Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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Daisy is currently reading:

Blurb for I Have Lived Today, by Steven Moore:

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England. 1960s. A cold, harsh autumn. 

On an isolated island, an abusive man forces his wife to run for her life. Their son Tristan, young and afraid, also flees the island and sets out into the world to escape his demons and find his mother.

Hitchhiking beneath the backdrop of a wild and loveless November, Tristan encounters every possible character, from the genuinely kind to the inherently wicked. Beaten, robbed, and stripped of even hope, Tristan finds himself on the gritty streets of London’s East End, where everything he thought he knew about life starts to shatter and crumble around him. With all hope seemingly lost, a young boy even questions the futility of life itself.

But when he learns that there are others who share his torment and understand his pain, can Tristan find the courage to make it through his darkest hours?

Tristan’s tale is a grim exploration into his own conscience. As he discovers the unique ability of humans to do such heinous things both to themselves and to one another, it’s all he can do to keep control, as his passage of internal discovery takes one dark turn after another and sends him to the edge.

This dark, edgy and painfully honest coming-of-age tale packs a powerful punch. If you always root for the underdog and want to follow Tristan’s trials and tribulations, buy I Have Lived Today, today.


Book beginning:  “To a boy’s ears, the growls during the beating sounded more wild animal than human; raw anger and menace, like a prowling lion.”


I feel that this is a good beginning, a strong beginning, one that pushed the reader not only directly into the fray but also directly into the thoughts of the boy experiencing it. Instantly, you pity the boy and you hate the father, his tormentor. It’s a good way to set the stage for the story.

Stacy is currently reading: 

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The rope gave way to the jagged knife and Oracus tumbled heavily to the ground. His body was so close to surrendering that the impact was followed by an unnatural numbness. An Ulatori grunted and flung Oracus’ limp body effortlessly over his shoulder. He was carried across the square and through the crowd of spectating villagers who held their positions, hissing their disapproval at his life being spared.

My thoughts so far:

This book 2 of the Oracus series (book one giveaway currently live– see interview with author on the blog). I am eager to see if the pace and excitement meet my expectations from the first book. I am hoping something terrible happens to despicable Quent, and that Kivali and Oracus connect and fall in love. We will see! : )


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In the end, it was Harry’s fault.

Harry Goodman had promised to help Professor Hughes around the house that Friday. He’d also promised the Friday before and the Friday before that, too.

But it was New England and baseball season and 2004. The Sox were moving toward a ninety-eight, sixty-four record that spring, and five months later, that October, they’d sweep the Cardinals to win their first Series in eighty-six years.

Harry grew up in South Boston and it was a very emotional time. He said he could feel it– feel it coming: the loss of the underdog status, the triumph of victory, the shedding of the past and having to look toward an uncertain future after success….

So he was spending most of his days calming his nerves at Mulligan’s Pub.

My thoughts so far:

This book was sent to me a while back. I was putting off reading it, but finally I faced up to the fact that I had to read it. I am not really feeling this book, if you know what I mean. It isn’t my speed, I guess. I get the irony, the humor, the awkward situations, but it is a bit worldly for me. I know that the author is a very talented writer, spending years writing the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning series Party of Five and The West Wing, so it may be just me not connecting with her style, or the subject. I will finish both books this weekend and start some others, which I am excited about!