Feature and Follow Friday

This is my first time participating in Feature & Follow Friday hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.  So I would like to say welcome to everyone who is visiting for the first time!  Here you will find an eclectic bunch of book reviews.  I read a bunch of genres and generally whatever catches my eye, while pushing myself to read books that I wouldn't normally pick up.

This weeks question is: 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 and book too.

I'm currently reading 1984 for Banned Books Week and just the other night I came across the word palimpsest used in the line "All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and re-inscribed exactly as often as was necessary."  I had never heard the word before and Dictionary.com defines it as "a parchment or the like from which writing has been partially or completely erased to make room for another text."  Totally makes sense, kind of gathered that from the rest of the sentence, but I didn't know there was one word for it!

I also just finished reading The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson and it includes Jamaican folklore elements including the rolling calf.  I had never heard of a rolling calf so I asked my husband about it.  He said "it's hard to explain" and then gave me a very basic explanation - something along the lines of "a big scary calf."  So I had to look it up online and the explanation stated that most people under the age of 50 don't know what it is because if you asked an older person, they were so afraid of it, they would tell you to mind your business.  My husband said it's true and that's why he doesn't know how to explain it!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I hope you see some reviews that interest you.  Feel free to scroll down and follow by GFC, email, RSS or even just bookmark this site!  Happy Friday!

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  1. Thanks for stopping by my FF post earlier :)

    Palimsest is a good word :) I have never even heard of a rolling calf...

    I hope you'll have a wonderful weekend, I am following back via GFC and RSS.

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  2. Wow, what a great answer. Never heard of that one either!

    New follower via GFC.

    Christina @ Ensconced in YA
    My FF

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  3. Great answer! My sister keeps wanting me to read 1984 but I haven't gotten around to it yet. Hopefully soon! New follower via GFC. My FFs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Friday! :D

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  4. Hopping through. I've heard palimpsest before, but I didn't know what it meant.
    My Hop

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  5. New follower through GFC as lucyatmax/no pic. My word was obsequious which you will need to vist/follow me at bethartfromtheheart.blogspot.com for more info. Thanks and yes, I know what a tease! :D, Beth

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  6. I had also never heard of the word. Great choice.
    Thanks for stopping by. Returning the favour.

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  7. I never heard of rolling calf either.

    New follower

    My FF

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  8. Learned a new word today, thanks!

    New follower hopping by!
    My ff:
    http://bookwormmia.blogspot.com/2012/09/feature-follow-5.html

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  9. Good stuff! 1984 is on my wishlist, but I keep procrastinating. A rolling calf? I've never heard of it!

    I'm a new GFC follower. Here's My FF. Stop by?

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  10. Thank you for stopping by my FF and following me! I'm following you back! :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  11. I think the classics tended to use more intriguing words. I'm a new follower via GFC and would love for you to visit me when you have a chance.

    The Scarf Princess

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  12. I take it your husband is Jamaican? :)

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