Happy Friday the thirteenth!
I’m hoping the weather will be nice enough this weekend for me to spend some time reading outside. I could use a good dose of spring sunshine!
I’m currently halfway through the charming and witty novel The Lark by E. Nesbit, and I’m planning to start The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough for the upcoming The 1977 Club.
Keep scrolling for this week’s Book Beginnings and The Friday 56…
Book Beginnings is a bookish meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you’re reading, along with your initial thoughts/impressions.
On December 8th, 1915, Meggie Cleary had her fourth birthday. After the breakfast dishes were put away her mother silently thrust a brown paper parcel into her arms and ordered her outside. So Meggie squatted down behind the gorse bush next to the gate and tugged impatiently. Her fingers were clumsy, the wrapping heavy; it smelled faintly of the Wahine general store, which told her that whatever lay inside the parcel had miraculously been bought, not homemade or donated.
-Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds
These first descriptive sentences have already managed to draw me in. I’m excited to experience this epic saga for myself.
The Friday 56 is a bookish meme hosted by Freda’s Voice that asks you to: Grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 and find a sentence that grabs you.
The Friday 56:
The parlour was made very pretty with flowers. (“Not too many,” Lucy; “we don’t want to look like the florists we are. Keep out the professional touch if you can,” said Jane.) And Jane, her foot hardly hurting at all, lay on the narrow Empire sofa, covered with the Paisley shawl that Lucilla had most opportunely found that very day in a previously unexplored hair-trunk in the attic.
-E. Nesbit, The Lark
The Lark features a wonderful narrator with comic asides, a cozy English country cottage, two delightful cousins, a flower business, and a romantic interest named Mr. Rochester. In other words, it’s the perfect spring read!
Have you read either of these books? What are you planning to read this weekend?