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  • She has a penchant for peppering her speech with politically incorrect expressions and opinions.
  • She has a penchant for bursting into song.
  • Taa also had a penchant for uttering cryptic one-liners about my father, usually after she’d downed a couple of shots of Brugal.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • He punctuated his speech with little "hah"s and "hum"s and archaic expressions, on top of which his penchant for modern slang teetered precariously.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • Everyone calls them "the Fatigues"—not just because they have a penchant toward khaki military clothing, but also because they always seem exhausted.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Meanwhile the warlocks scorned the Fair Folk for their inability to lie, their hidebound customs, and their penchant for pettily annoying mundanes by curdling their milk and stealing their cows.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • But I seemed to have a knack for it above and beyond my natural penchant for absorbing knowledge, so there was never too long a wait.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "You must have a penchant for disturbing me," the doctor said lividly.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I’m outmatched and my only ally is a hundred-pound sophomore with a penchant for the extraterrestrial.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • I knew that he could not see the soiled covers or the marred pages from where he sat, and even though his penchant for cleanliness was often annoying, I did not like to think of his disappointment when he saw the books as they really were.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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  • Nor was I fearful of giving a gentle dig in the ribs at McGraw-Hill and its penchant for publishing trashy "fun" books which could be excerpted in places like Reader’s Digest for a hefty advance (though my japery may have contributed to my downfall).
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I had no idea why Vee was doing this, other than that she had a penchant for making everything as dramatic as possible.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • But I’d underestimated The Shade and its penchant for surprises.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • But poor Andy —even before he was skipped ahead a grade—had always been a chronically picked-upon kid: scrawny, twitchy, lactose-intolerant, with skin so pale it was almost transparent, and a penchant for throwing out words like ’noxious’ and ’chthonic’ in casual conversation.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Enrique blames the boy’s father for his aggressiveness and penchant to fight.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • They knelt over the body and said aloud all of the good things they knew of Mac, laughing a little at his penchant for mess hall pie.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • I suppose he had a penchant for me and wasn’t sure of himself.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • According to my mother, Clarissa’s penchant for baby blue eye shadow was an early warning sign, but I’d always liked her for just this reason.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Given the treacherous nature of the local topography (most of the cliffs that riddle the region are composed of Navajo sandstone, a crumbly stratum that erodes into smooth, bulging precipices) and Ruess’s penchant for dangerous climbing, this is a credible scenario.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The Under 13s had a star left forward in Josiah Saydee, another Liberian, whose awkward, toes-first gait masked amazing speed, as well as an experienced center midfielder in Qendrim Bushi, a stylish, mosquito-legged Kosovar with a penchant for wearing bright-colored bandanas around his neck during practice.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • "Little friend," said he, in quite a changed tone — while his face changed too, losing all its softness and gravity, and becoming harsh and sarcastic — "you have noticed my tender penchant for Miss Ingram: don’t you think if I married her she would regenerate me with a vengeance?"
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • So alluring is his penchant for violence that the imitation Faulknerian story willhave a rape, three cases of incest, a stabbing, two shootings, and a suicide by drowning, all in two thousand words.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Yes, her Zayd is an experimenter who clearly shares his mom and dad’s penchant for knowing which way the wind blows, being as fitted to his generation’s awakening as they were to theirs.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • On the whole though favouring preferably light opera of the Don Giovanni description and Martha, a gem in its line, he had a penchant, though with only a surface knowledge, for the severe classical school such as Mendelssohn.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • They were going from end to end of the country in all manner of useful missionary capacities; their penchant for wandering, and their experience in it, made them altogether the most effective spreaders of civilization we had.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • I would be interested in your opinion of the view held by some of our European colleagues, that the penchant for it is a form of insanity.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • He developed a penchant for engineering, returned to school, and then worked for a firm headed by a Turkish business-man.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • It was Pea’s one close exposure to an aspect of womankind that Gus was always talking about—their penchant for flying directly in the face of reason.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • Sort of like the Grim Reaper, but with a penchant for sticking souls on a giant thorn tree… while the people’s souls are still in their bodies.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • If the police wanted to emphasize her penchant for vicious behaviour, then that report in her file would have been the most damning by far.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • ’He’s ascribed that failure to the Russian penchant for corruption and mindless conformity in the higher ranks, and alcohol in the lower ones.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The "Billy" referred to was an aged Dallas tramp seen frequently panhandling in the tourist areas; the "Burlap" defined his penchant for wrapping his shoes in coarse cloth to play upon the sympathies of his marks.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • When she had first returned to her country there had been a pagan, Swinburnian young man in Asheville, for whose passionate kisses and unsentimental conversations she had taken a decided penchant—they had discussed the matter pro and con with an intellectual romancing quite devoid of sappiness.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • He wondered if Teabing’s penchant for spreading the wealth had gotten him in trouble somehow; the French authorities seemed very intent on containing him.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He had a penchant for leaping at her whenever she went by with the breakfast tray.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • In any case he had a penchant for civil disobedience on a private level.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • He had a penchant for loudly announcing the obvious.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Across the sidewalk stood a pretty girl with chocolate brown hair and a penchant for wearing pink.
    Heather Brewer  --  Tenth Grade Bleeds
  • You put on a nice unpretentious facade, and then behind it indulge your priestly penchant for silk.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • His penchant was for textured synthetic fabrics, often featuring some geometric design like diamonds or pentagons.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Lemore was always pleasant company, despite her penchant for scolding him whenever he said something rude about the gods.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • It also carried Phoebe Anne Moses of Tiffin, Ohio, a young woman with a penchant for guns and an excellent sense of distance.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Both my sister and I had strayed far from the way we were dressed as children, my mother having a penchant for the colors of the flag.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • So far, the only blemish on Parker’s record while serving the president is a penchant for tardiness, as Crook knows all too well.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • He found he enjoyed expressing himself on paper and had a penchant in such correspondence for endless philosophizing on the meaning of life.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • A complete search of his mobile home turned up the man’s penchant for Bibles and pictures of his mother, who’d passed away one year earlier.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • To say that Lincoln’s approach to the slavery question was governed by his penchant for philosophic resignation is not to say that he had no policy of his own.
    Richard Hofstadter  --  Abraham Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth
  • "And it’s not my fault that I have a penchant for good breeding, reasonable intelligence, and passable personal hygiene, not necessarily in that order."
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • With a turn for literary expression myself, and a penchant for forcible figures and phrases, I appreciated, as no other listener, I dare say, the peculiar vividness and strength and absolute blasphemy of his metaphors.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • I won’t listen to you—you are so profane!" she said, in a restless state between distress at hearing him and a penchant to hear more.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
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