Book Beginnings Friday: Gone Girl (#2)

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Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.


This week I’d like to share the beginning to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn because the movie adaptation comes out in theaters today! I’m very jealous of anyone going to see the movie today since I won’t be able to until tomorrow. I just finished the novel a few days ago and it was very unique! (Review)

First paragraph of the first chapter:

When I think of my wife, I always think of her head. The shape of it, to begin with. The very first time I saw her, it was the back of the head I saw, and there was something lovely about it, the angles of it. Like a shiny, hard corn kernel or a riverbed fossil. She had what the Victorians would call a finely shaped head. You could imagine the skull quite easily.
I’d know her head anywhere. (page 3)

Thoughts: What a weird way to begin the book, right?! The reader is right away informed this book is bound to be very strange. I’m not sure I know anybody who memorizes their wife or husband’s heads and/or would call it a “finely shaped head”…

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Book Beginnings Friday: The Darkest Minds (#1)

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Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.


This week I chose the book The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I’m almost done with this novel but I enjoyed the beginning so I chose it.

First sentence of the prologue:

When the White Noise went off, we were in the Garden, pulling weeds.

Thoughts: What is the White Noise?? What does it mean? It doesn’t sound good. And where is the main character, since the word garden is capitalized?

First sentence of the first chapter:

Grace Somerfield was the first to die.

Thoughts: How could you not be intrigued by this sentence? First chapter and someone is already dead. Considering the prologue didn’t give much information as to why this would happen, I was hooked.

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