My Friday Post: Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister

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Every Friday Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Gillion at Rose City Reader where you can share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The book I’m featuring this week is Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister, a book I  started reading yesterday and one of the books on my 20 Books of Summer list.

Anything you do say


It starts with a selfie. He is a random; we are not even sure of his name. We are always meeting them whenever we go out. Laura says it’s because I look friendly. I think it’s because I am always daydreaming, making up lives for people as I stare at them, and they think I’m inviting them over to chat.

I’m thinking that Joanna (we learn the narrator’s name 2 pages later) should stop staring at people like she does – it’s obviously asking for trouble.

Also every Friday there is The Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice.

30879-friday2b56These are the rules:

  1. Grab a book, any book.
  2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader. If you have to improvise, that is okay.
  3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  4. Post it.
  5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda’s most recent Friday 56 post.

Page 54 and page 56:

I haven’t told him. I haven’t told him. I haven’t told him. I haven’t told him.

How could I tell him? He would stop looking at me that way. That tiny, knowing smile of his. I’m one of the only people he likes. And so how can I tell him, before anyone else?

Well, I said she should stop staring at people – something bad has happened.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

20 Books of Summer 2019

20 bks of summer 2019

20 Books of Summer is on again this year, hosted by Cathy at 746 Books!

Pick your own 10, 15 or 20 books you would like to read idea and review between 3rd June and 3rd September – even better you can change the list whenever you want, which is perfect for someone like me who can never decide in advance what to read next.

I love making lists – even if I don’t stick to them. Each year I’ve taken part in this I’ve never managed to stick to my list but I’m having another go this year …

Here’s my initial list (of course what I actually read could be very different, but I’ll try to stick to this list). I’ve not listed them in any particular order, but just as they came to my mind:

  • The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey
  • Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L Sayers
  • Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  • The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal
  • The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley
  • The Moon Sister by Lucinda Riley
  • No Tomorrow by Luke Jennings
  • Blood on the Tracks by Martin Edwards
  • Operation Pax by Michael Innes
  • An Advancement of Learning by Reginald Hill
  • An April Shroud by Reginald Hill
  • Ruling Passion by Reginald Hill
  • The Island by Victoria Hislop
  • Those Who Are Loved by Victoria Hislop
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  • Becoming Mrs Lewis by Patti Callahan
  • Beneath the Surface by Fiona Neill
  • Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister
  • The Rose Labyrinth by Tatania Hardie
  • Daughter of Earth and Water: a biography of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley by Noel Gerson

Added on 25 May 2019 

As I read The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal before 3 June I am substituting The Silver Music Box by Mina Baites.

Silver Music Box