Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop – July 22, 2022

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted each week by Rose City Reader. It’s a chance to share the first sentence or so of the book you are reading this week. You can check out others’ book beginnings here.

This week’s book beginning:

There was nothing Ava Harper loved more than the smell of old books. The musty scent of aging paper and stale ink took one on a journey through candlelit rooms of manors set amid verdant hills or ancient castles with turrets that stretched up to the vast, unknown heavens.

The story involves books. And World War II. And spying, so probably danger and intrigue. I am IN. So far, I’ve met Ava, an American librarian recruited to serve as a spy, and Helene, a French woman whose husband has been captured by the Nazis and who has been brought into the Resistance. I don’t yet know how or when their paths will intersect, but I can’t wait to find out!

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. It starts each Friday and runs through the following Thursday. Each week, there’s a new prompt featuring a book-related question. It’s designed to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, make new blogging friends, and gain followers. See what others have to say on this topic and link up your own post here.

This week’s prompt:

Is there a hard-to-find first-edition that you would love to own? If so, why? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

I can’t say that there is. I don’t much anguish whether my books are first edition or not. My kids aren’t interested enough in the things I read to care if I have any first editions for them to inherit!

What about you? Any elusive first editions that you’re pursuing?

Share your book beginning or your answer to the prompt in a comment, and happy Friday!

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16 Responses to Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop – July 22, 2022

  1. I would love to own first editions, but they’re too expensive, though I would love to find them at a thrift store for cheap.

  2. That book sounds great! I will have to add it to my list.

    I went for a Jane Austen or a Monks handwritten thing 😂

    Have a great weekend!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
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  3. Ashley S. says:

    This sounds awesome! Exactly like something I’d love. Adding it to my wishlist now. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

  4. Cindy Davis says:

    Books about books are generally good! I hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend!!

  5. I totally get that! No one in my family particularly likes to read like I do so when I’m gone I doubt anyone would care if I had first editions. Its one of the reasons I tend to donate most of my books to a half way house for single moms 🙂 that way they can enjoy them rather than them sitting on my shelves.

  6. Adri M. says:

    Now that I think about it, I never really searched for first editions. I hope you enjoy your read.

  7. Bonnie says:

    I pretty much feel the same.

  8. I love the sound of this one. I have to add it to my wishlist. Great excerpt!

  9. Adding The Librarian Spy to my tbr. It sounds awesome.
    I don’t want any first edition books. I have inherited some nice looking books from my mom, including a Nancy Draw book that could be a first edition. Now that I think about it.

  10. I always love it when a character in a book also loved Books. 🙂

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