Thursday, August 3, 2017

Book Beginning: The Nix by Nathan Hill




The headline appears one afternoon on several news websites almost simultaneously: GOVERNOR PACKER ATTACKED!

-- The Nix by Nathan Hill. I downloaded this audiobook from the library after seeing it so often on Instagram but knowing nothing about it.

So far, I think it is hilarious. It sort of reminds me of The Goldfinch because it starts in the present day and then goes back in time to the story of two little boys, one in love with a beautiful girl. But it isn't dark and self-important like The Goldfinch. The satire is also razor sharp, not ham-fisted like most satire by debut authors.

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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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



  1. No way! I was nearly nearly going to share this one too - read it last weekend, and loved it. Hope you do too.

  2. I'm in the mood for something with a few laughs. I'll have to look for it.

  3. I am linking to the meme on my blog-- thanks for the great idea!

  4. Hi Gilion,

    The ratings and revews for this book have been totally amazing, so you really should enjoy it.

    I did cheat a little and check out the full premise and whilst it does sound good, humorous books are just not my thing, so I shall probably pass on adding it to my own list.

    Thanks for the feature though and the chance for me explore something new. As an aside, if you do enjoy the read, then you might also like to know that 'The Nix' is being adapted for television, backed by Warner Brothers and starring Meryl Streep.

    Have a good weekend :)


  5. Sounds interesting. I hope you'll enjoy it.

  6. Your Nathan Hill book sounds fun, it is so hard to get humour and satire right on the page.
    I have linked to my Book Beginnings blog - thanks for hosting this!

  7. I'm Solomon @ The Bookish King, and I accidentally linked to the wrong post!!! I'm so very sorry to mess up the feed. Here is the actual URL:

    I did want to say though, that I love this tag and thank you for creating it! xD

  8. This sounds really interesting and I'm glad the satire is on point, because when that goes wrong it goes wrong in a big way! Thanks for hosting and I hope you have an amazing weekend!
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  9. I've seen this one on your Instagram account and it immediately caught my attention. I havent' read it yet and The Goldfinch neither. Need to get to both of these I guess....

  10. This has been on my radar but not my TBR. I absolutely love your description of it - especially in comparison to The Goldfinch. I think that alone tells me I need to read The Nix.

  11. I think I'd need to know more about this one before I decided. I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine. I have something yummy as always!

  12. I think I'd need to know more about this one before I decided. I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine. I have something yummy as always!

  13. I haven't heard of this one before, but it sounds good. Funny is always welcome.

  14. Haven't heard about this one until now, but I like the opening line! Great pick. :)

  15. Thanks for hosting. I have seen this book.

    Sounds good.

    Have a good weekend.

  16. I must say that the book sounds intriguing! I am currently reading 'The Girls in the Water'. It's really good!

  17. I have also had this on my to-read list simply because I saw it in lots of places. It must be good, right? I like the beginning and what you had to say about it. I'm off to check my library.


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