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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 […]

First Paragraph: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

This is the year I became a fan of Rainbow Rowell, along with many other readers. She has given me many hours of pleasure with Fangirl and Eleanor and Park. Naturally, I was eager to read her newest book. I’m only on the first few pages, so the verdict is still out. I’m sharing the […]

First Paragraph: The New Men

Hi everyone, We are back from our super-celebration in Wyoming. The whole family came together to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and it was indeed memorable. Now it’s back to a sort-of-normal life. At least I didn’t stop reading. Life in the outdoors is just right for an avid reader. I’m finishing a new novel […]

First Paragraph: The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion

No one creates kooky characters like Fannie Flagg. After spending a little time with them, you swear you know them personally. Ms. Flagg’s latest novel is no exception. Here’s the first paragraph from The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion: First Chapter: A Most Unusual Week Mrs. Earle Poole, Jr., better known to friends and family […]

First Paragraph: Still Life With Breadcrumbs

This week I’m featuring a novel of one of my favorite authors, Anna Quindlen. Her latest novel is Still Life With Breadcrumbs. Here’s the first paragraph: A few minutes after two in the morning Rebecca Winter woke to the sound of a gunshot and sat up in bed. Well, to be completely accurate, she had […]

First Paragraph: Sycamore Row

I’m finishing up John Grisham’s latest legal thriller, Sycamore Row. It’s a visit back to some of  the characters and the countryside of Grisham’s earliest novel, A Time to Tell. I’m loving it. Here’s how it begins: They found Seth Hubbard in the general area where he had promised to be, though not exactly in […]

First Paragraph: The Glassblower of Murano

I’m reading an interesting novel that features Italian glass. The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato  alternates between current day glassblowers and those of a few centuries ago. So far, I’m really enjoying it. Here’s how it begins:  As Corradino Mankin looked on the lights of San Marco for the last time, Venice from the […]