"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~Toni Morrison

Monday, April 28, 2014

People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

My journal page for The People in the Trees

This was such an interesting book.  The narrator had a beautiful voice.  The writing was amazing.  The story is told by a doctor who spent his life studying a tribe that he "discovered."  It is an interesting glimpse into what happens when a secluded society is introduced to the modern world.

In the introduction to the story, the doctor's friend writes that the doctor has been wrongfully imprisoned for sexual abuse of a child.  As I read the doctor's story, this fact floated around in the back of my mind constantly.  I found myself analyzing every decision and every action, trying to decide if he was wrongly accused or not.  Thankfully the author does not leave the reader hanging.  By the end of the book, the truth comes out.

I definitely recommend this book.  It is beautifully written and tells an engrossing story.

Have you read this book?  What did you think?

Sunday, April 27, 2014

WOTW: Gadfly

Gadfly:  noun, an annoying person, especially one who provokes others into action by criticism

Found in The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault:
"The gadfly.  People who don't want to stop writing to us, want to catch us in an error, or just show us how clever they are."

Friday, April 25, 2014

What I'm Reading This Week #8

I am currently reading The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer.  I have just started, but I already love it.  It was recommended to me, and I always find it interesting to read what people recommend for me.
Before that I was reading Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingslover.  I had to stop reading temporarily because my digital library loan expired.  Now I have it on hold in the elibrary and the physical library, so I can finish it.  I love, love, love Barbara Kingsolver and am really enjoying the book!
Before that I read The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault.  The most interesting part of the story was seeing how a dictionary is put together.  Unfortunately, in the acknowledgements, the author writes that she took some liberties with that part of the story which totally bums me out :(.  I found this book to be annoyingly repetitious.  The story is revealed through clues that are repeated over and over again throughout the book.  It felt like a ploy to make word count.

What are you reading this week?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

WOTW: Editrix

Editrix:  noun, a female editor

Found in The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault:
"I recently consulted the Samuelson definition of editrix, and found editrices and editrixes given as possible plural forms.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

WOTW: Sobriquet

Sobriquet:  noun, a person's nickname

Found in The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault
"While I do not agree with your conclusions about the word sobriquet, it is interesting to hear what uses Samuleson has in its citation file, and I appreciate your taking the time to share those examples with me."