I am trying to be more selective with my books lately, hoping to read MOSTLY books I'll truly love. To increases my chances of that actually happening, I've begun selecting what I read next, by whether the first paragraph grabs me. I know this isn't very scientific and I risk passing over some good books in the process, but for now, this is my book selection method.
Every Tuesday, I'll be posting the opening paragraph (maybe two) of my current read. Last week's choice was Easter Parade, by Richard Yates, which I really enjoyed (no review yet). This week's selection is another Richard Yates book:
Disturbing the Peace; Richard Yates
"Everything began to go wrong for Janice Wilder in the late summer of 1960. And the worst part, she always said afterwards, the awful part, was that it seemed to happen without warning.
She was thirty-four and the mother of a ten-year-old son. The fading of her youth didn't bother her--it hadn't been a very carefree or adventurous youth anyway--and if her marriage was more an arrangement than romance, that was all right too. Nobody's life was perfect. She enjoyed the orderly rotation of her days; she enjoyed books, of which she owned a great many; and she enjoyed her high, bright apartment with its view of midtown Manhattan towers. It was neither a rich nor an elegant apartment, but it was comfortable--and 'comfortable' was one of Janice Wilder's favorite words. She was fond of the word 'civilized', too, and of 'reasonable' and 'adjustment' and 'relationship'. Hardly, anything upset or frightened her: the only things that did--sometimes to the point of making her blood run cold--were the things she didn't understand."
Have you read this book? If so, what did you think? Please feel free to join in, First Chapter~First Paragraph~Tuesday Intros.