Friday Book Memes, 20-March-2015

20 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,

Do you read more on a rainy day or on a gorgeous day so you can be outside?

Definitely on a rainy day. On a nice day, I’m more likely to go for a run or on a bike ride, but on a rainy day I’m stuck inside and curling up with a good book sounds like a great option. Though, if it’s the day after a bike ride or a run I love reading by the pool rather than pushing myself too far.


Sadly, I have yet again not picked up a new book. So I will turn to my shelf and this week I’ve decided to feature The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. My work book club read this last year and we liked the story a lot even if the main character was hard to like.


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

For eight years I dreamed of fire. Trees ignited as I passed them; oceans burned. The sugary smoke settled in my hair as I slept, the scent like a cloud left on my pillow as I rose.

Knowing the ending, this is such a great way to start the book. If you don’t know the ending, it might seem strange or give you the impression this book is going to be very different than it is, but I think it’s a good way to start. I don’t want to spoil anything because this is a great read, but the fire plays a huge role in the ending when the truth about the past is finally revealed.


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.

Page 56 is a bit dull in this book, but we get a really good characterization of Elizabeth.

Her touch, too, was different; the thorough way she cleaned my hands, witout the heavy, silent burden in the actions of all my other foster mothers. I didn’t trust it.

This is great because it gives us two things; a characterization of how caring Elizabeth is of her new foster daughter and how untrusting Victoria is. Victoria is used to foster mothers who have her for the money and want to spend as little time with her as possible. Elizabeth is loving and wants a child to treat with kindness. The two clash heads if you couldn’t tell from this snippet!

Until next time, write on.

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24 Responses to “Friday Book Memes, 20-March-2015”

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library March 20, 2015 at 10:46 AM #

    I’m the same way with reading. If it’s a pretty day I normally have too much going on to read. This books sounds interesting. I love beginnings that take on new meanings after you’ve read the book and the 56 definitely tells a lot about both characters. I hurt a little for both of them!


    • Sam March 20, 2015 at 10:57 AM #

      It’s hard not to hurt for the characters in this book. It really tears at your heart! Happy reading!


  2. Sandra Nachlinger March 20, 2015 at 11:56 AM #

    This sounds like a fascinating story. The opening makes me wonder why she has a recurring dream about fire, and the 56 excerpt makes me care about the character. Good writing.
    My Friday post features THE SNOW CHILD.


    • Sam March 20, 2015 at 12:11 PM #

      Thanks for visiting.


  3. laurelrainsnow March 20, 2015 at 12:13 PM #

    Oh, I loved this book…definitely a memorable one! Thanks for sharing…and the story of a child in foster care resonated with me. Here’s mine: “SOMEONE IS WATCHING”


    • Sam March 20, 2015 at 12:14 PM #

      I thought the characters were memorable as well. Happy reading!


  4. The Busy Mom's Daily (@BusyMomsDaily) March 20, 2015 at 2:56 PM #

    I promoted this book for the author when it first came out. Bloggers loved it. Thanks for sharing these excerpts.


    • Sam March 20, 2015 at 3:10 PM #

      That’s really cool! Did you like it, too?
      Happy reading!


  5. Bea @Bea's Book Nook March 20, 2015 at 5:17 PM #

    After reading your comments, I’m intrigued by the opening. The 56 is a wonderful piece of characterization, no wasted words at all.


    • Sam March 21, 2015 at 11:43 AM #

      If you pick it up, I hope you enjoy it. It’s really well written. Happy reading!


  6. Amanda March 20, 2015 at 6:43 PM #

    This sounds really interesting. The beginning makes me want to know more.
    Thanks for sharing!


    • Sam March 21, 2015 at 11:44 AM #

      I didn’t know what the opening meant at the time so I pushed it to the back of my mind. Now that I know the ending, it’s so intriguing!


  7. Alysia @My Little Pocketbooks March 20, 2015 at 7:05 PM #

    I should be more active on sunny days but I just love reading outside with the sun, my sunglasses, a cup of ice tea and a book.


    • Sam March 20, 2015 at 7:58 PM #

      No shame there! Reading by the pool is a favorite of mine.


  8. cleopatralovesbooks March 21, 2015 at 5:26 AM #

    I’m more likely to be busy on sunny days but I do enjoy taking an afternoon off to sit in the garden with a book although I feel less guilty on rainy days.


    • Sam March 21, 2015 at 11:46 AM #

      Very true. It’s nice when you have the time on a rainy day, but being outside reading on a nice day is one of the best things I can think of.
      Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. fredamans March 21, 2015 at 12:09 PM #

    I love the descriptive writing!
    Happy weekend!


    • Sam March 21, 2015 at 12:17 PM #

      Thanks, you too


  10. Nyze March 22, 2015 at 1:26 AM #

    Any weather would do actually but reading on a rainy day is kind of comforting. I love the book’s beginning. So intriguing. 🙂



    • Sam March 22, 2015 at 1:56 AM #

      I’m glad I revisited this book because now I see what this was referring to!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Silver's Reviews March 22, 2015 at 6:32 AM #

    Great answer. Glad to see you joined us again this week.

    Sunny days make me want to clean but also be outside. 🙂

    ENJOY your Sunday.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer


    • Sam March 22, 2015 at 10:05 AM #

      It’s always a conflict between chores and being outside on nice days! Have a great weekend.


  12. Literary Feline March 23, 2015 at 7:35 PM #

    Someone who finally took a stand on preferring to read on a rainy day! I do wish it was raining right now. I like to curl up with a book when it rains too, when I can. It happens so rarely though. Same with reading while outdoors.


    • Sam March 23, 2015 at 9:03 PM #

      Snowy days are good for reading. They make me want to stay in bed with a good book!


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