TGIF! 3 Friday book memes!

Book Blogger HopI thought I would be brave this week and try three, yes THREE Friday memes. What fun!

So first up is the Book Blogger Hop. No question this week. But I do need to promote a giveaway - that isn't mine! Which is quite a cinch for me, because I have my eye on this giveaway at the Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge. Two uber cool Norwegian Wood shirts are up for grabs. The deadline to join is July 15, but the catch is you have to join the challenge to enter! If you've never tried Haruki, this is your chance. And if you're a fan already, join in. What are you waiting for? That white shirt has my name on it!

Stumbled on this meme called The Friday 56 at Freda's Voice and it's so easy: 


  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56.
  • Find any sentence that grabs you.
  • Post it.
  • Add your (url) post below in Linky.

I'm currently reading T.H. White's classic The Sword in the Stone. Don't you think Merlyn looks totally mad on the cover? Just so happens that page 56 tells about the Wart's (King Arthur to you, dude) experience being a fish. Here's the sentence:
For instance if you had happened to be fishing for the Wart, he would have seen you, at the rim of the tea saucer which was the upper air to him, not as one person waving a fishing-rod, but as seven people, whose outlines were red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, all waving the same rod whose colours are varied. 


Over at Follow Friday at Parajunkee's View, we take the flip side and instead of asking for our favourite reads, she asks:

Q. Let's step away from besties...What is the worst book that you've ever read and actually finished?

There are actually two that pop to mind.  

Drumroll please!

The Dewey Decimal System of Love by Josephine Carr. Yes, cheesy title. Please don't read it. Spare yourself some pain. This was actually the first review of a book I hated. Despised. Now don't ask me why I bothered. I just do sometimes. This time it just didn't pay off!

Don't read this one. Please don't read this one. Here's my review!

And the second read that bombed, which was pretty recent, was the last of The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray. After having loved A Great and Terrible Beauty, the first book (yeah, I skipped book 2, weirdly), I grabbed this one, thinking it was no. 2.  Too bad it just went downhill. I guess I didn't really miss much in book 2!

By all means, read this. But just this! Here's what I thought about this one. 

Now don't even think of wasting time on this one! I didn't bother writing a review !
On that note, have fun hopping! And have fun reading! (Hopefully more besties than not!). Have a wonderful weekend.


  1. Funny. I didn't like Goving Bovine by Libba Bray. Most people said they liked that series.

  2. Very cool 56 indeed! Thanks for participating!

  3. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog! The Dewey Decimal book sounds weird. I ALSO didn't like A Great and Terrible Beauty, but I want to give it another try.

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog. Man you really didn't like these books. Sometimes certain books just don't fit us for some weird reason.

  5. Heya. I'm taking part in the Murakami challenge too. He's one of my favourite authors

  6. @ Alisa - I'd be Goving Bovine myself -- that is a strange book :)

    @ fredamans - thanks for cooking it up, til next week!

    @ Alison - I'll be back! I think A Great and Terrible Beauty was a bit of a risk. And some books need some time to grow on you. Maybe you'll enjoy it the next time around, or maybe not! I may re-read this and think "What the heck was I thinking?"

    @ Grace - Nope, they were pretty painful.

    @ lucybirdbooks - that's great! which shirt are you eyeing? :)

  7. Thanks ever so much for hopping by!
    I've never heard of Haruki, but that's why I love the hop. I learn about so many new things.
    I thought A Great and Terrible Beauty was wonderful! Rebel Angels was great too, but I could see how The Sweet Far Thing didn't do it for you. I certainly was not fond of the ending.
    Hope the rest of your weekend is lovely!


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