Jan 152018
 

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

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High Seas Homicide (Hannaford British Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Collins, Danielle]High Seas Homicide (Hannaford British Cozy #1) by Danielle Collins

Lucy Hannaford was in the middle of racking her brains for what she would do next when her husband John came home from work. He worked as a tax attorney for the city of London- the least glamorous job anyone could possible have. She didn’t envy his work. He came home weary, his head down, his back hunched over. He went straight for the armchair every day, not even bothering to change his clothes. He pushed his shoes off his feet, then scrounged around for the television remote.

Jan 082018
 

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

Feel free to join in by posting your own FCFPTI and linking below

The Art of Hiding by [Prowse, Amanda]

The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

Nina caught the red light only a spit away from the entrance to the boys’ school. It was a regular frustration at the beginning of the day and something she tended to see as an omen.

Green light, good day. Red light, bad day.

 

 

Jan 022018
 

Thanks to Dianne @ Bibliophile by the Sea for all the years she hosted
and for allowing me to take it over

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

Feel free to join in by posting your own FCFPTI and linking below

The Reminders

The Reminders by Val Emmich

Dad forgot me.

I’m waiting with my guitar on the hard steps and there’s an ant by my sneaker. She’s just a tiny thing, but I’d rather be that, a tiny thing that no one notices, than a real girl who everyone sees but isn’t worth remembering.

Dec 192017
 

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century
by Jessica Bruder

Chapter One: The Squeeze Inn
On the foothill freeway, about an hour inland from Los Angeles, a mountain range looms ahead of northbound traffic, bringing suburbia to a sudden stop. This wilderness is the southern edge of the San Bernardino Mountains, a “tall, precipitous escarpment” in the words of the United States Geological Survey. It’s part of a formation that began growing eleven milion years ago along the San Andreas Fault and is still rising today, gaining a few millimeters each year as the Pacific and North American plates grind past each other. The peaks appear to grow much faster, howeveer, when you’re driving straight at them. They’re the kind of sight that makes you sit up straighter and starts a swelling sensation in your chest, a feeling like helium crowding your ribcage, enough perhaps to carry you away.

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Nov 212017
 

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

It was morning, and the new sun sparkled gold across the ripples of a gentle sea.

A mile from shore a fishing boat chummed the water, and the word for Breakfast Flock flashed through the air, till a crowd of a thousand seagulls came to dodge and fight for bits of food. It was another busy day beginning.

But way off alone, out by himself beyond boat and shore, Jonathan Livingston Seagull was practicing. A hundred feet in the sky he lowered his webbed feet, lifted his beak, and strained to hold a painful hard twisting curve through his wings. The curve meant that he would fly slowly, and now he slowed until the wind was a whisper in his face, until the ocean stood still beneath him. He narrowed his eyes in fierce concentration, held his breath, forced one… single… more… inch… of… curve… Then his feathers ruffled, he stalled and fell.

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Oct 242017
 
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

Three Exhausting Weeks
Day 1
Ann a said there was only one place to find a meaningful gift for MDash — the Antique Warehouse, not so much a place for old treasures as a permanent swap meet in what used to be the Lux Theater. Before HBO, Netflix, and the 107 other entertainment outlets bankrupted the Lux, I sat for many hours in that once-splendid cinema palace and watched movies. Now it’s stall after stall of what passes for antiques. Ann and I looked into every one of them.
Oct 032017
 

The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life

The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life

by Rick Warren, Daniel G. Amen, Mark Hyman

Chapter 1: How It All Began – Pastor Rick Warren

Wow! Everybody’s FAT!

That shocking thought kept reverberating in my mind one bright spring day as I was baptizing 872 adults.

I’ll admit it wasn’t a very spiritual thought for a pastor to have especially while baptizing! But I was getting tired, since our church baptizes the way Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River- by lowering people under the water, then lifting them back up.

That day, based on the average weight of Americans, I lifted more than 145,000 pounds!

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May 232017
 

Faithful

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
“Anthem” by Leonard Cohen

In February, when the snow comes down hard, little globes of light are left along Route 110, on the side of the road that slopes off when a driver least expects it. The lights are candles set inside paper bags, surrounded by the sand, and they burn past midnight. They shouldn’t last for that amount of time, but that’s part of the miracle. On the second anniversary of the accident, a gang of boys creep out their windows and gather at two in the morning to see if Helene’s mother, Diana Boyd, drives along the road replacing each melting pool of wax with a fresh candle. They’re hoping to reveal a con in process and dispel the myth of a miracle, but after keeping watch for a while the boys all flee. In the early morning hours, safe in their beds, they wonder how much of the world can never be understood or explained.

FFT

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