Friday, November 07, 2008

Bookworm Tag..and I'm it!

So my Lovely sister in law Tan just tagged me for this little game. I believe I followed the instructions right. Pick up the nearest book (not favourite or most intellectual), turn to page 56, and copy out the 5th sentence...and the following two. So here it is:

And so once more to circular Quay in Sidney, where Governor Phillip and his straggly, salt encrusted band stepped ashore two centuries ago. I was back in Australia after a trip home to fulfill some other work commitments and to prepare for my real trip - my present trip - and now I was back and feeling, I have to say, pretty perky.

I obviously only wrote two sentences, because the real first sentence was part of an entirely different paragraph and didn't make any sense. Not that the above quote made any sense either...but it's better then what I should have written:

"Look what he left behind."

Would it have made sense to you?? Didn't think so.

So, this little excerpt is from a book by Bill Bryson and it's called "in a Sunburned Country".

It's an amazingly funny little book about Bill's travels through Australia. We read it last month in book club and I foolishly didn't finish in time. So I've been working on it for the last few days. I'm almost done...and I highly recommend. However, I'll have to warn you, it's pretty meaty - which means it's definitely not a quick or easy read. But it's a fun read...and can be read in little spurts. 5 minutes here 5 minutes there. I enjoyed it....for the most part. I'm still a fan of books that I can read in one day. I like to skim books and was so frustrated when I had to go back and thoroughly read through entire sentences and paragraphs. Who does that? Not me that's for sure. I think I would like a Reader's Digest condensed version of this book...something that highlights all the funny stories but lets me finish in a day. But then again, I'm not sure that's even possible with this book, because it's all good. Oh well.

So that's it. I choose not to tag anyone specifically because I don't have enough blog readers to tag. So if you read my blog...please do this!


Tanya said...

Meaty..meaning, I don't get it! Sounds like a good book though - definitely smarter than my reads:)

Anonymous said...

page 56?? You're assuming I read books that long... that means I read more than just to our grandchildren? Anyway, here goes:" If sleeping space for more than six individuals is required, cots can be placed in the living room." from "One Acre & Security, How to live off the earth without ruining it." That's the last sentence on the page, there are some plans for a 36 foot A-frame cabin taking up the rest of the page.