For the love of reading – a bit of a fun exercise

This blog post is actually a bit of a game, which I am hoping will turn into something quite fun. The idea comes from two other blogs, from Susan’s blog at mywithershinsΒ and before that from Jenny’s blog at J. Keller Ford, and is basically a bit of fun to honour the love of reading, something that I suspect a fair majority of my followers and readers share.

All you have to do is the following:

  • Grab the book closest to you. Closest as in physically, not emotionally or intellectually. So not your favourite, or the funniest or most clever, just whatever book it happens to be (there’s no judgement on whatever it happens to be, I promise).
  • Open it up to page 60.
  • Find the sixth sentence on that page.
  • Post this sentence in the comments section below this post. For a bit of fun, don’t divulge what book this sentence is from, but rather let’s see if anybody else can guess what book the quote comes from. On this note, feel free to comment on each others comments if you think you know!

If you want to keep this going by putting it up on your own blog, feel free to do so, but make sure you link back to Susan and Jenny for both starting this and spreading it in the first place.

My quote is this:

“It is a triumph of self-control to see a man whipped until the muscles of his back show white and glistening through the cuts and to give no sign of pity or anger or interest.”

This book was the closest to me simply because it was sitting on the edge of the shelf in front of other books. I will give you all a clue – it is quite a well known book, by a very well known author. I will post the answer to this in exactly a week’s time, as an update to this post – so check back on this actual post next weekend to find out how close you were, and who, if anyone, was on the right track.

Now readers, it’s your turn! Remember, just write the quote in the comments below, and don’t include the book it’s from. And feel free to guess other people’s quotes.

Have fun!

68 thoughts on “For the love of reading – a bit of a fun exercise

    • I did not say that! Oh you meant the quote, of course.
      I won’t say what this one is, considering you told me elsewhere… πŸ˜› That way others can still guess it if they wish.
      Glad you had fun though. πŸ™‚

  1. “So, the rate at which the reed opens and closes soon matches the rate at which compressions arrive back at the reed.”
    (I’m having a swotty afternoon! Hope someone’s got some stories close to hand…)

  2. Can I guess your quote?

    Mine is:

    “In my degradation, I have not been so degraded but that the sight of you with your father, and of this home made such a home by you, has stirred old shadows that I thought had died out of me.”

    • Hahaha, I haven’t read this book yet I must confess, it is a relatively new purchase, hence the tilting on the edge of my case. But I suspect a number of people who have read this will recognise it pretty quickly! πŸ™‚

  3. Reblogged this on mosta6eel and commented:
    This is fun πŸ™‚
    This what I got for a book i found in my car.
    ” it was the soul of the perfume – if one could speak of a perfume made by this ice-cold profiteer PΓ©lissier as having a soul- and the task now was to discover its composition” I think you can easily predict the title of which this sentence belongs to πŸ™‚

    • You know what’s odd? That line seems familiar. I can’t think of where though…I might know it but might not, but it really seems familiar for a line that is quite random. Randomness does add to the fun of this I think! πŸ™‚

  4. @The Other Watson — Your quote sounds familiar, but I can’t place it.

    My quote “Mara himself rages through its haunted streets!” Page 6o in my book did not have a 6th sentence so I chose the very last one.

    Fun post!

    • Haha, I think I have managed to pick a quote from a book that a number of people will have read, so is familiar enough to drive them nuts trying to place it, but no so familiar as to be completely obvious. It was a good line too, I was happy I ended up with that one. πŸ˜›
      I have no idea about your quote, though it sounds intriguing. πŸ™‚

  5. Passed on the game to http://readingtoday.wordpress.com – what fun!

    Here’s my quote from a non-fiction book: “The writer, Cathy Horyn, listed Perkins’s sons, Osgood and Elvis, as survivors, then added an update on Berry’s lifestyle: ‘In recent years, Ms. Perkins spent time in Jamaica, where she ran a beachfront bar with her boyfriend.'”

    • Ah awesome, thank you! πŸ™‚ It’s good to see it passed on and the reading love shared!
      Hmmm, I can’t place your quote, but it does sound intriguing. I don’t read too much non-fiction – a little bit, but enough that I would recognise a quote from a non-fiction book if I had read it pretty quickly. I am curious though. πŸ™‚

      • Well, it was the closest book to me at the time, and I’ve been reading it since. It’s called “The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries” by Marilyn Johnson. A bit outside of my normal reading topics, but I’m enjoying it. Thanks for passing along the game!

  6. Lots of great quotes, here! This is such fun, I thought I’d post a different one from my blog. This one’s from a writer just out of town from where I live (I’ve been really focussed on local writers lately and had a stack on the table beside my recliner): “As his thoughts came back under control, he could feel entirely new bouts of shock and hysterics about to erupt.”

    • It’s great to see so many people into this, it’s turning into a lot of fun! πŸ™‚
      I really like that quote, that is a good one. I also like how into local writers you have been lately – I really need to do the same. Heck, I just need to read more Aussie authors, let alone local Aussie authors. I guess Markus Zusak is local? He lives down in Sydney, I consider Sydney local to me, I go there enough.

      • It’s interesting to meet writers who live near you. BTW, if you’re interested in the source of my quote, I just posted the reveal. Enjoy whatever is left of your weekend. πŸ™‚

  7. Yay! Love games….especially wordish. Here’s mine, I’m afraid I’m surrounded by art books. But here’s a clue. He’s an Australian artist with an exhibition coming up at the SH Ervin.
    “They were basically stones and twigs and string, almost like little ritual sculptures.”
    Damn you Wanton..I was still having my Sunday sleepy time breakfast. Now I’ll be scouring books for your six six six sentence. It feels so familiar….

    • Oh…hmmmm. I could look this up later and figure this out! πŸ˜‰ It seems familiar already, I’m just trying to think who he might be…hmmmm.
      Hahaha, I wonder how many more people will figure out what book my quote comes from. Hoping the page number/sentence number doesn’t change between print editions though. My one is a penguin classics edition so that should be quite a common one I’d imagine.

      • As a word of warning re Game of Thrones, I haven’t read them, but know from the lack of conversation from my husband that they are very addictive, and very long. And there are 6 of them!!!

        • Hahaha, I have heard that about those books. I think it’s why I’m reluctant to start reading them, because I know they’ll eat up so much time for such a long period of time, it’s best to leave them until I can actually afford the time. Oh my I just said the word time too many….times.

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