Friday, January 26, 2018

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Life Seemed Good But... by Richard Bell + 50/50 Friday




On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.


This week I'm spotlighting one of my current read for review books, Life Seemed Good But... by Richard Bell.  It's a collection of many short (some very short) dark, quirky, and strange stories - it's definitely for fans of Nothing Is Strange by Mike Russell.  You can see my review of that anthology here

Beginning:

Prologue

What's past is prologue, mostly.

56:

[From "Fuzzy Turtles"]

Egbert was famous for his proverbs; one was "If you stand too close to your reflection, you cannot see the full picture of who you are."  My favorite was "Always keep your mouth closed when cleaning the toilet."  (I used to have the full list, I'll look for it.)  He could be very profound, as well as humorous.

50/50 Friday: Favorite Book Set In Winter/ Summer


Summer - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - I mean, Gatsby's summer parties!


Winter - Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater - This wintery read was my first introduction to the wonderful Ms. Stiefvater.

Have you read any of these books?  What are you reading this weekend?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

30 comments:

  1. I really like that Book Beginning, it's funny.
    My Friday: Marie @ Pages to Explore

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  2. I can't take that cover seriously, lol.

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  3. So true about PROLOGUES! LOL

    Looks like a fun read, Lauren.

    Here is mine this week: http://bit.ly/2Gia95s

    Happy reading! Have a great weekend. ;)

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  4. That cover is a killer, Lauren! XD

    I haven't read The Great Gatsby (I KNOW, I SHOULD), but I have read Shiver--I didn't like it, but it's definitely a very winter-y read!

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    1. It was one of the few books that was required reading in high school that I actually enjoyed. :)

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  5. I read Shiver when it came out and enjoyed it, but it's definitely not my favorite Stiefvater book.

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    1. It was my first, but definitely not my favorite overall now.

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  6. I love short stories and this collection looks intriguing. Plus, that cover is nuts! The Great Gatsby is definitely a summer book though I would never have thought of it. I haven't read Shiver yet but I really want to read something by Maggie Stiefvater.

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  7. Great excerpts. I don't usually read short stories though. This week I have Final Siege by Scarlett Cole. Happy reading!

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    1. I usually don't either - thanks for sharing!

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  8. Sounds humorous!! Happy weekend!

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    1. The author has a great sense of humor. Thanks, Freda!

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  9. Sounds like a fun read, even if it has some dark and strange stories. That cover is hilarious! Have a great weekend and happy reading :)

    Jo-Ann at Inspiration Pie

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  10. I love your winter/summer books! I haven't read Shiver, but I've heard good things about it. I hope you are enjoying your current read. I love that beginning you shared. Haha

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    1. Shiver's very good, but it isn't her best (lot of competition though)!

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  11. Great opening line. Looks like a quirky book.

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    1. Definitely quirky! :)

      Thanks for coming over, Anne!

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  12. That toilet proverb is very wise indeed. Hope yoy enjoy your weekend, Lauren!

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  13. I love The Great Gatsby! Honestly, I had completely forgotten about Gatsby's summer parties (that shows you how much I pay attention to books...) which means it's time for a reread :) Thanks for linking up, Lauren!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. That was definitely one of the things that really stuck with me! :)

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  14. I've read The Great Gatsby. I personally didn't love it, but I'm glad I read it! My old boss is actually in the original movie! :) Perhaps I'll give the book another go someday.

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