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Wordy Wednesday Plus Current Reads

Updated: Mar 15, 2020

I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday! And that I haven’t posted since LAST Wednesday. 😬

This week I’ve not been reading (or writing) as much as I’d like. The culprit? Watching TV in the evening. By TV, I mean Netflix, which just auto-plays the show’s next episode, and I am powerless to stop that train. Despite my dual identity as blogger/saboteur, here’s what I’m currently reading.

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff is all about replacing the flawed concept of self-esteem with a research-backed practice of self-compassion. It takes three steps:

  1. Recognize when you are suffering

  2. Know that you are not alone; others have suffered in the way you are suffering right now

  3. Be kind and comforting to yourself in that moment.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling is my current before-bed book. I can read it before I turn the light out, and it makes me happy to imagine being at Hogwarts before I sleep and dream.

Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino is a book of essays that I find both challenging and elucidating. I’m forced to slow down and concentrate so that I can get the most out of them.

Dear Girls by Ali Wong fulfills my need for a good and easy read. Ali Wong is SO fun, and I’m learning from her stories that beyond being hilarious she is also both ambitious and tenacious. Plus, since she currently lives in Los Angeles, her book satisfies the Modern Mrs. Darcy challenge prompt #4, a book by a local author.

I recently finished reading Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkey and The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui, both of which I plan to write about soon. (Stay tuned!)

Now, enjoy what you’ve been waiting for: Wordy Wednesday. Below you’ll find three (of the many) words I looked up from Popkey’s debut novel Topics of Conversation. For each entry I include the sentence in which I found the word, the definition, and lastly a sentence in which I use the word myself. Definitions are from the New Oxford American Dictionary.


“This was the time, Artemisia said, of the Dirty War. It lent, to these gatherings, a frisson” (15).

Definition: Noun, a sudden strong feeling of excitement or fear; a thrill

I can’t handle a fight between felines; even the slightest spat fills me with frisson, and my heart races.


“as I stared up at the smooth slope of the tenant’s throat, at the declivity above her collarbone” (36)

Definition: Noun, a downward slope

While hiking I tried not to look down the declivity to my left, focusing instead on the path in front of me.


“a stage, a curtain, red velvet, drawn, and a woman, pacing, declaiming on the proscenium” (44)

Definition: Noun, the part of the theater stage in front of the curtain

The hosts of the talent show introduced each act from the proscenium while stage assistants maneuvered equipment between acts from behind the curtain.

That concludes this week’s Wordy Wednesday. What books are you reading, and what words are they teaching you? Leave a comment, and happy reading!



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