Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which we  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Today’s feature is a book I am currently reading:  Spare, by Prince Harry.

Book Beginning:

We agreed to meet a few hours after the funeral.  In the Frogmore gardens, by the old Gothic ruin.  I got there first.

I looked around, saw no one.


Friday 56:

As the youngest and smallest I always took the brunt.  But I also did the most escalating, the most asking for it, so I deserved everything I got.



It was one of the most searing images of the twentieth century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow—and horror. As Princess Diana was laid to rest, billions wondered what Prince William and Prince Harry must be thinking and feeling—and how their lives would play out from that point on.

For Harry, this is that story at last.

Before losing his mother, twelve-year-old Prince Harry was known as the carefree one, the happy-go-lucky Spare to the more serious Heir. Grief changed everything. He struggled at school, struggled with anger, with loneliness—and, because he blamed the press for his mother’s death, he struggled to accept life in the spotlight.

At twenty-one, he joined the British Army. The discipline gave him structure, and two combat tours made him a hero at home. But he soon felt more lost than ever, suffering from post-traumatic stress and prone to crippling panic attacks. Above all, he couldn’t find true love. 

Then he met Meghan. The world was swept away by the couple’s cinematic romance and rejoiced in their fairy-tale wedding. But from the beginning, Harry and Meghan were preyed upon by the press, subjected to waves of abuse, racism, and lies. Watching his wife suffer, their safety and mental health at risk, Harry saw no other way to prevent the tragedy of history repeating itself but to flee his mother country. Over the centuries, leaving the Royal Family was an act few had dared. The last to try, in fact, had been his mother. . . .

For the first time, Prince Harry tells his own story, chronicling his journey with raw, unflinching honesty. A landmark publication, Spare is full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.


What do you think?  I am engrossed in this book.  Would you keep reading?



14 thoughts on “BOOKISH FRIDAY: “SPARE”

  1. Well, I don’t think I’ll be reading it. I saw the Netflix series, and I just felt… like… uncomfortable. I’m sure the book is fascinating, and he does have a story to tell, but I think I’ve heard enough already. I wish him, Megan and their kids all the best of health and happiness. I know they’re doing good things in the world, and I admire them for that.

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  2. joyweesemoll

    I’ve been hearing that this is good, too. I’m glad that you’re enjoying it. In spite of hosting British Isles Friday, I’m not sure that I’ll read this book — too heartbreaking for all involved. But I hope someone else links up a review of it!

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