Monday, June 21, 2021

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 

. . . First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros . . . now hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews, where bloggers share excerpts from a book they have read, are currently reading, or are planning to read.

Today I'm featuring Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead. The excerpt shared is from a hardcover edition borrowed from the library.

First Chapter:  Little America III, Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica 
March 4, 1950

I was born to be a wanderer. I was shaped to the earth like a seabird to a wave. Some birds fly until they die. I have made a promise to myself: My last descent won't be the tumbling helpless kind but a sharp gannet plunge--a dive with intent, aimed at something deep in the sea.


What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 

I had great hopes that I would find the time to read this meaty 589 page book before it was due back at the library. After all, I had placed a hold months before my name came up in the queue, and I was motivated to give it a go. But, alas, other reading and work obligations took priority, and because of the number of others waiting to read this novel, I couldn't renew it. Maybe it will become a fall or winter read . . .


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  1. What a great sounding book! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I want to try this as well but, I always tend to put the heftier books on the back burner unfortunately. I like the writing.

  3. Sounds like it has potential. Like Diane, I tend to put the heftier books on the back burner too. I shouldn't do that but that's what ends up happening.

  4. This does sound like it has potential and how frustrating that it had to go back to the library before you really had a chance to read it! I've had that happen a time or two. I hope you love it when you get it again.