Friday, July 27, 2018

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken + 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 reads, The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken.  I've had this on my tbr for ages, but as when I saw the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation I figured now was as good as time as any to jump in.


Beginning:

When the white noise went off, we were in the Garden pulling weeds.

56:

If there is a single thing I'll miss about Thurmond, I thought as I edged toward sleep, it's this.  The quiet moments, when we were allowed to talk about forbidden things.

50/50 Friday: Best/ Worst Book from the First Half of the Year



Worst - #PrettyBoy Must Die by Kimberly Reid - This sounded like a really cool combination of #AlexFromTarget meets the Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter and Spy Kids, but the main character was too arrogant and irritating to salvage what could have been a fun romp.  Maybe not the worst worst, but definitely the biggest disappointment.


Best - The Cruel Prince by Holly Black - I have managed to read so many wonderful books so far this year, but Holly Black's newest release still stands out to me even though I read it back in January.  Her work is consistently stunning, if you ask me. 

33 comments:

  1. Nice books you've shared with us, Lauren. Although that worst one does look pretty bad. I'm reading Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.

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    1. It seemed like it was going be fun though...

      Thanks for sharing, Beverly.

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  2. I also like to read the book before I see the movie...and then compare them. For me, the book is usually better.

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  3. I still haven't read that book, and didn't even know there was a movie adaptation lol - I need to catch up! Here's my Friday56: https://myendlessshelf.weebly.com/home/the-friday-56-heart-of-thorns-by-bree-barton Have a great weekend!

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  4. I've never read The Darkest Minds either, but I'm also interested now that the movie is coming out. And a big YES to The Cruel Prince!

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    1. It's pretty good so far. Thanks for coming over, Tammy. :)

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  5. Like Catherine, I want to read the book before I see the movie. This does sound good. This week I am featuring The Butterfly Conspiracy by Vivian Conroy. Happy reading!

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  6. I haven't managed to read The Cruel Prince yet, though it has earned at least four starred reviews from professional publications which should draw my attention. Glad to know it is good. My Friday Quotes

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    1. It is a fantastic read and I'd love to know what you think of it.

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  7. I often pull out a book that has been on my shelves a while when a movie based on it is coming. This one sounds tempting. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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  8. It's funny, but I have what I call, white noise hearing. If there is a fan one, my ear tunes in to it. If I'm at a concert, my ear picks up the music in the speaker and not the singer. LOL Nothing to do with your book, sorry. I love that you share the Best and worst. It's always interesting to hear. I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine. https://tinyurl.com/LisaKsBookReviews72718

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    1. Huh, that would be so odd. Thanks for sharing with me, Lisa.

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  9. I try to read a book before watching the movie adaption. Not heard of this one before. I still have The Cruel Prince waiting for me to read.

    My Friday 56 from A Proper Hellhound

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  10. Sounds so good. I have it on my GR list. :-) Happy weekend!

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  11. Oh, I saw the trailer for that film the other day. Didn't realise it was based on a book. Interesting.

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  12. I hope you enjoy The Darkest Minds. I wasn't a huge fan, but I might catch the movie in the future. Happy weekend!

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  13. HI! Oh The Darkest Mins looks like such a great choice, and if it has a film coming out, I need to read it! (First!)

    Hope you're enjoying your weekend! Here's my choice for this meme: http://bit.ly/EntangledLives56

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  14. I keep seeing the trailer for this, and it's made me very curious about the book. Also, I like the title. Hope you're enjoying it!

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  15. I hope you end up enjoying The Darkest Minds! I read that book a few years ago and I still remember it, it was hauntingly addicting!
    Jen @ Star-Crossed Book Blog

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  16. I found so many awesome books here and now. One of them I read that is the darkest minds. The story of the novel was awesome. But right now I am so excited to watch the movie. As I already watch Watch The Darkest Minds 2018 Online trailers on YouTube and that makes me crazy more about the movie.

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  17. I 100% agree with The Cruel Prince! It's so lovely! It took me a little bit to get dug into the world but once I was there, it was just so dark and twisty and perfect :) Thanks for linking up, Lauren!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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