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Friday, July 13, 2012

It's Friday the 13th!! Looking at Superstition in Books...

Today is Friday the 13th~ feel free to blame any work-related errors, computer malfunctions, query letters sent with typos, burned cooking, or shrunken laundry on bad luck :)

I was going to do a post about books with superstitious themes, but Rachel Seigel over at Pub Crawl beat me to it:


Superstitious Reads for Friday the 13th


*To her list, I might add The Adventures of Huck Finn~ lots of good superstitions in that novel!


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Want to know more about the day's "bad luck" origin (including some interesting info on the connection between Friday the 13th and the Knights Templar, as popularized in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code)? Click below.


FRIDAY THE 13th (as defined by Wikipedia)


Do you have any recommendations of books featuring superstitions?

21 comments:

  1. You know, that would make an interesting story about a society based upon all those superstitions--and have them be true.

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    1. I have an MG story in my idea file about that exact thing :)

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    2. Ooh, you should write it! That is DEFINITELY something I'd read - and kids would love it!

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  2. Alas...I've already been rejected by Jill. :(

    Have a wonderful weekend! :)

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    1. Aww, too bad. There are more contests coming up, though!

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  3. Have you ever read The Thirteenth Floor by Sid Fleischman? Fun story about things that happen on a floor that.doesn't exist... Except in another dimension.

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  4. I like that...blame the bad and odd or failed on Friday the 13th. Well, we don't get to do it often so might as well.

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    1. Yup, nice to have something to blame mistakes on :)

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  5. I LOVE Friday the 13th!!! It is a Lucky number/day for me - I was a sick baby and brought home from the hospital on a Friday the 13th (October specifically) and I also was born at 6.13am :-)

    I've also heard SEND ME A SIGN (a new YA book coming out sometime in 2012) is about a girl with cancer who believes in luck and superstitions.

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    1. I'll be on the lookout for Send Me a Sign~ thanks for the rec! And good for you, turning Firday the 13th into a lucky day!

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  6. The only other book with superstitions I can think of is One Hundred Years of Solitude.

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  7. Okay, how in the world did I miss Friday the 13th?? I LOVE stuff like that. Gah.

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    1. I just looked it up and there's one coming up in September of 2013 :)

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  8. The history on Friday the 13th is interesting. I think I heard there are a lot of Friday the 13ths this year - 13 weeks apart, not sure if it's true though. :)

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  9. Friday the 13th are always lucky days for me. Mainly cuz I'm a non-conformist and I insist on being the opposite of mainstream. ;)
    But full moon's really do have an effect on peeps. I can always tell when there's gonna be one. Asians are big on superstition. It drives a lot of their lore and many still live by it today.
    Love your new profile pic! :)

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  10. Thanks for your comment! (: I'm sure your daughter would LOVE Florentine and Pig- it's so sweet!

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  11. Superstitions are so quirky - I love superstitious characters! I tried writing one myself once. One of my fav. quirky ones is the "rabbit rabbit rabbit" thing some people do for luck on the first day of a month!

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