Friday, August 19, 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!

"There was something humiliating about waiting in a cart on a busy London street with all your possessions stacked around you, on show to the curious public."
p1, Burning Bright, by Tracy Chevalier

This is currently sitting on my TBR pile, but after reading this opening sentence it's fast going to the top of the list. I really enjoyed Girl With a Pearl Earring  so am hoping this one is just as good. It's the story of poet, artist and printer, William Blake, at the time of the French revolution, and that of Maggie Butterfield, described as a streetwise daughter of a local rogue. A great combination!


  1. Oh, I can imagine the horror of that just by reading about it...thanks for spotlighting what sounds like an awesome read.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. Oh, yes, that sounds good. I also enjoyed Girl with a pearl earring, I will have to look into that one. The combination of Blake and the girl sound interesting enough.

  3. I also really enjoyed Girl With A Pearl Earring, so think I'd like this too. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  4. I read this several years ago for a book club. I love William Blake's work, and this was an interesting way to learn a little more about him.

  5. That's a great beginning!

  6. This one sounds good, I like that first sentence

  7. I have never read 'The Pearl Earring', but this one sounds like a must read.

    The first lines are enought to whet my appetite, but I did sneak a peek at the full synopsis as well, and that just about clinched it for me.

    I have read one or two of William Blake's poems, combine that with the fact that I like to read historical books when they have plenty of social history relevance, and I seem to be onto a real winner with this one.

    This is another one of those where the cover is completely different between the US and UK versions. I think I prefer the UK one, check it out on, I would love to hear what you think.

    Thanks for sharing this great book.