August 17, 2008


Jenna had a fun idea on her blog so I'm going to steal it. Participants welcome; the more the merrier!

1. Pick up that book sitting next to you.
2. Turn to page 123.
3. Find the fifth complete sentence.
4. Include the sentence and the book title in the comments section.

I'll start.

"She was twelve years old, lying still like this, waiting, shivering in the narrow bunk with polished mahogany sides." -On Chesil Beach, Ian McEwan


tim and brandi said...

Okay, the book sitting next to me... doesn't have 123 pages, so I'll just pick the 5th complete sentence (I'm not even sure that this IS a complete sentence?).

"You kick your left foot in, You kick your left foot out, You kick your left foot in, And you kick it in and out." -Hokey Pokey Elmo, By Abigail Tabby, Illustrated by Tom Brannon

Sadly, there are no other books within sight that have 123 pages, or that haven't been chewed on.


Jenna Holm said...

"The court impassively declined the grant her custody." -Iran Awakening by Shirin Ebadi

dayna said...

it's a quick read, but it did have a page 123
"Andy thought for a minute and said: 'OK. Here's what you do." --The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

JP said...

Before I start, I have to say that I loved all the entries thus far, especially tim and brandi's...hope to see more. Great post, TSC. :)

OK - here it is, for real:

"The rules that govern our daily lives would fill tons of fine print on tissue-thin paper."

OK - now I can't's the rest of the 'graph...

"Still, the human species, more than any other creature, is perfectly able to adapt to nearly any environment. We can swelter and prosper in jungles. We can tramp over ice and multiply in igloos. The rules and laws and the multitude of man's endless impositions on man that consume our freedom have become a part of the daily environment to which we have also adapted with little more than an occasional whimper.

Yeah, right now I'm still processing that the above came from page 123 of the book next to me: "Give Me Liberty: Freeing Ourselves in the 21st Century" by Gerry Spence.

Anonymous said...

"The voices drop."

- Water For Elephants, Sara Gruen

Anonymous said...

From "Four Seasons in Rome," by Anthony Doerr:

"Families promenade all around us, wearing Easter finery, laughing, gesturing, eating ice cream bars."