Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Wondrous Words Wednesday (3)

Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by BermudaOnion and is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  

I'm highlighting words that are new to me/that I really like/that struck me for some reason..!

This week my words are all taken from The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison (Headline) which I've just finished reading. I thought this was a really good, absorbing read and hope to review it soon. 

concupiscent (adjective) - '...still in the brash, lingering phase of going everywhere together, going out just to be seen in all their concupiscent glory.'

Vigorously passionate.

finagled (verb) - 'But she can't dismiss the feeling that he has somehow managed to escape, has finagled things so he gets off scot-free, like always.'

1. To obtain or achieve by indirect, usually deceitful methods.
2. To cheat, swindle, trick (a person).

3 censer (noun) - '...he was smitten from the start with the glamour and mystique of it: the solemn processions, colorful robes, smoking censer, chanting and singing.'

A vessel in which incense is burned, especially during religious services.

Definitions from the free dictionary


  1. My goodness a dictionary would be a requirement while reading this one! I look forward to your review. Barbara

  2. I listened to that book so I missed those words but I did know finagle - my dad used that word all the time! Thanks for playing along.

  3. Nice to meet you Lindsay, and thanks for sharing some great words today! I know finagle too- and accuse my kids of practicing it frequently! I didn't know censer and should, as I'm Catholic, so thanks for educating me!! I'm also looking forward to your review, as someone I follow yesterday hated The Silent Wife. Good to hear multiple perspectives!

  4. Goodness! Our personal dictionaries will be growing somewhat with all these new words. Wonderful! I do enjoy reading these memes. :)

  5. Great selection, the only word that was really familiar was censer. My favourite word being finagled.

  6. Good words, I only knew finagled.

  7. Thanks for the great words. Look forward to your review.

  8. What a great wee meme, I am reading a Scottish book just now, Glaswegian chat through it so I know the words but a lot of non Scots might not.

    Weesht - be quiet
    Awright - Ok?
    Hawnle - handle - look after yourself



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