The Friday 56: 13th 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)
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Following the trend of the last few weeks, on this Friday the 13th I am now reading the third instalment from Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle series. A quirky and fun read, House of Many Ways follows the adventures of Charmain Baker, who really just wants to settle down somewhere in peace to read a good book. Of course, Wizard Howl and the rest of the usual suspects make an appearance too.

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


“Charmain must do it,” said Aunt Sempronia. “We can’t leave Great Uncle William to face this on his own.”

“Your Great Uncle William?” said Mrs Baker. “Isn’t heโ€“” She coughed and lowered her voice because this, to her mind, was not quite nice. “Isn’t he a wizard?”

“Of course,” said Aunt Sempronia. “But he hasโ€“” Here she too lowered her voice. “He has a growth, you know, on his insides, and only the elves can help him. Theyย  have to carry him off in order to cure him, you see, and someone has to look after his house. Spells, you know, escape if there’s no one there to watch them. And I am far to busy to do it.”


Safe! she thought. Somehow there seemed to be no doubt that inside Great Uncle William’s boundaries it was safe. She could feel it was.
After a bit, she said, “Oh, goodness! What a day! When I think that all I ever asked for was a good book and a bit of peace to read it in…! Bother Aunt Sempronia!”

L.A. Miles
Latest Book: The Stone Dragon


14 thoughts on “The Friday 56: 13th June 2014

  1. I absolutely loved ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ so I put all of Jones’ other books on my TBR pile. Just have to find some time to read it now. I love the beginning, the hushing of the voices, etc.! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy your weekend!
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    Juli @ Universe in Words

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