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Thursday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books” — Structure

on October 24, 2019

Welcome to Thursday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books!
For those of you who have followed my blog from the beginning, you know that for the last year I have been in and out of hospitals, had surgeries, dealt with infections, and have been recovering at home pretty much bedridden until just this last week. It has been during my recovery process that my life and the lives of my family quickly found itself needing a new structure. A voracious reader, I have become even more voracious than I was prior to February 2014. A rough estimate of the number of books I’ve read probably would be upwards of 150 books. I’ve read authors I’ve read for years, and acquired many new authors as well.

Today’s topic is structure. That is the structure of the book you’re currently reading. You are reading, aren’t you?? I hope you’ve found a few minutes every day to get away from technology, (yes, I know many people have e-readers nowadays, but I’m still old-fashion – love the feel of a book in my hands), the news, your work, and enjoy the escape that reading a book offers.

So pick up your book, and let’s explore its structure, that is, how the author tells his/her story.
1. Is it a continuous story? Or a group of interlocking short stories?
2. Does the timeline move forward chronologically or does back and forth between past and present?
3. Does the author use a single viewpoint or viewpoints that shift in each chapter from one character to another?
4. Why might the author have chosen to tell the story in the way he/she did?
5. What difference does it make in the way you read or understand it, if any?

Okay friends, now it’s your turn…. LET’S TALK BOOKS! 😀


3 responses to “Thursday Feature: “Let’s Talk Books” — Structure

  1. meloheart says:

    Well the current book that I’m reading is a continuous story, its between the past and present.

  2. jimmylou says:

    1. Is it a continuous story? Or a group of interlocking short stories? – It’s a continuous story!
    2. Does the timeline move forward chronologically or does back and forth between past and present? It moves forward chronologically, but there are big gaps. There are four parts to the book, and each part jumps 5-10 years in the future.
    3. Does the author use a single viewpoint or viewpoints that shift in each chapter from one character to another? – two different view points. Each chapter alternates between two people.
    4. Why might the author have chosen to tell the story in the way he/she did? – The story revolved around the two characters, and both their sides of the story were important (a young black slave girl, and the young white girl of the plantation).
    5. What difference does it make in the way you read or understand it, if any? – I get to see what life is like from both sides – very important to telling the story as a whole!

    I actually just finished it, but it is called The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd 🙂

    • "Bethie" says:

      This book is on my wish list. I hope to read it soon. And thank you for visiting and sharing your thoughts. I’m really new to blogging so I know it will take awhile to get readers for my Friday Feature as well as my other posts. Thanks again. 😀

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