Friday, June 23, 2017

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Heartless by Marissa Meyer + 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 featuring one of my current reads, Heartless by Marissa Meyer, which is my second book for Summer 2017 Bookish Bingo - it will fulfill the Royalty square.  I'm really looking forward to trying out something new by Marissa Meyer since The Lunar Chronicles is an all-time favorite series.  To help me decide what to read next to complete this column, which I'm hoping will be my first bingo, I actually had a poll on Twitter - so thanks to the voters for deciding for me!  I've got extremely high hopes for this one!

Beginning:

Three luscious lemon tarts glistened up at Catherine.  She reached her towel-wrapped hands into the oven, ignoring the heat that enveloped her arms and pressed against her cheeks, and lifted the tray from the hearth.  The tarts' sunshine filling quivered, as if glad to be freed from the stone chamber.

56:

"It was... I thought I saw... nothing."

"I see nothing all the time."

"As I said before, it was very warm inside, that's all.  And I've barely eaten all day."

"No doubt the corset of tortures didn't help.:

Her scowl deepened.  "A lady's undergarments re not a suitable topic of conversation."

He raised his hands in surrender.  "Only a theory, my lady."





This week I'm also taking part in a 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 Favorite/ Least Favorite Format of a Book.

Favorite: Hardcover - Beautiful, durable, and great to add to your collection - if only they weren't so expensive.

Least Favorite: Audiobook on CD - Don't get me wrong, I love listening to audiobooks, but this particular type is the least convenient.  I definitely prefer the mp3 download format or the Playaway.

44 comments:

  1. I've only read part of the Lunar Chronicles so I haven't gotten to Heartless yet. Enjoy the book!

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    1. Thanks Breana! I hope you enjoy the rest of TLC! :)

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  2. Enjoy your book. I love seeing what everyone is reading even if they are not something I'd read myself. Have a great week.

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    1. Thanks very much, Lynn! I hope you do the same. :)

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  3. I haven't read Heartless yet, it sounds amazing though! I loved the Lunar Chronicles too, and those quotes have just made me want to read it even more now :)

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    1. Hopefully we'll both end up enjoying it! Thanks for stopping by Victoria. :)

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  4. Hi Lauren,

    Oh, love the book beginning! Sounds really fun.

    Please, check out mine and why I'm so excited about it, here: http://bit.ly/2tVwfDJ

    Luv, Sassy x

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    1. Yes, it does! Thanks for sharing, Sassy!

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  5. Not a huge Wonderland fan but I have been a bit curious.

    Stormi
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    1. I definitely want to see how it works out! Thanks for sharing, Stormi!

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  6. I don't do a lot of fairy tale stuff, but I would read anything by Marissa. I love her writing.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

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    1. She's one of those authors that I'd try anything from, I think! :)

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  7. I am curious about this series....hope you are enjoying the books. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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    1. It's awesome! Thanks very much for visiting mine as well! :)

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  8. Sounds like the series is off to a good start. Enjoy...and good luck with summer bingo!

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  9. I've been debating reading Heartless. I liked the Lunar Chronicles but am not an Alice in Wonderland fan. My YA pick this week is The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman which I bought at a book fair in 2013. Happy reading!

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    1. If you do end up trying it, I hope you'll love it! Thanks for sharing, Kathy!

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  10. I haven't even tried audiobooks on CD! I don't think I would ever finish one, because I don't drive that often and don't have a CD player at my house except for on my laptop! I always use mp3 downloads. I love hardcovers, but they're so expensive! I normally buy paperbacks because of it!

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    1. Back when I had a CD walkman I listened to them more often. I have a stereo that includes a cd player and I have my laptop now, so I usually skip them as well. Thanks for coming over, Genni! :)

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  11. Heartless looks so good! I hope you enjoy it. Hardcovers are just absolutely the best, I wish they were less expensive.

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  12. Hi Lauren,

    Whilst not a genre I would choose for myself, I do like both the excerpts you shared and the line about the "corsets of torture" made me smile!

    Harcover books are always a bit cumbersome, although I do like it when I win one on Goodreads Giveaways and they always look great on the shelves. I generally prefer to read paperbacks myself.

    I am not a fan of audiobooks at all, as I don't enjoy being read to and never really have done, always preferring the written word.

    Nice post, thanks for sharing :)

    Yvonne

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    1. It's always fun to win a giveaway, isn't it! :)

      Thanks for coming over, Yvonne!

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  13. I should have purchased this book for the library before I retired. Meyer is very popular with teen readers. I want to look into the BINGO game, too. <a href="https://headfullofbooks.blogspot.com/2017/06/friday-quotes.html>My Friday Quotes</a>

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    1. It's been super popular at my library! You should definitely check out that bingo game - the more the merrier!

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  14. I haven't tried audiobooks on CD, although I have the Harry Potter books all in that format. I can see why listening on my phone through an app is so much more convenient.

    I hope to finally give Marissa Meyer's books a try this fall when I read Cinder. I'm really looking forward to it!

    I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. I hope you love her stuff - she's easily become a favorite!

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  15. I can't wait to see what you think of Heartless!

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  16. I absolutely loved this book and the quotes that you picked are perfect! I hope that you enjoy it. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Yay! I'm happy to hear that! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  17. I surprisingly have not picked up Heartless yet. I'm always nervous when an author comes out with a new series/book after I love their previous work. So many expectations! Hope you enjoy your weekend, Lauren.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean there, Alicia! My expectations are sky high - so fingers crossed! Thanks!

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  18. I read this one, and while I liked it, I was slightly disappointed in the portrayal of the Queen of Hearts. Plus I enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles much more.
    Happy weekend!

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    1. Hmmm - we'll see what I think of it! I have a hard time imagining that I'll like this one more, myself. Happy weekend, Freda!

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  19. Oh my goodness yes hardcovers are so lovely!! I love buying my favorite books in hardcover format so they look all pretty on my shelves :) Thanks for linking up, Lauren!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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  20. Nice snippets. I've been hearing about this one everywhere. Hope you enjoy it. Happy weekend.

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  21. Yes! Audiobooks on CD kind of suck. I always lose my place! I much prefer digital so I can stop it and pick up where I last was easily. I also love being able to speed up the reader as they always read too slowly for me lol

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