Friday Book Memes, 6-March-2015

6 Mar

Welcome to the ‘frigid cold’ edition of Book Blogger Hop, Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 hosted by Coffee Addicted WriterRose City Reader and Freda on Freda’s Voice. Head on over there and check out the other participating blogs.

Book Blogger Hop

This is my first Book Blogger Hop and I plan to make this a recurring thing (as long as I like the questions!). This week’s question is,

Do you think a book’s title is important?

Yes! Even more so than the cover, I think a title is what gets me to pick up a book. It’s how we tell our friends about books, how we share them. When a friend tells me about a book, she doesn’t describe the plot or the cover first, she tells me the title! It’s like the importance of a name for a character; it tells us all we need to know about the book in a quick summary.


I haven’t grabbed a new book since last week, so I’ll be featuring a book I read a long time ago, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I listened to this book originally on audio so when I saw a copy for $1 at the library used book sale, I snagged it!


Book Beginnings is all about that very important opening sentence (or two) that us writers are always worrying about! Green introduces us to Hazel with this,

Late in the winter of y seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my free time to thinking about death.

This is a great summary of Hazel. It doesn’t tell us about her illness because it doesn’t define her and Green doesn’t want us to think of her that way right off the bat. It also gives us a glimmer of a preview into An Imperial Affliction which fans know will become a pivotal plot element soon after. Bravo, Mr. Green.


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.

Flipping through this book makes me want to sit down and read the whole thing! Here’s a winning quote from page 56:

Girls think they’re only allowed to wear dresses on formal occasions, but I like a woman who says, you know, I’m going over to see a boy who is having a nervous breakdown, a boy whose connection to the sense of sight itself is tenuous, and gosh dang it, I am going to wear a dress for him.

This wonderful quote comes to us from the eloquent Gus. Like many things he says, he’s complimenting Hazel in some way while also trying to cheer up Isaac. I love Green’s characters for the things they say and this is a great example. If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend picking up a copy!

Until next time, write on.

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24 Responses to “Friday Book Memes, 6-March-2015”

  1. Elizabeth March 6, 2015 at 12:06 PM #

    I haven’t read A Fault in our Stars, and I don’t intend to, but these choices really do draw me in. I’m not reading it because I havechad cancer for 12 years and cancer books have gotten old for me. Here’s my post:


    • Sam March 6, 2015 at 12:45 PM #

      I can understand not reading it if you’ve read so many other titles in the same thread. Some things get repetitive! Thanks for commenting!


  2. Sandra Nachlinger March 6, 2015 at 12:16 PM #

    I’ve heard so much about this book! The opening and your 56 selection both make me want to read it immediately. It’s waiting on my TBR list.
    My Friday post features WILLOW VALE.


    • Sam March 6, 2015 at 12:47 PM #

      It’s a really amazing story. If you’re intrigued, I would say pick it up right away! Happy reading.


  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library March 6, 2015 at 12:30 PM #

    I tend to be more drawn to the cover than the title but I hadn’t thought of when we’re recommending a book to someone it’s the title that really pulls us in. I haven’t read Fault in Our Stars because I tend to avoid books that might make me cry. I do love the excerpts though. Maybe it’s time I face my fears!


    • Sam March 6, 2015 at 12:52 PM #

      Face them with a box of tissues! I listened to the audio version originally and I had to finish it while parked in front of my apartment. I don’t think I could have driven my car! But in the end, it’s totally worth it!


  4. Alysia @My Little Pocketbooks March 6, 2015 at 1:18 PM #

    I agree with you. I love a great title. It’s just as important as the cover.


    • Sam March 6, 2015 at 1:20 PM #

      I’d argue more so but a good cover is very enticing. Happy reading!


  5. Cynthia March 6, 2015 at 1:50 PM #

    Great quotes. I forget how beautiful The Fault in Our Stars is.


    • Sam March 6, 2015 at 6:23 PM #

      I had forgotten as well. At a minimum, I need a copy of the movie.


  6. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense March 6, 2015 at 2:59 PM #

    This is one of my favorite quotes from this book. Excuse me while I go cry in a corner now…


    • Sam March 6, 2015 at 6:24 PM #

      It came out so perfectly on page 56! It’s such a good Gus quote.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Claudia {SparrowHawk} March 6, 2015 at 3:11 PM #

    I agree with your sentiment on book titles, it is the first thing we share when recommending a book in person, and speaking of which, TFiOS! Gah! (swoon)


    • Sam March 6, 2015 at 6:25 PM #

      Haha very true! I put the same importance in a title as I would naming my future children. My novel will get its title when it’s ready to come out but not long before, I have to think about it for a long time first!


  8. Amanda March 6, 2015 at 7:39 PM #

    This is a great 56. I have Fault in our Stars sitting on my bookshelf and I really need to pick it up.
    Thanks for sharing!


    • Sam March 6, 2015 at 9:52 PM #

      I hope you enjoy it. This book moved me more than any other book I can remember.


  9. fredamans March 6, 2015 at 9:37 PM #

    Another book I still really, really, really want to read!
    Happy weekend!


    • Sam March 6, 2015 at 9:52 PM #

      Please do! It’s a great one. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Silver's Reviews March 7, 2015 at 12:38 PM #

    Welcome to The Book Blogger Hop. I love to see new folks stopping by and joining in. Spread the Word. 🙂

    Great answer too. Being told a title before the plot definitely indicates that titles are important.

    I agree. Titles are important and pull me in, but covers pull me in first. 🙂

    Again…great to see a new face on the hop, and I hope we see you every week.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer


    • Sam March 7, 2015 at 2:57 PM #

      Thanks for the warm welcome! This was an unusually busy Friday for me so I wasn’t able to visit as many other Hoppers as I would like to have seen, but I plan to start visiting around soon! I’ll go hop to your blog. Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!


  11. Aizel @ One Page at a Time March 8, 2015 at 7:05 PM #

    Good point on the title. But for me though, cover and title have the same bearing. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!


    • Sam March 8, 2015 at 8:14 PM #

      No problem. I agree to cover in a store or shopping, but it’s all title for recommendations! Happy reading.


  12. Jason March 10, 2015 at 9:23 AM #

    I am glad to have come across your blog on the hop! Good answer to the book title question although some titles might not provide any “quick summary” or give a general idea of what the book might be about. I agree that the really good ones tend to do that though.


    • Sam March 10, 2015 at 9:25 AM #

      I agree that a title might not give you an idea of what the content is about, but if it piques my interest anyway, I’d still be likely to read it. 🙂 Happy Reading!


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