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Book Beginnings

Join me and other bloggers today at A Few More Pages for the Friday Book Beginnings link party. Here’s the deal…pick up the book you are reading right now and leave the first few lines here, then describe how that makes you feel about the book.  Do the words make you want to jump right in and read it all in one sitting or do they give you pause?   I have really enjoyed doing this and reading the other blogger’s "first lines".  It has opened up some new books and authors to me that I might not have heard of otherwise.

The Harry Potter series, as you all know, is an extremely popular book and movie series for young adults.  I really liked the movies and had wanted to read the books, but had never taken the time to start them.  Now I have, and I have been pleasantly surprised.  Most Young Adult fiction, in my opinion, is truly written for teens and tweens so it usually does not appeal to me much.  I tried to read "Twilight" and was bored stiff by it.  The writing just seemed simple and flat to me, but that is just my humble opinion.  I don’t want to put down anyone who liked it; it just wasn’t for me.

Here is the first line in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone":

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.  They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense."

This first line says to me that the Durnsley are very proud of their "normalcy", but it probably is not going to last much longer. I am about halfway through this book and it is enjoyable.  Hopefully, the rest of the series is just as good.

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