09 August 2019

Friday, Friday, Friday!

Welcome to Friday! With just a few weeks left til school (and my work) start back up again, I'm feeling even more focused to read, read, read!

I found a few book-ish memes to play along with this week. If that's how you found me, welcome! I've just started jumping on a few memes again lately, remembering how fun they all were way back when this blog was new (15+ years, whoa!).

This is my first time on the Book Blogger Hop from Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. This week's question (suggested by Elizabeth at Silver's Review) is:
What authors do you always read and recommend?
 I really needed a few minutes to think on this question. See, most of my reading is books I've been given to review. So when I finally get around to choosing, I usually have other people's recommendations or books that I've heard about lately and want to read.
One author I've read some really varied books from and enjoyed is Kristin Hannah. With a lot of books with different characters and subjects, I really feel she has a lot to offer for a variety of readers. Even while recommending her, there are some books of hers that I have yet to read.
I'm excited to read others' responses to this question, since my list of books/authors recommended to me is always growing :)

A couple weeks ago I really enjoyed the Book Beginnings meme from Rose City Reader, so I'm back!

The book I'm reading this week is a translated winner of the Icelandic Literary Prize called A Fist or a Heart by Kristin Eiriksdottir. It starts out:
My hands get no cleaner than an old bathtub. My fingernails are all clipped as short as possible, but the chemicals have managed to claw their way through the dead skin, into the bone. As if there's no enamel.

And last but not least for this week is the Friday 56 from Freda's Voice.

Here is my excerpt from page 56 of A Fist or a Heart:

SON:He'll never leave, will he? And if he does leave, he'll just come right back again?GRANDFATHER:You may have to kill him.
Wow. Sort of a deceptive excerpt - actually an excerpt of an excerpt. Part of the book is about a playwright, and this is just part of a play that character has written.


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

What interesting excerpts! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

Ashley Sapp said...

This book sounds fascinating! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

I like the two Kristin Hannah books I've read, too. The opening quote is quite descriptive. It grosses me out. My Friday quotes for PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING

fredamans said...

Quite intriguing!!! Happy weekend!

Roberta Gibson said...

Welcome back to Book Beginnings and 56. The book sounds fascinating. I would say dramatic, which I guess is appropriate with a character who writes plays.

Nicki J. Markus / Asta Idonea said...

I love Icelandic literature. If you haven't tried his works yet, I can recommend Halldór Laxness. :)

Laura said...

I wonder who they are referring to. Possibly the father?

Beverley Baird said...

I enjoy Kristin Hannah as well. I just discovered this meme and plan to participate.

Flora said...

Hi Becki and welcome to the Book Blogger Hop (BBH)
I love the fact that there are so many authors out there writing about anything and everything, that no matter what your into or what tropes you want, there's bound to be a book out there that fits the bill. I love reading adult paranormal romance and the various sub-genres within it and use my blog to share my love and thoughts about the books I read
Here's my BBH Post
I hope you enjoy your weekend, Becki.
Flora x

Literary Feline said...

I have not read anything by Kristin Hannah, although she is on my must read list. Your excerpts of A Fist or a Heart has be intrigued! I hope you are enjoying it. Have a great week and happy reading!

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I always read Stephen King, habit since I was a teenager. There are a few I have missed that I need to go back and read. The Ilona Andrews team can do no wrong, I read everything they write. That was a crazy beginning to that Icelandic book, I am curious to know more.