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3 Petit Fours That Look Delicious

When I heard Lolita was about a petit four (pronounced “pet-a-fore”), I got really excited, as I loved baked goods.

Nothing is more awesome than going to a party and finding a table full of smallish chocolate filled pastries with confectioners sugar. Who doesn’t love a nice petit four with a steaming cup of hot chocolate?

And who would’ve thought a novel about a petit four (pronounced “pet-a-fore”) would be one of the most highly regarded, classic novels of the 20th century? How creative is Nabokov guy?

So in honor of Lolita, I present to you three petit fours (pronounced “pet-a-fore”) that look delicious.

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5 Things I’ve Learned About Book Blogging

So I’ve been at this for nearly 15 months now, and I’m still enjoying it as much as the day I started.

If you didn’t know (and why would you?)  this is my third attempt at a blog. The first was a rambling personal blog that I didn’t promote and really didn’t care to. The second one was a golf blog that I updated 1-2 times a week and, at least for awhile, felt like I got into a flow of niche blogging.

But I’ve never enjoyed blogging like I do now. I don’t think you can write posts 5 days a week unless you enjoy doing it. If you’re not having fun, you’ll burn out and begin dreading sitting down at the computer. Believe me, I know.

But even though the blog is just part of this project–the other, of course, is reading 101 books–I feel the blog is almost more fun, just barely, than reading the books.

And along the way, I’ve learned a lot about blogging–and, more specifically, book blogging. This isn’t life-changing stuff you’ve never heard. But experience really is the greatest teacher, and this experience has taught me a lot.

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5 Disgusting Words That Make Me Cringe

I have a friend who hates the word “moist.”

It’s true. You may ask, “Hey Robert, what does the word ‘moist’ have to do with your 101 Book project?”

Great question, to which I would answer, “Hey there. Absolutely nothing.”

But, truthfully, this blog is not just about the 101 books. It’s about reading words. Yes, I read words. Lots of words. And then I sit down and write words about the words I just read. It gets a little wordy up in here.

So, with all that in mind, I thought I’d list my 5 least favorite words today. These are the words that make me cringe, twinge, squirm and scream. Sometimes, their usage might raise the hairs on my arms.

If any of these words appear in any of the 101 books, you can count on me automatically excluding that book from the top 10 in my rankings. That’s just how I roll, to borrow a cliche’.

Curious? Here are my least favorite words.

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Thoughts From A Chauvinist Pig

Are all the great authors a little bit crazy?

The reason I ask, and I apologize for being a little late to the game on this, is because of V.S. Naipaul. If you haven’t heard, the always controversial Naipaul, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2001 and also has a book (A House for Mr. Biswas) on the Time list I am reading, had some wild things to say about female writers last week.

“I read a piece of writing and within a paragraph or two I know whether it is by a woman or not,” he said. “I think [it is] unequal to me.” Oh, but that’s not all. He followed that up with, “And inevitably for a woman, she is not a complete master of a house, so that comes over in her writing too.”

On Jane Austen, Naipaul said that he “couldn’t possibly share her sentimental ambitions, her sentimental sense of the world.” And I’m sure she couldn’t possibly share your overinflated ego and narcissism, V.S.

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Vonnegut and Fitzgerald Ponder Punctuation

Only dorks like me have opinions on semicolons.

I love quotes and tips about writing, especially from the great writers.

So, on occasion, I’ll throw a writing post into the mix–especially if it has something to do with an author on the Time list.  In fact, the most popular post in the history of this blog is about writing.

Anyway, here are two of my favorite quotes about punctuation from two authors on the Time list:

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The Blah Story is Full of Blah

You can’t make this stuff up.

I stumbled across this last month while we were discussing the longest novels in literature. An “author” named Nigel Tomm “wrote” a “book” that consists of 23 volumes, 11,338,105 words, 61,745,771 characters (with spaces), and 17,868 pages.

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So You Want To Write A Novel?

It’s Friday, so I thought I’d veer off the beaten path a little bit.

I absolutely love this video a friend sent me the other day. It’s clever, hilarious, truthful.

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