Friday, July 11, 2014

Book Beginnings - 7/11/14


*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 Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf.

"When people find out what I do for a living their first question is always about the most horrendous case of child abuse I've encountered.  I can be at a backyard barbecue or at a New Year's Eve party or in the waiting room at the dentist's office, or my husband's baseball game."



I have heard so many things about this book.  Have you read it?
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Books read and reviewed last week and worthy of mentioning. 

SWEET WATER by Christina Baker Kline


It is a wonderful read.  Review is in the book's title.

Does this sound like a book you want to read?

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What have you read over the past few weeks that stayed with you and you had to let everyone know about? 

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33 comments:

  1. Happy Friday!!

    I hope you had a great reading week.

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  2. I've also heard so many amazing things about this book but I haven't got a copy. I do think I'll have to go get myself one at some point, because it sounds really interesting! I hope you enjoy it!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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  3. Both books are on my TBR list. My Friday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/07/friday-focus-friday-56-book-beginnings_11.html

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  4. I LOVED Little Mercies...and I have Sweet Water. Hope to read it soon.

    Thanks for sharing, and here's mine:
    “SMALL BLESSINGS”

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  5. Little Mercies is intense.

    I hope you like Sweet Water. I did.

    Thanks for stopping, Laurel.

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  6. Thanks for stopping, Catherine.

    Little Mercies is intense. Loved Sweet Water.

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  7. Thanks for stopping, Harvee.

    Sweet Water was very good.

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  8. Thanks for stopping, Julie.

    I always love to see your smiling face and your wonderful comments.

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  9. Both of these sound like books I'd enjoy. I've heard a lot about Little Mercies, but I might have a hard time reading it. Depends on my mood. Seems like the books that are the hardest to read sometimes stick with me longer--in a good way.
    Here's the link to my Friday post: WHAT MATTERS MOST.

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  10. Little Mercies is pretty intense. I know it is going to be very sad, but enlightening.

    THANKS for stopping, Sandra.

    I know what you mean about having to be in the mood to read a book with this topic.

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  11. These both look like great reads. I was also interested in Kline's Orphan Train but have not got to it yet.
    Happy Reading,
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

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  12. The Orphan Train is very good.

    I didn't know this was based on a true event. I never knew they had an orphan train.

    I hope you get to read the book.

    THANKS for stopping, Rebecca.

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  13. I haven't read it but it does intrigue me :)

    My BB & 56 

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  14. I just saw this book listed as a teaser this past Tuesday! Was it just released? I'm going to have to look into it, is it a heavy read though? How are you liking it so far? :)

    Sparrow's BB & Friday 56

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  15. I read it already. Check out my review.

    I LOVED it. Not any heavier than any other WWII book, but it has a different twist on WWII.

    Thanks for stopping and commenting, Claudia.

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  16. That beginning is all the more sad because people really do that. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. It is sad. People are insensitive.

    THANKS for stopping by, Lisa.

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  18. I haven't heard of either book, but they both sound terrific. Have a fantastic weekend!

    2 Kids and Tired Books

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  19. I'm on the fence about Little Mercies. I've heard great things about it but I'm not sure I'm tough enough for it. What an excerpt though! I do want to get my hands on Sweet Water though. Thanks for sharing. Both sound like great reads even though I may be too chicken for 1 of them!

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  20. OMG, my mind doesn't want to think of what type of abuse she is talking about. It must be a very shocking case.

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  21. Well, based on that first sentence, I want to read it! I haven't read any of her books but she consistently pings on my radar, so maybe I'll start with this one!

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  22. Little Mercies has so many wonderful reviews. I hope you enjoy the book. It must be a heart-breaking story. Hope it has a promising conclusion.

    :)

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  23. It seems to be very heart wrenching.


    THANKS for stopping, Pooch

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  24. This is my first book by her, Kate.

    Thanks for stopping.

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  25. I just came upon one horrible thing that happened.

    I hope there is a happy ending.

    Thanks for stopping, Tea norman.

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  26. I really didn't know what Little Mercies was about, Katherine.

    It is a difficult read.

    THANKS for stopping.

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  27. Been seeing this around so much! As for the new Kline book, I was about to join a tour for it, but sadly didn't. Eeek.

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  28. Little Mercies is VERY good, ladies.

    A social worker's life isn't easy.

    THANKS for stopping everyone. Just wanted to let everyone know it is good.

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  29. Oh darn, guiltless reader.

    I hope you can snag a copy to read.

    Thanks for stopping.

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