Friday Book Memes, 13-March-2015

13 Mar

Welcome to the second Friday the 13th 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,

What is more important to you when you are deciding to read a book?

There are a handful of things. One is why it’s on my shelf. Is it there because of a book club? Then there’s a time in which I should read the book and I’ll plan my reading around that. Is it part of a reading challenge? That comes into consideration and I’ll skip around my pile when that becomes an issue. Is it on loan from the library or a friend? Then it skips to the top of the list. Is it an audiobook? The books I want to read that have audio versions available to me move up the list faster because I can listen to them while I’m reading a book club selection. Same with eBook formats. Is it an ARC? I try to pull these ahead when I can and if I haven’t read an ARC in a while.

If none of these apply, the biggest thing is how long I’ve been wanting to read it. Goodreads is a huge help here. If a book is on the top of my ‘to read’ list, it gets first priority. There are some on there from when I started using Goodreads that I haven’t gotten to yet. The list grew quickly and I’m afraid I’ll never see the end of it!

Also, shouldn’t it be ‘most important?’ Just grammar-nerding.


I haven’t grabbed a new book since last week, so yet again I’ll be featuring an old favorite. I recently bought a copy of Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I read this book before I started blogging and my book club read it a few months ago. But I bought it because I have tickets to go meet Ishiguro on the 26th as a part of his book tour for his first book in a decade, The Buried Giant. I’m beyond excited.


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

My name is Kathy H. I’m thirty-one years old and I’ve been a carer now for over eleven years.

As far as book beginnings go, this isn’t one of my favorites. It’s a little blase in my opinion. You don’t get a hint of what’s going on in Kathy’s world. But to be honest, Ishiguro doesn’t give you a good idea of it at all until you’re well into the book. It fits with the style, but still is a bit lacking. I guess you can start a book any way you want after you win the Man Booker!


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.

Nothing overly grabbing from page 56, but this quote gives us a great characterization of Ruth.

Finally she said very deliberately: “Let’s just agree. Let’s agree I got it in the Sale.” Then she gave us all a knowing smile.

Ruth and her darned secrets! She always seemed to be keeping something just out of Kathy’s reach. This sentence refers to the pencil-case Ruth suddenly had and shows how much of an attention seeker she is. That darn Ruth.

I’m going to watch the movie of this book tonight and I’ll have a book to movie review up soon! I hope I remember it well enough to make this a good review.

Until next time, write on.

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26 Responses to “Friday Book Memes, 13-March-2015”

  1. Elizabeth March 13, 2015 at 8:51 AM #

    HA! I noticed the grammar error, too, but fixed it for my post.


  2. jonesjar March 13, 2015 at 9:09 AM #

    i admire you for doing book and movie. I usually just do the book and forget the movie.


    • Sam March 13, 2015 at 9:40 AM #

      I like to see the movie after I’ve read a book. It’s fun to see what in my mind was or wasn’t int he director’s.
      Happy Reading!


  3. sherry fundin March 13, 2015 at 9:37 AM #

    It will be interesting to see if you like the movie as much as the book, or the other way around 🙂
    sherry @ fundinmentalFriday Memes


    • Sam March 13, 2015 at 9:41 AM #

      I have a post about it coming out on Monday! It was good and there wasn’t too much missing, but I was sad one scene I enjoyed got left out.
      Happy Reading!


  4. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library March 13, 2015 at 9:50 AM #

    I like the excerpts of this one. Ruth definitely sounds like she’s trying to get attention with all that secret keeping. Most of my reading right now is dictated by review books but when it’s just up to me I just grab whatever appeals to me at the moment. This is why some books have been on my shelf for YEARS!


    • Sam March 13, 2015 at 9:52 AM #

      I’ve been tied up with book club books a lot, two per month! There are ones on my shelf for years as well that I haven’t found the time to read between them. Hopefully soon!
      Happy reading!


  5. laurelrainsnow March 13, 2015 at 9:50 AM #

    I haven’t read this author, but I am intrigued. Thanks for sharing…and here’s mine: “WHERE THEY FOUND HER”


    • Sam March 13, 2015 at 9:53 AM #

      He has a new book (I think it came out this week) which is his first in 10 years! I’m excited to meet him in two weeks and start reading it. 🙂
      Happy reading!


  6. Laura Thomas March 13, 2015 at 9:51 AM #

    I like to read the book first and then watch the movie. I use my memories from the book to add to scenes and gaps in the movie and get into it more that way.

    My 56 –


    • Sam March 13, 2015 at 9:54 AM #

      I do the same thing! When the movie’s over, my husband always asks, “What did they miss?” I have a post about the movie adaptation coming up on Monday.
      Happy reading!


  7. Sandra Nachlinger March 13, 2015 at 12:37 PM #

    It’s fun when characters have a lot of secrets, isn’t it? This sounds like a book I’d enjoy. By the way, I’m a recovering grammar nerd too. I say “recovering” because every book I’ve read in the past few years has at least a few errors in it, so I’m trying to learn to get over it.
    My Friday post features WHAT WE KEEP.


    • Sam March 13, 2015 at 12:55 PM #

      Good to know that I’m not alone! Thanks for stopping by. Happy reading!


  8. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense March 13, 2015 at 2:35 PM #

    I want to read Never Let Me Go so bad, though I heard it’s emotionally trying. I’ve stayed away from the movie, so I can read the book with fresh eyes.


    • Sam March 13, 2015 at 4:35 PM #

      It’s a bit hard emotionally though I found the movie even harder. Worth the read!!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Silver's Reviews March 13, 2015 at 3:02 PM #

    Yes…I agree it should be most important. I must have been wanting to say something else and then forgot to change the words. My fault. I noticed that too. 🙂

    Genre is the most important for me when choosing a book.

    ENJOY your weekend.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer


    • Sam March 13, 2015 at 4:36 PM #

      I was going more on how to pick something off my shelf than something completely new. Yes, genre is a big consideration!


  10. fredamans March 13, 2015 at 7:59 PM #

    This is a book I want to read pretty badly.
    Happy weekend!


    • Sam March 13, 2015 at 8:05 PM #

      I hope you find a copy soon! It’s incredible. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Jason March 13, 2015 at 9:14 PM #

    I thought the movie was decent, very sombre and meditative. I haven’t read the book and would be interested to know what you think of the film adaptation whenever you get around to watching it.

    Glad to have found you on the hop. Consider me a new follower.

    Have a great weekend!


    • Sam March 13, 2015 at 10:10 PM #

      Great to have you here! I’m posting a movie reflection on Monday so you found me just in time!
      Enjoy your weekend!


  12. Claudia {SparrowHawk} March 14, 2015 at 5:17 PM #

    I love Goodreads, it has seriously helped keep me organized when it comes to selecting my next read too 🙂 This Ruth character is so sure of herself! I do enjoy a character with a bit of spice added to their persona 😉


    • Sam March 14, 2015 at 5:18 PM #

      I don’t know why I’d do without Goodreads! Ruth is very self confident, almost to a fault!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. katarguelles March 15, 2015 at 6:53 PM #

    Great answer for this week! This year I am reading a combination of ARCs and books from my TBR so I don’t always feel a pressure of a deadline. My original Goodreads TBR list went out of control so I’ve started new ones to be more organized and actually see books I want to read soon. I hope you have a great week!

    Kathy @ My Nook, Books & More
    My Blog Hop Answer


    • Sam March 16, 2015 at 6:10 AM #

      Thanks for stopping by. I’ve tuned back the ARCs to stick to books I want to read more. I like reading books that have been out for a while. Happy reading!


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