It’s Not All Mary Poppins

I can never resist…

… a book meme. This one is from Kathy Howe at Kazoofus, though I’ve seen it all over the place.

Here are the rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people and post a comment here once you post it to your blog so I can come see!

Okay. Here are the sentences:

Instead, for the next two hours, again and again he led the firefighter back over the events of that day in an attempt to document precisely what the lieutenant did and didn’t know. “The first thing was that the fire didn’t behave the way it was supposed to,” Klein says. Kitchen fires should respond to water.

The book is blink. Subtitle: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, by Malcolm Gladwell. I am not as far as page 123 yet, but even from the perspective of page 66, I would highly recommend this book. It’s fascinating. (And, although he objects to the term (largely because of how he, personally, defines the word) I think it’s blatantly obvious that what the book’s discussing is indeed “intuition”.)

I don’t like tagging people, but I’d love to hear from you! Let me know if you do this!

March 5, 2008 - Posted by | books, memes and quizzes


  1. Okay, so the first book I picked up had no pg. 123, a chapter ended at 122 and the next one started on 125 (I’m not kidding)…the next book I picked up was a book of plays and one scene ended and another started on pg. 123.

    So, if I go around hunting for a book that will fit this meme I think it will defeat the purpose of rule #1.

    But I enjoyed reading yours. 😛

    Comment by Sheri | March 5, 2008 | Reply

  2. I’ve toyed with the idea of picking up Blink for myself. It does look like a fascinating read, although I always am hesitant to pick up a book like that for fear that they’ll butcher an interesting topic.

    Glad you’re liking it… I may very well get it if it comes with a recommendation from you!

    Comment by nebcanuck | March 5, 2008 | Reply

  3. I very much enjoyed that book, I also picked up and enjoyed Think!: Why Crucial Decisions Can’t Be Made in the Blink of an Eye by Michael R. LeGault.

    It’s deliberately written as the counter point to Blink. I found much to both agree and disagree with in each book.

    Comment by Monica | March 6, 2008 | Reply

  4. I picked up Walker Percy’s Message in the Bottle (on the shelf above the computer screen). The passage I got to copy…was about sentences.

    Comment by Bridgett | March 6, 2008 | Reply

  5. I have not read Blink yet but it is on my list of books to read. I picked up The Other Boleyn Girl.

    Comment by S | March 9, 2008 | Reply

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