Friday 56, 10-Oct-2014

10 Oct

Hey all!

I’ve been seeing a decline in WWW Wednesday participation in the last few weeks, so I’ve decided to switch to a different meme, The Friday 56 hosted by Freda on Freda’s Voice. Head on over there and check out the other participating blogs.

Friday 56

The way this meme works is pretty simple. If you want to join in, head over to Freda’s blog and add your link.

*Grab a book, any book (I’ll grab the one I’m currently reading)
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.

And now, for my first edition of the Friday 56! This is from one of my current reads, Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling.

Thus, during the summer of 1508 Rosselli and his team worked well into the evenings, the din of their hammers and chisels drowning out the chanting of the choir a few yards below.

I like this sentence because it gives us some of author Ross King’s prose and paints a nice pictures of the situation in which Michelangelo painted and worked during the years of the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Rosselli was preparing the ceiling for Michelangelo to begin work and wanted to artist to begin before the cold winter set in.

Well, there’s my first Friday 56! I’ll say to all new readers here that I do read mostly fiction, but this is a non-fiction thrown in for good measure. I’ll be back next week with more!

Until next time, write on.

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23 Responses to “Friday 56, 10-Oct-2014”

  1. jonesjar October 10, 2014 at 10:42 AM #

    It is nice to throw in some non-fiction every now and then.


    • Sam October 10, 2014 at 10:53 AM #

      It does make for a nice mix-up. I usually mix it up with memoirs, but I’ve got to mix up my mix up! 😀


  2. Juli Rahel October 10, 2014 at 11:24 AM #

    I really like the sound of this! It almost sounds like historical fiction because of the language but I guess that makes a good non-fiction book, if it sounds like fiction while teaching you things! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words


    • Sam October 10, 2014 at 12:14 PM #

      It reminds me of some historical fiction I’ve read that’s based around an event that happened and was recorded well historically in which the author is adding his or her own flourishes. I’ve read some like this that I like more than ‘Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling,’ but it’s still enjoyable. Thanks for reading!


  3. Sandra Nachlinger October 10, 2014 at 11:49 AM #

    With the beautiful description in your excerpt, I wouldn’t have guessed the book is nonfiction. Sounds like a fascinating read. Welcome to The Friday 56!
    My Friday post features BEAUTIFUL RUINS.


    • Sam October 10, 2014 at 12:18 PM #

      This sentence was a true testament to the lyrical prose the author uses to describe a historical event. It’s a real talent of his.

      I enjoyed your post! I’m excited about joining a new meme.


  4. laurelrainsnow October 10, 2014 at 12:12 PM #

    Welcome! It is always fun to try a new event. I like the prose, too. Thanks for sharing…and here’s mine: “THE CARRIER”


    • Sam October 10, 2014 at 12:19 PM #

      Thanks for the comment! I’m excited to join a new community.


  5. Claudia {SparrowHawk} October 10, 2014 at 12:59 PM #

    What a fun way to travel through 16th century, Italy and the author paints such a vivid picture 🙂


    • Sam October 10, 2014 at 1:10 PM #

      I’ve read one other book this year that had Michelangelo as a prominent character so it’s fun to read about this part of his life, knowing how factual everything is!


  6. moonglint October 10, 2014 at 3:02 PM #

    Non-fiction or not, the moment I read those words, I heard the clinking immediately. Those are the best kind of non-fiction books, the ones that bring the past to life. Welcome to the Friday 56 meme!


    • Sam October 10, 2014 at 3:15 PM #

      I totally agree. I can tell that the author has a really deep understanding of the subject he’s writing about. he’s able to paint a beautiful picture.


  7. Breana M. October 10, 2014 at 3:18 PM #

    I do like the prose, and its been such a long time since I’ve read anything nonfiction that this one caught my interest. Thanks for sharing. 😀


    • Sam October 10, 2014 at 3:54 PM #

      I’m glad it sounds interesting to you! If you’re looking for a good non-fiction, I’ll also recommend ‘The Devil in the White City’ by Erik Larson. It’s really great!


  8. fredamans October 10, 2014 at 4:37 PM #

    That 56 definitely puts you in the setting and mood.
    Thank you for joining in my meme. I hope to see you regularly! 🙂
    Happy weekend!


    • Sam October 10, 2014 at 5:25 PM #

      Thanks, Freda! I hope to make this a habit.


  9. fuonlyknew October 10, 2014 at 9:10 PM #

    Your 56 makes me realize I need to read more non-fiction. I miss reading for learning:) Happy to see you’ve joined the 56 crew and look forward to your posts!
    here is my 56 –


    • Sam October 10, 2014 at 9:55 PM #

      There’s some really good non-fiction out there. ‘Unbroken’ is a great option that’s being turned into a movie soon if you want to read it first. I also enjoyed ‘Freakonomics’ and a lot of things by Malcom Gladwell. I hope you can find something you like!


      • fuonlyknew October 10, 2014 at 11:45 PM #

        I’ll check these out. Thanks. I did spot a free one on Amazon and turns out I already have it. Saving Horses In WWII. I’m moving it up on my TBR. I’ve watched documentaries about this, such as Patton and saving the Lippizaner’s. Should be fascinating reading.


  10. Anne October 11, 2014 at 12:18 AM #

    Is the book fiction or nonfiction. I really like learning something when I read so I am interested in this book.


    • Sam October 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM #

      It’s non fiction and packed full of information yet the author has a lot of lyrical turns of phrase. It’s the best of both worlds.


  11. yvonne473 October 11, 2014 at 10:07 AM #

    Welcome to The Friday 56! You started out with a great post!


    • Sam October 11, 2014 at 10:19 AM #

      Thank you! I’m looking forward to joining this community.


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