Friday, April 11, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Writing Challenge

First, a little bit about Booking Through Thursday, since this is my first time participating. Booking Through Thursday is a weekly "assignment" for book bloggers. It gives us something interesting to write about and see what other's think on similar topics. Some past questions have been: "When somebody mentions “literature,” what’s the first thing you think of?" and "While acknowledging that we can’t judge books by their covers, how much does the design of a book affect your reading enjoyment?"

I thought this looked like fun, so I subscribed to the blog and this is my first post.

The challenge this week:
  • Pick up the nearest book. (I’m sure you must have one nearby.)
  • Turn to page 123.
  • What is the first sentence on the page?
  • The last sentence on the page?
  • Now . . . connect them together….
    (And no, you may not transcribe the entire page of the book–that’s cheating!)

From Page 123 of The Innocent Man by John Grisham: "He never wavered, in spite of some yelling and bullying from the cops, who said over and over that they knew Ron was guilty ... Surely they've got the wrong one."

At first, I thought this challenge was to make something up for what comes between these to sentences, but as I looked at other people's blogs I saw that they had just put the two sentences next to each other to see what kind of meaning could be gleaned from them. I was planning on still going with my original instinct, but as I'm feeling sleepy today, I've decided to take the easy way out. I think the two sentences above, together, are pretty interesting. But if you want to see a good blogger who actually wrote a story to connect her two sentences, go here.

What does you nearest book say on P. 123?


Chason said...

From "Thanks!" by Robert Emmons: "Hurricane Katria slammed into the Gulf Coast in last August of 2005 ... Over the Internet, they made an offer to open their home to hurricane refugees."

Shelby said...

I read "The Innocent." Sad story, but great book about it.. really good.

Becca said...

Re: The Innocent Mant: I know! I can't put it down. I started it yesterday and I only have 50 pages left. The problem is I was supposed to write two articles today but ended up reading for hours instead ... I guess I'm working the weekend.

LisaMM said...

Isn't that funny how so many people saw the challenge in a different way?

I thought your two sentences went well together. Thanks for visiting my blog.

trish said...

Hahaha!! YOU were right on this one...and many of us were wrong.