Thursday, December 21, 2023

The Christmas Chronicles: Notes, Stories & 100 Essential Recipes for Winter by Nigel Slater -- BOOK BEGINNINGS



Wow! I had Christmas brain last week and totally forgot to post Book Beginnings on Fridays until Saturday morning! What a crazy lady. Sorry about that!

Thank you for joining me this week for Book Beginnings, where participants share the first sentence (or so) of the book they are reading this week. Please share yours! You can also share from a book that caught your fancy, even if you are not reading it at the moment.

It's the week before Christmas, and while I am not reading Christmassy books in general, I did want to dip into Nigel Slater's Christmas book to get me in the mood. I also want to remind myself to remember to read this book next year!

What books are you hoping to get from Santa?

The icy prickle across your face as you walk out into the freezing air.
-- from the Introduction to The Christmas Chronicles: Notes, Stories & 100 Essential Recipes for Winter
by Nigel Slater. Normally I do not like sentence fragments as the opening to a book. But with Nigel Slater, I don't care.


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The Friday 56 is a natural tie-in with Book Beginnings. The idea is to share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your featured book. If you are reading an ebook or audiobook, find your teaser from the 56% mark.

Freda at Freda's Voice started and hosted The Friday 56 for a long, long time. She is taking a break and Anne at My Head if Full of Books has taken on hosting duties in her absence. Please visit Anne's blog and link to your Friday 56 post.


From The Christmas Chronicles:
We have been lighting fires around this time for centuries. Since ancient times Celtic people have gathered around bonfires on October 31 and November 1 to celebrate Samhain, the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter.
In America, we generally don't start celebrating Christmas until after Thanksgiving at the end of November. Slater is in England and starts his book about Christmas and winter on November 1. This is the thing I want to remember next year so I start the book in November and read through the days. 

4 Days to Christmas!


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