Just to prove to Chris that I actually DO read I’ll definitely respond to the challenge. The funny thing is that the book I’m actively reading right now is an ebook with absolutely no page numbers – which is a shame because I’m enjoying it. If you’re curious, it’s Robert Shea’s book Shike, which I would categorize as Japanese historical fiction and is released under a (cc) license.

Since I can’t post from that book I will grab the first book off the top of the pile on my nightstand. See what you can do:

“However over-determined the network architecture of the highway system, the distributive organization of vehicles offers other wildcards or tactical sites as well. The vehicle population migrates, for instance, often rapidly changing its course in response to other volatile formats in culture. Malls, for instance, just completing a half-century wave of growth that altered millions of acres of territory, are now being replaced by giant new retail formats.”

I’ll even pass this meme on to five others from my daily-must-check-feed list… most of whom have very little idea who I am, if any. We’ll see if they play along:

kliger – The artifacts of your online reading are continuously intriguing, I’m sure your books are too
Brian – Whatever you’re reading, you’ll turn it into a funny story
Heidi – Ok, you know me, maybe you don’t know I think you’re always making something interesting
Susan – curious what someone who quits her day job to actually enjoy life is reading.
Oops, sorry I don’t have a #5

These are the rules:

  1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages)
  2. Open the book to page 123
  3. Find the fifth sentence
  4. Post the next three sentences (sentences 6-9)
  5. Rinse, repeat


  1. Yeah, not only that but I’m reading it off that little Nokia 770 and liking it, though I do wish there were some anchors for each chapter.

  2. First, to answer your question: I read purely for entertainment. It works well with living my life to the fullest – on my terms. *grin*

    Here’s the excerpt:

    “His eyes lift. For the first time in her life the wolf locks gazes with a human. She stands as still as only a predator will, life focused on her powerful stare. The man backs away.”

    The book is “Ordinary Wolves” by Seth Kantner. It is a novel about a boy growing up in the Alaskan wilderness, reared entirely on the land, who has never been anywhere but a nearby Inupiaq village.

  3. I’m impressed that you even think I could come up with anyone who has a blog that would read my blog!

    I’ll give it a try!

    On September 17 they resigned themselves to wintering on the open pack ice, and must have known that this meant probably death. They built a kind of igloo on a big ice floe and with a net tried to catch plankton to eat. Two days later they caught several seals, enough to give them hope of surviving into February, and began to drift past White Island, which seemed to comprise a huge glacier and some cliffs.

    Its from The Frozen Ship: The Histories and Tales of Polar Exploration and the passage is called Ballooning to the North Pole: The Andree Expedition. I’m only page 35 which is just barely past the introduction.

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