Thursday, November 28, 2013

Book Beginning: A Simplified Map of the Real World by Stevan Allred


Please join me every Friday to 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. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.

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This all begins when I come home from visiting Mother in the rest home last week and taking her down into the Norse Hall for the monthly dinner. 
 -- from "His Ticky Little Mind," the first story in A Simplified Map of the Real World: The Renata Stories by Stevan Allred, published by Forest Avenue Press.

Curling up with this interconnected collection of short stories set in the fictional town of Renata, Oregon is the perfect, stress-free way to enjoy a long holiday weekend.

What do you read during the holidays?


  1. Reading during the holidays is bliss ... I just read whatever I have in the TBR :)

  2. Interesting opening, this collection sounds really curious! Happy reading and hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving :)

    My Friday Book Memes

  3. Sound like a good way to spend part of a day and then pick up later if you want to read only one or two stories at a time.

  4. This sounds quite interesting...thanks for sharing.

    Enjoy your weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  5. Holidays don't make much impact on my except for being off work. I'm about two weeks ahead on my blogs. I'm reading books that will be reviewed in mid-December. Have a great holiday! Happy reading!

  6. Hi! I´m new to the blog world and this is my first "Beginning", so it´s rather exciting. :)Happy reading!

  7. I hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend, and getting in a ton of reading.

  8. I love story collections! They seem to give you a full view of an author's writing talent.


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