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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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"I read so I can live more than one life in more than one place." - Anne Tyler

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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 […]

First Paragraph: Let Me Die In His Footsteps by Lori Roy

I just started reading this book as I sat down to do this post. As I copied the first paragraph I couldn’t help but keep going. I’m curious to see if it appeals to you the same way. 1953—Annie Annie Holleran hears him before she sees him. Even over the drone of the cicadas, she […]

First Paragraph: Bel Canto by Anne Patchett

I am more than half-way through this charmingly written story set in a fictional South American country. The story revolves around a well known opera singer. I find it very compelling. Here is how it begins: When the lights went off the accompanist kissed her. Maybe he had been turning toward her just before it […]

First Paragraph: Injustice For All

Injustice For All is the third book in a legal thriller series I’m determined to read. So far, there are seven books. I haven’t started it yet, but I will in the next couple of days. If its like the previous two books, I know I’m in  for an intense story. The story seems to […]

First Paragraph: Officer Elvis

I’m reading a book by an author who is new to me: Gary Cusik. Officer Elvis is his second book in his Darla Cavannah detective series. I’m almost done with the story and, at least so far, I’m enjoying the author’s writing and creativity. Here is how Officer Elvis begins: The Chariot The poster at the […]