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Booking Through Thursday: Sensual

Which do you prefer? Lurid, fruity prose, awash in imagery and sensuous textures and colors? Or straight-forward, clean, simple prose?

My journalism degree and background seems to almost demand simple and clean prose. That is called good writing. Now good writing can also be descriptive, but “lurid, fruity prose” would seem the antithesis of […]

Booking Through Thursday: Grammar

In honor of National Grammar Day … it IS “March Fourth” after all … do you have any grammar books? Punctuation? Writing guidelines? Style books?

More importantly, have you read them?

How do you feel about grammar in general? Important? Vital? Unnecessary? Fussy?

I admit it upfront. The main — if not the only […]

Booking Through Thursday: An author you should read

Who’s your favorite author that other people are NOT reading? The one you want to evangelize for, the one you would run popularity campaigns for? The author that, so far as you’re concerned, everyone should be reading–but that nobody seems to have heard of. You know, not JK Rowling, not Jane Austen, not Hemingway–everybody’s […]

Booking Through Thursday: To flap or not to flap

Do you read the inside flaps that describe a book before or while reading it?

Since I suggested the question, I suppose I have somewhat of an obligation to answer it.

I probably should have been more clear but I’m referring to the flaps on the dust jackets of books. And, as a general […]

Booking Through Thursday: One question

If you could ask your favorite author (alive or dead) one question … who would you ask, and what would the question be?

Sorry, but I can’t resist making this like asking the genie from the bottle for more wishes with your one wish. So, I’d say to Kurt Vonnegut, “Why don’t we chat […]

Booking Through Thursday: Weeding

When’s the last time you weeded out your library? Do you regularly keep it pared down to your reading essentials? Or does it blossom into something out of control the minute you turn your back, like a garden after a Spring rain? Or do you simply not get rid of books? At all? (This […]