Friday 56 Challenge Week 4

RULES: (From

*Grab a book, any book.

*Turn to Page 56 or 56% on your ereader.
If you have to improvise, that is okay.

*Find a snippet, short and sweet.

*Post it, and add the url to your post in the Linky below.

Also join in the fun on Instagram using the hashtags #Instagram56 #Friday56

Happy weekend to you all!

Second week of December, if one can believe it. The books that I began reading this week, namely Miracle Creek by Angie Kim and I'm Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagan, are really good and addictive. Here's to 2020 and more upcoming treasures! This is the book I will share with you this week. Enjoy! 
From Page 56:
"He let the man untie the handkerchief for the first time in days. Sunlight shocked him. It was impossibly bright and blue everywhere. Above him, a large-winged bird followed the wind over the rooftop of a building. In the air was the smell of something deep and old. He pushed through his own haze and tried to focus on the back of …

Bookish ( and not so bookish) thoughts #4

Huh, week goes really fast.

1. The goodreads winners have disappointed me because I hadn't read nor owned any of the winners, although yes, I did read and own some finalists.

2. I moved on to reading Miracle Creek by Angie Kim and I'm Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagan, both books that I will describe as gripping and addictive. I am also considering reading The Wife Between Us as well as An Anonymous Girl, both books by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen this month.

3. I feel that I'm kind of running out of 2020 books to feature on my Waiting on Wednesday blog posts because I'm struggling to figure out the connections, if any, between the remaining ones I have: A Bond Undone by Jin Yong, A Hundred Suns by Karin Tanabe, and I Want You to Know We're Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir by Esther Safran Foer.

4. At long last, my early New Years present, The Golden Wolf by Linnea Hartsuyker, has arrived! Just wish the cover was different than the one I got...


Waiting on Wednesday

(First paragraph from blog)

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you're continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.
I am thinking that two books of 2020 per week might be much. I tend to feature books that I already have/own rather than something I don't have because I might get obsessed with it, which isn't good. I am crossing my fingers that I might get a few more 2020 releases so I can last until January when I will only feature one book per post. 
The first book that I am featuring is titled The Book of V by Anna Solomon which seems to deal with triple timelines (one story takes place in modern times, one in 1970s and one is sort of a retelling of Q…

G1153 Book Review of The Fragility of Bodies by Sergio Olguin

Name of Book: the fragility of bodies

Author: Sergio OLGUIN (translated by Miranda France)

ISBN: 978-1-912242-19-1

Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press

Part of a Series: Veronica Rosenthal Trilogy

Type of book: Argentina, trains, mystery, journalism, 2000s, poverty, wealth, connections, South America, daily life, Buenos Aires, coca cola, soccer

Year it was published: 2019 (original 2012)


When she hears about the suicide of a Buenos Aires train driver who has left a note confessing to four mortal ‘accidents’ on the train tracks, journalist Veronica Rosenthal decides to investigate. For the police the case is closed (suicide is suicide), for Veronica it is the beginning of a journey that takes her into an unfamiliar world of grinding poverty, crime-infested neighborhoods, and train drivers on commuter lines haunted by the memory of bodies hit at speed by their locomotives in the middle of the night. Aided by a train driver with whom she has a tumultuous and reckless affair, a junkie in rehab…

G1164 Book Review of A hero born by Jin Yong

Name of Book: A Hero born

Author: Jin Yong (translated by Anna Holmwood)

ISBN: 978-1-250-22060-8

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Part of a Series: Legend of the Condor Heroes

Type of book: 1200s, China, Song Dynasty, Mongolia, Jin Empire, fantasy, wuxia, contest, betrayal, family, secrets, relationships, greats, immortals, Genghis Khan, farming, wealth, simplicity 

Year it was published: 2019 (1955)


The epic Chinese classic and phenomenon published in the US for the first time!

A fantastical generational saga and kung fu epic, A Hero Born is the classic novel of its time, stretching from the Song Empire (China 1200 AD) to the appearance of a warlord whose name will endure for eternity: Genghis Khan. Filled with an extraordinary cast of characters, A Hero Born is a tale of fantasy and wonder, love and passion, treachery and war, betrayal and brotherhood.

And then a hero is born...

After his father, a Song patriot, was murdered, Guo Jing and his mother fled to the plains and joined…

First chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros: The Limits of the World by Jennifer Acker

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be At The Beach, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.
I am kind of sad that my previous post of It's Monday! What Are You Reading? Didn't encourage any comments :( so almost done with At Least Know This and will begin I'm Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagan soon. 
Here is the read next in line after I'm Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagan. Enjoy!

The Limits of the World by Jennifer Acker
Part I 
Urmila rearranged the animals. They were homely, unwelcoming; no one was buying. Should she group them by type: elephants next to rhinos next to giraffes? 
All morning, only two customers came into the shop. The first peered, scowled in confusion, then left. The second was a girl with hair stuck together in clumps, wanting to buy a dashiki. 
"You want to dress like a man? Wait until Halloween,&q…

It's Monday! What Are you reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them. (From thebookdate.)
I am continuing to read Miracle Creek by Angie Kim as well as At Least Know This by Guy P. Harrison. Miracle Creek will definitely make it on top of my 2019 best of list, that I guarantee. (Why didn't I start reading it sooner?) I also am still reading the Conn Iggulden book, The Ab…