Tuesday, June 4, 2013

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros


Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where I share the first paragraph or (a few) of a book I am reading or thinking about reading soon. Care to join us?

This week I'm featuring an intro from a book that I am looking forward to:


William Morrow - September 2013
What Makes You Afraid?

"Whenever the phone rang late at night, I lay in my narrow bed and listen.

My mother picked up on the first ring so as not to wake my sister, if she was at home, or me.  In hushed tomes, she soothed the caller before handing the phone to my father.  His voice was stiffer, more formal, as he made plans to meet somewhere or offered directions to our faded and drooping Tudor on a dead-end lane in the tiny town of Dundalk, Maryland.  There were times when the person on the other end of the line had called from a pay phone as nearby as Baltimore.  A priest, I guessed, had scratched our number on a scrap of paper and handed it over.  Or maybe it had been found by simply searching the tissuey pages of the phone book, since we were listed, same as any ordinary family, even if ordinary was the last thing we were."

What do you think? Would you keep reading or move on to something else?   
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25 comments:

  1. This is the kind of book I want to read!

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  2. As enticing as the first para is, I probably wouldn't read this book - not the kind of title or cover that I would ordinarily pick up.

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  3. Now that's a paragraph that begs for more reading. It raised lots of questions in my mind. I'd like to know more.

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  4. With or without the teaser, I want to read this book!!! I'm so happy to have a copy.

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  5. This sounds like something I would want to read!

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  6. That is definitely an opener that arouses my curiosity. So many questions! Definitely would keep reading.

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  7. The first paragraph has definitely drawn me in...I want to know more! I bet this would be a great book for a long train or plane trip.

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  8. Not sure if I would read this book. I don't particularly care for scary stories!

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  9. Ooh...an intriguing occupation and possibly dangerous...?

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  10. I'm looking forward to this one too! I got a copy last week at the Association of American Publishers dinner. The author was also the event emcee and had the audience in stitches with his witty comments.

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  11. The intro grabbed my attention. I would keep reading.

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  12. I would definitely keep reading! It sounds creepy and I love that!

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  13. I am interested! Who could the caller be? What do they want? I have to know! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Between the title and the intro the story sounds very intriguing but also a little scary. If it got too scary I'd have to quit.

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  15. I am eager to read this one! It sounds like it will be good.

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  16. Hmmm...definitely want to know why the callers are calling, and why the family isn't ordinary.

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  17. I found it interesting and would like to know why they are getting those calls.

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  18. Thanks Diane for hosting First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. It is a lot of fun!

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  19. Mysterious and intriguing. I certainly would like to know who's calling. Thanks for sharing this, Diane.

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  20. Ooooh, this does sound good!

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  21. Yes! It looks very interesting!

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  22. Yes! Between the first graph and the amazing author behind it, I want more!

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  23. I can not wait for September! John is so talented!!!

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  24. Definitely keep reading- I can't wait to read this one!

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  25. YES!! I would keep reading this one!

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