Friday Book Memes, 27-February-2015

27 Feb

Welcome to the ‘When Will Winter End?’ edition of Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 hosted by Rose City Reader and Freda on Freda’s Voice. Head on over there and check out the other participating blogs.

I got a new book club selection this week that I want to feature. It’s The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan. I haven’t read much into it yet, but here are your Friday Memes!


Book Beginnings is all about that very important opening sentence (or two) that us writers are always worrying about! Kiernan begins:

That morning, the excitement coursing through the complex known as the Castle was infectious. The words no one was supposed to speak, the words many had not even know existed, ricocheted off walls and flew freely from the mouths of even the least informed inhabitants of Site X.

I love it! From the subtitle you know that these people were involved in building the atomic bombs that helped end World War II. I like this way of showing the reader that these women didn’t know what they were doing and that they were as equally shocked as the nation to find out the truth. Great start!

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 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.

I haven’t reached page 56 yet, but I like the image this one gives of the timeline of the war and the Project.

But in December 1938, events had transpired that would send the first ripples across the Atlantic of the unleashed power of what the Greeks called atomos, news that had resulted in the birth of the Project.

I never thought of the development of the atomic bombs, only of what happened when they were detonated. I’m excited to read this book and learn more about this incredible and destructive invention.

Until next time, write on.

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18 Responses to “Friday Book Memes, 27-February-2015”

  1. Amanda February 27, 2015 at 11:47 AM #

    This sounds interesting. I don’t know much about how they made the atomic bombs. All we ever heard about in school is what the effects are.
    Thanks for sharing!


    • Sam February 27, 2015 at 1:03 PM #

      It’s a great topic for a book. My education skipped on the same things! Happy reading.


  2. Claudia {SparrowHawk} February 27, 2015 at 2:51 PM #

    This book sounds amazing, the cover alone is spell-binding. More than anything though, the tagline! “The untold story of the women who helped win World War II,” I don’t believe I have given much thought into the women who served to protect our country during the WWI & WWII eras. Great feature Sam 🙂


    • Sam February 27, 2015 at 2:59 PM #

      I’m glad it piqued your interest! I’m only just past page 56 now and the story is really well told. So far, I’d say highly recommended!!


  3. Breana M. February 27, 2015 at 3:41 PM #

    I really enjoy history so this seems like my kind of book. Thanks for sharing!


    • Sam February 27, 2015 at 3:55 PM #

      No problem. Let me know if you pick up a copy and we can discuss. 😀


  4. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library February 27, 2015 at 4:25 PM #

    This one looks fantastic and I just had someone recommend it to me the other day! Definitely adding it to my TBR!


    • Sam February 27, 2015 at 4:59 PM #

      Glad to hear it! It’s a great read so fat


  5. Gene'O February 27, 2015 at 5:28 PM #

    The development is very interesting. I have a poem about it in some “Best American Poetry” anthology that I will have to dig up and read now. Happy exploring!


  6. Anne February 27, 2015 at 6:27 PM #

    I read a really great book on the building of the Atomic Bomb and the whole Manhattan project last year. It was called THE BOMB by Steve Sheinkin. Written for teens it was interesting but accessible. Anne’s Friday Quotes


    • Sam February 27, 2015 at 6:59 PM #

      It’s weird how little we think about the development of the bomb. Thanks for reading!


  7. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense February 27, 2015 at 8:02 PM #

    This sounds so interesting. I don’t usually pick up historical non-fiction, but I find this fascinating.


    • Sam February 27, 2015 at 8:08 PM #

      I’m glad! Let me know if you pick it up!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. rosecityreader February 27, 2015 at 8:21 PM #

    Sounds exciting! Thanks for playing along on BBOF!


    • Sam February 27, 2015 at 8:41 PM #

      Thanks for hosting!


  9. fredamans February 28, 2015 at 3:41 PM #

    Sounds like a fascinating read!
    Happy weekend!


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