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Top Ten Tuesday – My Favourite Words Used In Reviews Part 1 #Words #Writing #Reading #Books

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday here on Always Trust In Books. I have been talking about books non-stop for as long as I can remember so I wanted to take a quick pit stop and focus on the words that we all use to describe these books in our reviews. It was hard enough to pick just 10 words out of so many so I am probably going to make quite a few of these lists so if you love them (or hate them) then please let me know. If you have any of your own suggestions then add them in the comments and I will feature them on the next list. Enjoy the list and I hope you all pick up a new word to use in your reviews in the future.

Top Ten Words Used In Reviews Part 1


Keenly distressing to the feelings, keen or strong in mental appeal or affecting or moving the emotions. This is used often in reviews and it is a great word to summarise books that really speak to you.


Characterised by or proceeding from instinct rather than intellect: a visceral reaction or characterised by or dealing with coarse or base emotions. It also has to do with our insides (literally) but I stay away from that where I can!


To arouse the curiosity or interest of by unusual, new, or otherwise fascinating or compelling qualities; appeal strongly to; captivate; to achieve or earn by appealing to another’s curiosity, fancy, or interest; or to intrigue one’s way into another’s notice or to draw or capture. This is probably my most used word in reviews as I am easily intrigued by new concepts and ideas explored in recent books.


Characterised by or subject to tempests, of the nature of or resembling a tempest, tumultuous; turbulent. This description provided by is not as clear as I would have hoped. I attribute this word to the more stormy and chaotic novels I have read in recent months.


Of, like, or tending to anarchy, advocating anarchy, not regulated by law; lawless. This is quite a common word shared in my reviews too. I do tend to gravitate towards the more complicated and chaotic novels as of late. They are just so brilliantly unpredictable.


Resembling an enigma, or a puzzling occurrence, situation, statement, person, etc.; perplexing; mysterious. Another go-to word for character description and plot analysis. I adore characters that are hard to read and have many dimensions to their persona. Straight forward bores me.


Characterised by or in a state of uproar; tumultuous; making an uproar; confused and noisy, as an assembly, person, etc; very funny, as a person or situation; very loud, as sounds or utterances; expressed by or producing uproar. I don’t get to read many uproariously funny books at this moment in time but I can’t wait until one crosses my path.


Composed of many interconnected parts; compound; composite; a complex highway system; characterised by a very complicated or involved arrangement of parts, units, etc; complex machinery; so complicated or intricate as to be hard to understand or deal with. I appreciate this nuanced and open term so much as it allows me to get right into the subject matter. Complex novels can be overwhelming but if you work it out as you go along then it is a great feeling.


Pertaining to or characterised by energy or effective action; vigorously active or forceful; energetic; a basic or dynamic force, especially one that motivates, affects development or stability, etc. Another buzzword in the blogging community but a useful one. I can’t get enough of dynamic novels that utilised many different elements to keep the reader guessing.


 To call up or produce (memories, feelings, etc.); to evoke a memory; to elicit or draw forth and to call up; cause to appear; summon; to produce or suggest through artistry and imagination a vivid impression of reality. Books that evoke our thoughts and emotions are what make us better readers. I think it is important to let people know about evocative books that may change their perspectives on important matters.

Thank you for stopping by to see some of my favourite words that pop up quite often in reviews. I had very little idea what any of these words meant before I became a reviewer and it is nice to be able to talk about them know that I have a new understanding and appreciate for them. Words are incredibly important to me and I would love to study Etymology and work in the field professionally but that would be a long journey so I am content to chat about words as much as I can for now. Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you come back for part two of my list very soon!


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