Friday, March 9, 2018

Saturday Seven 8

The "thinking" part of my brain is really slow for this Saturday 7.  So...I went to my bookshelves and began to pull the first seven books that have been there for a long time because I have loved them and could never part with them.  Here are the books and one or two of their first lines...

"Gone Fishin' " by Walter Mosley
      Mouse had changed. Before he announced his engagement to EttaMae he was a happy man, full of himself.

"Beyond the Great Snow Mountains" by Louis L'Amour
      The dozen shacks that made up the village of San Esteban huddled, dwarfed and miserable, below the craggy ramparts that walled them away from the world.

"Skipping Christmas" by John Grisham
     The gate was packed with weary travelers, most of them standing and huddled along the walls because the meager allotment of plastic chairs had long been taken. 

"A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson
     Not long after I moved with my family to a small town in New Hampshire I happened upon a path that vanished into a wood on the edge of town.

"...Especially Dogs" by Gladys Taber
     I got my first dog in place of a diamond ring. The ring was to be a present from my father because I was doing well in grade school.

"Especially Father" by Gladys Taber
     Father really started the whole thing when he got into his personal feud with Mr. Doolittle.

"The Hobbit" by J. R.R. Tolkien
     In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.  Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

I'd love it if you have one to mention, feel free.


Lydia Schoch said...

"The Hobbit" has one of the best opening sentences ever in my opinion.

Right now I'm reading a book called "The Speed of Dark" by Elizabeth Moon. It's a scifi story about a person who was born with autism shortly before a cure for that condition was found. So they grew up in a world that was quickly forgetting how to accommodate their special needs.

I like how it begins:

"Questions, always questions. They didn't wait for the answers, either. They rushed on, piling questions after questions, covering every moment with questions, blocking off every sensation but the thorn stab of question."

My Saturday Seven post for this week:

Kathy said...

Wow Lydia...does your first line strike you sort of like "life"

Long and Short Reviews said...

Found the post via Lydia's blog -- you need to share your link at LASR :-)

I haven't read most of these books, but I'm intrigued. Re: Not long after I moved with my family to a small town in New Hampshire I happened upon a path that vanished into a wood on the edge of town.

I live in New Hampshire. There are a LOT of these paths (usually having a rock wall on at least one side).

Kathy said...

Crazy as it might seem, I couldn't find the "sign up your link" place this morning. Thought maybe I was still too early. and I still can't

Kathy said...

Oops...I just found the link :)

Judy said...

Other than the hobbit, these are all new to me so thanks for adding to my TBR list (it is ever-growing!) For our "travel" book, I'm currently reading aloud The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. The first few lines: "It was as black in the closet as old blood. They had shoved me in and locked the door."

My Saturday Seven is here:

Kathy said...

That one sounds new to me Judy. I'll have to check it out. At least we'll have big lists for birthday presents if anyone asks:)

Mary said...

Funny I came across LOTR today. Dinner didn't happen until midnight, so I called it breakfast. And this morning, I called breakfast second breakfast. Great list!

Michele said...

I've not read any of these books but I've heard of them.

My Keeper Pile as Everlastin' #1 by Mickee Madden. I've had it for over 10 years and I'll never get rid of it. There's something about a Scottish Ghost falling in love with a human woman, and visa versa. There've been many books like it since then but back then it was a novelty. I LOVE the Everlastin' series!!!

E.L. F. said...

I loved "The Speed of Dark." It gave me new insight into a condition I knew very little about. I tend to have series by authors I love...Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, Patricia Briggs, Tamora Pierce, Thea Harrison, Sharon Lee/Steve Miller, Joey W. Hill (warning...erotica), Eileen Wilks, J.D. Robb, and a few others.

My post is at:

Jennifer Macaire said...

These are super - I want to read Gladys Taber's stories - they sound right away amazing!