Hosted by Storytime with Tonya, this meme offers a peek into those books that just happen to be close by.

Here’s how it works:

Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.


Here’s what I found on a stack nearby—a book  I just happened to pull off the larger stacks in my bedroom and brought into my office.

In more realistic moods, Edward thought he should find a proper job, teaching history in a grammar school and making certain he avoided National Service.  p. 56

This tidbit is from On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwan.

I had first heard about this one from a book reviewer and ordered it from Amazon.

That was quite awhile ago, and then the other day, someone else mentioned it on a blog, and I again recalled why I had wanted to read it.

So that’s why it’s sitting close by.

Here’s what Amazon says about it:

It is 1962 when Edward and Florence, 23 and 22 respectively, marry and repair to a hotel on the Dorset coast for their honeymoon. They are both virgins, both apprehensive about what’s next and in Florence’s case, utterly and blindly terrified and repelled by the little she knows. Through a tense dinner in their room, because Florence has decided that the weather is not fine enough to dine on the terrace, they are attended by two local boys acting as waiters. The cameo appearances of the boys and Edward and Florence’s parents and siblings serve only to underline the emotional isolation of the two principals. Florence says of herself: “…she lacked some simple mental trick that everyone else had, a mechanism so ordinary that no one ever mentioned it, an immediate sensual connection to people and events, and to her own needs and desires….”

What books were in close proximity to you today?  I hope you’ll stop by and tell us about them…


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