30 April 2010

Another 26 Neologisms for Booklovers

These have become a Blog Post Bingo tradition around here - you can also read the original list and the sequel. (Apologies to raidergirl3 and Suey if I’ve unwittingly pinched any of their upcoming Bookword Game ideas. And thanks to Suey for the BTT post which inspired G.)

Something that looks like a historical error, but is in fact accurate.

Containing phrases, sentences, or entire passages in a language you don’t understand.

Any book not food-related that you read while standing at the stove.

Different book, same plot.

The persistent feeling that e-books don’t truly count as real volumes.

Fitting gloom
The awful realisation that, of all the books you’re currently reading, not one of them is small enough to fit into your handbag.

Hitting the reader over the head with Very Important Messages about saving the environment.

Supposedly frightening enough to scare the pants off Dracula, but actually about as chilling as your average cosy mystery.

Picturing a character as tall and blonde until finally being told on page 257 that she’s a short brunette.

Mentally exhausted from trying to piece together the myriad elements of a convoluted plot.

A book that’s impossible for a non-expert to read due to the mountain of technical terms it contains.

The art of being polite to that irksome stranger in the bus/train/park/waiting room who keeps wanting to talk to you when you’re trying to read.

Offering one or more strong incentives to wish that fictional men could be made real.

The race to finish the chapter before you really must go to sleep.

95 copies in the library system and every single one of them checked out. Again.

Surprise at discovering that a certain author looks absolutely nothing like you’d imagined.

Quick lit
Any book naturally producing a high pages-to-hours ratio.

Fed up with the inability of non-romance authors to let their characters remain single.

Sequentus interruptus
When your library has copies of every book in a series except number three.

Turn of praise
What happens when, on second reading, you discover you don’t like a book as much as you did the first time.

An ideal world in which you can walk into any library at any time and always find a book on whichever subject you wish to read about.

So over books about people with unusual dietary requirements and extreme sensitivity to sunlight.

Historical novel which leaves the reader to guess at the year from clues in the book.

X-read vision
The ability to see plot twists chapters in advance.

Young at start
Beginning with one or more incidents from the main character’s childhood before getting into the real story.

Allowing the reader to experience an exotic locale without such inconveniences as foul weather, bone-shaking roads, or spiders the size of dinner plates.


  1. Anonymous8:54 PM

    Hehe, I love Litiquette and Nightstress :)

  2. What an amazing list! How do you do that!? :)


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