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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Friday Memes...June 6

Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Participants don't select their favorite, coolest or most intellectual books, they use the one they are currently reading.

Book: The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

Book Beginnings:
Lloyd shoves off the bedcovers and hurries to the front door in white underwear and black socks.
Friday 56:
'You're annoyingly good at hailing boys,' Hardy says. 'Though it is demeaning how they slobber over you.'
My thoughts: all the characters in this book work for a scrappy English-language newspaper in Rome. All of the characters are fascinating but flawed. Each chapter title is a news headline.  I am currently on the chapter titled, 76 DIE IN BAGHDAD BOMBING about the news editor. Lloyd and Hardy, from the above quotes, are two more characters in previous chapters. I'm actually enjoying the book quite a lot.

17 comments:

  1. I like the beginning and excerpt. I've had my eye on this book and hope to read it--it's gotten some great reviews.

    My Friday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/06/friday-focus-friday-56-book-beginnings.html

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    1. Apparently the author was a foreign correspondent so he understands the news media. I wonder how realistic the book is.

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  2. I haven't come across this book before but I love the excerpts! The concept of the book itself sounds really interesting and unique. I'm definitely going to have to add this to my wishlist. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Oh wow, this definitely sounds good. I actually think I have this one on my Kindle, no idea why I haven't started it yet! The cover is really nice and simple as well! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
    My BB
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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    1. Since each chapter is about a different person it reads a little like a collection of short stories so it would be good as a vacation/beach book.

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  4. I haven't heard of this one, but I love the excerpts and the summary. Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “THE STORIES WE TELL”


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  5. I instantly like Hardy. Humorous characters may be my favorite. Happy weekend!
    My Friday 56

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  6. Wonderful beginning and great 56!!


    Here is my Book Beginning post!!

    AND

    Here is my Friday 56 post!!

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  7. I already like Lloyd (he sleeps in black socks?) and I'm curious about who he finds at his front door. And Hardy's "slobber over you" made me smile. This sounds like a book I'd like.
    My Friday post is here: WALLS FOR THE WIND.

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  8. I am a total news junkie, so this is the perfect book for me! Such an amazing excerpt, just enough to draw me in.

    My Friday 56

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  9. Great picks, thank you for sharing!
    My BB and 56 is located Here

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  10. Hardy seems like a great name for a book character!

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  11. I'm curious to know more!

    Happy weekend!

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  12. I'll definitely check this one out. Sounds as you say 'scrappy' and I like how the chapters are titled.
    Here's mine - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/06/07/the-friday-56-23-deriks-bane-a-wyndham-werewolf-tale/

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  13. I like the idea of news headlines. I haven't read any books using news headlines for chapters. Enjoy.

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    1. It really is very clever. I didn't realize that the chapters were headlines since I am listening to the audiobook until I went to google books to look for the quotes for this meme.

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  14. I love both of those lines, the book sounds quirky, but very entertaining

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