National Book Week Game

My friend, Tammy Wolfgram, posted to Facebook last night that it was National Book Week and there was a sort of game afoot:  “Grab the nearest book and post line 5 of page 56 without mentioning the title of the book.  So I tried it:

“frost, the farms and houses braced against the winter, the flat”

hmmmm. That wasn’t so much fun.  I tried another.

“. . . ports) about God.  It was always the spirituality of Native Americans”

Still less fun than an unopened box of Crackerjack.  Although I will admit to mild interest in what the rest of the sentence was.  I have even more interest to know what my friends are reading.

I spent a few minutes on Google and see that someone posted to Ask.com when is National Book Week and the answer was, “which one?”

At Shelfari and Tumbr there many responses to the challenge.  I learned something interesting.  Everyone else’s books but mine have a complete sentence at line 5 page 56.  Perhaps they bent that rule a bit.  But no one bent the rule about not telling the name of the book.

I’d like to know which book some of the lines were from.

“The ink was black and beautiful and curled like smoke, a distraction so the squid could escape.”

“A blade shot from the tube.”

“I turned my back to her and concentrated on calming myself.”

“”You’ll have to ask Jane.”

Even more, I’d like to know who is reading the books with those lines.

So the game, if played by the rules, is dumb and all those who played felt free to improve on it—and so do I.

So here are my rules.

Pick the last complete sentence from your nearest book and tell us the title.  The comments section will tell us who you are.  If you want to stay undercover, it’s all right.  And BTW, if you have more than one book nearby, sock it to me.

Here are mine.

“And that’s how the traveler came home again.”  Travels With Charley

“And lastly, there are not enough ways in the world for me to say this:  Big Love” The Last American Man, Elizabeth Gilbert.

Now I ask you.  Aren’t they sentences that make you want to read the 80,000 words that preceded them?

Your turn.

11 Responses to National Book Week Game

  1. karen wittgraf says:

    The phantom, however, was much taller now. had an enormous mustache, and, apparently making its way toward the Obukhov Bridge, vanished completely into the darkness of the night.
    The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol

  2. Shelley Wagner says:

    “When I’m sittin outside, specially in winter, and I’m feeling strange like I miss somebody, I always light up.” Highwire Moon by Susan Straight

  3. Shelley Wagner says:

    “Then why not learn some ingles if your going to live in this country.” He said to himself. Rain Gods by James Lee Burke

  4. Valerie Petersen says:

    “Hand in Hand.” The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown.

  5. linda says:

    “This is the conflict that will shape the future ” The Shia Revival by Vali Masr

    “His heart is cleansed of all impurities and vain desires of which it was more or less full before; and he realises at last the beautiful and inspiring truth that Love, Lover and the Beloved are one. “. Vedanta Philosophy by Swami Vivekananda

  6. Colleen Rae says:

    Sherry giggled, lit a joint, inhaled deeply and passed it over to Lola. “Here’s to the first day of the rest of our lives, girl.”
    Lola took a deep hit. “Amen,” she said.
    Mohave Mambo

  7. Kristine says:

    “Someday all this may be ruins, but for now it is a place where history is still unfolding. Today is also the day of creation.” Hope in the dark: untold histories, wild possibilities – Rebecca Solnit

  8. Colleen Rae says:

    I would spend months planning his smooth, silent death. It’s hard to believe it would become necessary for Jake to die so that Ryan and I could have our lives. But that’s what happened in the end.
    Unlikely Pairings by Betsy Fasbinder

  9. Pare says:

    cras amet qui numquam amavit quique amavit cras amet.
    The Magus, John Fowles

  10. “These lessons from the bootlegging days carried through the crises and horrors of the depression, World War II, Cold War and the rest of the great events of the 20th Century”– “One Eye Closed, the Other Red: The California Bootlegging Years” by Clifford James Walker

    Sorry, I’ve been doing research.

  11. tanya grove says:

    “Either way, we’ll leave it at this: I’ll see you when I see you.”
    Publish This Book, by Stephen Markley

    “Meg,” he laughed, putting an arm over my shoulders, “you were beautiful all along.”
    A Summer to Die, by Lois Lowry

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