This was interesting because I've been culling books this weekend and am next to a huge pile of nearly every book I own. So the "nearest" was the one on top of the stack nearest me. This sort of shuffled up the meaning of "nearest book."
- Grab the nearest book.
- Open the book to page 56.
- Find the fifth sentence.
- Post the text of the next few sentences in your journal.
- Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.
"Even the addition of apparently decorative pinnacles seems to have been in response to a functional need for more weight to keep further cracks from opening up under the great forces of the wind to which a massive cathedral was subjected as it rose exposed from among all the ground-hugging buildings of a medieval town."
(To Engineer is Human by Henry Petroski)