Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday Quote Memes

It has been forever since I participated in any bookish memes and I miss it. I still haven't figured out what happened with my time. I don't feel like I'm busier than when I first started blogging....But anyway, here we go. We'll see if I can keep it up weekly.

BookBeginnings on Friday is a bookish meme sponsored by Rose City Reader. 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 are the two first lines from The Budapest Parade Murders by Van Wyck Mason (1935): 

The passport controller saluted vaguely and, with a final official clank of his saber, departed through the first-class compartment's sliding door. Sighing, Major Bruce Kilgour, D.S.O., M.C., extended an amazing length of tweed-clad legs and moodily regarded his rubber-cleated oxfords.



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 is the mine from The Budapest Parade Murders: 
  "Oh, dear, I at least expected soemthing that would--" she smiled faintly--"that would make governments totter. That's the usual phrase, I believe?"


Kathy Martin said...

Sounds interesting. The title makes it sound like a mystery but the teasers are a bit ambiguous. This week I am spotlighting The Human Division by John Scalzi. Happy reading!

Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

Not sure that opening line really draws me in, but it did make me wonder why the customs guy was on the train, in the first place. Friday Quotes: Long Way Down

Book Bangs said...

Hope you're enjoying it, and that this weekend you'll find some reading time, thanks for sharing!

fredamans said...

The beginning pulled me right in, great writing! Intriguing 56 too, I have to wonder what they're into. :-)
Welcome back, Bev! Happy weekend!

Bev Hankins said...

It's an international lots of intrigue going on.

Unknown said...

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Hope you will stop by!

Ronyell (a.k.a. Rabbitearsblog) said...

Oooh!!! That quote sounds intense! Great pick!

Here’s my Friday 56!

Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

Bev Bouwer said...

Hello other Bev. This sounds like a great read - thanks for the visit and love your blog. I'll be back...

Lauren Stoolfire said...

You know I don't know if I've read anything set in Budapest before... :)

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Bev,

Wow! we are back in time for this series, which was started in the 1930s and not completed until the 1960s - real classics!!

Sorry, but I just had to cheat a little after reading your teaser lines and I checked out the full synopsis. I subsequently got hooked on reading some of the story lines and had a great time.

I love the style of writing from the period and the cover art is amazing, especially when you see them all displayed together ..

Thanks so much for sharing :)