Sunday, October 19, 2008

Meme'ing on a weekend

I was tagged by Ms. Melodie at Me & My Girls for a meme that is right up my alley. Here are the rules:

Grab the nearest book. Open the book to page 56. Find the fifth sentence. Post the text of the next two to five sentences on your blog along with these instructions. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST. Tag five other people to do the same.

Okay, I'm surrounded by books. Mostly my kids' books, which, being picture books, don't even have 56 pages. I also have two of my books in equidistant locations (next to each other behind the couch cushion. Yep, that's where I store the books I'm reading). I guess the one that is closest, by a hair, is Empire Falls by Richard Russo. I'm about 1/4 done with this book, and really enjoying it thus far! So here's the bit from page 56:

When Jimmy rolled down his window, the young cop abruptly walked back to the Camaro. Miles watched their conversation in the mirror, smiling when the officer took off his dark glasses. In such situation, apparently only the ranking officer got to keep his glasses on.

Since I keep my goodreads bookshelf over on the right of my blog, no one is going to ever mistake that I have hoity-toity taste in books. But in an effort to cement my reputation for reading whatever dreck is placed in front of me, the other book right behind me, that I'm also in the middle of reading, is A Lick of Frost by Laurell K. Hamilton. It's a series nearly completely devoid of any redeming value, and yet I'm still addicted. It's sad. Anyway, there's a new book in the series coming out in a few weeks, so I figured I'd refresh my memory by rereading this one. Here's the piece from page 56. Just marvel at this prose:

Veducci recoved first, saying, "Is King Taranis admitting that he beat you as a child, Princess?"

I looked at my uncle, so large, so imposing, so regal in his gold and white court clothes. "He is not denying it, are you Uncle Taranis?"

"Please, Meredith, uncle seems so formal." His voice was wheedling.

I'll give you one guess as to which of these two books won the Pulitzer Prize.

Oh, and would you look at this: one of the kids' books by my feet does have more than 56 pages. There aren't 5 sentences on the page, but as a special bonus, I'll give you the full text of the page.

Who am I?
My name is Ish.
On my hand I have a dish.
I have this dish to help me wish.
Can anyone identify this book from just one page? I bet most of you can at least identify the author!

I'm such an overachiever, aren't I? Listing three books when just one was required? So I hope you'll excuse me if I don't quite hit 5 tags. I'm just not sure who likes to be tagged (for the record, I do enjoy meme's so all of you who tag me can feel free to keep it up!) But I will do a few:

Nancy at the Zimmer Zoo, since she's been nice enough to tag me for a number of meme's already :)

Giovanna at Giovanna Diaries, since she's in my book group, and is a huge overachiever so is probably already well into the November book that I haven't even thought about getting yet.

That's two. Heck, I listed more books than tags. Sad, sad. Alright, I'll cheat and tag all of you who read this (and want to play). Oh crickey, now I've tagged way over five people. Oh, the drama! I just can't follow directions :)


Nancy said...

Oh goodie! I'll put it up tomorrow :)

Melodie said...

Thanks for playing along!

Giovanna Diaries said...

I didn't get the new book yet. I'm waiting for the library to get it in. Should be getting it any day now though. I am almost done w/my Nicholas Sparks book...have another 10 pages to I'll do it w/that book tomorrow. I am all for promoting Nicholas Sappy Sparks. I heart him!

Mary Ellen said...

I love Empire Falls!

Threeundertwo said...

Fox in Sox by Dr. Seuss.

This is a cute meme. I might do it this weekend.