Book Beginnings on Friday

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Becky at Page Turners. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

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Thank you to Rose City Reader for giving me the idea for this meme. On Rose City Reader you will find 'Opening Sentences of the Day' so please have a look at this wonderful blog for further opportunities to share opening sentences.

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I have been having a lot of trouble getting into a reading routine lately. I keep starting a book and putting it down again. This one I only started last night, and I hope that I will be able to keep reading this one.

The Boat by Nam Le

"My father arrived on a rainy morning."

By way of explanation, this is a collection of short stories, written by a man who's father came to Australia as a refugee from Vietnam. This first short story is about his father's experience of coming to Australia as a refugee. There are a whole range of stories and then the last story goes back for Le's experiences.

It is a book that is growing in popularity in Australia and I am hoping that I can find my reading groove and stick with it.

What about you? Share your Book Beginnings on Friday post in the Mr Linky below.


  1. I just started a new book today and loved the first line! "A writer never forgets the first time he accepted a few coins or a word of praise in exchange for laughter". -Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Angels Game.

    (Also, I'm not sure what I linked myself to but I thought it had to do with the comments, I think I messed up.

  2. I'm not normally a big fan of short stories, but the one about the Vietnamese refugee sounds interesting.

  3. It sounds like the start to some adventure.

  4. Brenna - don't worry, I love that opening line, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of my favourite authors. He is amazing.

    Alyce - Im with you. Not a big short story fan at all, but this an Australian collection that is getting such good reviews I can't help myself

    Kah Woei - I think it will be!

  5. This is one of those short story collections that deserves the accolades that it has got!

    I might do a post later...maybe!

  6. I hope this one keeps your attention! It sounds pretty good.

  7. Hi there, just hopped over and am excited to see this meme! I used to participate in a similar one but the blog owner stopped hosting it. I may join in next week! btw, I like that opening line. It's simple but it makes you wonder what's so important about the father's arrival.

  8. Linky is sick today! lol

    I put in my URL and it came up with the wrong blog name! It does, however, take you to the right site, so I guess that's okay.

    I like your book beginning. Short and to the point.

    Mine is here, at my Creative Moments site:

  9. Linked up and also following you now!
    Great meme!!

  10. I always enjoy this meme . . . the first lines are always so varied and make me wonder if they accurately predict the quality of the book as a whole.

    BTW, stop by and sign up to win a copy of “This One is Mine” by Maria Semple. Entries close midnight (Pacific time), June 15!


  11. Interesting first line. Makes me wonder if the rain is a portent of what is to come for him in his new home...


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