First Paragraph: Summer’s End

Bittersweet – the feeling of pleasure tinged with sadness – is what I feel at the end of summer. I’ve always tried to read a book that reflects that feeling. This year I found one that fits perfectly, not only in the title, but in the themes in the novel as well.  Summer’s End by […]

First Paragraph: The Reinvention of Albert Paugh

I like the stories Jean Davies Okimoto creates. She has a new novel out about a recently retired veterinarian. The behavior of Albert is not that different from lots of other recently retired people. Here’s a hint of it in the very  first paragraph: . Al didn’t quite know how he got sidetracked. He’d never […]

First Paragraph: Dancing At the Rascal Fair

I’m about half-way through this second book in Ivan Doig’s Montana McCaskill trilogy. I’m enjoying it even more than the first one, English Creek. This one is the tale of two young Scotsmen and their homesteading life in Montana. Here’s how it begins: . To say the truth, it was not how I expected—stepping off […]

First Paragraph: The Other Woman

This week I’m featuring an Agatha Award winning mystery. I like the way this author, Hank Phillippi Ryan, writes. This is the first book in a three-book series. So far, I’m completely involved. Here’s the first paragraph: “Get that light out of my face! And get behind the tape. All of you. Now.” Detective Jake […]

First Paragraph: The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

I think most people have fond memories of reading Mark Twain’s classic tale. It has been decades, however, since I last read it and had forgotten most of it. I picked it up this past weekend and started reading. It shocked me with it’s crude language and frequent use of the “n” word. It starts […]

First Paragraph: The Widow’s Son

This week I’m featuring the first two paragraphs of a new novel I’m reading for a book tour. I read the author’s previous book earlier this year and enjoyed it. I was sure this one would also be good. The Widow’s Son by Thomas Shawver is a good historical mystery. Chapter 1 Exit 214 onto […]

First Paragraph: English Creek

Every Tuesday I join Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea and friends to share the first paragraph (or two) of a book I’m reading or about to read. Feel free to join the fun. I’m reading English Creek by Ivan Doig. It’s affording me the chance to spend a summer in Montana. Here’s how the story  starts: That […]

First Paragraph: Coming Home

Every Tuesday I join Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea and friends to share the first paragraph (or two) of a book I’m reading or about to read. Feel free to join the fun. I’m a long-time fan of Rosamunde Pilcher. I love her portrayals of family relationships. In the past I always enjoyed reading one every summer. […]

First Paragraph: The Graveyard Book

Every Tuesday I join Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea to share the first paragraph (or two) of a book I’m reading or about to read. Feel free to join the fun. I’m gradually working my way through all the Newberry Medal winners. I’m almost done listening to The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Its so good I don’t […]

First Paragraph: The Case of the Invisible Dog

Every Tuesday I join Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea and friends to share the first paragraph (or two) of a book I’m reading or about to read. Feel free to join the fun. I’m reading a cozy mystery that also happens to be fun and funny. It’s The Case of the Invisible Dog by Diane Stingley. Here’s […]