Words and books and other things

I love words. I love reading them, writing them, rolling them around on my tongue and learning new ones. Everyday I try to find my favourite word I’ve read, or that I’ve never heard before, to compile to create my own personal dictionary.

Word of the Day:
Anthropogenic: caused or produced by humans

Reading is also a huge part of my life, and I imagine it will only become more so when I’m off work, at home with the baby. I’ve been trying to keep track of my booklist on GoodReads and introducing new genres I don’t normally delve into. My tastes run embarrassingly towards young adult, although please don’t ever ask me to talk about Twilight.

This past week, in honour of Halloween, I tried a gothic tale by Shirley Jackson, “We Have Always Lived in the Castle.” It is pretty short, almost a novella, and full-on creepy. Two sisters live together with an ailing uncle, the subject of village rumours and discrimination based on a instance six years ago when the rest of their family was poisoned by arsenic in the sugar.

The book is told from the youngest sister’s point of view. It’s clear from the beginning Merricat is unstable and having a book being told from a psychopath’s perspective is compelling … and also deeply disturbing. Reading this by the light of my Jack O’Lantern certainly added to the effect. I needed some candy to help with the chills it gave me.

Boo! Reading next to Jack here gave me goosebumps.


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