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Sunday, May 10, 2009
Booking Through Thursday: HUGEE Catch-Up (10) @ 9:34 AM

Okay, so I'm going to catch up on all of the posts that I'm missing from Booking Through Thursday. The oldest posts will be at the beginning, whereas the newest at the end. Enjoy!

1. Are you currently reading more than one book?
2. If so, how many books are you currently reading?
3. Is this normal for you?
4. Where do you keep your current reads?

No, I am not reading more than one book right now. I want to be, but the book I'm currently reading, Nineteen Minutes, is just so long, I don't want to lose track of everything. This is pretty normal for me, because I never have the time to read more than one book at a time. I keep all of the books that I will be reading on my dresser in my bedroom.

My husband is not an avid reader, and he used to get very frustrated in college when teachers would insist discussing symbolism in a literary work when there didn’t seem to him to be any. He felt that writers often just wrote the story for the story’s sake and other people read symbolism into it.
It does seem like modern fiction just “tells the story” without much symbolism. Is symbolism an older literary device, like excessive description, that is not used much any more? Do you think there was as much symbolism as English teachers seemed to think? What are some examples of symbolism from your reading?

In my opinion, symbolism is an older literary device, just because it's not really apparent in modern novels. I do think that there was as much symbolism as English teachers seem to think, because in school, we read some of the older books, where symbolism is somewhat noticeable. For example, The Odyssey is a great book with a lot of symbolism.

Which is worse?
Finding a book you love and then hating everything else you try by that author, or
Reading a completely disappointing book by an author that you love?

Definitely reading a completely disappointing book by an author I love, because you have such high hopes for the book, and when you're let down, it's soooooo disappointing.