Actually, this week, I think I'm going to do a double feature, just because I can.
Up first is Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief by Dorothy Gilman. It's a reread for me, and the review is right here.
If you aren't familiar with Mrs. Pollifax, she's a grandmother and part time CIA agent.
The book begins with:
Mrs. Pollifax stood under a dripping umbrella and wondered why it so often rained at funerals.
Now I am cheating a bit for my 56 from this book. I'm actually going to page 53. But this exchange just so perfectly describes the series I had to use it.
"This sudden request to help you sounded so easy and uncomplicated," Kate said.
Mrs. Pollifax sighed. "They often sound like that - as I've discovered all too often myself."
Leaving that book behind, let's completely switch genres to middle grade fantasy with The Terror of the Southlands, the second Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates book by Caroline Carlson.
This book involves a young female pirate, magic, and lots of humor and adventure.
It's a bit tricky picking out the true first sentence since the book opens with a news report and a letter before we get to chapter one. However, I'm going with the first sentence of chapter one.
The Renegade arrived just after breakfast.
Between each chapter, there are excerpts from news stories, letters, or the memoir of the main character's gargoyle. And a selection from The Gargoyle: A History of a Hero is exactly what we find on page 56.
If you're not a magical creature, dear reader, you probably don't understand how unpleasant this is. Your heart feels funny, like it might explode without any warning, and your whole body starts to shake. Even worse, you're forced to protect rude, selfish people who don't seem to notice that your arms are crumbling to bits.
I finished this one just a couple of hours ago, and my review will be up on Sunday if all goes according to plan.
Meanwhile, don't forget to come back tomorrow and participate in Weekly TV Thoughts.