Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: September 2, 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. I’m also going to link up with Carrie at Reading Is My Superpower for First Line Friday.

This week’s book beginning:

An enchanting tale filled with magical realism and moments of pure love that won’t let you go.

Between the real and the imaginary, there are stories that take flight in the most extraordinary ways.

Right off the coast of South Carolina, on Mallow Island, The Dellawisp sits—a stunning old cobblestone building shaped like a horseshoe, and named after the tiny turquoise birds who, alongside its human tenants, inhabit an air of magical secrecy.

When Zoey comes to claim her deceased mother’s apartment on an island outside of Charleston she meets her quirky and secretive neighbors, including a girl on the run, two estranged middle-aged sisters, a lonely chef, a legendary writer, and three ghosts. Each with their own story. Each with their own longings. Each whose ending isn’t yet written.

The empty wicker birdcage beside her began to rattle impatiently. Zoey gave it a sharp look as if to say they were almost there. It stopped.

I love Sarah Addison Allen’s books, and I am ridiculously excited to be reading Other Birds! Does the beginning grab your attention?

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 it difficult to find new books in local bookstores?
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Honestly, we don’t go to bookstores that often anymore. Our Books-A-Million closed, and it was our favorite. We’ll go to the Books-A-Million in Lafayette when we head that way to run errands, and when we do, I can always find more books than the budget has room for. So I guess it isn’t too hard to find new books in local(-ish) bookstores. That being said, there are books on my TBR that I’ve found through word of mouth or social media that never seem to show up on bookstore shelves. So perhaps it depends on what I’m looking for.

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10 Responses to Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: September 2, 2022

  1. We are lucky and have a lot of libraries near us. The newer books aren’t always available, but we have a couple of books shops and then Amazon.

    Have a great weekend!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
    My post:
    https://budgettalesblog.wordpress.com/2022/09/02/book-blogger-hop-is-it-difficult-to-find-new-books-in-local-bookstores/

  2. Paula Shreckhise says:

    My first line this week is from The Bride of Blackfriars Lane by Michelle Griep:
    London 1885
    September afternoons were meant for soft whispers and stolen kisses, not ash and soot and the gangrenous eye of a ruthless taskmaster.

  3. Cindy Davis says:

    It is an interesting/weird first line! I hope you enjoy it. I always find books at any bookstore, also beyond my budget, so it’s no struggle for me either, LOL.

  4. You had me at Magical Realism. Wow. Sounds great.

    This week I conquered the Grapes of Wrath. My review and quotes

  5. The Books a Million near where I live closed down years ago. I prefer going to it then B&N because of the larger selection of books. Now the nearest one is over three hours away.

  6. I’m currently reading Sit, Stay, Love by Dana Mentink. It’s super cute!
    “Gina was surprised at the size of the ranch.”
    Have a great weekend! 😀

  7. Other Birds sounds amazing – magical realism and mysterious characters sounds right up my street. Adding that to my TBR

    I don’t have a bookshop in my town, plenty of second-hand shops where I pick up plenty of books from but for new it’s hope the library will get it, or order it online

  8. I’m reading another book by Karen Witemeyer: Full Steam Ahead. The first line is: “Passengers jockeyed for position along the steamboat Louisiana’s railings, waving and calling merry farewells to the crowd lining the levee.”

    Have a great holiday weekend!

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