Tag, I’m It (The Book Meme)

Thanks to Nessie I have a post for today. She tagged me with the old book meme. Luckily, I have a book on my desk that I can actually talk about on line! The rules are :

  • Grab the nearest book.
  • Open it to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
  • Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

Okay, the closest book to me is Chasing Shakespeare. My client gave it to me to read, and I haven’t yet–something she points out daily when she sees it on my desk  (But that’s okay, I gave her my very own, personally written novel, which she has yet to read. So there.)

Page 56, fifth sentence reads: “‘Oxford lives for eight years as a royal ward,'” she read to me in a very quiet voice.

From Amazon:

In Chasing Shakespearesby Sarah Smith, Joe Roper is a graduate student who has come from a modest background to become a Shakespeare scholar through a love of the bard’s work. While sifting through Shakespeare memorablia one day, most of it forgeries, he comes across a letter signed by Shakespeare stating that he didn’t write his famous plays. Joe does the obvious tests to prove it’s a fake, but it appears authentic. He shows it to Posy Gould, a PhD student at Harvard and daughter of a wealthy and priveleged family. She convinces him to fly off to London with her, at her daddy’s expense, to find out the truth about the letter. While Joe urgently wants to believe that Shakespeare, from common origins like himself, really wrote the plays, Posy believes that they were written by an Oxford aristocrat. It’s a mystery and an adventure to find out the truth, and where even making a claim it is true could cost Joe his standing in the academic community. Receiving praise from most reviewers, the Boston Globe calls Chasing Shakespeares “a smart, sexy modern-day mystery.”

I’m now supposed to ask 3 bloggers that I know of to do the same:

  1. Kweenmama
  2. Mrs. Broccoli Guy
  3. Looking for George

Jump in if you want to, and leave a link with your comment. Enjoy!

(I totally plagiarized from Nessie’s blog. Sorry, Nessie!)


Buy New Books

The following is a quote from a writing blog that I read a lot. It’s operated by literary agent, Nathan Bransford. Nathan writes that the publishing industry is really taking a hit from the recession and it needs our help. I know a lot of you guys out there like to read. I know a lot of you out there would one day like to be published, like yours truly. With that in mind please read the following and visit Nathan’s blog for the full story:

“Sure, not everyone can afford books, and I understand. That’s why we have libraries. But the best way you can help the publishing industry and the authors you love is to buy their books, and to buy them new.

This isn’t a time for cheaping out on the authors you love. Publishers are going to be making very tough decisions about which authors are going to survive and which will be dropped. They’re being extremely selective about supporting new authors. You can do your part by buying new, asking for new books for the holidays, and encouraging your friends to do the same. So my 2008 holiday season campaign slogan: BUY NEW BOOKS? YES WE CAN.”

Whatever. Just go buy a book please 🙂