Book Beginnings: In the Garden of Beasts

It was common for American expatriates to visit the U.S. consulate in Berlin, but not in the condition exhibited by the man who arrived there on Thursday, June 29, 1933.
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson

For a work of non-fiction, it doesn’t seem too bad. It makes one wonder a little. I can’t say if I like the book yet, because I haven’t read more than the first paragraph 🙂

Usually I don’t read two books at a time (I read a book and listen to an audiobook often, though). But I have to return this one in a week and the waiting list to get it again is SOOO long!! So I’ve decided to try to read two books at the same time. I don’t plan on doing it again though, because I tend to favor one over the other and never finish one. That’s why I don’t really do two at a time.

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Book Beginnings is a weekly meme, hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages.
How to participate: Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments. Include the title and the author so we know what you’re reading. Then, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line, and let us know if you liked or did not like the sentence. The link-up will be at A Few More Pages every Friday.

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Book Beginnings: The Free World

Alec Krasnansky stood on the platform of Vienna’s Western Terminal while, all around him, the reperesentatives of Soviet Jewry–from Tallinn to Tashkent–roiled, snarled, and elbowed to deposit their belongings onto the waiting train.
The Free World by David Bezmozgis

Not too bad of a beginning, I think 🙂

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Book Beginnings is a weekly meme, hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages.
How to participate: Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments. Include the title and the author so we know what you’re reading. Then, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line, and let us know if you liked or did not like the sentence. The link-up will be at A Few More Pages every Friday.

Book Beginnings: The Help

Mae Mobley was born on a early Sunday morning in August, 1960. A church baby we like to call it. Taking care a white babies, that’s what I do, along with all the cooking and cleaning. I done raised seventeen kids in my lifetime. I know how to get them babies to sleep, stop crying, and go in the toilet bowl before they mamas even get out a bed in the morning.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I’m about 70 pages into this one and I’m really liking it so far. I like the different perspectives and the time and setting of the story. I can’t wait to see what happens!! I think that this beginning bit is a pretty good forecast of what is to come, especially the relationships between the women and the races.

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Book Beginnings is a weekly meme, hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages.
How to participate: Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments. Include the title and the author so we know what you’re reading. Then, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line, and let us know if you liked or did not like the sentence. The link-up will be at A Few More Pages every Friday.

Book Beginnings: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister & The Weird Sisters

Hobbling home under a mackerel sky, I came upon a group of children. They were tossing their toys in the air, by turns telling a story and acting it too. A play about a pretty girl who was scorned by her two stepsisters.
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

I just finished this book today. And while the story started off okay, by the end I found that I just didn’t really care for the book. Later today I’ll post a review about it.

We came home because we were failures.
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

I will be starting this book later today or possibly tomorrow. Nevertheless, I’m glad that it has started off this way. It’s definitely interested me!!

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Book Beginnings is a weekly meme, hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages.
How to participate: Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments. Include the title and the author so we know what you’re reading. Then, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line, and let us know if you liked or did not like the sentence. The link-up will be at A Few More Pages every Friday.

 

Book Beginnings: Across the Universe

Daddy said, “Let Mom go first.”
Mom wanted me to go first. I think it was because she was afraid that after they were contained and frozen, I’d walk away, return to life rather than consign myself to that cold, clear box. But Daddy insisted.
Across the Universe by Beth Revis

I’m nearly halfway through this book and it’s AMAZING!! It came highly recommended by Natalie at Coffee and a Book Chick.

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Book Beginnings is a weekly meme, hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages.
How to participate: Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments. Include the title and the author so we know what you’re reading. Then, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line, and let us know if you liked or did not like the sentence. The link-up will be at A Few More Pages every Friday.

Book Beginnings: The Elegant Universe

Calling it a cover-up would be far too dramatic.
The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene

What a beginning?! Especially for a long, non-fiction book about science. My physics teacher, five years ago in high school, had us watch a NOVA documentary about this theory that is gaining more and more popularity to be a “theory of everything”, string theory. The whole title of the book is The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory. Now I don’t pretend that I am anything of a physics-whiz 🙂 I did pass the class, but Nick had to help me a lot, which made me mad because he tried teaching me calculus ways to do physics which the physics teacher wasn’t using! So confusing… Anyway, this book is supposed to be written for average people, like me, so it shouldn’t be too confusing. And, if it is, I don’t HAVE to read it. I just want to try 😀 The theory is really interesting, so I’d like to read more about it. I’ll let ya know, but this might be a book I give up if I can’t understand it

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Book Beginnings is a weekly meme, hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages.
How to participate: Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments. Include the title and the author so we know what you’re reading. Then, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line, and let us know if you liked or did not like the sentence. The link-up will be at A Few More Pages every Friday.

Book Beginnings: The Orchid Affair

“That was a short flight,” I said, peering out the window as the wheels of our plane touched tarmac at Charles de Gaulle. It was amazing how short a flight could be when one was in no particulary hurry to arrive at one’s destination.
The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig

This one doesn’t sound particularly intriguing, but it is one in a continuing series so it makes sense to the readers who have followed along 🙂

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme, hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages.
How to participate: Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments. Include the title and the author so we know what you’re reading. Then, if you feel so moved, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line, and let us know if you liked or did not like the sentence. The link-up will be at A Few More Pages every Friday.