Books

Popular highlights and another poll

photoOne of the things I love about reading Kindle books is the popular highlights feature. Some people might find it intrusive or creepy, but I find it fascinating.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, it’s basically this: If several people liked a specific section of a book enough to highlight it, the section shows up on your eBook copy as underlined. If you click it it tells you how many people highlighted that section.

What I find curious is that the general population very rarely highlights the same portions I do, but it’s still really interesting to see what other people find important/moving/inspiring/what have you.

I’m currently reading A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. Yesterday, I highlighted the following section:

I don’t yet know what this power feels like. But this is surely what it looks like, and I think I’m beginning to understand why those ancient women had to hide in caves. Why our parents and teachers and suitors want us to behave properly and predictably. It’s not that they want to protect us; it’s that they fear us.

No one else highlighted it (or at least not enough people). However, a good number of people highlighted this:

I’ll never have what she has—a beauty so powerful it brings things to you. I fear I will always have to chase the things I want. I’ll always have to wonder whether I’m truly wanted or whether I’ve just been settled for.

Anyway, I thought it was interesting what other people relate to. I really love this book (thanks again, Lyan).

Moving on!

Here’s another character name poll for you, because I like polls:

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Thanks to everyone who has contributed name suggestions. I have added a few I like to my list of possible character names. I’ve got a lot of characters to name, so all help is appreciated.

C’est tout! A plus.