Friday, November 1, 2013

Book Beginnings - 11/1/13


*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page.

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This week's Book Beginnings is taken from Gracianna by Trini Amador.

"Odds are I was the only four-year-old to have ever freely fumbled a loaded German Luger.  I was barely able to lift it.  How could I know it was a real gun?"

It is quite good.  An intriguing story about the author's great-grandmother's life before, during, and after WWII.

I am enjoying it.


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This is one of the books I had featured last week on Book Beginnings, and it is worthy of mentioning it again.

TAMARACK COUNTY by William Kent Krueger.

It was a wonderful read. 



19 comments:

  1. GRACIANNA is fantastic!!

    If you love WWII novels and a strong female character, you will enjoy GRACIANNA.

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  2. This sounds like the type of book I enjoy...thanks for sharing!

    My Friday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2013/11/friday-focus-friday-56-book-beginnings.html

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  3. I saw this book in the Vine newsletter...and was very tempted. Thanks for sharing...and here's MY FRIDAY MEMES POST

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  4. I love books set in this era, so I'm sure this is a story I'd enjoy. The opening definitely makes me want to know what happens next!
    Here's my post: Book Beginnings & Friday 56.

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  5. It is VERY good, Sandra. THANKS for stopping.

    My review will be up tomorrow or Sunday.

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  6. Catherine...it is a perfect WWII book if there is something called a perfect WWII book.

    Not too much WWII gore which is good, but Gracianna's life is amazing.

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  7. I think you would like it, Laurel.

    THANKS for stopping.

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  8. That's a great beginning!

    Thanks for playing along on Book Beginnings! And thanks for Liking my new Rose City Reader Book Blog page on Facebook!

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  9. Thank you for stopping by my blog as well, Gillion.

    You are welcome.

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  10. Interesting beginning. I was a little older when my Grandmother took me to visit a great aunt and I found her little hand gun. I had it pointed at my face when they saw me and took it away. No one ever told my MOther about it.

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  11. Wow that you actually found a gun. That never happened to me.

    THANKS for stopping, JC.

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  12. Hi Elizabeth,

    What a coincidence that we should both feature books about the war this week, albeit that yours is set in World War Two and my own in World War One.

    Next year is to be one of remembrance here in the UK, as we recall the 100th anniversay of the outbreak of World War One and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of World War Two, so both of our books are very topical right now.

    Your opening lines were lovely and of course would make me want to keep reading, although I did check out the synopsis just to make sure!

    Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend.

    Yvonne

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  13. Great beginning! Makes me want to know what exactly happened while she was playing with the gun. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my post earlier!

    Wendy @ Escape Into Fiction

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  14. Now this is definitely an intriguing beginning to a story! I'll be checking into this blog hop, too!

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  15. Ruth...you should join the meme. It is so much fun.

    The book is TERRIFIC. I just finished it today.

    THANKS for stopping.

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  16. It was VERY good, Yvonne.

    I hope you get to read it.

    THANKS for stopping.

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  17. Thanks for stopping, Wendy.

    The book explains it all. It was really good.

    Review on my blog on November 22.

    It is on Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari, LibraryThing, etc. now, though.

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  18. Hi, thanks for leaving the comments on my blog. About the Halloween Countdown--it's at this blog: www.countdowntohalloween.com. Each year the blog owner asks for bloggers wishing to participate to sign up. Each blogger posts items about Halloween throughout October. He takes participants names beginning in September each year, and on the 1st of October he makes a list on hid blog of the blogs partaking in the countdown If you're interested, bookmarj the site and ask to participate next year. I've been doing it since 2009 and it's always fun. In the meantime, read my posts form last month and you'll get the idea.

    Again, thanks for your comments on my blog.

    Jamie

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