Feature & Follow Friday

Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.

Question of the Week: What is the BIGGEST word you've seen used in a book lately - that made you stop and look it up? Might as well leave the definition & book too.

To be honest, I can't remember the last time I had to reach for a dictionary. I think, after all these years, I've come across just about every word or term I'm likely to encounter in a book. Neal Stephenson's Anathem, however, was a difficult book, with its made-up mish-mash of scientific, religious, and Latin terms. It didn't leave me reaching for a dictionary, but definitely kept me flipping back to the glossary for words like:

amanuensis (\uh-man-yoo-EN-sis\), plural amanuenses, is a person employed to write or type what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another, and also refers to a person who signs a document on behalf of another under their authority. The term derives from a Latin expression made up of a suffix, -ensis, "belonging to", and prefix, manu-, "hand".

Parajunkee also hosts a Social Hop for Facebook and Twitter, which I regularly take part in. So, if you're one of those people who aren't on Blogger, or who just don't like Google Friend Connect, it's a great way to keep in touch and follow one another.


18 and Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines. This one is aimed primarily at bloggers and books for the 18 and over crowd.

Question of the Week: 
Pick up your current book, turn to a random page, and jot down the first few sentences that pop out at you. Make sure to share the author & title of the book with everyone!

This comes from Bone Wires by Michael Shean:

He wondered if she’d been forced to do it that way and got used to it or if she’d been one of those hypersexualized girls who grew up early and decided to wield themselves like weapons at the public. Maybe it was survival, maybe it was mental illness, who the f*ck knew. He wasn’t Vice and he wasn’t a saint, so it’s not like he could help her. He stared at the park from across the street once more; she had vanished as quickly as she had appeared, like some kind of bizarre nymph that might have sprung from one of the dying trees.


  1. Nice. (: I haven't come upon any hard words that required a dictionary either..
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  2. I couldn't think of one right away, either, but I have a dictionary.com app on my phone. I just checked that. :D New Follower via GFC. My FFs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. :D Happy Friday!

  3. I couldn't think of any right away either. LOL. I had to go check my dictionary with the highlighted words and also the book I'm currently reading right now. That's how I came up with mine. I'm a new follower! ;)
    Check out my FF's at http://bookaholicfaggots.blogspot.com

  4. I never look words up either! I'd just rather read my book than worry about the little details. Hope you have a great weekend :)

    Here's my FF!

  5. This was a tough question for me, too. :) New follower!

  6. Books that have made up works can be tough. Smoke and Bone is one of those books... you just have to go with the flow. Here is my word: Angela's Anxious Life


  7. hey...old follower and my word was obsequious.... more at bethartfromtheheart.blogspot.com

  8. I had problems picking one this week too. I haven't had to use the dictionary for a while.

    New follower via GFC.

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  9. Yeah this one was hard. I couldn't think of one honestly! Been reading for so long I like to think it makes me smart! But usually the meaning of a difficult word can be inferred by the sentences surrounding it. If not I will pull out a dictionary!

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    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  10. I had such a hard time with this question! That makes me sound like a complete know-it-all git, which couldn't be farther from the truth, as I admittedly know NOTHING!!! ;)
    Old follower, stopping through with my FF'S Book Me! and
    Carmen Jenner Author
    Happy Friday!!!

  11. New follower! Hopping by.
    Hadn't looked up something in a dictionary for the longest time too.

    Happy reading!
    Bookworm Mia

  12. I bet a lot of people don't grab a dictionary to look up words anymore.

    New GFC follower

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  13. That is one of the reason why I love reading on my kindle--highlight the word and you get a definition.
    Here is my friday follow from RBtW's post: http://csmaxwell.blogspot.com/2012/09/18-and-older-book-blogger-follow-lets.html

  14. Haha nice! I couldn't remember any large words in books I've been reading lately haha.

    New Follower! My FF @ Pink Fluffy Hearts

  15. Well, that's a new one on me. LOL. Thanks for the post. Have a good day!
    New follower. Here's my FF.

  16. Hi, I'm a new follower through GFC =)
    I'm always the same with books that have made up words in them - flipping back and forth between the glossary and the main text!

  17. Hopping through. I've always wanted to read Stephenson's books. I bet they do have a lot of technical terms.
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  18. Just blogging by, that's a word I would have to look up.


  19. I don't tend to use the dictionary often, so I had a hard time picking too :)

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  20. Oh you're right I didn't know this one. Nice choice!

    old follower

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  21. That's a new word for me! New follower through GFC.
    MA Church

  22. yeah, this would have been really hard if I didn't use my kindle, with its dictionary in it and one click to read the definition, and I have a habit of highlighting the words I liked and looked up, usually only to confirm i had it right, and just plain curious, lol
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  23. Great word and pick!

    Old follower.

    Christina@ Ensconced in YA
    My FF

  24. I hadn't heard of that one either, wow that is really a big world thanks for the pronunciation of it as well.

    My FF

  25. Hi! New multi-follower from the hop! Hope you can hop by and follow back!

  26. You always have such interesting picks!
    Thanks for joining in the 18+ FF! ♥


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