Friday, March 23, 2018

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Playing With Fire (Skulduggery Pleasant #2) by Derek Landy + 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 #BeatTheBacklist reads, Playing With Fire (Skulduggery Pleasant #2) by Derek Landy.  I loved book one a couple of years ago when I read it and I finally got my hands on the next couple of titles in the series which I plan on tackling for this challenge.  I've heard so many wonderful things about the series and I can't wait to see how things continue for Skulduggery and his apprentice, Valykyrie.


Beginning:

Valkyrie Cain hit the parapet and tumbled, unable to stop herself, and with a panicked gasp she disappeared over the edge.

56:  

Valkyrie made herself relax, remembering the drills she'd run with Skulduggery and Tanith, conditioning her body to relax when every part of her wanted to scream.

50/50 Friday: Favorite/ Least Favorite Classic Novel



Least Favorite - The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand - Hands down the least favorite classic I had to read for school.  I had to read it and write an essay on it and I honestly hated every second.



The Complete Sherlock Holmes  by Arthur Conan Doyle - This pretty easily takes the number one spot!

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

29 comments:

  1. I haven't read any of the Skullduggery Pleasant books but they were pretty popular for a while in my library. I should have read at least the first book before I retire.

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  2. I haven't read this series, but I've always thought that the covers were interesting to look at.

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  3. OMG! I LOVE that beginning! Over the edge? lol

    Here's my featured book for this week: http://bit.ly/CherylButlerFF

    Happy weekend! ;)

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  4. That's quite an intense beginning! Since she's around in the 56 I'm guessing she survives it but it definitely catches my attention!

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    1. She's the main character actually, so yes! :)

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  5. OMG I read The Fountainhead years ago but not even for school. I CHOSE to read it. It was...an experience?

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    1. I'd bet! I definitely wouldn't have finished it if it were under other different circumstances. :)

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  6. I started this series as an audiobook while on a road trip. The trip ended with the book unfinished and I've never completed it. I do hope you enjoy revisiting the world. I'm featuring Falling Star by Terri Osburn - a romance from my review stack - this week. Happy reading!

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    1. It's been great being back with these characters. Thanks for sharing, Kathy!

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  7. This doesn't sounds like one for me. My two favorites classics would have to be, Jane Eyre, and Animal Farm. Most disappointing is Phantom of the Opera. LOL The musical spoiled me. While the book filled in background on Erik for me, it was just too long and dry. I would love for you and your readers to check out mine! https://tinyurl.com/LisaKsBookReviews32318

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    1. I haven't tried Phantom of the Opera but I love the musical and the classic horror movie adaptations. :)


      Thanks for sharing, Lisa!

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  8. Very intriguing snippets. It sounds like an exciting read! Happy weekend!

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  9. I need to read the second Skullduggery Pleasant the first one was great!

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  10. This weekend I'm reading The Bear and the Nightingale :)

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    1. One of these days I'd like to try it out. Thanks for coming over, Erica!

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  11. Great beginning! Sounds like lots of action, too. Enjoy and have a great weekend :)
    Jo-Ann at Inspiration Pie

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  12. Hope you'll enjoy this as much as the first one.

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  13. I started reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and while I can appreciate the writing (and I definitely want to finish it) it was really dense and long and bleh. I don't think I'll be reading any other books of hers, that's for sure. I'm hoping to read Sherlock Holmes ASAP though!! I've been recently sucked into all things crime (and I've been watching BBC's Sherlock which is BEAUTIFUL) so it's pretty high on the list. Thanks for linking up, Lauren!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. I don't know if I could deal with Atlas Shrugged... Sherlock, though, is awesome! Happy reading! :)

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  14. I haven't read anything by Ayn Rand... Quite frankly, I've always been a little bit intimidated by the very thought of reading any of her books!! I've heard Ayn Rand speak and she seems so intense.

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    1. After having one of her books, I totally expect she'd come across as very intense.

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  15. I haven't read this but it sounds like a good read.

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