The best writing tip in the world?
So....I offer this post as a testament to that.
I'm not a book reviewer and I don't play one on TV....so I wouldn't attempt to review this book.
But I AM gonna say how much I loved The Floating Circus by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer.
First of all - the subject is fascinating: historical fiction about a circus on a boat, based on a real boat, called Floating Palace. Who knew?
But it's the writing that grabbed me with this one.
I mean, how can you not love a book that starts out:
I shoulda listened to my brother. Right follows Zach like a shadow, but wrong wears me like a skin.
I definitely had to lock the highlighters away while reading this library book, because my fingers were just itching to mark all the lovely sentences and phrases. (I suffer from OHD: Obsessive Highlighting Disorder.)
- It smelled like dirty boys. And dirty boys are mean boys....
- My family was a pile of rags now - shredded and torn.
- Still, the corner felt safe and good, like vegetable soup on a rainy day.
- Anger and fear took turns with me all night, so sleep did not find me until the pale lavender light wedged its way through the open door.
- I couldn't picture myself in their top-buttoned world anymore. [I love that: top-buttoned world.]