Friday, April 24, 2015

The Friday 56 (19)

The Friday 56 is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice. The rules are super easy to follow, and this feature is a great way to share the books you're reading with other bloggers and readers. I've discovered so many great books through this meme, and I always have a blast trying to figure out what quote I like the most.

So what do you need to do to participate in The Friday 56?
  • Go to page 56 (or 56% for e-readers like Kindle and Nook) of the book you're currently reading
  • Grab a few sentences to share with your blog's readers, but be sure not to spoil anything too major
  • Add your name and link to the link-up on Freda's blog
This week, I'm featuring two books on my Friday 56 post. Why? Well I'm reading one for fun, and I'm reading another one for work. The books I'm reading this week are All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven and Night by Elie Wiesel in The Night Trilogy bind-up. It seems that I've set myself up for some very emotional reads this week. 

The first excerpt is from Night by Elie Wiesel. This is my first time reading this book because I somehow ended up in the ninth grade class that didn't get to read it.
     "Again, the waiting. I fell asleep standing up. I dreamed of a bed, of my mother's hand on my face. I woke: I was standing, my feet in the mud. Some people collapsed, sliding into the mud. Others shouted:
     'Are you crazy? We were told to stand. Do you want to get us all in trouble?'"

The second excerpt I'm sharing this Friday is from Jennifer Niven's YA debut, All the Bright Places.
"I climb into my mom's old Saturn VUE, better known as Little Bastard, and head to Violet Markey's on the farm road that runs parallel to National Road, the main artery that cuts through town. I slam my foot against the gas pedal, and there's the rush as the speedometer climbs to sixty, seventy, eighty, ninety, the needle shaking the higher it gets, the Saturn doing its best in that moment to be a sports car instead of a five-year-old minivan."

Now I want to know what everyone else is reading this week and weekend. Feel free to let me know the names of any books, but also feel free to leave your links to your Friday 56 posts. Happy reading, and I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Never heard about The Night trilogy and it sounds really good! I'm adding it to my wishlist right now :)
    I'm not gonna read anything today because I'm taking part in Dewey's 24h readathon and I just want to be fresh tomorrow hahaha

  2. Really? The first book is required reading for a lot of English classes in the United States. My class didn't have to read it, but both my brother and sister read the first book in ninth grade. I know the first book is a memoir of Elie's experiences during the Holocaust, and the two following books are fictional.

    Oh! That seems like fun! You'll have to let me know how it went! :)

  3. Love the Night trilogy. I have a very well-loved copy on my bookshelf.

  4. I'd love to read both of them for obviously different reasons. Elie Weisel is a great writer though.
    I added you to the Linky. Happy weekend!

  5. I like both. The first is a new author to me and I'm very curious about the standing.
    My 56 -

  6. This is my first time reading it. I substitute teach, and from time to time, I get assigned to kids for home instruction, and this is the first book I have to read to help one of my kids.

    Both my brother and sister loved Night, and my brother (who doesn't read) went on to read the last two books.

  7. Right? Reading the two is a strange combination, but both are enjoyable so far.

    Thanks, Freda. I always forget to add myself when I get home from work. :o

  8. Thanks, I'm hoping that both are great reads for me. :)

  9. Thanks, Laura! If you ever read either, be sure to let me know what you think. :)

  10. It is not requiered reading in Spain as far as I know and I've never heard anyone speak about it even when the IIWW was discussed in class :/

  11. Oh wow. I know that for a while, teachers here didn't want to use it because Night is true. A lot of what he writes about is just so sad. I've already cried like three or four times. I have no clue how I'm going to review this with my student next week with a straight face.

  12. I haven't heard of the Night trilogy before but that quote and the synopsis on goodreads has sure made me curious. Hmmm. Have heard many great things about All The Bright Places, I hope you enjoy it! :)

  13. I finished the first book in the trilogy, and it was so good. It's very sad, but definitely an eye-opening book, even if you've studied the Holocaust.

    I'm enjoying All the Bright Places so far. I just wish I had more time to read it, but these books for tutoring come first.


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