May 19 2019

Exquisite #boutofbooks 25 Readathon and #BookReview


Bout of Books
Bout of Books 25

Today’s challenge:

Stretch Goal

It’s the last day of the readathon, so today’s challenge is to take a look at the goals you set for the week



Instagram:
#bob25igphoto #boutofbooks shelfie



Day of the challenge: Day 7
What I read today:

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression (Second Edition) by Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman



Total number of finished books: 4
Titles of finished books:
The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris
Grumpy Old Gods: Volume 1 – Anthology
Lovers and Liars: Manhattan by Liz Meldon




My GOALS during Bout of Books 25:

  1. Finish reading 4 books Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  2. Take part in the challenges Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  3. Write 4 book reviews Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal



Book Review:

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression (Second Edition) by Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman

5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

Writing Craft book

(Review of Second Edition)

This book was even better than the original. Very useful for novelists who want to punch up their fiction. I pre-ordered this book because of how much I enjoyed the first one. I very much enjoy books on the craft of writing. Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman are authorities worthy of trust and praise. The book is entertaining and informative.

Great quotes from this book:

“Because above all else, readers pick up a book to have an emotional experience.”

“[subtext] allows the character to carry on whatever subterfuge she deems necessary with others while revealing her true emotions and motivations to the reader.”

“writers need to show the character’s physical and internal responses rather than stating the emotion outright.”

And something that irritates me on end when it happens, so I’m especially grateful this lesson is mentioned: “Without the proper context, readers can’t be sure which emotion the character is feeling.”

The reason people sometimes hide emotion was revealed 3% into the book.

I learned how to avoid writing melodrama (or how to write it, I suppose, if so inclined). And schadenfreude! There’s a word you don’t encounter every day.

The book is relevant to me because I’m a writer. There was a mention of the weather, how it can impact a character’s mood and goals. Everything in these pages had a purpose. It’s well organized and designed to be worthwhile reading all the way through. And then coming back as a reference later.

I’ve followed both of these writers for a long time, as I too write reference books for authors.

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