Weekend Book Friends #10

Posted September 25, 2020 by elzaread in Weekend Book Friends / 28 Comments

Good morning dear Friday Friends! By the time you are reading this, we are hopefully well on our way to our holiday destination for the next couple of days. Yes, Elza is sulking at home, but she will be fine and might just realize how unbelievably spoiled she is.

I am looking forward to our holiday and hope that we will have adventures and wondrous discoveries just like Miss Benson in the book that I will be featuring today.

Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce


Margery Benson’s life ended the day her father walked out of his study and never came back. Forty years later, abandoning a dull job, she advertises for an assistant. The successful candidate is to accompany Margery on an expedition to the other side of the world to search for a beetle that may or may not exist. Enid Pretty is not who she had in mind. But together they will find themselves drawn into an adventure that exceeds all Margery’s expectations, eventually finding new life at the top of a red mountain.

This is a story that is less about what can be found than the belief it might be found; it is an intoxicating adventure story and it is also a tender exploration of a friendship between two unforgettable women that defies all boundaries. 


I only have enough time for Book Beginnings and Friday 56 today, next week there will hopefully be more time to do a full Friday post.

Book Beginnings

For our first stop, we will pay a visit to Gilion over at Rose City Reader to share our Book Beginnings.  Every Friday you can link up and share the first sentence of your current read (or the one you plan to devour over the weekend), as well as your initial thoughts and impressions. Hashtags are the one thing I do know on social media, so simply #bookbeginnings so we can find each other.

Miss Benson’s Beetle opens with:
“When Margery was ten, she fell in love with a beetle.
It was a bright summer’s day and all the windows of the rectory were open. She had an idea about sailing her wooden animals across the floor, two by two, but the set had belonged to her brothers once and most of them were either coloured-in or broken. Some were even missing altogether. She was wondering if in the circumstances you could pair a three-legged camel and a bird with spots when her father came out of his study.”

The Friday 56

Next we will pay a visit to Freda over at Freda’s voice who hosts the Friday 56. Don’t show up empty handed though!

  • Grab a book (Yes, any book. But it might get you to your other Friday activities a bit quicker if you just grab the book you are currently reading)
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader
  • Find a sentence or two (your other Friday activities might determine this)
  • Post it!
  • Remember to post your link on Freda’s Voice and to visit the other guys in the linky.
  • And  last but not least, don’t forget to list the title of the book and the author as well.
Lets’ see what happens on page 56 of Miss Benson’s Beetle: 
“I’m her assistant! We’re going on the adventure of our lives!””
And so are we!! I hope.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend, happy reading and stay safe.
Lots of Love,


Share the Meows
Follow by Email
Visit Us
Follow Me

28 responses to “Weekend Book Friends #10

    • Hi Catherine! Why does the title put you off? I love the cover and the title sounds intriguing. Just like the opening lines. I will keep you guys posted on the progress, hope to start with it later today!