Tuesday, February 28, 2017

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday: Double Feature ft. Wolf in White Van by Josh Darnielle + The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

First Chapter Tuesday is hosted every Tuesday by Diane over at Bibiophile by the Sea. Join the fun by making your own post and linking up over at Diane's blog, or simple check it out to find more new books to read!

Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

Wolf in White Van

Chapter 1

"My father used to carry me down the hall to my room after I came home from the hospital. By then I could walk if I had to, but the risk of falling was too great, so he carried me like a child. It’s a cluster memory now: it consists of every time it happened and is recalled in a continuous loop. He did it every day, for a long time, from my first day back until what seemed like a hundred years later, and after a while, the scene blurred into innumerable interchangeable identical scenes layered one on top of the other like transparencies."

I'd had my eye on this book for quite a while before I finally decided to pick it, and I'm certainly glad I did! At this point, I'm not about 3/4 of the way in and I am just completely enraptured Darnielle's style and storytelling. This is a different sort of book, but it is right up my alley.

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

The Female of the Species

Chapter 1

"This is how I kill someone.

I learn his habits, I know his schedule. It is not difficult. His life consists of quick stops to the dollar store for the bare minimum of things required to keep this ragged cycle going, his hat pulled down over his eyes so as not to be recognized.

But he is. It’s a small town.

I watch these little exchanges. They evolve in seconds, from I get paid to smile at you to the facial muscles going lax when recognition hits, the price scanner making a feeble attempt to break the silence by making a beep-beep when his food goes past."

I've always been reading this incredible book known as The Female of the Species and it is incredible, so I had to share it as well. 

What do you think? Would you keep reading either one of these? (And feel free to join in and make your own post!) 
If you're enticed by this chapter, be sure to check out the full synopsis on Goodreads!

*Excerpt taken from the novel itself; I do not claim to own any part of the excerpt.

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