I had a wonderful couple of hours looking at books on Saturday. I bought four but felt like I was limiting myself because I wanted to buy lots more.
I did write down every one's suggestions for books and as I thought, Half Price Books didn't have them all. I was very interested to read small excerpts from several of the suggested books because I was intrigued by their names. I gazed longingly at all the Stephen King novels and those by other authors I know; Anne Rice, Clive Barker and John Grisham. But this shopping trip was about new authors and new titles.
But I do want to read a review or an excerpt of what the book is about before I buy it. This got me thinking about the old adage of judging a book by its cover. There is also a few well known first lines from popular books that give you a feel for a theme of the book. So, I thought I'd list the first line from a few of my favorite books:
"The small boys came early to the hanging." Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
"Gwenda was eight years old, but she was not afraid of the dark." Worlds Without End - Ken Follett
"Renound curator Jacques Sauniere staggered through the vaulted archway of the museum's grand gallery." The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
"For thirteen years, off and on, there has been war in Europe, but now, in 1805, there is an uneasy peace." War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
"Some people called it "the time of undoing"; some, wishing to be more positive, spoke of it as "the replanting" or "the resotring" or even "the resurrection" of the Earth." Pastwatch - The Redemption of Christopher Columbus - Orson Scott Card
"When I left my office on that beautiful spring day, I had no idea what was in store for me." Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls