Friday, June 17, 2011

Book Beginnings...on a Friday

A little bit of fun on a Friday, this weekly meme is hosted by A Few More Pages
I'll share the first line (or two) of the book I'm currently reading (including the title and author) and let you know what my first impressions are - good or bad!

"Henry and I dug the hole seven feet deep. Any shallower and the corpse was liable to come rising up during the next big flood: Howdy boys! Remember me?"
Mudbound, by Hillary Jordan

Well, this isn't quite the beginning I was expecting. Mudbound, or so I thought, is the story of 30+ year-old Lauren, a girl from the city, who in the 1950s moves out to the Delta with her husband to the farm. It is Lauren's story, but each of the chapters is from a different character's point of view - Lauren, her husband, her maid, her brother-in-law... and it works. The beginning is from her brother-in-law. 

I'm loving this book and can't put it down, although we're off on the road today and I can't travel in the car and read. If a genie offered me three wishes that would definitely be one of them! To be able to read in the car without getting that queasy feeling!


  1. I get that queasy feeling in the car reading too. I also get it when they drive to fast as well. ;-)

  2. Sounds really interesting! I am one of the lucky ones who can read in a car. The problem is that I usually travel alone and have to drive. Happy reading!

  3. I like a beginning that screams at me to keep reading. Unless the screaming becomes too strident....

    I've heard that reading a Kindle or an iPad in the car rather than a real book does not lead to that queasy feeling.

  4. Wow, I like that one! It wakes me up....

    Now I'm very curious about what happens next. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  5. Sounds very interesting, and I hadn't heard of this one before. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I LOVED this book and hope you do too!

  7. Oh, what a vivid beginning! Sounds like something I must go check out!

    Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings!

  8. Well, of course, now I want to know who they're burying....

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  9. Hi Ann,

    Those first lines would definitely keep me reading, in fact I was so intrigued that I checked out the full synopsis and have already added the book to my reading list.

    I'm the same as you, can't read or knit whilst I am the passenger in a car, bus, plane etc.
    Apparently it is something to do with the balance in the inner ear, it's certainly a nuisance, especially when others seem to do much of their reading whilst travelling.

    I also have to sit near the front in a bus or coach, or the effect is the same and I always have to face the direction of travel on a train.

    Just weird I guess LOL!!!