First Line Friday: June 29, 2018

Happy Friday!

For those of you who have been reading for a while I tend to post a fun tag or meme on Friday’s to get us into the weekend spirit.

The Book Beginnings on Friday book meme was created 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.

Interested to see what my current read had in store for me? Keep on reading to find out.

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9316858.jpgThe New England Grimpendium by J.W. Ocker

Publisher: Countryman Press (September 20, 2010)

Print Length: 304 pages

A rich compendium of macabre and historic New England happenings, this travelogue features firsthand accounts of almost 200 sites throughout New England. This region is full of the macabre, the grim, and the ghastly—and all of it is worth visiting, for the traveler who dares! Author J. W. Ocker supplements directions and site information with entertaining personal anecdotes.

First Sentence

“I guess this is the part of the book where I analyze and defend my (and, I assume, your) interest in the macabre, the grisly, the horrific, the dreadful, and all those other things not intended for polite dinner conversation.”


I have finally found an author who 100% gets me and my weirdness. After devouring Ocker’s A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts, I knew I was going to be reading his books just as fast as I could acquire them. While there is no delivery date for my order of Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe, the first sentence of The New England Grimpendium has once again caught me hook, line, and sinker. Expect a review soon.

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And that is my contribution to the Book Beginnings on Friday conversation. What is the first sentence of the book you’re reading right now? Leave it as a comment below and let’s chat about it.





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