Friday Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 | #8

Friday Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and the Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

So Friday Book Beginnings you choose the book you are currently reading or the one that is closest to you and share the first few sentences. For the Friday 56 you simply turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and share a sentence or two that you enjoy. Then just add maybe a synopsis about the book in case others are interested. That’s it!


from Goodreads
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Published on: April 1st, 2014
I bought this because it is set in Iceland. In 2013 I spent 10 days in Iceland and it was the most beautiful place and culture I have ever experienced.

Synopsis: Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes’s death looms, the farmer’s wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard.

Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

Book Beginning: They said I must die. They said that I stole the breath from men, and now they must steal mine.
Such a good opening!
Page 56: Some days I think that I haven’t really slept since the fire, and that maybe sleeplessness is punishment from God. Or Blondal, even: my dreams taken with my belongings to pay for my custody.
Thoughts: I’m not too far in the novel, but I am really enjoying it so far and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds. Also, I just love that it’s set in Iceland.
What are your thoughts? Comment down below!
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24 Responses to Friday Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 | #8

  1. Kathy Martin says:

    This one does sound intriguing. This week I'm spotlighting The Obsession by Nora Roberts. Happy reading!


  2. Whitney Behr says:

    I have been wanting to read Burial Rites as it sounds like “on the edge of seat read”. Hopefully the fabulous opening line will not disappoint!


  3. I have been seeing this one around, and I'm very curious. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.


  4. Anne Bennett says:

    I am always looking for books set in different countries, highlighting different cultures. I will look for this one.


  5. I enjoy reading books set in places I've lived or visited, so I can see the appeal of this book to you. The opening makes me want to read it too.
    My Friday post features LONGSHOT.


  6. Katherine P says:

    I love the idea of a book set in Iceland – especially a mystery! I love when a book takes place somewhere that's special to me. It makes reading the book even better!


  7. Laura Thomas says:

    A lovely cover and that opening is a great hook to keep me reading:)

    My 56 from A Monster Calls


  8. Kim Griffin says:

    I'd love to see Iceland! That must have been great! The book sounds really good too! Hope you continue to enjoy it! Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a great weekend!


  9. Maria says:

    This sounds interesting but I'll be honest and state up front that if she dies after I've invested time in getting to know her and like her – that would make me really angry and never want to read the author again…lol…so I would have to know that the ending is one that I would be okay with….Thanks for visiting my Friday meme


  10. The opening is so intriguing I've added this to my TBR list.


  11. I've been eyeing this one at the library – I'm thinking I need to pick this one up!

    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).


  12. fredamans says:

    Very good opening indeed! Happy weekend!


  13. Danica says:

    I agree! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


  14. Danica says:

    It's taking me a while to get into it but I know it's going to be a great read! Definitely pick it up!


  15. Danica says:

    Yay! So glad it piqued your interest!


  16. Danica says:

    I think that is why I'm so hesitant to fully invest myself into it yet. I'm hoping she doesn't!


  17. Danica says:

    Iceland was amazing. I wish I can make it back there soon. I hope you're enjoying your weekend!


  18. Danica says:

    Two great ingredients for a good book!


  19. Danica says:

    Iceland is a place that isn't really featured in a lot of novels and I love that this one does!


  20. Danica says:

    I hope you give it a chance in the future!


  21. Danica says:

    I hope you pick it up!


  22. Danica says:

    I hope you get a chance to give it a read!


  23. Danica says:

    I'm hoping so too! I hate when books have great openings but then the rest disappoints.


  24. Danica says:

    I hope you have chance to pick it up. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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