“Phrase From Nearest Book” Meme

What can I say, Grig makes me do these things.

  • Grab the nearest book.
  • Open it to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
  • Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

Here’s mine, from ‘Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever‘:

Which train do you think would be most fun to run? Would it be a freight train or a passenger train?

There’s really only two sentences on this page – so I’m kind of cheating. But the rules said CLOSEST!

Comments 9

  1. Shipdawg wrote:

    What do you do if you don’t have ANY books with more than 56 pages?

    Found one!!!!

    “Your job is to simply try to keep your hat on and your Bic working.”

    Posted 13 Nov 2008 at 9:02 am
  2. theffer wrote:

    Multiple Award Schedule Contracting by John W. Chierichella & Jonathan S. Aronie:

    FPSA explicitly vests GSA with the authority (and responsibility) of prescribing “policies and methods of procurement” for most civilian agencies.

    The sentence ends with footnote 48. And the book I quoted from has been revised a number of times – I’ve just got the dated version within arm reach of my computer.

    Posted 13 Nov 2008 at 1:51 pm
  3. Mike wrote:

    The Secret Language of Competitive Intelligence, Leonard Fuld

    “Ackerman decided to act on Roush’s recommendations, in part to remedy Corning’s earlier strategic mistakes”

    Posted 13 Nov 2008 at 2:11 pm
  4. Christine wrote:

    The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry

    “When I glanced out into the tiny hall, my mother was merely lodged there, stuck there, not moving a muscle, like an actor waiting to go out on a stage, gearing up her courage.”

    Posted 13 Nov 2008 at 2:13 pm
  5. von wrote:

    First, Richard Scarry kicks ass.


    “(c) any agreement or understanding between parties to an interference, including any collateral agreements referred to therein, made in connection with or in contemplation of the termination of the interference, shall be in writing and a true copy thereof shall be filed in the Patent and Trademark Office before termination of the interference as between the said parties to the agreement or understanding.”

    Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Laws (2008 Ed.)

    Posted 14 Nov 2008 at 9:37 am
  6. Vince wrote:

    Drown, by Junot Diaz

    “You watch anything long enough and you can become an expert at it.”

    Posted 14 Nov 2008 at 1:23 pm
  7. Mike wrote:

    Second submission, as my first represented the book closest on my left-hand side.

    From the right-hand side:

    “Swim like the flowing river, fly like the wind”

    Life Strategies from The Art of War, Phillip Dunn (adopted from Sun Tsu)

    Way more interesting…

    Posted 14 Nov 2008 at 1:30 pm
  8. Lara wrote:

    Eyewitness Travel Guides: Paris

    “Among the highlights are the Unicorn Tapestries, the Kings’ Heads from Notre Dame and the golden altar from Basel Cathedral.”

    Recession, shmecession….I still want to go to Paris.

    Posted 14 Nov 2008 at 4:04 pm
  9. Vince wrote:

    Crap….Lara’s reading the Paris travel book again. Daddy needs a Christmas bonus!

    Von, Peppers, you have to read “The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz. Read it, read it! You will be hooked by the 4th line.

    Posted 14 Nov 2008 at 4:33 pm