Friday, May 4, 2012

Book Beginnings & Friday 56

Today I'm taking part in Book Beginning Fridays over at Rose City Reader, and The Friday 56 at Freda's Voice.

Here's my book beginning:

Suppose that you and I were sitting in a quiet room overlooking a garden, chatting and sipping at our cups of green tea while we talked about something that had happened a long while ago, and I said to you, "That afternoon when I met so-and-so...was the very best afternoon of my life, and also the very worst afternoon." I expect you might put down your teacup and say, "Well, now, which was it? Was it the best or the worst? Because it can't possibly have been both!"

And here's my Friday 56:

After this I learned why Pumpkin had been so worried about being the last student. Because now the girl with the disheveled hair, who'd been rushing to the school as we'd left for breakfast, came to the front of the room and bowed.

Both texts are from my current book, "Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden. This book has proven to be not necessarily difficult to read, but hard to read in the sense that there are lots of words squished onto the pages. I would say it's not an easy read, but so far very good. I've been reading for a week and I'm only on page 100. Now this week has been a bit tough for reading and I haven't had a lot of time, so that's part of it. But usually I can read a book in a week. This one will be taking me longer.

And now, enjoy your latest book, and May the 4th be with you! 


  1. I have this book in my TBR but have not read it yet. I did however watch the movie and thought the movie was really good so as soon as I can make some time, I'm going to tackle this book.

    Here's my Friday Meme Post:

  2. I know what you mean about books with lots of words on the page....dense reading that requires total concentration. That can be very tedious.

    I'm curious, though, as the snippets have aroused my interest.


  3. I saw the film, is this the same one?

    1. I believe so, the cover says "Now a Major Motion Picture" hehe. I have not seen the film yet.

  4. I had mixed feelings about this one. I enjoyed it until it just got on my nerves.

    Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings!

  5. This sounds like a interesting read...I've heard good things about it.

    Here's my Book Beginnings post.

  6. I like that opening very much. :) It makes me want to hear what happened that afternoon...

  7. Were I the companion sitting across the table that statement would certainly cause me to set down my tea cup and ask for an explanation. A very intriguing opening.