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.
This was first brought to my attention by http://inspirationpie.com/.
What Stacy is Currently Reading:
“A blacktop ribbon disappeared into the distance between rows of waist-high corn while a distant rumble grew louder and coalesced into a lime-green sports car. Frantically waving cornstalks several yards behind were visual proof of its hundred mile per hour passage.”
Interesting beginning. I wonder who is driving a car like that in such a rural area? I think the lime-green color shows the owner has a fun personality and sense of adventure, also doesn’t mind attracting attention and can be bold.
“Most young girls are unsure about what they want to be when they grow up. Some want to be a nurse, others a lawyer, chef, therapist, and so on. I never had that problem. I always knew I wanted to do something in fashion.”
Going to be interesting to see how she made her dreams come true and what fashion tips she has gathered during her career.
Daisy’s Book Beginnings Friday:
Sweet Breath of Memory:
The last months of Miriam Rosen’s life, the land of her adopted home appeared to grieve. Dressed in somber shades, it seemed poised to receive her. Dust to dust.”
This is a powerful beginning. It also prepares you for the fanciful language used throughout the remainder of the book, and it introduces you to a character that later on becomes a large part of the plot.
Log From the Sea of Cortez:
“Just about dusk one day in April 1948 Ed Ricketts stopped work in the laboratory in Cannery Row. He covered his instruments and put away his papers and filing cards. He rolled down the sleeves of his wool shirt and put on the brown coat which was slightly small for him and frayed at the elbows.”
This is a great introduction to the character. Without info-dumping, Steinbeck is able to tell you in a few short sentences a whole lot about Ed Ricketts, as well as sets the time and place of the story. Writers could definitely take a cue from him on how to properly introduce your characters. So often, writers either state too much information without making it part of the story itself, or they don’t give you enough information and make the reader guess too much. Steinbeck does it perfectly.
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.
You know me– I always do one off my shelf that I have already completed, usually a throwback (often a way, way throwback LOL)…. so without further Adieu, the next one in line is:
The Treasure Principle, pg. 56:
“As the wealthiest man on earth, Solomon learned that affluence didn’t satisfy. All it did was give him greater opportunity to chase more mirages. People tend to run out of money before mirages, so they cling to the myth that things they can’t afford will satisfy them. Solomon’s money never ran out. He tried everything, saying, ‘I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure.’ (Ecclesiastes 2:10)
Solomon’s conclusion? ‘When I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun’ (verse 11).”
Daisy’s Friday 56:
The Outsiders, pg 56:
“I couldn’t hold my breath any longer. I fought again desperately but only sucked in water. I’m drowning, I thought, they’ve gone too far… A red haze filled my mind and I slowly relaxed.”
Soren Kjerkegaard (born 1813)
Christopher Morley (born 1890)
Bookish Thought for the Day:
“That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.” — Amos Bronson Alcott