Friday Reads: The Night Watch and Idaho

Thinking of everyone who is in Florence’s path. Please stay safe!!

It’s most likely going to be a very rainy weekend here, so I’m hoping to catch up on some reading and blogging. I’m currently enjoying The Night Watch by Sarah Waters and Idaho by Emily Ruskovich.

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:

So this, said Kay to herself, is the sort of person you’ve become: a person whose clocks and wrist-watches have stopped, and who tells the time, instead, by the particular kind of cripple arriving at her landlord’s door.

For she was standing at her open window, in a collarless shirt and a pair of greyish underpants, smoking a cigarette and watching the coming and going of Mr. Leonard’s patients. Punctually, they came–so punctually she really could tell the time by them…

The Night Watch, Sarah Waters 




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:

As soon as Ann hangs up the phone in her bedroom, she feels overcome with guilt. This happened the other five times she called the prison, and each of those times, it was hard to look Wade in the eyes for a long time afterward. Calling the prison library, and mailing the book there in the first place, are the only times that her imagination has ever reached into real life, has ever conjured real danger.

Idaho, Emily Ruskovich



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



12 thoughts on “Friday Reads: The Night Watch and Idaho

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  1. I loved Idaho, but it’s the kind of book you need to read attentively, and not expect things to be laid out explicitly. That said, it’s gorgeously written and I’d be very curious about some of your opinions once you finish. The Night Watch is on my TBR. Enjoy!

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    1. I finished Idaho last night and am still processing my thoughts, but I absolutely loved Ruskovich’s prose. I liked the nonlinear timeline and didn’t mind all of the ambiguity and unanswered questions. I had some issues with the characters and often felt that their voices were almost indistinguishable from one another. Some of the secondary character POV’s were unnecessary and I did feel like the book dragged a bit towards the end. But the writing itself was stunning. I’m very excited to see what Ruskovich writes next!

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      1. I thought that Eliot’s POV was unnecessary, toward the end, but then I read a comment (I think on goodreads) that the point was to suggest that June put his backpack on the dock. While I do think that’s consistent with some other things we learn about her character, I did sort of wonder if there was a more efficient way to convey that information. In the case of characters sounding similar, I had the impression that was somewhat intentional. There seemed to be some “doubling” going on. But I did sometimes need to take a minute or two and check and remind myself who was narrating a specific portion.


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