Sunday, November 27, 2011

“And what I’ve learned is not to believe in magical leaders any more; that character and compassion are more important than ideology; and that even if it’s absurd to think you can change things, it’s even more absurd to think that it’s foolish and unimportant to try.”
Peter C. Newman, Canadian journalist

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Words for Wednesday

Having just finished Sense and Sensibility, I once again remember why I love Jane Austen so much.  You get lost in the language, the prose! 

When I re-read this classic, it was with a purpose as I am writing a sequel for NaNoWriMo, so I wanted to see if there were details that I could include.  Miss Austen never really talked about clothing or even how a person looked.  Her characters are based on their actions and words.  And words are also another wonderful thing about her books.

It was wonderful reading the book on a Kindle, as I was free to highlight and underline and make notations without mucking up my beautiful copy.  I was also able to use the dictionary function. When I have read these before, I would try to take the word in context and move on.  With my Kindle, if there is a word that I am not too sure of, I can look it up right then and there!  Fabulous Feature!

Here are a few words that I looked up.  
It is interesting how language was used 200 years ago!

cavil – verb: to raise irritating and trivial objections; find fault with unnecessarily
ebullition – noun: a seething or overflowing, as of passion or feeling; outburst.
éclat – noun:1. brilliance of success, reputation, etc.: the éclat of a great achievement.   2. showy or elaborate display: a performance of great éclat.  3. acclamation; acclaim.
effusion – noun: 1.  the act of effusing or pouring forth.  2.  something that is effused.  3. an unrestrained expression, as of feelings
epicurism – noun: indulgences  or habits
exigence noun:  the need, demand, or requirement intrinsic to a circumstance, condition, etc
huswifes – noun: a case of sewing materials
importunity – noun: the state or quality of being importunate;  persistence in solicitation.
improvident – adjective:   1.  not provident;  lacking foresight; incautious; unwary.  2.  neglecting to provide for future needs.
imputed – adjective:  estimated to have a certain cash value, although no money has been received or credited.
lief – adverb: gladly, willingly
militate – verb: to have a substantial effect; weigh heavily
philippic – noun: any speech or discourse of bitter denunciation.
preferment – noun: 1.  the act of preferring.   2. the state of being preferred.  3.  advancement or promotion, especially in the church. 4. a position or office affording social or pecuniary advancement.
prodigious – adjective:  1. extraordinary in size, amount, extent, degree, force, etc.: a prodigious research grant.  2. wonderful or marvelous: a prodigious feat.  3. abnormal; monstrous.
sagaciously – adjective: having or showing acute mental discernment and keen practical sense; shrewd
sedulously – adjective: 1. diligent in application or attention; persevering; assiduous.  2.  persistently or carefully maintained

I hope you have learned a few words to work in to your vocabulary!  Some of these I already knew, but loved the way she used them in the story.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Bookie Friends Favorite Challenge

Some of my favorite books have come from the suggestions of my bookie friends. I bet the same is true for you. So, I've joined a challenge that will hopefully help us find a few more favorites. The challenge starts January 1, 2012, and ends on December 31, 2012. You can find out more about it and sign up HERE.

Here is a bit more info on this challenge:
Challenge starts January 1, 2012 and ends December 31, 2012

1. Wr
ite a post on your blog about joining this challenge
Add links to your 5 favorite books
Don't forget to add the challenge button

2. Click on the "Sign Up" tab Here and leave the link to your challenge post, not to your blog's home page.

3. Visit the other participants and choose 3-12 books to read.
You can choose them all at once or as you go.
Add the title to your original post, making sure to link back to the person whose favorite it is.

4. As you read each book:
Post a review on your blog and leave the link in the "Reviews" tab Here
Here are My Top Five EVER!  (Well, until I read something else!)
(Clicking on the title will take you to my review and clicking on the author will take you to the Book on GoodReads) 

1. Persuasion  by Jane Austen

As I come across books from the other sites that I will read and review, you will see them posted below!

Some possible books that I will read from my new Bookie Friends....

1. Friendship Bread by Darien Gee on I'd Rather be at the Beach
2. Ferney by  on Diary of a Domestic Goddess
3. The Child Thief by Brom on Diary of a Domestic Goddess
4. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells on Hellen's Reading Corner
5. Waterfall by Lisa T Bergen on Christian Bookshelf 
6. Sisters by Danielle Steele on Passions of my Life  
7. Rippler by Cidney Swanson on Hardcover Feedback
8. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr on Kingdom of the Night
9. Freedom's Landing by Anne McCaffrey on Jessie's Book Place 
10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak on The Introverted Reader  
11. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly on The Introverted Reader
12. Bag of Bones by Stephen King on Quixotic Magpie

Thanks for joining me!

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