Friday Reads: The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough and The Lark by E. Nesbit

Happy Friday the thirteenth!

I’m hoping the weather will be nice enough this weekend for me to spend some time reading outside. I could use a good dose of spring sunshine!

I’m currently halfway through the charming and witty novel The Lark by E. Nesbit, and I’m planning to start The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough for the upcoming The 1977 Club.

Keep scrolling for this week’s Book Beginnings and The Friday 56



Book Beginnings is a bookish meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you’re reading, along with your initial thoughts/impressions.

Book Beginnings:

On December 8th, 1915, Meggie Cleary had her fourth birthday. After the breakfast dishes were put away her mother silently thrust a brown paper parcel into her arms and ordered her outside. So Meggie squatted down behind the gorse bush next to the gate and tugged impatiently. Her fingers were clumsy, the wrapping heavy; it smelled faintly of the Wahine general store, which told her that whatever lay inside the parcel had miraculously been bought, not homemade or donated.

-Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

These first descriptive sentences have already managed to draw me in. I’m excited to experience this epic saga for myself.



The Friday 56 is a bookish meme hosted by Freda’s Voice that asks you to: Grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 and find a sentence that grabs you.

The Friday 56:

The parlour was made very pretty with flowers. (“Not too many,” Lucy; “we don’t want to look like the florists we are. Keep out the professional touch if you can,” said Jane.) And Jane, her foot hardly hurting at all, lay on the narrow Empire sofa, covered with the Paisley shawl that Lucilla had most opportunely found that very day in a previously unexplored hair-trunk in the attic.

-E. Nesbit, The Lark

The Lark features a wonderful narrator with comic asides, a cozy English country cottage, two delightful cousins, a flower business, and a romantic interest named Mr. Rochester. In other words, it’s the perfect spring read!


Have you read either of these books? What are you planning to read this weekend? 

25 thoughts on “Friday Reads: The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough and The Lark by E. Nesbit

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  1. The Lark is on my TBR. I hope it’s good!
    I read The Thorn Birds a long time ago. I liked it a lot at the time, but I’m sort of curious as to whether or not it holds up now.

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  2. I think I did read The Thornbirds hundreds of years ago – I certainly saw the miniseries. I remember loving it at the time, and I’m intrigued to know whether it’s held up over the years. Looking forward to your review!

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  3. I’ve read both — The Thorn Birds was a favorite read when I was a teenager, I’m sure I read it multiple times. I did reread it a couple of weeks ago in anticipation of The 1977 Club (also planning on reading Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym).

    I read The Lark last year on Simon’s rave recommendation and really enjoyed it. Excellent choice for a spring read!

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  4. I read The Thorn Birds a few years ago for the Australian Women Writers Challenge and enjoyed it very much. Hope its a good read for you, too. When I was a kid I remember all the older women going ga-ga for the TV miniseries.

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