Book Meme

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// February 15th, 2008 // Blog

I was tagged by Sumi, but am not so happy about this meme, cos I am not really a book person (not interesting books, anyway).

The rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages)

2. Open the book to page 123

3. Find the 5th Sentence.

4. Post the next 3 sentences

5. Tag 5 people

I recently took advantage of an online book sale, and ordered some titles on writing, more specifically, on how to improve one's writing style. I started the first one this morning during my routine commute to the lab: “The Art of Punctuation”, by Noah Lukeman. Surprisingly, it's not as boring as it sounds! Though the following excerpt on quotation marks may be:

 

“Quotation marks are also unique in that they indicate the end of one world (prose) and the beginning of another (dialogue), and as such are one of the most powerful tools with which to propel content into the limelight. Indeed, to discuss quotation marks-their presence, absence, overuse, underuse-is to discuss dialogue itself. And their usage is not just limited to dialogue: they can offset individual words or phrases to indicate irony, sarcasm, or a special meaning.”

I'm not sure who to tag next; my brain hurts too much to think clearly right now. I'll update this later, but feel free to pick it up if you're interested.

5 Responses to “Book Meme”

  1. I am reading a book on punctuation as well. It’s a rather famous English book Eat, Shoots and Leaves

    It’s far from boring :)

  2. Shahrzad says:

    Hmm, i think the best way to improve skills of writing is reading different kind of books.
    From philosophy to fiction. It works great :)

  3. Salaam Alaikum,

    This is unrelated to your meme, but I’ve heard the latest Nisa’a podcast. It’s great! Jazak Allah Khayran.

  4. iMuslim says:

    OM: I’ve heard of that book too, but it wasn’t on sale. ;)

    Shah: It’s true; reading has helped me to improve, but i’ve been reading blogs, articles and papers, rather than books. :)

    Safiya: Wa ‘alaykum salam wa rahmatullah. I should be thanking you for putting me in touch with sis Dawn! Jazakallah khair. xxx

  5. Sis Zabrina says:

    Bismillaah

    As Salaamu ‘alaykum

    I agree with Shahzad, reading a wide range of books really helps!

    Hugs
    Sis Zabrina
    ~ Life Storyteller ~
    http://www.lifeopensecret.com

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