18 September 2020

Book Beginning: Nine Lives: The Folklore of Cats by Katharine Briggs

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader. We share the first sentence (or so) of the book we are reading, along with our initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.
 

The great day for the cat must be placed some two thousand years ago in Ancient Egypt, when cats enjoyed a position of special privilege, and had long held it.

 


I have loved cats for most of my life, and lived with them for many years. I don't have a feline companion at the moment, but this summer I started volunteering at Ohio Alley Cat Rescue, which is just down the street from me. We usually have 40-50 kittens and cats in residence on any day, so I can get my kitty cuddles frequently! Thus I was intrigued by the title of this book and bought it sight unseen from Powells.com, my favorite bookstore.

11 September 2020

Book Beginning: The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

 


Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader. We share the first sentence (or so) of the book we are reading, along with our initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

It was hard to say when exactly winter arrived. The decline was gradual, like that of a person into old age, inconspicuous from day to day until the season became an established, relentless reality.


I've seen this book mentioned many times by travellers and travel writers. Since I'm trying to get motivated about travel planning - when travel is an unknown quantity at present - I thought I would listen to some travel philosophy.

 

 

04 September 2020

Book Beginning: Ten Years a Nomad by Matthew Kepnes

 


Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader. We share the first sentence (or so) of the book we are reading, along with our initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.


    I AM A NOMAD

        For a decade I have lived a long, peripatetic life on the road.

        Three thousand nights.

        In more than ninety countries. In a thousand different cities. In hundreds of hostels. With countless people. For half a million miles on airplanes, and half a million more (I've added it up) on trains and buses and tuk-tuks and cars and bicycles.

        That was my home.




There is also an opening quote in the Introduction which I like a lot:

I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list.
        -Susan Sontag

 

I first found Matt and his fellow digital nomads back when I was contemplating making a change in my own life. I've been reading his blog/website, Nomadic Matt, for several years and I read his first book, "How to Travel the World on $50 a Day". Non-stop travelling sounded so exciting.

My life did change abruptly when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016 and I never did become a nomad. After my treatments I retired from my online crafts shop, SkyBluePink, and was beginning to travel frequently when the novel coronavirus struck. Now I'm dreaming of travelling again someday and looking for inspiration to keep my spirits up. So I think I will enjoy Matt's newest memoir of being on the road for 10 years.


20 August 2020

Book Beginning: The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick

 
 
Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader. We share the first sentence (or so) of the book we are reading, along with our initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.
 
As always, Martha Storm was primed for action. Chin jutted, teeth gritted, and a firm grip on the handle of her trusty shopping trolley.

 I saw this book recommended somewhere as a nice, sweet story and that sounded about where my head is these days. My concentration has gotten better but I don't think I can read a Dickens' novel or anything Classic and heavy duty. Still, I able to pay attention to audiobooks while I knit my charity hats, so that's an improvement in my Pandemic State of Mind. I look forward to finding out about the always-ready-for-action Martha!


 

13 August 2020

Book Beginning: Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

 

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader. We share the first sentence (or so) of the book we are reading, along with our initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

There were four of us—George, and William Samuel Harris, and myself, and Montmorency.  We were sitting in my room, smoking, and talking about how bad we were—bad from a medical point of view I mean, of course.

 


A comedy that seems to be very popular with the Classics Club set, and who doesn't need a good laugh about now? The subtitle reads: "(to say nothing of the dog)". Which might explain the opening phrase "There were four of us". We shall see!