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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Booking Through Thursday (9): Biographies


This week, Booking Through Thursday asks: There are so many crappy biographies … would you rather read a poorly-written biography of a fascinating life, OR an exquisitely well-written, wonderful read of one of a not-so-interesting life?

Books have to be well written for me to really get into them. I love off-beat biographies (biographies about people who aren't all that well known or otherwise). If a book is badly written, I'm not going to enjoy it nearly as much. I'd rather take my chances with a less well known person's biography if the writing will blow me away. I like to be moved.

What say you?

5 comments:

  1. Me, too -- I can't really enjoy a book that's poorly written, no matter how fascinating the subject might be.

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  2. Totally agree with you Meg, good writing makes all the difference. It can make someone not that well known fascinating.

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  3. I had to think about this one before I came up with an answer.
    Here's My BTT

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  4. I absolutely agree...if a book isn't well-written, how can it hold your interest?

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  5. I have to admit I am a little of both.
    If it is written well I can get into it easier and will most probably like it but also if I come across a biography of someone I admire (like Nelson Mandela's Long walk to freedom) I will persist until I get into it.

    It did take me a while to read Nelson's book as it was like reading a text book. lol

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