Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books.

Bell Hooks

Give me a man or woman who has read a thousand books and you give me an interesting companion. Give me a man or woman who has read perhaps three and you give me a dangerous enemy indeed.

Anne Rice

We read to know we are not alone.


Now WATCH the first part of a BBC documentary where they analyse the importance of reading:

Reading will NOT ONLY give you pleasure but help you to WRITE well. Here is a list of expressions you can use to make your BOOK REVIEWS BETTER. They are words which describe books. Why don’t you think of a novel, short story, essay, which could be described with one or some of them? TRY!!!

ABRIDGED adjective an abridged book, play etc has been made shorter than the original but contains the same basic story.

AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL  adjective relating to someone’s life or autobiography

BIOGRAPHICAL adjective relating to the facts of someone’s life

CLASSIC adjective a classic song, book, play, television programme etc is very good and has been popular and had a lot of influence for a long time

EPIC adjective relating to the writing of epics

FICTICIOUS adjective invented for a book, play, or film

FICTIONAL  adjective relating to fiction

FILMIC adjective a filmic novel, play etc is like a film, especially in the way that it describes things or in the way it tells a story

FOLKLORE  noun traditional stories, sayings, and beliefs from a particular region or community

GORY adjective a gory film, computer game, or story involves a lot of killing or injuries

HISTORICAL  adjective a historical novel, film etc is based on people or events that existed in the past

JUICY adjective juicy stories are slightly shocking but interesting or fun to listen to

KNOCKABOUT noun actions or stories that are intended to make you laugh

LEGENDARY adjective mentioned or described in a legend

 MYTHIC adjectiverelating to or existing only in myths

MYTHICAL adjective relating to or existing only in myths

NON-LINEAR adjectivenot telling a story in the order in which events happened

OVERRIPE  adjective things such as stories or films that are overripe contain so much emotion that they seem silly. A more usual word is sentimental.

PICARESQUE adjective a picaresque story or film deals with the exciting things that happen to someone who is easy to like despite not being very moral or honest

RACY adjective a racy story, film, or play is slightly shocking in the way that it describes or shows sex

ROMANTIC adjective used about books, plays, and films about love

RURITANIAN adjective a Ruritanian novel is one with an exciting and romantic story

SPINE-CHILLING adjective a spine-chilling story, book, film etc is very frightening

SUSPENSEFUL adjective used for describing something such as a story or a film that keeps you wanting to know what will happen next

SWASHBUCKLING adjective swashbuckling films, stories etc involve a lot of fights and exciting experiences

TRAGIC adjective relating to plays that are tragedies

TRUTHFUL adjective a truthful film, play, book etc deals with a subject in an honest way by showing what really happens in a particular situation

UNCONVINCING adjective an unconvincing character, story, or performance is difficult to believe or enjoy, because it does not seem real or likely

UNTOLD  adjective an untold story has never been read or heard by the public

 ALLEGORICAL adjective




RACILY adverb


TRAGICOMIC adjective

 A RATTLING GOOD STORY/READ  an exciting or enjoyable story

A HARD-LUCK STORY  a description of bad things that have happened to you that you tell someone in order to make them feel sorry for you

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