing to tell it to me straight!  (in other words…I’d love to see answers!)

What’s the weirdest book you’ve ever read?

Now, I understand we all have our own definitions of “weird,” so I’m leaving this pretty open to interpretation–feel free to tell me WHY it was weird, if you’d like!  Was it weird because it smelled like broccoli cheddar soup, and that made you constantly hungry?  Was it weird because you had a ferret perched on your head the whole time you were reading?  Was it weird for any number of different reasons (regarding plot, writing style, formatting, etc.)?

I ask because we ALL know I’m all about the weird books, and I’m seeking to add more to my endless “want to read” list.  The stranger, the better!

To answer my OWN question… I think a few of the strangest books I’ve ever read include:

The Medium (Liminality, #1)

Through the Woods

The Girl In Between (The Girl In Between Series #1)

and

Horrorstör

for…varying reasons.

So–what’s the weirdest book YOU’ve ever read?

Let me know below!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Regarding Reading (#6)

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This post, we’re going to discuss

Bookish Emotions

Most specifically…how ugly your sobbing is when the books get REAL!

Let’s take it slow.  There’s…

The Stone-Cold Heart

The Lone Tear

and, of course,

The Ugly, Uncontrollable Sob

Which emotional level are YOU most likely to fall into when reading?  (I mean, on average–because obviously some books touch us more than others.)  I have to admit, I am USUALLY in the Stone-Cold Heart group… books might hurt me, but I very rarely cry over them.  I think there have been…maybe 3? ever to cause gross-sobbing.  Leave me your thoughts/comments below!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Regarding Reading (#4)

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This post, I’d like to chat about

Book Huggers

because, you know, there’s…

The Nose Wrinkler:

The Neutral Territory:

The Obsessed:

So…which one are you?  Not surprisingly, I’m of the LAST variety.  The husband often threatens to tie my hands together in book stores–I’m always petting the pretties!

Also, side note, WHY!?!? isn’t there a GIF of Hagrid telling the class they have to stroke the spine to open the Monster Book of Monsters?!  I was so hoping I’d be able to use that in the last trio, but alas–no luck!

Which Book Hugger are you?!

Let me know below!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Regarding Reading (#1)

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Happy Monday, everyone!

If you’re new to my neck of the internet…Hi!  Welcome!  How are you?  I’d shake your hand…but that might be weird.

If you’re old hats in these here parts…Hello!  Welcome!  How are you?

I know, I know.  I’m bad at this.  I’ll work on it, I swear!

Anyway, welcome to my new discussion post…er…thing!  Aren’t we just so exciting?!  I can barely contain myself!

I decided I wanted to “talk” to you all more…so this is one of the ways I hope to do so!

This week, I want to talk

Poetic Language/Purple Prose

Don’t know what I mean?  Let’s get an example up in here!

In literary criticism, purple prose is prose text that is so extravagant, ornate, or flowery as to break the flow and draw excessive attention to itself.[1] Purple prose is characterized by the extensive use of adjectives, adverbs, zombie nouns, and metaphors. When it is limited to certain passages, they may be termed purple patches or purple passages, standing out from the rest of the work.

Purple prose is criticized for desaturating the meaning in an author’s text by overusing melodramatic and fanciful descriptions.

Still confused?  Here’s an example:

Theirs was a New York love, a checkered taxi ride burning rubber, and like the city, their passion was open 24/7, steam rising from their bodies like slick streets exhaling warm, moist breath through manhole covers stamped “Forged by DeLaney Bros., Piscataway, N. J.”

I, personally, LOVE purple prose.  I grew up writing and reading poetry, and while I haven’t done much of either lately, I adore authors who bring it into their work–there’s just more room for personal interpretation that way, I think.  Sometimes I like being able to imagine things my OWN way, instead of trying to fit my thoughts around the author’s narratives.  It’s more fun that way sometimes, I think!  Not quite as strict or “forced.”

 Some of my absolute favorite books that have this?

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So… YAY or NAY to purple prose in your books?  If yes, what are some of your favorite books that employ this technique?  If no, why not?  Let’s discuss!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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