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The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows + 50/50 Friday

Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.

This week I'm spotlighting my next read, My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows.  I've been looking forward to this 2016 release for a while and I decided to take Anne @ Head Full of Books advice and read it next.  It sounds like a lot of fun, so here we go!



You may think you know the story.  It goes like this: once upona time, there was a sixteen-year-old girl named Jane Grey, who was forced to marry a complete stranger (Lord Guildford or Gilford or Gifford-something-or-other), and shortly thereafter found herself ruler of a country.  She was queen for nine days.  Then she quite literally lost her head.


"I simply cannot marry him, that's all.  Not him."

"But I hear he's a fine young man, Jane," Edward said.  "Lord Dudley assured me that Gifford will be a model husband."

When he wasn't busy galloping around the countryside, Edward thought a tad guiltily.

This week I'm also taking part in a brand new linkup called 50/50 Friday, which is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they'll have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - this week the topic is Most/ least favorite cover.


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab - Of the three books in the series, this is easily my favorite cover.  However, all of them look amazing.


Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock - I just finished this for Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge and it was excellent.  Unfortunately, this cover does not do it justice in any sense of the word.  Seriously, ignore it and just skip to the good stuff inside.


  1. I really, really need to read My Lady Jane soon because it sounds incredible! Love those quotes as well!
    Here's my Friday Reads

    1. It sounds like it will be awesome!

      Thanks for sharing, Clare.

  2. I've heard a lot of good things about My Lady Jane. It does look pretty interesting. Enjoy the book once you get to it!

  3. Oh that Dairy Queen cover is sort of awful.😂 And AGREED: ADSOM is just the most beautiful thing of ever omgggg I want to own those editions so bad. *pets covers* And I still need to read Lady Jane. It sounds really fun. :D

    1. And the title isn't the best either...


      Hopefully we'll both enjoy My Lady Jane! :)

  4. I hope you like Lady Jane, heard a lot of good things and I kind of want to try it.

    Friday memes

  5. I remember how excited I was after coming across this book. Need to check my lists and move it up for this year!

    My Friday 56 from Deadly Spirits

  6. My Lady Jane is on my list. I've heard really great things about that one so I'm curious. Have a great weekend!!

  7. I just bought a Kindle copy of My Lady Jane but haven't had a chance to read it. This week I'm spotlighting Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios. Happy reading!

  8. My Lady Jane sounds really good! But I'm already sad about her losing her head! LOL I'd love for you an your readers to check out mine . . .

  9. The beginning made me laugh. Happy weekend!

  10. My Lady Jane is one I've been eyeing...and I loved that beginning! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  11. hilarious beginning for My Lady Jane!!
    mine is here:

  12. Oh goodie! I hope you love MY LADY JANE

  13. DAIRY QUEEN not only has an unfortunate cover, it also has an unfortunately title. Kids at my school won't select the book because they think it is about an ice cream store. I have to beg them to read it, promising much better stuff inside the book than the cover and the title.

    1. I know! I actually borrowed it from my library for the challenge. Surprisingly, though, it has been consistently pretty popular at my library without me having to beg them - along with the rest of the books in the series.

  14. You're going to have so much fun reading My Lady Jane. I did not expect to like it as much as I did, but the moment I started, I had so much fun. Enjoy!

  15. That cover for Dairy Queen makes me laugh!

  16. I have yet to read My Lady Jane but it sounds positively fabulous! I love the cover too so that helps :) I definitely need to find a time to read it this year!

    I also love A Darker Shade of Magic's cover! It's the simplicity that really does it for me and keeping the color scheme to a minimum really makes it pop. It makes me sad when good books have unattractive covers. I'm sure the author/graphic designer did their best but sometimes it just does reflect the amazingness in the book.

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. Exactly! Both have excellent covers - Schwab gets some pretty great covers. :)

  17. My Lady Jane is definitely on my "must-read" list ... but may have to wait a while because I've got SO MANY already on it!

  18. LOL Dairy Queen has got to be one of the worst covers ever! Great Choice!

    Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader


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