January 1, 2009

Start 2009 on Page 56

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Grab BagWriting the first blog entry of the year is a lot of pressure. I've been trying to come up with THE perfect book for a review, or THE perfect character for 3 Questions, or THE perfect topic for a FIVE list — but I've been paralyzed by the fear of ringing in 2009 on the wrong note. After all, they say that the way you spend New Year's is a sign of what the next 364 days will be like. What if I were to set off an unforeseen chain reaction in Ink Splot readers' lives just because of my choice — damaging your chances of school survival by writing about Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Or causing you to have a massive identity crisis by selecting Percy Jackson & The Olympians? Or — my gosh — I don't even want to think about what would happen if I were to focus on The Hunger Games?! (After all, there's a reason the series is billed as YA . . . )

So, to sidestep all of the responsibility, I've decided to go completely random:

You may be familiar with this game from other blogs, community sites, or even your friends' mass emails. The way it works is this:

  1. Grab the book closest to you. Now!
  2. Go to page 56.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Write that sentence as your comment, and say what book it's from.

The most important thing is that you DO NOT go looking for your favorite book or the coolest one you have — just grab the closest one!

Here's my contribution:
"I was painting one of the new dwarfs that one of Mum's friends had bought me."
From Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls

(Nice sentence. Talk about random!)

So leave a comment and let's see what you come up with! And now if you get involved in some sort of dangerous chase because you're reading The 39 Clues, you'll have no one to blame but yourself . . .

— Karen, STACKS Staffer

  1. Rachel

    “Have you ever had that feeling that no matter what you choose you’re going to regret it?” -from a book called “Hunter Brown and the Secret of the Shadow” by the Miller Brothers.

  2. Rachel

    “It had a wonderful rhythm to it,their laughter-Dad’s tenor and Miss Summers’s alto.”
    -From “Alice the Brave” by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

  3. Zoyanna

    “All I knew was if the steward overtook me-and he with horse-I’d not survive for long.” Crispin- The Cross of Lead, by Avi. Kind of a grim fortune…

  4. iluvdavidcook

    “I am preparing other surprises that are even more marvelous and more fantastic for you and for all my beloved Golden Ticket holders–mystic and marvelous surprises that will entrance, delight, intrigue, astonish, and perplex you beyond measure.”
    from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. That was a part of the message on the Golden Ticket that Charlie finds. :)

  5. hope

    “Where is Teresa?”,Nancy asked,quickly scanning the crowd.
    -Secert of Fiery Chamber(Nancy Drew #159)

  6. Aly

    “I’d like to show you a couple of my new discoveries.” -from Graceling by Kristin Cashore.
    This book is really good. I got it for the Holidays and read it in 2 days. (And it’s 471 pages long!)

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