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First Paragraph: The White Princess

I’ve said it more than once, when you belong to a book club, you often end up reading a book or two that you would never otherwise read. The White Princess fits into that category for me. I was the only member who had never  read a Philippa Gregory historical novel. I haven’t started yet, […]

First Paragraph: One Minus One

This week I’m featuring one of Nancy Pearl’s favorite books: One Minus One by Ruth Doan MacDougal. I just started listening to it and, so far, so good. Here’s the first paragraph: I said to the cocktail waitress, “Is there any way to get to Hull without going around that damn traffic circle?” “Well, miss, […]

First Paragraph: The Goldfinch

I’ve had The Goldfinch by Donna Tardt on my list for quite some time. To tell you the truth, I put off reading it because of it’s size. It’s 755 pages or 32.5 hours! A book club friend finally convinced me I would be missing a great book if I didn’t read it. She said, […]

First Paragraph: The Collector

I’m taking a much-needed “romance break” with my favorite romance author – Nora Roberts. The main character is a blogger, professional home-sitter, and she writes teenage novels. Here’s the opening paragraph: She thought they’d never leave. Clients, especially new ones, tended to fuss and delay, revolving on the same loop of instructions, contacts, comments before […]

First Paragraph: Looking For Salvation At the Dairy Queen

I love a good novel set in the American South. Susan Gregg Gilmore is a new author for me, but I love her style. I’m reading Looking For Salvation At the Dairy Queen. Here’s how it begins: My daddy always said that if the good Lord can take the time to care for something as […]

First Paragraph: The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

I have been waiting so long for this novel. I pre-ordered it on February 6th, and it was a long wait until finally released on August 26th. Was it worth the wait? Oh yes, it was. Chief Inspector Gamache has not slipped at all. Even in retirement. Here’s how the story begins:    As Clara […]

First Paragraph: The Buddha in the Attic

I’m currently reading Buddha In the Attic by Julie Otsuka for the A More Diverse Universe challenge. I’m almost halfway through, and I’m overwhelmed by it. As you can see, the writing style is different. Trust me, its quite effective. On the boat we were mostly virgins. We had long black hair and flat wide […]

First Paragraph: The Competition

This week I’m featuring The Competition by Marcia Clark. So far, its a riveting story about a sad subject — a mass school shooting, Here’s how it begins: 10:45a.m. Principal Campbell’s voice blared through the classroom loudspeakers. “As you know, it’s Homecoming, and I’m sure you’re all as excited about it as I am. Pep rally starts […]

First Paragraph: Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie

When Captain Roger Angmering built himself a house in the year 1782 on the island off Leathercombe Bay, it was thought the height of eccentricity on his part. A man of good family such as he was should have had a decorous mansion set in wide meadows with, perhaps, a running stream and good pasture. […]

First Paragraph: One Summer: America, 1927

Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea asks us to share the first paragraph of a book we are reading. As you can see it’s called First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. As readers we are often captivated or turned away by that first paragraph or two. Let’s see what you think about the first paragraph […]