The Friday 56: 6th June 2014


Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
Find a sentence (or few) that grabs you.
Post it. (Try to avoid spoilers)
Add your (url) post below in comments. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

This week I am still reading Castle In The Air  by Diana Wynne Jones. I’ve not had much time to read so I’ve been devouring a chapter each night. It’s been really difficult to put this book down at the end of each chapter since they are well-written and leave you wanting to know more. So my 56 is taken from page 156 of this magical book.

If you want to find out more about this book or series, here is its page on Goodreads.


Far to the south of the land of Ingary, in the Sultanates of Rashpuht, a young carpet merchant called Abdullah lived in the city of Zanzib. As merchants go, he was not rich. His father had been disappointed in him and, when he died, he had only left Abdullah just enough money to buy and stock a modest booth in the north-west corner of the Bazaar. The rest of his father’s money, and the large carpet emporium in the centre of the Bazaar, had all gone to the relatives of his father’s first wife.
Abdullah had never been told why his father was disappointed in him. A prophecy made at Abdullah’s birth had something to do with it.


On the way back to the haystack that third morning, he tried to work out just why he was feeling increasingly bad tempered and put-upon. It was not just that he was stiff and tired and damp all the time. It was not just that he seemed to spend such a lot of time running errands for the soldier’s cats – though that had something to do with it. Some of it was Midnight’s fault. Abdullah knew he ought to be grateful to her for defending them from the constables. He was grateful, but he still did not get on with Midnight.

L.A. Miles
Latest Book: The Stone Dragon


14 thoughts on “The Friday 56: 6th June 2014

  1. I’ve only read ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ but I absolutely loved it and also really liked Jones’ writing style! I think I might have to procure the rest of her books for this summer! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend!
    My BB
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  2. That name Midnight reminds me of a neighbor from a long time ago. She had a dog named Midnight. The way she called the dog’s name, three times in succession, would just make us crack up. Anyway, that’s sad. His father was disappointed in him. Can’t imagine how a child must feel knowing his parent is forever and always until death unhappy with them. Sad. Would like to read it.

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