And this is an another article about nothing :-). Just to be precise, about nothing concerning my stay in Malta. But the possibility to write on my blog that I finished reading my first truly English book was a big motivation keeping myself to continue. Although there was a great deal of days when I wanted to give up.
Of course that I have already read English book. But all of them were written in simple English (the books for beginners with the dictionary at the end of the book).
I must admit reading slowly, especially the first few chapters and only duty to read one chapter per day it helped me to finish. I tried to get down every new word.
The book is not the serious belletrist, really not. It is a typical red book for the women :-)) The name is Yours Truly written by Kirsty Greenwood. Yours Truly is Kirsty’s first novel.
The main character Natalie Butterworth newly engaged is a bit chubby and easy-going girl. All her life she tries to get along with her family and friends – she was doing anything for a quiet life, i.e. sometimes telling a few teensy white lies. Until one night when thanks to a hypnotist, Natalie’s most private thoughts bubble up and pop out of her mouth. It seems that it will ruin all her life – her fiance calls the wedding off, her mother and younger sister are arguing with her. Just things get very messy indeed. She and her best female friend Meg (who anxious to be a pop star) decided to sort all out and find the hypnotist. They finish in the small old-charming village where to get stuck because of snow falling all the tome. There Natalie meets intriguing (on the first view) handsome man, owner of the local pub with the really bad skill of cooking. All story starts being complicated. And I don’t want to confess how the story ends up. I was surprised a bit, but nicely.
Thanks reading I could have learnt lots of new words that I’ve never seen before. Yes, I am a bit befuddled because I would use another one instead of using in the book, such as:
- to be arsed = to be willing
- antsy = nervous
- dismay = frightened
- befuddled = confusing indiscernible = indistinguishable
- puk on = nauseating = vomiting
- adorn = decorate
- assaulting = attacking
- awkward = embarrassing
- mirth = joy
- a tad = a little
- concoct = think of
- don = put on = wear
- split up = break up
- fervently = eagerly
- lunatic = mad
- to be mollified = to be calm down
- to be on glue = to be on drugs
There also were lots of new vocabularies related to the meanings expressed the movement, for instance to amble, to scary away, to leg it, to creep, to dash over etc. And of course, I came across lots of words for expressing the speech, reply to someone. For example to mutter, to coo, to croak, to spin up, to tut, to chuckle, admonish, to ponder, to hiss and so on.
Now I am looking forward to reading another English book that I took with me in Malta 🙂