Good morning!  Welcome to another Thursday event, in which we spark some creativity and dig into the books we’re reading for our Thursday Themes, hosted by Reading Between Pages ; or explore our thoughts and feelings about bookish topics in Booking Through Thursday.

Our themes give us a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand different writing styles and descriptive approaches adopted by authors.

Theme Thursdays:

NO!!! don’t, not, negative etc



Today’s excerpt comes from Heiress Without a Cause, by Sara Ramsey:  “A feisty independent heroine tames an arrogantly handsome hero in this Regency romance filled with witty banter and dicey situations. Ramsey snares her readers from the first as she shares the secret thoughts and longings of her characters through sensuous imagery and creative dialogue…”

Snippet:  (Lady Madeleine is addressing her aunt about a ball – London – 1812)

So she smiled and said in her sunniest voice, “I’m sure a ball is just what I need to recover.  I feel better than I have in an age.”

“Don’t dress it up too much, cousin,” Alex said.  “When have these affairs ever improved our health?”


Booking Through Thursday:

The prompt:

What are your literary “pet peeves”?


This is a difficult question, since I’m not sure in which direction to go with it.   I don’t want to stomp on anyone’s favorite books, but sometimes when something is hot and popular, we see a proliferation of similar books, titles, and plots that all start to sound the same after awhile.

And maybe that is true for the mainstream books as well:  it’s difficult to find truly unique stories out there.

But we keep trying, don’t we?  I am hoping to expand my horizons with my book choices, and it’s difficult to find something that’s not predictable.

So there….that is my peeve.  Finding something truly unique in a world of sameness.

What about the rest of you?  What is your peeve?


  1. Since I read some Chick Lit, or what I refer to as Cinderella stories, there isn’t much that is truly unique in them. However, that being said, I find books by Diane Chamberlain, Barbara Delinsky, and Kristin Hannah, just to name a few, are sometimes unique, in that they tackle some pretty touchy subjects sometimes, and entertain at the same time. And since one of my pet peeves is bad language, they do a great job without all the bad language.

    Thanks for the visit today.


  2. vanessaeric

    I get what you mean. It’s very difficult to find novels, especially YA novels, that are truly gripping and unique. Thanks for stopping by my blog!


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