Book Beginnings on Fridays and Book Blogger Hop – October 21, 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:


For most of the last hundred years, Biloxi was known for its beaches, resorts, and seafood industry. But it had a darker side. It was also notorious for corruption and vice, everything from gambling, prostitution, bootleg liquor, and drugs to contract killings. The vice was controlled by small cabal of mobsters, many of them rumored to be members of the Dixie Mafia.

Keith Rudy and Hugh Malco grew up in Biloxi in the sixties and were childhood friends, as well as Little League all-stars. But as teenagers, their lives took them in different directions. Keith’s father became a legendary prosecutor, determined to “clean up the Coast.” Hugh’s father became the “Boss” of Biloxi’s criminal underground. Keith went to law school and followed in his father’s footsteps. Hugh preferred the nightlife and worked in his father’s clubs. The two families were headed for a showdown, one that would happen in a courtroom.

Life itself hangs in the balance in The Boys from Biloxi, a sweeping saga rich with history and with a large cast of unforgettable characters.

A hundred years ago, Biloxi was a bustling resort and fishing community on the Gulf Coast.

Does that beginning appeal to you? It doesn’t really seem like much of an attention-grabber. But the story itself is well worth reading. So even if you start this book and it doesn’t seem to have much of a hook right off the bat, persevere!

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.

Are any of your bookcases buckling under the weight of too many books?
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

In the past, I’ve had bookcases that bowed under the weight of the books on them. Right now, though, we have good, sturdy bookcases that seem to be doing a fine job of bearing the burdens cast upon them. And what a burden it is! We have a LOT of books.

What about you? Do you have any bookcases struggling to bear up under the massive weight of books?

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15 Responses to Book Beginnings on Fridays and Book Blogger Hop – October 21, 2022

  1. A great book beginning!

    Our shelves are also doing well. We have a lot of them! We shall see how long they last, but 6 years old so far and going strong!

    Have a great week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
    My post:

  2. Paula Shreckhise says:

    My first line is from the creepy good book by Jaime Jo Wright, The Premonition at Withers Farm:
    August 1910
    When death came to visit, no one ever prepared tea and cookies.
    Happy reading!

    Yes, I have to weed out books every once in a while. And read some of the books I know I won’t keep.

  3. I am currently reading Godmersham Park by Gill Hornby. It’s pretty awesome!
    “Anne did not stay long at the party. She was still not in quite the right mood.”
    I hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Cindy Davis says:

    We recently broke a bookcase by trying to move it, sigh…so, yes?! I hope you enjoy this book! Have a great weekend!

  5. Jenni Elyse says:

    It’s always nice to have sturdy bookshelves, isn’t it? I had some dinky shelves many years ago that had a hard time bearing the weight.

    My Book Blogger Hop Post

  6. Good book to share for Book Beginnings…enjoy!!

    My shelves aren’t buckling either, but I have given quite a few to my sisters. Hard to part with them, but I won’t re-read them.

    Have a lovely weekend.

  7. This sounds really good! I haven’t read many of John Grisham’s books, but I always buy them for my dad for Christmas. Maybe I’ll have to borrow this one 😉 This week I featured Body of Evidence by Irene Hannon in my FLF post.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. I’ve enjoyed the Grisham books I’ve read so far. I’ve been reading The Christmas Switch by Zoey Marie Jackson. The first line is: Chanel Houston tossed her keys in her purse and reached into the back seat of her sister’s 2002 Honda Civic to grab one of the boxes of books. ~ Have a great week!

  9. Ann says:

    My bookshelves are doing fine with all the books pack into them. I also have wall shelves that can hold up to 300 pounds.

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