Friday, 8 July 2016

Book beginnings on Friday and the Friday 56

Two interesting weekly memes Book beginnings on Friday is hosted by Rose City Reader and the Friday 56 by Freda’s Voice.


For the Book Beginnings you choose a book with an interesting beginning and share the first few sentences. For the Friday 56 you turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and share a sentence or two that you enjoy.


This week I would like to share the beginning of Maggie O’Farrell’s The hand that first held mine.
”Listen. The trees in this story are stirring, trembling, readjusting themselves. A breeze is coming in gusts off the sea, and it is almost as if the trees know, in their restlessness, in their headrossing impatience, that something is about to happen.”
On page 56 I find the following sentences:
”Lexie’s mother gave her two pieces of advice when she left for London: 1. Get a secretarial job in a big, successful firm because that will ’put you in the path of the right sort of man’. 2. Never be in the same room as a man and a bed.
Her father said: don’t waste your time with any more studying because it always makes women disagreeable.
Her younger siblings said: remember to visit the Queen.
Her aunt, who had spent some time in London in the 1920s told her never to use the Underground (it was dirty and full of unsavoury types), never to go into coffee bars (they were full of germs), always to wear a girdle and carry an umbrella, and never to go to Soho.
Needless to say, she disregarded them all.”

Sorry, that was a little bit long, but I really think it is great so I quote the whole paragraph, which if I am to be honest, started on page 55! Well, well…!

21 comments:

  1. Never be in the same room with a man and a bed. As if.... I love the title and the part that you shared. Will have a look at it on Goodreads. Please visit my Friday Meets on http://marelithalkink.blogspot.co.za/2016/07/friday-meets-08-july-2016.html

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    1. It is a really great quote. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the book beginnings and page 56.

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  2. I love this author, and read this one a while ago...that list of "advice" from everyone still makes me chuckle. I hope you enjoy the book.

    Here's mine: “IN TWENTY YEARS”

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    1. I did, although I did not entirely like the writing. But the story is great.

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  3. I love that 56! I had to laugh about the fact she disregarded all the advice. Sounds like a smart woman! I haven't read anything from this author but I do like sound of this one!

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    1. This is my first book by her. As I mention in my review, I loved the book, but not entirely the way it was written. However, she is a very intelligent woman, and it just shows, if you are set to achieve something you will. I wonderful, intriguing story.

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  4. I especially like the 56. Sounds like an interesting story. I'm working my way through TBR mountain and landed on Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas this week. Happy reading!

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    1. Yes, this is great. There are a lot of great quotes through the book. I am not too much interested in fantasy, but some are indeed interesting.

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  5. Is this a memoir? It sounds like it could be. I think of the time that my husband was going to Iraq with the National Guard. Everyone gave him advice. "Be careful." "Drink lots of water." and then my aunt looked him in the eye and said "Shoot straight." It makes me cry to think of it, especially since she is gone now.
    My Friday Quotes

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  6. I haven't read this author before but have her newest book. This sounds funny and heartfelt. Enjoy!

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    1. I looked it up and it also sounds interesting. Please let me know what you think.

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  7. This seems like an interesting book. Enjoy the book! :-)

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    1. It is, and I did enjoy it, although I don't like the way that some chapters are written.

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  8. Sounds like a fun weekend read. Had to laugh at the "advice". LOL

    My Friday 56 from Scar Tissue

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  9. Sounds rather good to me. Happy weekend!

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    1. It is quite a fascinating book, and not what it seems.

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  10. Great 56! The book sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing.
    Here is my Friday 56

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    1. Thank you for sharing your cute quote!

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  11. Thank you. I love your beginning and 56 as well. A must read I think!

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