Friday 56, September 30, 2022

Welcome to Friday 56! Hosted by Freda’s Voice, you turn to page 56 or 56% in any book or reading device and pick a sentence that grabs you.

‘This isn’t some stranger, and I would guess you know it.’

‘I would have thought you’d prefer it to be a stranger.’

Vickery sighed, lit a cigarette, put his hand around the sign post protectively. ‘Hell, of course I would,’ he said. ‘But I’m not too dumb myself. Ain’t worked no homicide before, but I ain’t a goddam idiot.’

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

By page 56 of the book, we know that Camille Preaker is a reporter who grew up in Wind Gap, but has since moved to Chicago. A set of murders of young girls has peaked the interest of Camille’s boss, who sends her back to her old town to get the story. It’s a place of about 2,000 residents, the biggest employer there a hog farm and butchery, owned by Camille’s family. With such a small town population, it would be best of course if the murderer was a stranger. Even the police know that this is unlikely.

By this point we know there are a few suspects and that Camille’s family is a bit f***ed up. The tag line for the book is “This family isn’t nuclear. It’s toxic.” That sums is up pretty nicely. As Camille puts it, the people that live there are “old money and trash” and “[she is] trash. From old money.” Camille, a cutter with a dark past is returning to the one place that she had never wanted to go again. Old memories are dredged up, many of which are about her dead sister, who died decades ago.

At page 56 I’m already hooked and can’t wait to read on.

Friday 56, September 16, 2022

Welcome to Friday 56! Hosted by Freda’s Voice, you turn to page 56 or 56% in any book or reading device and pick a sentence that grabs you.

GROWING UP, we talk about it at home. The Shoah (Holocaust) entered my life through a second-grade teacher in Jewish day school who began telling us the horrific memories she couldn’t forget. When I shared these memories with my parents, they acknowledged that yes, they had happened, but didn’t elaborate. At nine, I read Anne Frank’s diary, and then a raft of movies and books on the subject seemed to be everywhere. As a Jewish child, I became completely immersed in them.

As an adult, there came a point where I stopped reading these books and seeing movies or plays. I could see them without reading them, feel them without knowing them. What concerns me more these days is not so much the Holocaust–terrible though it was–but the way we live now, and where the it left us.

For me, this leads to my older sister.

As a child, she experienced anti-Semitic taunts and cruelty from other kids in her neighborhood where she and my parents lived until she was five. The children tied my sister to a tree, calling her a dirty Jew and forcing her to eat dirt and rocks. She was not even four when this happened and can’t tell the story now without crying. Listening, I want to cry too.”

Crooked Lines by Jenna Zark

The above quote is taken from page 57 of Crooked Lines. Reading this I wanted to cry too. I added more than a paragraph here because this scene really affected me. Kids can be cruel, but you know they were getting this stuff from their garbage parents. Children aren’t born racist or bigoted — it is a learned behavior. And you know this little girl isn’t the only child to have suffered such bullying.

How this type of stuff is still happening in the US is disgusting. Didn’t our grandfathers fight and DIE to STOP Nazis? Why do we allow Neo Nazis to exist? Why do we allow racism and bigotry to thrive? In Austria, where I live now, it is LITERALLY AGAINST THE LAW TO BE ANTI-SEMITIC. In Austria, where Hitler is from, Holocaust deniers go to jail for TEN YEARS. Just uttering an anti-Semitic statement can land a person in jail for 1 to 10 years.

In America? Where we fought against Nazis? People argue for freedom of speech. It’s just disgusting.

That this happened to a four year old girl breaks my heart.

I am learning so much from this book and am looking forward to reading the rest.

Friday 56, September 9, 2022

Welcome to Friday 56! Hosted by Freda’s Voice, you turn to page 56 or 56% in any book or reading device and pick a sentence that grabs you.

I wake, heart racing, skin cold and damp. My eyes snap open on a dark room, jumping from an unfamiliar door tot he outline of a window to the snoring lump beside me.

Libby. The relief is intense and immediate, an ice bucket dumped over me all at once. The whirring of my heart starts its signature post-nightmare cooldown.

Libby is here. Everything must be okay.

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

The above quote is taken from page 56 of Book Lovers. At this point in the story, Nora and her sister Libby are on vacation in the small town of Sunshine Falls, the location of Nora’s client’s best selling romance novel. We have some background on the sisters — their mother died when they were young, leaving Nora to take care of her younger sister Libby, sacrificing her dreams in the process. Nora has some unresolved grief surrounding their mother’s death, and it sometimes manifests itself in nightmares.

Libby insisted on this vacation to get away from her husband and children for 4 weeks — Libby is pregnant again and just wanted some “me time” before the baby is born. There must be something going on with Libby and her husband but we don’t know what it is yet. Nora, the workaholic has been roped into going because she feels guilty for not being there for Libby in the recent past — and feels that there is a distance growing between them.

I’m very interested to see where this is going.

Friday 56, September 2, 2022

Welcome to Friday 56! Hosted by Freda’s Voice, you turn to page 56 or 56% in any book or reading device and pick a sentence that grabs you.

Buster cut his eyes to the dead man, who had risen from his slump against the wall. Ted stood on his knees, gaping at his living boss with the same milky, listless eyes and slack jaw that he’d been wearing when Buster first walked in. In the thickness of the solidifying blood pooled beneath him were distinct handprints and smears where the dead man had propped himself up and shuffled his calves under his butt so he could sit on them.”

Hell Spring by Isaac Thorne

The above quote is 56% of the way through the book. The body of Ted Gilliam, the abusive loser husband of Donna Gilliam, has been found. Earlier in the day, Ted was killed by Donna after he abused her and their new born son, Theo. Good riddance, in my opinion. Strange things have been happening since then, precipitated by the hellish creature taking refuge from the storm at Beard’s General store. This is the first indication that we see that the reach of the creature goes beyond the walls of the store.

Friday 56, August 19, 2022

Welcome to Friday 56! Hosted by Freda’s Voice, you turn to page 56 or 56% in any book or reading device and pick a sentence that grabs you.

One of them explosions send a bunch of shit flying into our pit an them boys on the far side get hit with it an start screamin an yellin an bleedin an grappin at theyselfs. It were all too apparent that the pit was not a safe place to be hidin. Sergeant Kranz suddenly appear over the edge of the pit, an he holler for all of us to get the hell out of there an follow him. There is a little break between explosions an we haul ass out of the pit. I come over the top an look down an godalmighty! Lyin there is four or five of the fellers who was squirtin the hose on us. They is hardley recognizable as people–all mangled up like they has been stuffed thru a cotton baler or somethin. I ain’t never seen nobody dead, an it is the most horrible and scary thing ever happen to me, afore or since!”

Forest Gump by Winston Groom

At this point in the book, Forrest has been sent to Vietnam (he was drafted), even though he is of below average intelligence (and even though they did not accept him in the first draft). This scene describes when they were being shelled in the foxhole and upon getting out, Forrest sees dead American soldiers, who were hosing down Forrest and others because they hadn’t bathed in over a week.

This particular passage shows the horrors of war, and really impacts events in Forrest’s life later on in the book.

Friday 56, August 5, 2022

Welcome to Friday 56! Hosted by Freda’s Voice, you turn to page 56 or 56% in any book or reading device and pick a sentence that grabs you.

I place the book back on the shelf. ‘Which is your favorite?’

‘I haven’t read any of them, either. Not since her first book.’

I spin and look at him. ‘Really?’

‘I didn’t like being inside her head.’

I hold back my smile, but he sounds a little bit like Corey right now. Unable to separate the world his wife creates from the one she lives in. At least Jeremy seems to be a little more self-aware than Corey ever was.”

Verity by Colleen Hoover

At this point in the book, Lowen has been hired to complete the famous series written by Verity, who is unable to complete them herself owing to the fact that she is in a catatonic state following a car accident. Lowen is at the home of Verity, and her husband Jeremy, where she is going through Verity’s office to find outlines or other items which may help her complete the series.

Lowen is in a strange place in her life — her mother just died, she broke up with her boyfriend (? lover?) Corey, who is also her literary agent. Corey wanted to be with Lowen because he initially fell in love with the character of her book and thought that the character was based on Lowen. Lowen and her character were very different, which ultimately led to the break up.

In the quote above, Lowen is seeing some similarities between Corey and Jeremy, in that they both seem to compare the characters of a fictional book to their significant other. There is also some tension between Lowen and Jeremy, it could be one sided, but we don’t know yet.

I have to say this book has gripped me from the first page and I am looking forward to reading more.

Friday 56, July 22, 2022

Welcome to Friday 56! Hosted by Freda’s Voice, you turn to page 56 or 56% in any book or reading device and pick a sentence that grabs you.

He looked at me. His eyes narrowed. The lashes were the same red-gold as his hair, so they showed up only when you were close to him. And I had no business at all thinking about Sam’s eyelashes, or any other part of him, for that matter.”

Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris

This quote is actually from page 55 because page 56 is the last page of the chapter and therefore only a half page. This is the fifth book in the series, and although nothing has ever happened between Sookie and her boss, Sam (who is a shape shifter that mostly shifts into a collie), there is always some sexual tension between the two characters. I think that there are about 13 books in this series total, so I wonder whether Sookie and Sam will get together at some point.