Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

This was first brought to my attention by Inspiration Pie.

What Stacy is Currently Reading:

Out Of Time by Loretta Livingstone

“Giles was annoyed. He had been intending to spend some time at his manor, which had been too often neglected of late, but John had summoned him, with a handful of others, to act escort. He had not been present at John’s meeting but, to judge by his expression, things had not gone well. The whole thing was beginning to smell suspiciously of treason. A murrain on John and his accursed intrigues. Giles did not want to be involved in this but could see no way out.”

My thoughts….

This sounds interesting (anything that smacks of treason always does to me)… I am eager to find out what is afoot. John sounds like a jerk and not a person won would want to be associated with.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

“When people ask me what I do– taxi drivers, hairdressers– I tell them I work in an office. In almost nine years, no one’s ever asked what kind of office, or what sort of job I do there. I can’t decide whether that’s because I fit perfectly with their idea of what an office worker looks like, or whether people hear the phrase work in an office and automatically fill in the blanks themselves– lady doing photocopying, man typing at a keyboard.”

My thoughts….

It sounds like this girl is someone easily overlooked, someone people normally don’t notice– just a faceless body that takes up space. I imagine she feels lonely, but perhaps she likes being unnoticed and nondescript. It also sounds like she perhaps has a dull boring life, and she couldn’t provide any exciting details anyone would care to hear… I am curious how this will unfold.

Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted at Freda’s voice.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

You know me– I always do one off my shelf that I have already completed, usually a throwback (often a way, way throwback LOL)…. so without further Adieu, the next one in line is:

The Truth About The Drug Companies by Marcia Angell

page 56:

“That output hardly seems to warrant Mr. Holmer’s high flown rhetoric. To be sure, we do occasionally get important new drugs. Gleevec, for example, may mean the difference between life and death for people with a certain type of leukemia. But in recent years truly innovative drugs like that have come along very infrequently. Most of the drugs mentioned here, even though innovative, were last ditch treatments– rarely cures– to be used when older drugs hadn’t worked. And given the trend, we have to ask whether the $30-plus billion big pharma ostensibly puts into its R & D is well spent. We also have to conclude that, if high prices and profits in excess of any other industry are indeed a stimulus for innovation, drug companies have not kept their part of the bargain.”

Bookish thought for the day:

“Reading serves for delight, for ornament, for ability.– The crafty contemn it; the simple admire it; the wise use it.” …. Sir Francis  Bacon