First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday

Every Tuesday, Diane of Bibliophile by the Sea posts the opening paragraph (sometimes two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening paragraph. Feel free to grab the banner and play along!

Readalong with 52 Books
 Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund

Nook book
"Captain Ahab was neither my first husband nor my last. Yet, looking up—into the clouds—I conjure him there: his gray-white hair; his gathered brow; and the zaggy mark; I saw it when lying with him by candlelight and, also, taking our bliss on the sunny moor among curly-cup gumweed and lamb's ear. I see a zaggy shadow in the rifting clouds. That mark started like lightning at Ahab's temple and ran not all the way to his heel (as some thought) but ended at Ahab's heart. 

That pull of cloud—tapered and blunt at one end and frayed at the other—seems the cottony representation of his ivory leg. But I will not see him all dismembered and scattered in heaven's blue—that would be no kind, reconstructive vision; no, intact, lofty and sailing, though his shape is changeable. Yesterday, when I tilted my face to the sky, I imaged not the full figure but only his cloudy head, a portrait, glancing back at me over his shoulder.

What weather is in Ahab's face?"


Review Book - January 20 TLC Tour
The Silent Oligarch by Chris Morgan Jones

"Chapter one:

High in the air Webster watches the unbroken desert flow past, a deep copper red in the dawn, the sand ridged like waves rolling down toward the south.  Next to him Inessa lies curled up, sleeping through the jolts of turbulence and the drunken songs of the Russian engineers across the aisle.

Below, the sand gives way to grass on the vast Kazakh plain and in the distance, if he presses his face to the window, he can see the Altai mountains rising and stretching east into China.  He glances across at Inessa; she's small enough to be comfortable in her rigid seat, her knees pulled up against her chest like a child.  It's rare to see her be still, rare for her to be silent."


  1. I would read both of these books based on those paragraphs, and am now really interested in Ahab's Wife! Great little teasers today!

  2. I love the cover for Ahab's Wife. Enjoy both your reads.

  3. I enjoyed the beautiful writing in Ahab's Wife. I'd keep reading that one.

    My first paragraph is here: Quirky Girls Read

  4. They sound good to me....I would keep reading!


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