Monday 27 March 2023

From my Reading Pile by Claire Fayers

 Phew, this month has been hectic. Writing deadlines, school events, extra freelance admin work. I've barely had time to read and my book pile has been growing ever higher. But Easter is coming and I'm hoping to have some time to stop and read. Today, I thought I'd share a few of the books on my stack and their opening sentences.

A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles

At half past six on the twenty-first of June 1922, when Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov was escorted through the gates of the Kremlin onto Red Square, it was glorious and cool.

The Girl Who Broke the Sea, A. Connors

They say you'll never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Where the River Takes Us, Lesley Parr

It's surprising how many people in a small town will believe there's a wild cat on the loose.

The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley, Sean Lusk

Leadenhall stinks this morning; of soot and shit and, inexplicably, of nutmeg.

Which one of these would you read based on those opening sentences? Do you have any other recommendations?


Susan Price said...

The one with the wild cat.

Penny Dolan said...

Definitely the last.

Susan Price said...

Well, yes, the last one sounds good too. Very 'M.O.U.S.E'.

Adelaide Dupont said...


I am hoping the sea did not break the girl; at least not permanently.