Tuesday, May 22, 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 At The Beach, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon.  

Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, Why Mommy Drinks, The diary of an exhausted mom . . . A novel by Gill Sims.  The excerpt shared is from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.


September

Tuesday, 8 September

First day back at school.  I am going to 100 per cent nail being a school mummy this year.  I can absolutely do this.  This year my school runs will go like this:

6 a.m.  Wake up, have a shower, put on the stylish and elegant outfit from my minimalist capsule closet that I laid out last night, before applying some light but sophisticated makeup, as suggested by Pinterest, complete with chic, flicky eyeliner.  Dry hair, then style into an 'easy' chignon - again according to the diktats of Pinterest - thus creating an overall 'look' the is modern yet classic, with an individual edge.  Now looking perfect, I'll tidy up the house so that we have a calm and welcoming environment to return to at the end of the day.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
The first paragraph really sums up the demands on the modern mother, and it was exhausting just reading it.  It did take me back to my own days of young motherhood, which thankfully occurred before all the pressure created by the internet and social media.  Times were a bit more relaxed then.

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26 comments:

Cleo Bannister said...

Haha yes most of us have experienced the gap between aspiration and reality!

Emma Littlefield said...

Been there, never achieved anything close to perfection, though I have look less frazzled as the daughter has gotten older. I think this would be a fun read.

BooksPlease said...

Glad I'm not a school mummy any more! It sounds as though she's aiming for the impossible, no wonder she drinks.

Kay said...

I agree with everyone. My days of being a school mom are long, long over, but the pressure in this paragraph is just wow! Bet she doesn't meet expectations. LOL

Donna H said...

That's too much work. I don't try that hard, but then again maybe that's why I'm still single. See what we are featuring at Girl Who Reads

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, I do love a good book about tired mums! LOL. All that work to prepare for being the best school mummy seems doomed to fail. But fun to read about.

Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

For sure!

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

I agree. And not as many prying eyes to see my imperfections.

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

I couldn't have put it better myself, Margaret. Cheers!

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

Talk about setting yourself up for failure--that first paragraph sure does!

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

You're right...way too much work.

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

I'm looking for a fun read right now, and thought this one would fit the bill.

Kathy Martin said...

I almost feel like the book could segue into humor. I can't imagine being that put-together in the morning. This week I have Willnot by James Sallis. Happy reading!

Beth F said...

This sounds like fun! I'm going to add it to my list.

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

That is just in the first hour...the book goes on to describe what's to be tackled at 7 a.m. and further!

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

I'm hoping it will keep me laughing through the weekend.

Monica's Bookish Life said...

Yes, this opening makes me exhausted, but I want to read more!

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

That's exactly how I felt, Monica!

Margot said...

At first I was turned off by the title, but I like the first paragraph. Yes, I'd like to read more.

Vicki said...

I had three kids in four years and don't remember my mornings being hectic. But the intro caught my attention.

Katherine P said...

Oh I love this! I love the idea of this but my mornings are always insanity. Part of the problem of having a house full of night owls I guess! I'd definitely keep reading this one.

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

For me, the cover illustrations made the title work.

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

Wow! You were/are a busy mom!

Catherine BookClubLibrarian said...

I'm hoping the narrator comes to the realization that she doesn't need to be so perfect.

Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine said...

I hadn't heard of this one but I'd definitely keep reading!

Mystica said...

Too too much. Interesting read.

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