Tuesday, January 23, 2018

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 

                                                      
 
First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be Reading, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon. 
 
Today I'm featuring the opening paragraph from Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, which I received from the publisher.  


Little Fires Everywhere

Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down. All spring the gossip had been about little Mirabelle McCullough—or, depending which side you were on, May Ling Chow—and now, at last, there was something new and sensational to discuss. A little after noon on that Saturday morning in May, the shoppers pushing their grocery carts in Heinen’s heard the fire engines wail to life and careen away, toward the duck pond. By a quarter after twelve there were four of them parked in a haphazard red line along Parkland Drive, where all six bedrooms of the Richardson house were ablaze, and everyone within a half mile could see the smoke rising over the trees like a dense black thundercloud. Later people would say that the signs had been there all along: that Izzy was a little lunatic, that there had always been something off about the Richardson family, that as soon as they heard the sirens that morning they knew something terrible had happened. By then, of course, Izzy would be long gone, leaving no one to defend her, and people could—and did—say whatever they liked. At the moment the fire trucks arrived, though, and for quite a while afterward, no one knew what was happening. Neighbors clustered as close to the makeshift barrier—a police cruiser, parked crosswise a few hundred yards away—as they could and watched the firemen unreel their hoses with the grim faces of men who recognized a hopeless cause. Across the street, the geese at the pond ducked their heads underwater for weeds, wholly unruffled by the commotion.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
As with her previous novel, Everything I Never Told You, the author reveals a momentous event in the first paragraph of the story as well as hints about the stability of a seemingly normal family.  Ng has a talent for hooking the reader on the first page and delivering a well-crafted, thoroughly engaging tale. 

This book was selected for the next meeting of one of my book clubs, and I am eager to read and discuss it.



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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings

 It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:

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  • 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 an upcoming read, The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen.  The excerpts shared are from a copy I found on my Kindle. 
 
Every so often, I'll come across a title hiding on my little gadget that I didn't know I had and/or don't remember getting.  While my physical book shelves are constant visual reminders of my collection, what is lingering in the cloud is always a surprise.

The Things We Wish Were True  


BeginningMemorial Day Weekend, 2014
Sycamore Glen Neighborhood Pool
Matthews, North Carolina 
 
Cailey

Cutter and I were there when they opened the Sycamore Glen pool for the summer.  So I actually saw, with my own eyes, the spider web that was woven across the gate, keeping all the people from just walking right on in like they'd done every year.

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56% of eBook: "She hadn't answered to her parents in fifteen years and wondered how it was that she was back to making excuses as to her whereabouts."

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My thoughts:  I can feel the anticipation of summer in the opening lines.  Based on the synopsis, however, it sounds as though this will be anything but another ordinary summer in Matthews, North Carolina.
 
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From GoodreadsIn an idyllic small-town neighborhood, a near tragedy triggers a series of dark revelations. 
 
From the outside, Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, might look like the perfect all-American neighborhood. But behind the white picket fences lies a web of secrets that reach from house to house.

Up and down the streets, neighbors quietly bear the weight of their own pasts—until an accident at the community pool upsets the delicate equilibrium. And when tragic circumstances compel a woman to return to Sycamore Glen after years of self-imposed banishment, the tangle of the neighbors’ intertwined lives begins to unravel.

During the course of a sweltering summer, long-buried secrets are revealed, and the neighbors learn that it’s impossible to really know those closest to us. But is it impossible to love and forgive them?


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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph


It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 
                                                      
 
First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be Reading, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.

Today I'm featuring a book I picked up from the library, Promise Not To Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz.


Chapter 1

Hannah Brewster splashed the accelerant around the inside of the small cabin, working feverishly because time was running out.  She was certain now that the demon would come for her that night.  He had been stalking her for weeks.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
Jayne Ann Krentz is one of my go-to authors.  She writes in several genres, and her romantic suspense novels are among my favorites.  Every time I learn of a new title being released, I request it from the library.  This one is the second in the Cutler, Sutter & Salinas series.




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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings

 It's Friday . . . time to share book excerpts with:

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  • 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 an upcoming read, Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart.  The excerpts shared are from a hardcover edition I borrowed from the library.
 
 Genuine Fraud 

BeginningBegin here:
Third Week in June, 2017
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

It was a bloody great hotel. 

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Page 56: "She was another person by the time the doors opened."

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My thoughts:  The title and synopsis attracted me to this book, which I will be starting soon.  I've got a feeling it's going to be a page-turner.

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From Goodreads:  From the author of the unforgettable New York Times bestseller We Were Liars comes a masterful new psychological suspense novel--the story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

  

 
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Monday, January 1, 2018

First Book of the Year 2018

Happy New Year!!

Welcome to my first post of the new year . . . and my first meme of 2018 . . . hosted by the amazing Sheila at Book Journey.

My first book of the year is The Little French Bistro by Nina George . . .

  
   

This is also my first book club book of the year.

The group has read and enjoyed the author's previous novel, The Little Paris Bookshop, and all but one of us took a trip to Paris together a few years ago.  It will be fun to revisit France in our reading.


I wish all of of you a new year filled with health, happiness, dreams come true and, of course, good books!


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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and 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 my current read, Poison by Galt Niederhoffer.  The excerpts shared are from a hardcover edition I borrowed from the library.

  

Beginning:  Prologue
This story takes place in a home, if such a concept can be trusted, a home in which a family lives and loves one another.  

One
It's Thursday night, just after six, and Cass does the things of a mother.  

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Page 56:  "Daniel leaves, and Cass resumes her previous project.  She opens the sitter site, scrolls through the pics, and emails the feral brunette to set up an appointment."

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My thoughts:  Niederhoffer takes readers behind the scenes of the marriage of a seemingly normal couple that is coming apart at the seams.  Lies, secrecy, and cruelty are major components of this psychological thriller.

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From Goodreads:  Poison is a literary psychological thriller about a marriage that follows minor betrayal into a bubbling stew of lies, cruelty, manipulation, and danger.


Cass and Ryan Connor have achieved family nirvana. With three kids between them, a cat and a yard, a home they built and feathered, they seem to have the Modern Family dream. Their family, including Cass' two children from previous relationships, has recently moved to Portland —a new start for their new lives. Cass and Ryan have stable, successful careers, and they are happy. But trouble begins almost imperceptibly. First with small omissions and white lies that happen daily in any marital bedroom. They seem insignificant, but they are quickly followed by a series of denials and feints that mushroom and then cyclone in menace.


With life-or-death stakes and irreversible consequences, Poison is a chilling and irresistible reminder that the closest bond designed to protect and provide for each other and for children can change in a minute.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph


It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 


                                                      

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

Today I'm featuring the book I just finished, The End We Start From by Megan Hunter, borrowed from the library.  

 

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I am hours from giving birth, from the event I thought would never happen to me, and R has gone up a mountain.

When I text him, he sends his friend S to look after me, and starts down the mountain.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
This short dystopian novel grabs the reader's attention immediately and doesn't let go.  Not only is the unnamed narrator about to give birth, but she and countless others are subsequently displaced by massive flooding that leaves London underwater and sets people on a trek north for higher ground.  Fragility, hope, and the search for a viable community are all too real themes in this story of survival set in contemporary times.




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