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Wretched Writing

Sometimes, I’ll get stuck in a reading lull. I can’t quite get over the last book I read, and can’t really get interested in a new one. I’m currently stuck in one of those after reading two fantastic books, Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Absolutely fantastic books—highly recommended. But be sure to brace yourself for the subsequent “book hangover,” as my friend likes to call it. . .

To work through my book hangover, I found a fun read titled Wretched Writing: A Compendium of Crimes Against the English Language by Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras. Wretched Writing contains exactly what its title suggests—truly awful writing. New authors and old, living and deceased, no one is safe from being cited for excessive or inappropriate adjectives, strange analogies, and far too much alliteration.

Wretched Writing is broken into categories grouping similar writing catastrophes, making it an easy read to parcel out. A person could read a snippet each night before bed, during lunch break, or at breakfast. Or, the book could be read in one setting, allowing for maximum enjoyment of the whole wonderful wretchedness of the worst-worded writing ever written.

Either way, it’s guaranteed to cure your book hangover, and get you ready to dive into a new world of literary creation! Enjoy!

-Amber

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