Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday Memes

Book Beginnings on Friday is a bookish meme now sponsored by Rose City Reader (who originally inspired the meme). Here's what you do: Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments section. Include the title and author so we know what you're reading. Then, if you are so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line and if you did or did not like that sentence. Link up each week at Gilion's place.

Here's the first few lines from A Private History of Awe by Scott Russell Sanders:
From the Prologue: On a spring day in 1950, when I was big enough to run about on my own two legs yet still small enough to ride in my father's arms, he carried me onto the porch of a farmhouse in Tennessee and held me against his chest, humming, while the thunder roared and lightning flared and rain sizzled around us.

From the First Chapter: When my father wrapped me in his arms and carried me onto the screened porch of our farmhouse in Tennessee during a thunderstorm, he said nothing about the booming and blowing, merely hummed a tune, a sound I confused with the purr of the rain. It was as though he had swallowed a bit of thunder, which now rumbled in his throat.

The Friday 56 is a bookish meme sponsored by Freda's Voice. It is really easy to participate. Just grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56. Find a sentence that grabs you and post it.
Here's mine from A Private History of Awe by Scott Russell Sanders:

Even the disciples, who at times could be dense as bricks, realized that the true neighbor was the one who showed mercy to a stranger.


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Lovely excerpts! That father knew how to calm the chaos around them.


Juli Rahel said...

Hahaha, I love the F56! This book sounds pretty good! Thanks for sharing :) I'm an old follower! Hop on over if you have the time!

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Juli @ Universe in Words

fredamans said...

Love that 56, so very true!

Gilion at Rose City Reader said...

Great beginning! Both of them. My favorite openers are long, shaggy sentences filled with detail.

Thanks for playing along with Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Rose City Reader

Anonymous said...

I really like the lines in this book and the fact that it is set in the south. I may have to check it out.

Yvonne said...

Great 56! Have a great weekend!