“Friday 56” and “Book Beginning” No°4 :: Between Shades Of Grey

Two wonderful memes joined together. The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda at FredasVoice and Book Beginnings by Gilion at RoseCityReader.

Chapter 1

Thinking back, the signs were there – family photos burned in the fireplace,  Mother sewing her best silver jewellery into the lining of her coat late at night, and Papa nor returning from work.

Page 56

The priest looked up, flung oil, and made the sign of the cross as our train rolled away.
He was issuing last rites.

Between Shades Of Grey by Ruta Sepetys


Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.

This book has been on my shelves for a while now and I’m super excited to read it! I’d love to read you opinions on it, if you read it.



20 thoughts on ““Friday 56” and “Book Beginning” No°4 :: Between Shades Of Grey

  1. Can’t wait to start with this book myself. Just need to get my hands on it…. AND it might be a good idea to shorten my TBR list as well. Your blog is beautiful. Great weekend to you! Please check out my Friday Meets on my blog.

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    1. I’ve got 100 pages behind me and it’s so heartbreaking you just want to keep on reading. Thank you so much; you’re too kind! 🙂 wish you a great weekend as well and I’ll definitely check your poat too!


  2. I heard an interview with the author talking about all the buzz this book had gotten when it first came out. Apparently it came out around the same time that 50 Shades of Grey became a big deal and parents were calling demanding it be taken off the school library shelves because they were getting this book confused with 50 Shades which is of course completely different! The description caught my attention at the time but it kind of got buried by new shiny books that landed on my stacks. Thanks for the reminder! I love the teasers you shared.

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    1. A lot of my friends did the same, confusing it with 50 Shades of Grey, but I wouldn’t mibd telling them 100 tines how wonderful this book is and that they scould read it too. Thank you for the information, I didn’t know that 🙂


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