Weekend Book Friends #7

Friday, August 21, 2020


It's finally the weekend. We've had the coldest temperatures recorded in our little town, in years. We even had snow! Yes, we were all snuggled in as much as possible. But let'st talk about that on Sunday. Today is Friday and we want to talk books and chat to our Friday Friends. 

I've had so much fun playing around with The Friday Face-off, that I've run out of time with the rest of the Friday posts. So I am not choosing a new book for today, I am going to stick with one that I've started last weekend. 
It's a Middle Grade, time-travel story about a girl who sounds very much like a few people I know on the blogosphere:

"What she treasures above all else are books and she is consumed by them, reading and collecting whatever she can to satisfy her voracious appetite for stories, facts and history".

Jodie Broom, a 12-year-old girl (almost 13!), is like most girls her age. She loves her friends, music, and is always up for a good adventure. What she treasures above all else are books and she is consumed by them, reading and collecting whatever she can to satisfy her voracious appetite for stories, facts, and history.
But Jodie lives in the year 2075, and more than fifty years have passed since the banning of books and paper; it’s a time when no one can own a printed book, or even print photographs. In this E-world, experiences are largely simulated, from the reconstituted food to the zoo that only shows films of all the extinct species.
With her student library card, which gives her the ability to time travel, Jodie discovers that she and her friends can experience historical events and meet legendary characters, and can also find and bring home her precious books to keep safe in her secret hiding place. Goodreads

Book Beginnings



  For our first stop, we will pay a visit to Gilion over at Rose City Reader to share our Book Beginnings.  Every Friday you can link up and share the first sentence of your current read (or the one you plan to devour over the weekend), as well as your initial thoughts and impressions. Hashtags are the one thing I do know on social media, so simply #bookbeginnings so we can find each other. 

Jodie and the Library Card opens with:

"Jodie had that fizzy, foaming feeling in her tummy as if she had swallowed a chemistry set and it was now doing its own experiments inside of her. If any other moment in her life had been as exciting as this, she couldn't think of it. She was here! She was actually here - the 25th of November 1984!"

(Without consulting Google, how many of you know what happened on that date?)

The Friday 56


Next we will pay a visit to Freda over at Freda's voice who hosts the Friday 56. Don't show up empty handed though! 
  • Grab a book (Yes, any book. But it might get you to your other Friday activities a bit quicker if you just grab the book you are currently reading)
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader
  • Find a sentence or two (your other Friday activities might determine this)
  • Post it!
  • Remember to post your link on Freda's Voice and to visit the other guys in the linky.
  • And  last but not least, don't forget to list the title of the book and the author as well.

Lets' see what happens on 56 % of Jodie and the Library card: 

"If this was true, then Charles Joughin was about to spill his whiskey down his front as the ship crashed into the iceberg"

Three guesses to what ship they were time-travelling on. 

Book Blogger Hop 


The Book Blogger's hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. Every week, there will be a prompt featuring a book related question. It's hosted by Ramblings of a coffee addicted writer and he guess he hops around like a bunny due to all the caffeine. Hence his name. 

This week's question: Do you look at your shelves and stacks of books and wonder how you have ever read so many books?


I need to rephrase that question. My own stack of books and my own shelves, consists of a large number of books I actually haven't read yet. I just love buying new books and dream of the day I've read them all (never going to happen, the equation will never add up). So the question should rather be: Do you ever look at other peoples stacks of books and wonder how you have read so many books

Upon entering someones home, I love heading straight for their bookshelves and see which books I have read. Awkward habit, I know. Even just looking at other people's Goodreads shelves and comparing books, gives me thrills. 

The answer has gone both ways. Some shelves seem like a mirror and I feel ever so chuffed with myself. Others like a condemnation. Still so many books to read....You should see me in a secondhand bookshop. It's riveting. But I do love myshelf very much and can't wait for the new ones that will be filled with all the books I have read.  One day. 

Friday Face-off


Our last stop for today, is Friday Face-off, a weekly feature where we share different book covers of the same title. This fun-filled meme was originally started by Books by Proxy, but the beautiful Lynn over at Lynn's Books is our current host and she will determine the themes for every week's covers. You can choose your own book. Today's theme is:

Hubble Bubble - a cover featuring potions 

I had so much fun with this! Yes, I know there are thousands of books featuring potions out there. But please tell me, if you hear the words bubble and potion in the same sentence, don't you immediately think of the following quote:


I guess my book of choice for today's theme will need no introduction. I've tried going through all the cover designs on Goodreads. Are you aware that there are over 1000 different covers for this book? Good grief. So I ended up just choosing the ones that do feature that bubbling cauldron that has haunted millions of students for hundreds of years.


I completely forgot the check which publishing houses did what cover or who did the illustration. But please, all credit due where necessary. I would have to say my favorite one would be The Shakespeare for kids. Upper right corner. Love the child's drawing! The fact that the depiction didn't actually take place in the book, is completely irrelevant. 

Should I end off today and ask if you've read Macbeth? Let's rather go with: If you haven't read it, please let me know! 


Let us know what you will be reading this weekend. Remember to add your links to all our weekend friends.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Lots of love, 


Mareli  




25 comments

  1. Oh I love those covers and what a great choice of book! I particularly like the orange and black one - it's almost a bit like a woodcut - and the child's drawing is also brilliant!

    Have a great weekend! :D

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    1. Hi Proxyfish! I also like the orange orange one. It's got that witchy feeling to it.

      Happy weekend!

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  2. I don't tend to read YA or Middle Grade books but I would have adored reading Jodie and the Library Card in my early teens. I couldn't get enough of that type of book. Happy reading!

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    1. Hi Louise, not my preferred reading either, but with the kids at the library, the books cross my path randomly.
      Enjoy your weekend!

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  3. I love this post. The book you recommended sounds just my type and I would love to check it out. And I have not heard of Book Blogger Hop or Friday Face Off!
    Here's my Book Beginning:
    https://steppingstonesbookreviews.blogspot.com/2020/08/book-beginnings-on-fridays-starring-me.html

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    1. Hi there JadeSky! Hope you get hold of Jodie and the library card. It's actually part of a series.

      Thanks for the lovely compliment!

      Have a good weekend.

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  4. What great excerpts! Love the sound of the book. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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    1. Hi Laurel-Rain! Thanks for returning the favor.

      Happy weekend!

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  5. This is a great choice of book for the Friday Face-off! My favourite is the bottom far right cover with the dark red title font and just the cauldron without the witches. I like the sense of the unknown it engenders...

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  6. Great snippets! It's been awhile since I've read a time travel book and this one sounds so good! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have an awesome weekend! :)

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  7. This book has such a fascinating premise! And I love to compare books as well!

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  8. That was fun. And I bet you had fun putting it all together.

    Jodie and the Library Card sounds wonderful (well, except for the banning of paper products...that's awful). I wonder if I will be able to find it over here.

    Stay warm. I certainly don't think of your part of the world as snow-covered.

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  9. Sounds like a great read!! Happy weekend!

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  10. That book sounds really good. I hope you have a great weekend!

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  11. That book is going on my tbr right now! Thanks for introducing me. :)

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  12. A library card that REALLY does time travel? Great concept. Thanks for sharing - sounds like a good book :)

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  13. Ooh that sounds fun! And snow? Yikes. I don't think I'm ready for snow yet, although I do like to snuggle in on a nice snowy evening, so there is that. :)

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  14. Hi Greg! Yes, can you believe it?? Snow....! I also like to snuggle in the cold, but this was a different ballgame all together!

    Happy weekend, I will pop in for Sunday Post.

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  15. that's a lot to share and it's all good. have a great week
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  16. What a great post, Mareli. I love looking through secondhand bookshops too and one day I hope to have a reading nook with all my treasures on display and a proud look on my face as I say "I've read all of these".
    Love those potions book covers.

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  17. HI Sherry! I love information overload!!! Have a good week!

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  18. Hi Flora! Thank you so much. I appreciate your kind compliment. One day we will share photos (or whatever will be popular by then) of our gorgeous, well read bookshelves!

    Take care!

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  19. Ohh, that's inspired - why on earth didn't I think of Macbeth.
    Lynn :D

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