Friday, November 14, 2008

bookworm tag

okay, so I wasn't tagged for this, but Trish over at Hey Lady? Watcha Readin'? was and I'm stealing the tag.

Pass it on to five other bloggers, and tell them to open the nearest book to page 56. Write out the fifth sentence on that page, and also the next two to five sentences. The CLOSEST BOOK, not your favorite or most intellectual.

So the closest book to hand for me this morning is God Rest Ye Merry Soldiers: A True Civil War Christmas Story by James McIvor:

The Yankees surrendered, and that evening Forrest's men were on their way again, leaving as fast as they had come.  Hearing the news of Forrest's raid on Murfreesboro, and fearing a threat to their hold on the state's capital itself, the Union army at Nashville quickly pulled back from the forces they had too confidently spread all across Middle and West Tennessee.  For the rest of the summer and fall the Union army would remain encamped in and around Nashville behind strong fortifications.  And so it was to Murfreesboro that Bragg now, in late fall, decided to concentrate his entire Army of Tennessee.  He hoped to entice the Union army into a battle in which Bragg would hold the defensive advantage.

Yes, stunning I know...I wish there'd been a more interesting book to hand, but such is the life of a meme.

Your turn KT, E, Lauren, Kathy and Z!


Kenny P. said...

Hey, I want to do it, too! The book closest to me is Influence, The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini:

This proved highly effective, as I sold saleds contracts to an average of seventy percent of my customers, who seemed very satisfied with the purchase while others in my department clustered around forty percent. I never told anyone how I did it until now.

(Let me just explain that this is from a letter that the author received.)

Kenny P. said...

Oops, that should read "sales," not "saleds."

Holley T said...

I briefly wondered what a saled contract was but chalked it up to those gaps in my knowledge :)