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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Friday Quotes, Feb. 20

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 just use the one they are currently reading.

Book: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


Book Beginning: 
There is a pile of clothing on the side of the train track. Light-blue cloth---a shirt, perhaps---jumbled up with something dirty white. It's probably rubbish, part of a load dumped into the scrubby little wood up the bank. It could have been left behind by the engineers who work this part of the track, they're here often enough. Or it could be something else.
Friday 56:
I'm still holding back, because obviously I can't say everything I'm feeling. I know that's the point of therapy, but I can't.
My thoughts: This is a book club selection. So far the two main characters Megan and Rachel are both troubled women with some secrets that are haunting them. I don't like either of the characters so I'm having a hard time connecting with the book...but then I'm only on page 57. There is a lot of book left to go.


21 comments:

  1. I've heard so much about The Girl on the Train. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

    Here's my 56.

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  2. I had a bit of a hard time connecting with the characters as well, but overall, I hope you enjoy the thrill.

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement. I just got to a plot twist so perhaps I will get more "into" the story and forget about the characters and their flaws.

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  3. HI Anne,

    This one is already on my 'Want To Read' list and those opening lines would definitely have me turning the page, without doubt.

    I can also relate to your page 56 lines. Therapy for me would be something akin to torture and I just know that I wouldn't end up telling a complete stranger all the thoughts that were in my head. I am the sort that doesn't ever truly confide in friends or family I have known for years.

    I do hope that the book gets a bit better for you, as you go along. The ratings and reviews so far have been amazing and it would be a shame if you didn't enjoy it.

    Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Yes we picked the book for club based on the reviews. I imagine that it will pick up now that the mystery is starting to be revealed.

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  4. I have been seeing this around and that alone makes me want to read it. I choose some books by cover alone and this is one that qualifies. With Tess Gerritsen making the tag line, it confirms my choice, on my reading list. Hope you enjoy it.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

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  5. I've heard great things about this book but I've also heard that the characters are pretty unlikable and that definitely concerns me. I need to be able to connect to something in the story! Hope that gets better for you. I do love the excerpts.

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  6. I've seen this book compared to 'Gone Girl' a lot. What do you think of that? It sounds interesting, but I'm not sure I would read it unless it was a book club selection, like it is for you. One 'Gone Girl' was enough for me!

    Here's my Friday Memes.

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    1. I wish the publicists would stop making those comparisons! The only thing they have in common, IMO, is that they are both psychological thrillers. Judge it on its own merit...I am glad I did.

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    2. I liked Gone Girl even though I didn't like the characters.

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  7. I loved this one! Hope you are enjoying it, too, and thanks for visiting my blog.

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  8. I've seen this book on quite a few blogs and websites, and now I'm really curious about the story. When I read the opening, I wondered if the "pile of clothing" could actually be a body! I'll definitely read this book.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.
    Sandy @ TEXAS TWANG

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  9. I still haven't gotten around to reading this book.

    A few folks mentioned it last night at book club.

    ENJOY your reading weekend.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

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  10. I've heard some really good things about this book. Happy reading!

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  11. I read some really great reviews for this book. It's one I would like to read too.
    Happy weekend!

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  12. I hope it improves, I am looking forward to reading it. Sometimes it's refreshing to challenge yourself by unlikable characters such as Gone Girl.

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    1. I found Gone Girl to be quite entertaining. I hope this book improves and I think it will based on comments by the people who have read it.

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  13. I enjoy character driven novels so I'm wondering about this one now. I've heard several people mention difficulty caring for the characters. I hope it gets better for you.
    My 56 - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/02/20/the-friday-56-53-the-unseen/

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    1. It is really odd. Right now I am reading this book and listening to another and I don't like the characters in either. I've never faced this situation before. One thing I can say for this book is I am not sure what will happen or even where the story is going to take me.

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  14. What an intriguing beginning! I want to find out more!

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  15. This book is making it rounds in the book communities. I'm getting curious and probably will put it on my TBR list. I hope you will be able to connect to the characters/story.

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