Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lint in Literature: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

As I just typed that heading, I realized it makes perfect sense that there would be lint near a spool of blue thread. 

So, I finished A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler last week and like all of her novels, loved it. She is a pro at writing novels with great character development and tidbits of everyday life that are easy to read but that are also engaging.

Here's the lint excerpt from this novel:

The rug was linty, the floor was strewn with cast-off hangers and dry-cleaner's bags, and a hard gray light from the stripped windows gave the room a bleak and uncared-for look. 

So, in this instance, lint isn't technically used, but linty is. I'll take it.

What are you reading lately? Have any good lint stories to share?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Lint in Literature: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Well, long time, no see. I should be ashamed. It's been almost a year since I last posted here and I know I've read the word 'lint' in more than one book. Did I post about it? NO! 


But I'm posting now about a novel I recently finished and it had the word at least twice. I'll just post one since I forgot to mark the second one. By the way, I loved this book. So, here's the excerpt:

Then I went through the process of wiring him up:  soaking squares of lint with salt solution, fixing these to the electrode plates; putting the plates in position on his leg with elastic bindings. 

This book is kinda creepy, kinda spooky, all good! I just loved it and relished every page.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Lint in Literature: The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow

Okay, I can't believe it was last September when I last posted here. Oops!

Anyway, I am reading a wonderful book, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow. And last night I spotted this gem:

"Tristan, I'm going to marry Remington Arrow." Lettuce brushed some lint from her sleeve in an effort to appear very casual. "Don't look so shocked. You knew this was going to happen."

If you haven't read this book, oh boy, you're lucky. You get to read it! If you want to, of course. But I highly recommend it. It's well written and has an interesting premise.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Lint in Literature: Little Pretty Things by Lori Rader-Day

I just finished reading Lori Rader-Day's novel Little Pretty Things, literally, like 10 minutes ago. I loved this book. And there's a nugget in there, on page 180. A lint nugget!

"My own house is too clean now, you know? I see a piece of lint, and I have to stop and pick it up, and I look at it, try to decide where it came from."

Lint aside, this novel is a mystery that had me stumped till the killer was revealed. Well, I sort of had an idea but it was so good! Read it! With more than 24 5-star reviews on Amazon, it's not just me who likes this one.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Lint in Literature: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

I found some lint! I was reading the novel Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng last night and came across this line:

Lydia hugged her knees under the dining table, 
cookbookless; Nath picked lint from the carpet and glowered. 

This book is really good so if you love a good read (and lint), you might want to read it, too.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Lint in Literature: After the War is Over and Now Write! Mysteries

I read this lint in literature in After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson:

After the War Is Over: A Novel

His hair, rather charmingly, was standing on end, and his days-old beard had a thread of lint caught up in the hairs.

I've been reading a lot of nonfiction books lately and found lint in one of them. Oh happy day!

The book is titled Now Write! Mysteries. In it Harley Jane Kozak, a funny writer of mysteries, wrote a section called The Telling Detail. A telling detail is one thing a writer says about a character to keep them in the reader's mind. Here's her linty entry:

"Elderly" becomes "She had grandmother hair, so fragile and fine and soft it might have been lint plucked from the clothes dryer and stuck atop her head."

Love it!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Lint in Literature: All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

I was thrilled to find a variation of the word lint in All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner on page 8 of this interesting novel:

The magazine was still open to the quiz on the couch beside me. I grabbed it, bending my head to avoid the scrutiny of the ubermommy two seats down whose adorable newborn was cradled against her body in a pristine Moby Wrap; the one who was not wearing linty black leggings from Target and whose eyebrows had enjoyed the recent attention of tweezers.

Then later near the end of the book, there is was again. Lint.

Every year, I was allowed to buy a single souvenir. The summer I was eight years old, I'd saved a few dollars of tooth fairy and allowance money, augmented by the quarters I'd cadged from the sofa cushions and the dollar bills from the lint filter in the dryer.

Do you read Weiner's books? She also wrote In Her Shoes and Little Earthquakes. All so good!


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