A Book Meme: Excerpting Your Closest “Friend”


Well, I discovered this meme here and decided, what the heck. The rules are as follows:

  • Grab the nearest book.
  • Open the book 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 favourite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

And here is what I ended up with:

The early trading ports, where merchants held sway, seldom achieved ascendancy in the ancient world. (From: The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State by Frederick Engels)

And just to be more entertaining I will grab a book that isn’t in my stack of “school books” that would technically be closest if I wasn’t in class at the moment:
So, while she was curious, Anne felt her interest was intrusive and never asked him about his family. (From: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell).

Everyone is tagged for this one. It’s fun. Do it!

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About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Florida studying science fiction, postcolonialism, posthumanism, and fantasy.

2 thoughts on “A Book Meme: Excerpting Your Closest “Friend”

  1. From Plato’s The Republic, excerpted in The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism:

    ‘If people are going to revere the gods, revere their parents, and not belittle friendship with one another, then apparently those are the kinds of stories they should and shouldn’t hear about the gods, from childhood onwards.’

  2. I had to go with definitions because the closest book of mine was actually a dictionary. So, the fifth word down is:

    Armageddon .är-mƏ-ged-Ən n : A final conclusive battle between the forces of good and evil: also : the site or time of this
    (The Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

    This was an odd one for me, because I am not a believer in Biblical Armageddon (a misnomer, as there isn’t an Armageddon in–or predicted by–the Bible) and that’s the first thing that came to mind when I saw the word.

    The next two closest books were tied:

    Is that how he’s going to establish himself in the world, with a child’s name?

    (The Complete Book of Baby Names by Lesley Bolton)


    Dhulin turned in her saddle to follow the direction of his gaze.

    (The Sleeping God by Violette Malan)

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