Friday 56 – The Beholder

Happy Friday everyone!

In these times where we’re spending most of our days at home and they all seem to melt into one, I definitely have that Friday feeling! As I’m a school teacher I’m both going in to school to look after key worker children and working from home on the days that I don’t,  so I am glad that the weekend is finally here!

Hosted by Freda’s Voice, the Friday 56 is a weekly bookish prompt. It’s quite easy to do and could cover no end of different books and genres so seems great if you’re looking for a quick snippet to discover something new!


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

This week’s Friday 56 comes from The Beholder by Anna Bright. I started reading this book to complete my Defence Against the Dark Arts exam for the OWLs Magical Readathon 2020 – it seemed to fit the prompt for a book set on the sea or at the coast.

Typically, page 56 is blank so as I’m not 56% of the way through yet, I picked out this quote to share with you.

Carved into the prow of one of the ships was a girl. Her long arms were flung wide, fingers splayed, and apples and olive branches rippled like hair around her shoulders. Sinuous carvings like ocean waves hinted at a flowing gown, with high-heeled shoes visible beneath, but she was ready for battle: a sword and a bow and arrow were crossed over her chest. Her face was blank but for enormous stars etched where eyes, ears and a mouth would be.

It’s a rather long one but I just love the description of the ship and the cover illustration fits this perfectly. I’m looking forward to hopefully getting it finished this weekend!

To find out a little more about The Beholder, you can find it here on Goodreads.

Are any of you taking part in the Magical Readathon? How many exams have you got left and do you think you’ll finish?

Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, happy reading everyone and stay safe this weekend! 🙂

T xx

16 thoughts on “Friday 56 – The Beholder

  1. I am not even sure what the Magical Readathon is! Today was the first I heard about it. But then, I’m not really staying up on blogging news as of late. 😦 The Beholder sounds really good! I hope you enjoy it when you read it!

    My daughter has her dance classes and rehearsals today (via Zoom), and so I am able to do a little blog hopping today. 🙂 I hope you have a good weekend. Stay safe and well.

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    • I only happened across it last year and it was so much fun. My friends have also started getting involved this year too. I’m aiming to do a Readathon wrap post with a little more information in it soon – just on my last book now!

      That’s so adorable about your daughter’s dance classes. Zoom has definitely been a bit of a lifesaver for lots of us!
      Enjoy your blog-hopping, stay safe! x


  2. […] At the end of April, I finished reading The Beholder for the OWLs Magical Readthon last month (wrap post here if you’re interested!). I was so intrigued to get into this book and not just because my copy was the Fairyloot Exclusive edition with pink sprayed edges and rose gold foiling on the front. The idea of sailing off to different kingdoms to look for a suitor on a big ship sounded perfect for the prompt of a book set on the seas/coast. If you want a little sneak peek of the book then check out my #Friday56 post here! […]


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