Monday, January 26, 2009

Nearest Book

You may have seen this game before, I first encountered it on Facebook. A quick search on the net shows it on countless blogs, too. But I love it and wanna play.

You game?

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (in a comment)
* Don't dig for your favourite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Here's mine from Dead is a State of Mind by Marlene Perez (the entire series ROCKS btw):

"Not half as much as I owe you, but I'm curious - what do you want a San Carlos yearbook for?" she said.

Not bad, hints at something suspect and has a location. Cool. Almost makes me want to zoop up my own Page 56 before Under My Skin goes to

Okay - let's see what kind of wacky, deep or highly puzzling sentences are out there in YOUR nearest book.


Julie Butcher-Fedynich said...

It sprang to attention.

R.J. Anderson said...

Peter almost fell down the embankment.

(From James Bow's YA novel The Young City, Dundurn Press, 2008)

Tami Klockau said...

I love this game! Here's mine:

She pictured her decorating someone else's tree.

Tami Klockau said...

Oh, and mine is from The Devouring by Simon Holt.

Tracy Belsher said...

Julie - that's practically not, lord, it's Monday.

What was the title??

And R.J. - haven't heard of The Young City - I'll be looking it up.

Tami - love the title "The Devouring". How's the book?

Thanks for playing!

Jenita said...

We can map out in this way, step by step, a practical rationality.

From Fashionable Nonsense by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont. I haven't read the book yet, but judging by that sentence, the content fits the title rather well... :S

Tami Klockau said...

I totally thought you read The Devouring, Tracy! So far so good! I'm only 50 pages in (I've had no time to read lately). A definitely read based on those pages. :)

Oh...and get your mind out of the gutter! ;)

Kitty Keswick said...

"Like shoes."

LOL too weird! And fun!

Which I didn't plan, I have a major shoe/boot obsession.

From: The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King. I just bought the book yesterday. (2 actually, one to give away.)

Tracy Belsher said...

Dust?! Kitty - how did you get it so fast?? I'm completely green - I so want to read it.

I think I hate seriously...


Tami Klockau said...

Tracy, I asked the same thing!!! Very jealous. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm doing two:

Technically the closest book would be one on my computer:
"Of course, with all that had been going on, the trivialities of high school life had kind of slipped my mind."

The nearest published book:
"I won't try to argue that "The Gradual Canticle" is a great poem (although I think it's a pretty good one)." - Stephen King "On Writing"

Tami Klockau said...

Stephen King "On Writing" has to be one of the better writing books out there. Love it!

Anonymous said...

"Being pushed around." (from Maggie Stiefvater's Lament.

Last time I played this game the closest book to me was Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers and I think I mighta freaked out a few people. Books about faeries are maybe a tad nicer, yes? ;)

Tracy Belsher said...

Ha! Sheri - yes, faeries over stiffs...although now I'm curious about the line...