Tuesday, April 24, 2012

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - The Lola Quartet; Emily St. John Mandel


Every Tuesday, I'll be posting the opening paragraph (sometimes maybe a few) of a book I decided to read based on the opening paragraph (s). Feel free to grab the banner and play along.  This week's selection is a book I've been curious about. 

Unbridled Books - May 15, 2012

 "Anna had fallen into a routine, or as much of a routine as a seventeen-year-old can reasonably fall into when she's transient and living in hiding with an infant.  She was staying at her sister's friend's house in a small town in Virginia."

 "The baby always woke up crying at four-thirty or five a.m. Anna got up and changed Chloe's diaper, prepared a bottle and bundled her into the stroller and then they left the basement where they were living, walked three blocks to the twenty-four-hour doughnut shop for coffee and across the wide empty street to the park.  Anna sat on a swing with her first coffee of the morning and Chloe lay in the stroller staring up at the clouds.  They listened to the birds in the trees at the edges of the park, the sounds of traffic in the distance. The climbing equipment cast a complicated silhouette against the pale; morning sky." 

 WOULD YOU CONTINUE READING?
(I'll need to read more to decide - weekend reading plans)

21 comments:

  1. I will go on the assumption that this is a prelude to a more complicated/interesting story to come!

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    1. It does make me curious. So happy you visited today; have a great day.

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  2. Oh, wow, I got the shivers just reading that! So matter-of-fact, when the life the narrator is living must be so frightening!

    Love that book cover, too.

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    1. I am curious to learn more, but it'll have to wait a bit as I have a few others to finish first:)

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  3. Oh I know, how awful must this situation be?? I am curious for more. Thanks so much for stopping by today.

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  4. Hi Diane,

    Those few lines had me hooked on this one, definitely hooked once I had checked out the synopsis as well.

    I wonder what is making you slightly hesitant about reading it?

    It is already on my reading list.

    Yvonne

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  5. OH, yes! I have loved this author's work in the past, and would really love to read this one. Great choice!

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  6. Instantly felt bad for young Anna having to deal with a baby like that. What a routine.

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  7. I have read this already (NetGalley).... it's good but not a favorite. The author's writing style to so crips, not a extra word included. Refreshing change.

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  8. I might need to read a bit more to be sure!

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  9. I think I would need to read some more. This doesn't grab me right off the bat!

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  10. I feel so bad for that character. I can't imagine being a teenage mother. Here's Mine

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  11. Not sure about this one. No spark yet.

    This week I am back to the Sookie Stackhouse series.
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  12. Great way to start a book. I feel her sadness and hopelessness. I'd keep going. In fact, I'd like to know more.

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  13. I'm not sure if I would keep reading, probably. But I have to say I'm exhausted by her morning routine.

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  14. I would need to read a bit more in order to decide.

    Mine is here.

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  15. Poor kid, I hope things get better. I wonder why she's hiding? I'd read a little more.

    Mine is at Simpleng Kaligayahan.

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  16. I'm intrigued! I've got this one on my pile. I'll look forward to your thoughts once you finish it!

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  17. Yep … the first line would have been enough.

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  18. Wow, I would be very interested in this one!

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