Hi! My name is Margot. My blog is about the things I love to do. That could be what I'm reading, places we visit, my family, food, or whatever else is happening. I hope you'll stay and visit a while. Contact me by email: joyfullyretired (at) gmail (dot) com.

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First Paragraph: The American Way of Eating

I’m featuring an excellent non-fiction book this week. It reminds me a lot of Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich. Does anyone remember that one? This is a nice undercover journalistic piece about how our food goes from the fields to the numerous middle-men to our tables. Here’s how it begins: The first Brooklyn supermarket […]

First Paragraph: Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel

This week I’m featuring the latest Jack Reacher novel. It’s doing quite well on the best seller lists because it’s really quite good. Here’s the first paragraph. Eight days ago my life was an up and down affair. Some of it good. Some of it not so good. Most of it uneventful. Long slow periods […]

First Paragraph: Dangerous Denial

I’m reading Dangerous Denial by Amy Ray for a book tour. I’ll be reviewing the book next Monday. So far, I’m really enjoying this very good mystery. Here’s how it begins: 1977 The clicking of someone’s heels echoed in the hall. Lenny longed to be outside. He stared at the clock as the second hand […]

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 […]