Thursday, June 04, 2015

Book Beginnings: A Head Full of Ghosts

I've been reading a lot of ghost stories and scary stuff this year. Didn't really plan it that way -- just the way it's turned out. Haven't started this one yet, but I've got it on the list for this month: A Head Full of Ghosts, by Paul Tremblay (William Morrow & Co., 2015). These are the first lines of Chapter 1:
"This must be so difficult for you, Meredith."
Best-selling author Rachel Neville wears a perfect fall ensemble: dark blue hat to match her sensible knee-length skirt and a beige wool jacket with buttons as large as kitten heads.
Initial Thoughts:

Well, that doesn't seem very spooky, does it?  Hmmm.  I guess my first thought is that generally I don't take to books that start off with a description of what someone is wearing -- just a little too "chick lit" for me, I guess.  (Not that there's anything wrong with chick lit. Just not a genre I usually enjoy.) However, I'm really loving "buttons as large as kitten heads."  So, it's definitely got my attention for now.

Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc.  It's a wonderful way of adding new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.


  1. I was just about to say the same thing about the kitten head-sized buttons - that's just an odd and creepy way to put that...Thanks for sharing!

    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).

  2. Yup the kitten head buttons have my attention too. Hope you enjoy it.

    Please take a peek at mine

  3. I agree, sounds a little chick-lit-ish, a genre I do enjoy from time to time. But the sensible skirt and perfect ensemble tell us she's probably type A.
    here's my Friday quotes

  4. Yes, that aspect of the buttons is definitely intriguing...I wonder if there will be more "kitten head" stuff later?

    Enjoy...and here's mine: “IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT”

  5. LOL Up until the "kitten heads", it sounded a bit like the start of a Nancy Drew book. I'd love for you to check out mine ...

  6. Odd way to describe buttons. Wonder if the author's other descriptions are so inviting.

  7. Starting with dialogue is tricky. I'm glad you shared this with us. I've never been brave enough to write a line of dialogue to open my own stories. It's interesting that the next lines are description of attire.


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