Tuesday, June 28, 2011

First Chapter~First Paragraph (s) ~ Tuesday Intros




 Every Tuesday, I'll be posting the opening paragraph (maybe two) of a book I chose to read based on the opening paragraph (s).  This week's book has been featured on several blogs that I follow, and I hadn't planned to read just yet, but the 1st page left me wanting more:

 The Kitchen Daughter - Jael McHenry

" Bad things come in threes. My father dies. My mother dies. Then there's the funeral.

Other people would say these are all the same bad news. For me, they're different. 

The cemetery is the easiest part. There's a soothing low voice, the caskets are closed, and I can stand and observe like I'm not there at all. The man in the robe talks (  ""celebrated surgeon...loving mother...") and then Amanda does  ( " a shock to all of us...best parents we could have ever..." ) I keep my eyes on the girls, Amanda's daughters, Shannon and Parker. They're younger than I was at my first funeral This at twenty-six is my second ".

What do you think of that intro - would you read it ? I love the fact that it feels so introspective. Have you read this one? What did you think?

Want to join in?  Just grab the image, and share the first paragraph (s) of your current book.

24 comments:

  1. You get quite a bit in those first sentences, but not too much. You can read it in several different ways so that you are compelled to read on to find out which one is accurate.

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  2. Haven't read it but would like to certainly.

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  3. I've seen a review of this one. I am not sure. I hate funerals and I also had some unexpected deaths in my family - I really don't know if I would like to read about it.

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  4. I would have wanted to read this book even without that first paragraph :D This book has been on my TBR for quite a while now.

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  5. I was intrigued by the cover and title when you said you received this book on Monday. Yes, I'd keep reading about this flawed character who doesn't speak at her parents' funeral. Here's my post: http://paulita-ponderings.blogspot.com/

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  6. I've read some positive reviews of this one. It does seem very introspective... think I'd need to be in the right mood.

    Here's mine:
    http://lakesidemusing.blogspot.com/2011/06/tuesday-intro-moveable-feast.html

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  7. I agree with the "not sure" part, but it's a definite maybe!

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  8. Hope you enjoy it. I just could not get into it.

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  9. I would definitely keep reading for a bit -- but it does look like it has the potential to be a bit of a downer, so I'd have to be in the right mood! Hope you enjoy it!

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  10. I would totally read this one, and have heard a lot of great things about it. I do hope that you enjoy it!

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  11. I would keep reading!

    Mine is here.  Be sure to enter the giveaway.

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  12. I think the cover art is more intriguing than the introductory paragraph. Would have to read a bit more and check out the reviews.

    This week, my contribution is The Quickening by Michelle Hoover
    http://booksnwhatnot.blogspot.com/2011/06/first-chapter-first-paragraph-tuesday_28.html

    I am really enjoying this tale.

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  13. I love the cover on this one and the intro is intriguing

    here's my intro and a teaser

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  14. The Kitchen Daughter is a book I would never have picked up if it weren't for book blogs, but it really interests me (plus I discovered it's an Iowa author!). The first paragraph convinced me though, so I'm going to request this one from the library right away. Thanks!

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  15. I read this last weekend and liked it...the characters grew on me, and there were some unexpected pieces to the story that I enjoyed.

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  16. I'm not sure if I would read this book based on the first paragraph. I would have to read a bit more before I made a decision.

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  17. Sounds too tragic for me but I'll wait for your review

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  18. I haven't read this one but I liked the first paragraph!!

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  19. I didn't have time to put up a Tuesday intro. this week and have just 'turned back' to yours. I love the cover picture.

    Yes, I would want to read on as the opening paragraph takes you straight away into the scene and there is already an opportunity to read between the lines.

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  20. Ok this sounds terrific and I have this book. Now I need to get to reading it. Thanks for helping me see that it needs to be moved up in the que!

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  21. I love the book cover! And I hope you enjoy it :)

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  22. Sorry I have been absent for so long - but I LOVE this weekly posting idea! I try to teach my students that having a "bodacious beginning" to any form of writing is important. This meme proves that point.

    The first sentence of this book hooked me.

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  23. I would definitely read it because it hooked me right away. It seems like there may be some very differing opinions about the family.

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  24. I'm so excited to read this book! I hope I have time to pick it up soon!

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