Greetings Humans! Gosh, can you believe it’s finally Friday? It feels as if at least 50 days have passed since we last had a Friday. My mommy and daddy are home safely and are both back at work. Or at least Mommy was until Wednesday, and then the school got closed due to Covid 19. Bummer for some, for me it means cuddles.
It’s been awfully cold across the country and I’m sure everyone in South African would love to just stay in and cuddle. If only everyone knew how to take good care of fluffy little kittens, they could have all done that. Alas. I came from a shelter where it’s rather obvious that Kitten Care 101 still need to be mastered.
Mommy is working online and I am patiently waiting for her to close the laptop and open her book. I like the book that she’s reading now, it makes her ponder quite a lot and she strokes my head while doing so. I’ll just go ahead and share it with our Friday Friends while I wait.
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.
Mommy’s feature for today is a book that was recommended to her over 3 years ago. She bought it on her kindle and then it just laid there. Patiently waiting for the right time to be read. That’s a secret power that all books possess. There is a right time for them to be read, you won’t even know when they gently nudge you to be opened and turn to page 1.
Devil at My Heels by Louis Zamperini The inspirational and extraordinarymemoir of one of the most courageous of the greatest generation, Louis Zamperini: Olympian, WWII Japanese POW and survivor.
A juvenile delinquent, a world class NCAA miler, a 1936 Olympian, a WWII bombardier: Louis Zamperini had a fuller than most, when it changed in an instant. On May 27, 1943, his B–24 crashed into the Pacific Ocean. Louis and two other survivors found a raft amid the flaming wreckage and waited for rescue. Instead, they drifted two thousand miles for forty–seven days. Their only food: two shark livers and three raw albatross. Their only water: sporadic rainfall. Their only companions: hope and faith–and the ever–present sharks. On the forty–seventh day, mere skeletons close to death, Zamperini and pilot Russell Phillips spotted land–and were captured by the Japanese. Thus began more than two years of torture and humiliation as a prisoner of war.
A stirring memoir from one of the greatest of the “Greatest Generation,” DEVIL AT MY HEELS is a living document about the brutality of war, the tenacity of the human spirit, and the power of forgiveness. (Goodreads)
The book opens with a forward by Senator John McCain and I must just share the following quote from him:
“Like Louis Zamperini, I learned the truth in war: There are greater pursuits than self-seeking. Glory is not a conceit or a decoration for valor. It is not a prize for being the most clever, the strongest, or the boldest. Glory belongs to the act of being constant to something greater than yourself, to a cause, to your principles, to the people on whom you rely and who you rely on in return.”
Chapter 1, however, starts with the following line:
“I’ve always been called Lucky Louie.”
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:
“”Thanks, but don’t worry about me,” I told Coach Nicholson. “I can take care of myself.” Or at least act like I could.”
Last week I told you about this new feature that I also want to try. As you know, I did it without Mommy even knowing and it didn’t turn out too bad! This week Mommy is luckily at home and she can help me!
Friday Face-off is a weekly feature where we share different book covers of the same title. The beautiful Lynn over at Lynn’s Books is our lovely host and she will determine the themes for every week’s covers. You can choose your own book. Today’s theme is:
Holding an object
This was nice an easy! What better object to hold than a book. Not that it should be called an object. Treasure or precious belongings or valuable artifact is way more appropriate. I could think of only one book where the girl holds a book in every cover.
All the covers feature Matilda illustrated by Quentin Blake. Except the Bulgarian one. I think that is my favorite one. I love Matilda’s expression on that cover. I do hope that I also appear absolutely thrilled when holding a book!
What do you think? Which cover do you like most?
Let us know what you will be reading this weekend. Have you read any of our picks?
Have a wonderful weekend!
Lots of love,