Friday, January 21, 2011

Book Beginnings on Friday: January 21, 2011


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 here at A Few More Pages every Friday.

Thanks to Becky at Page Turners for starting this meme and to Rose City Reader for inspiring it!

This week I'm finishing up The Death Instinct by Jed Rubenfeld (ISBN 9781594487828), and it's got one of the best beginnings I've seen in a while:

Death is only the beginning; afterward comes the hard part.

The next few lines went on to impress me as well with their philosophical tone and thought-provoking nature:

There are three ways to live with the knowledge of death--to keep its terror at bay. The first is suppression: forget it's coming; act as if it isn't. That's what most of us do most of the time. The second is the opposite: momento mori. Remember death. Keep it constantly in mind, for surely life can have no greater savor than when a man believes today is his last. The third is acceptance. A man who accepts death--really accepts it--fears nothing and hence achieves a transcendent equanimity in the face of all loss. All three of these strategies have something in common. They're lies. Terror, at least, would be honest.

When I finished reading this section I sat back and thought about it for a little while, and actually thought of how fun it was going to be to feature it in Book Beginnings (LOL!). This beginning was definitely intriguing and did a fantastic job of pulling me in right away.

So, what is the first line of your current read, and how did you like it? Please leave the link to your specific post, not just to the front page of your blog.


  1. yvonne @ fiction books
  2. {SeMi}CrAzEd
  3. Book Ponderings
  4. Kasumi @ . . . Resumiendo. . .
  5. Kathy @ Ms. Martin Teaches Media
  6. Laurel-Rain @ Snow Connections & Impressions
  7. Carin (Caroline Bookbinder)
  8. Bev @ My Reader's Block
  1. Passions Unleashed (Book Obsessed)
  2. Kristie @ live through books
  3. Literary Feline
  4. The Story Factory Reading Zone
  5. Helen's Book Blog
  6. Bonnie Jacobs @ Bonnie's Books
  7. Debra's Book Cafe

  8. This linky list is now closed.

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