Friday, 28 October 2016

Friday Meets 28 October 2016

Meet me on Friday @ Friday 56 for a bit of Book Blogger Hop to kick-start the weekend with Book Beginnings.

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Hey Guys! Missed me much? I sure missed you. No, I did not turn into a mermaid in the gorgeous, clear waters of Mauritius. I'm still mostly human. Just been a bit under the sea weather the past couple of weeks and whenever I feel like surfacing, I really just want to be where the people are. Especially the ones with books.

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So let's talk books!

Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice. For this date, you will need the following:
  •  Grab a book (Yes, any book. But it might get you to your other Friday activities a bit quicker if you just grab the book you are currently reading)
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader
  • Find a sentence or two (your other Friday activities might determine this)
  • Post it!
  • Remember to post your link on Freda's Voice and to visit the other guys in the linky.
  • And don't forget to list the title of the book and the author as well.

I managed to read all the books listed on my previous Friday Meets (decades ago, I know - that's why I linked the link) and I am almost done with The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel. This book has seriously mixed reviews. From haters to lovers and quite a number of head-scratching and what is going on here reviews. So far, just over 50%, I am absolutely in love with this novel. Or rather, these three stories. It is written in three parts and each part is a completely different story. 

The following passage might be a bit long, but it is just sooooooooo gorgeous, I have to share it: 
   
Basically 56%: 
25472815"Why storytelling over history-making? I think it's because, once more, Jesus seeks to benefit us. A story is a wedding in which we listeners are the groom watching the bride coming up the aisle. It is together, in an act of imaginary consummation, that the story is born. This act wholly involves us, as any marriage would, and just as no marriage is exactly the same as another, so each of us interprets a story differently, feels for it differently. A story calls upon us as God calls upon us, as individuals - and we like that. Stories benefit the human mind. Jesus trod the earth with the calm assurance that he would stay with us and we would stay with him so long as he touched us through stories, so long as he left a fingerprint upon our startled imagination. And so he came not charging on a horse, but quietly riding a story.

Lets join Gilion @ Rose City Reader now for Book Beginnings. Share the first sentence or so of the book you are reading (or just take the one you grabbed for Friday 56) and share it. You are welcome to also post your initial thoughts on the sentence and your first impressions of the book. Remember to also post your link to Rose City Reader and to visit the other City Readers! If you use another book as the one used for Friday 56, remember to include the title and author.

Seeing that it's Image result for halloween words weekend, I will chose between the following two novels:

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (The cover I've used is sooooo creepy)
Deadly Decision by Regina Smeltzer (The cover also gives me the creeps. Especially the two children in the right hand corner....)

28439775"No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone."

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"Let me tell you right off, I don't believe in ghosts. I never have and I never will. Not good ones, anyway. But some things are hard to explain. If you have ever considered getting involved in the occult, you need to hear my story. It may change your mind. - Bill Iver"






As always, I will also be joining the Book Blogger Hop (how cool is this graphic! I really DID miss out this month) hosted by Ramblings of a coffee addicted writer. Every week they will pop a question that you need to answer. Post your answer to your blog, enter your post to the linky provided, make yourself a cup of coffee and go visit the other blogs in the list. 

Today's questions: You've been invited to a costume party and the theme is classic literature characters, who would you go as?

My answer:   Without even having to think about it, Miss Havisham from Great Expectations. She is the creepiest, scariest, most-nightmarish-evoking character ever. 


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Mareli


Thalk to me!

What are you reading over the weekend?
What classic literature character will you dress up as this Halloween?

1 comment:

  1. Glad you're feeling better. Being sick is always such a bummer. I always find it interesting when coming across a book that is equally loved and hated, and it's always intriguing to find out what side of the spectrum you fall on. The Haunting on Hill House cover ia very creepy by the way.

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