Thursday, May 26, 2022

To Live and Die in the Floating World by Stephen Holgate -- BOOK BEGINNINGS


Oh, I am looking forward to this long holiday weekend! How about you? What do you plan to read?

I'm in one of those weird situations where I've started several books at the same time for different reasons. I always have a book by my bedside and an audiobook on my phone. Then I have auxiliaries: like a coffee table book in the living room for in the evenings, an eBook on my Kindle app for emergencies, a poetry book by my bed to read one poem every morning, and a collection of WB Yeats poems at my office I've been struggling through for years. 

But right now I have extras on top of my usuals. I started an airplane paperback and I signed up for a Wind in the Willows read along on Instagram before my Instagram account got hacked (I'm still working on getting it back). It's those two extras that are discombobulating me. My bookish balance is off. I need to do some serious reading this weekend to pare my stack back to its normal size. 

How many books do you read at one time? Does the number remain consistent?

Please share the opening sentence (or so) of one of your books here on Book Beginnings on Fridays! Or you can share a book you feel like highlighting, even if you aren't reading it at the moment. 


It was nearly midnight, and I was drunk and thinking of heading back to my dump at the Ecu d'Or when the Irishman Rory Gallagher came through the door of the smoky, flyblown bar on the pimply backside of Montmartre.

-- To Live and Die in the Floating World by Stephen Holgate. That opening sentence certainly paints a scene!

This adventure story finds an American ex pat working on a canal boat in Burgundy, France. When he risks a romance with a mobster's girlfriend, he puts both their lives in jeopardy. The question is, which will catch him first, the gangsters or his own past?


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Freda at Freda's Voice hosts another teaser event on Fridays. Participants share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book they are reading -- or from 56% of the way through the audiobook or ebook. Please visit Freda's Voice for details and to leave a link to your post.


From To Life and Die in the Floating World:
Before he got her out the door she stopped, looked over her shoulder at me and called out in English, “Stout fellow!”
She said it in the way you might say “good boy” to a dog, but I felt as pleased as if she had pinned a medal to me.

 Have a good Memorial Day weekend!


  1. Good luck with your reading this weekend! This one sounds. good.

  2. Hope you have a great weekend!

  3. That opening definitely sets the scene, doesn't it?

  4. Ooh I'm absolutely the same, I've got about five books going at once in different places xD 'To Live and Die in the Floating World' sounds fascinating, I haven't read adventure story in quite a while, so perhaps I should get back into it! Thanks for hosting and have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  5. Sounds like a good one! Happy weekend!

  6. So glad to hear I'm not the only one whose balance is slightly off! I am also busy with way too many books on my kindle and the kids at school convinced me to do a buddy read with two more books!!!

    I like the sound of your book, something I would probably enjoy!

    Have a good weekend!

    Elza Reads


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