Tuesday, February 21, 2017

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .

                                                      

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, is where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.  

Today I'm featuring my current read, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. 


Book One
1922
The Ambassador

At half past six on the twenty-first of June 1922, when Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov was escorted through the gates of the Kremlin onto Red Square, it was glorious and cool.  Drawing his shoulders back without breaking stride, the Count inhaled the air like one fresh from a swim.  The sky was the very blue that the cupolas of St. Basil's had been painted for. Their pinks, greens, and golds shimmered as if it were the sole purpose of a religion to cheer its Divinity.  Even the Bolshevik girls conversing before the windows of the State Department Store seemed dressed to celebrate the last days of spring.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
This descriptive opening sets the scene in vivid detail and draws me into the story. I'm reading this book with one of my book clubs, and have been anticipating settling into another historical story by this author.  I was completely enthralled with Towles's previous novel, Rules of Civility which is set in late 1930's Manhattan.  Even though I read Rules several years ago, I still remember savoring the characters and sparkling dialogue.





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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .

                                                      

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, is where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.  

Today I'm featuring my current read, Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough, which I borrowed from the library. 

 Behind Her Eyes

1
THEN

Pinch myself and say I AM AWAKE once an hour.
Look at my hands.  Count my fingers.
Look at clock (or watch), look away, look back.
Stay calm and focused.
Think of a door.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The terse sentences of the opening convey a sense of urgency and danger.  Who is the narrator?  Where is he or she at the moment?  I want to know more.





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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .

                                                      

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, is where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.  

Today I'm featuring my next read, The Girl Before by JP Delaney, which I borrowed from the library.  According to the book jacket, it is the first psychological thriller (written under a pseudonym) from a writer who has penned bestselling fiction under other names. 

 The Girl Before 

THEN: EMMA

It's a lovely little flat, the agent says with what could almost pass for genuine enthusiasm.  Close to the amenities.  And there's that private bit of roof.  That could become a sun terrace, subject of course to the landlord's consent.

Nice, Simon agrees, trying not to catch my eye.  I'd known the flat was no good as soon as I walked in and saw that six-foot stretch of roof below one of the windows.  Si knows it too but he doesn't want to tell the agent, or at least not so soon it'll seem rude.  He might even hope that if I listen to the man's stupid patter long enough I'll waver.  The agent's Simon's kind of guy: sharp, brash, eager.  He probably reads the magazine Simon works for.  They were exchanging sports chat before we even got up the stairs.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The opening doesn't give away much, but I have seen this title all over the blogosophere.  My curiosity is definitely piqued, and I am anxious to find out first hand what all the buzz is about.





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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .

                                                      

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, is where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.  

I've been out of the blog loop since the start of the year, but I'm back today and featuring Miss Jane by Brad Watson, a novel I acquired last May at Library Journal's Day of Dialog for librarians. 
 
  Miss Jane: A Novel 


You would not think someone so afflicted would or could be cheerful, not prone to melancholy or miseries.  Early on she acquired ways of dealing with her life, with life in general.  And as she grew older it became evident that she feared almost nothing--perhaps only horses and something she couldn't quite name, a strange presence of danger not quite or not really a part of the world.


 
What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The first paragraph is intriguing and makes me curious about the life of the character whose outlook is described.  I'm several chapters into this story, which begins with the birth of Miss Jane in 1915 rural Mississippi.

Incidentally, I find the cover stunning.






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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . .

                                                      

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, is where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.  

Today I'm featuring Alice Hoffman's newest novel, which I selected as my First Book of the Year 2017.  

  

Chapter 
1

In February, when the snow comes down hard, little globes of light are left along Route 110, on the side of the road that slopes off when a driver least expects it.  The lights are candles set inside paper bags, surrounded by sand, and they burn past midnight.  They shouldn't last for that amount of time, but that's part of the miracle.  On the second anniversary of the accident, a gang of boys creep out their windows and gather at two in the morning to see if Helene's mother, Diana Boyd, drives along the road replacing each melting pool of wax with a fresh candle.  They're hoping to reveal a con in process and dispel the myth of a miracle, but after keeping watch for a while the boys all flee.  In the early morning hours, safe in their beds, they wonder how much of the world can never be understood or explained.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The first paragraph is a good example of Hoffman's exquisite writing style.  With a mystical touch she connects a significant past event with the present, while observing the elements of nature (human and environmental) and the complexity of life.

Those of you already familiar with this novel (and/or Hoffman's other work) know what I mean.  If you haven't yet sampled an Alice Hoffman novel, I hope 2017 will be the year that you do.





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Sunday, January 1, 2017

First Book of the Year 2017

Happy New Year!!

It's 2017. . . Welcome to my first post of the new year . . . and my participation in a new meme . . . First Book of the Year . . . hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

My first book of the year is Faithful by Alice Hoffman . . .

 

I am a huge fan of Alice Hoffman, having read and enjoyed so many of her books over the years.  

Her newest novel is the January selection of one of my book clubs.  Last year this group read Hoffman's 2014 novel The Museum of Extraordinary Things and it was one of our favorite books of the entire year.  

I can't think of a better read to start off the new year . . .

Now, I'm going to visit Book Journey to see what other bloggers have selected as their first books of the year.



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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 & Book Beginnings


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It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
Today I'm featuring When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz.  The excerpts shared are from the hardcover version I borrowed from the library.

 

Beginning:  Chapter 1
The killer waited patiently for the target to emerge from the cabin.

There was no great rush, after all.  The waiting allowed time to savor the prospect of revenge.

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Page 56:  "'Use your own judgment, Mr. Cutler.  I just want answers.'"
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My thoughts:  Jayne Ann Krantz is one of my favorite authors--a talented novelist who writes under several different names and in several genres.  This is slated as my next read, my last of 2016.  It's comforting to end the year with the newest work of an author who never disappoints me.
 
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From Goodreads:   When Charlotte Sawyer is unable to contact her step-sister, Jocelyn, to tell her that one her closest friends was found dead, she discovers that Jocelyn has vanished.

Beautiful, brilliant—and reckless—Jocelyn has gone off the grid before, but never like this. In a desperate effort to find her, Charlotte joins forces with Max Cutler, a struggling PI who recently moved to Seattle after his previous career as a criminal profiler went down in flames—literally. Burned out, divorced and almost broke, Max needs the job.

After surviving a near-fatal attack, Charlotte and Max turn to Jocelyn’s closest friends, women in a Seattle-based online investment club, for answers. But what they find is chilling…

When her uneasy alliance with Max turns into a full-blown affair, Charlotte has no choice but to trust him with her life. For the shadows of Jocelyn’s past are threatening to consume her—and anyone else who gets in their way...
 


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