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 Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan, which is one of my 2018 Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge - it will fulfill the task to read a book published posthumously. If you want to learn more about this challenge, please go here. According to Goodreads, this novel was one of the Best Books of 2014 for Nonfiction. I've heard quite a bit about this since it's release, but somehow I've never read it before. Keegan died in a car crash in 2012 at the age of 22, five days after her graduation from Yale and this collection of her work was published on April 8, 2014.
Beginning: [From "The Opposite of Loneliness"]
We don't have a word for the opposite of loneliness but if we did, I could say that's what I want in life. What I'm grateful and thankful to have found at Yale, and what I'm scared of losing when we wake up tomorrow after Commencement and I leave this place.
56: [From "Reading Aloud"]
"I miss dreaming forwards," Anna said.
"I dream backwards now. You won't believe how backwards you'll dream someday."
50/50 Friday: Best/ Worst Book Read In February
Worst - See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt - I really wanted to like this one, but unfortunately I ended up DNF'ing the audiobook at 15%. Even though it's based on such a fascinating story, I couldn't get into it and I had a hard time differentiating between the characters.
Best - I had a few five star reads, but I think I was the most impressed with Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds and Dear Martin by Nic Stone. I can't recommend either of them enough.
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!