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24 March 2017

Book Beginnings #35

For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us 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.

For Friday 56, Freda's Voice asks you to turn to Page 56 in your book or 56% on your e-reader and pick a sentence. This is my first time

I am currently reading The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.
We slept in what had once been the gymnasium. The floor was of varnished wood, with stripes and circles painted on it, for the games that were formerly played there; the hoops for the basketball nets were still in place, though the nets were gone.
I suck at reading classics. As soon as something is labelled as a classic, I'm instantly put off. This is a throw back to high school and being forced to repeatedly read Great Expectations and memorise the first few chapter. I know this is unfair and that one of my favourite books of all time is considered a classic, but I still find it hard to look past my own feelings.

I am excited (and scared) to be starting this. It is talked about so much, it seems like everyone has an opinion already.
Moira, breezing into my room, dropping her denim jacket on the floor. Got any cigs, she said.
In my purse, I said. No matches though.
I think it will take some getting used to the style. Interesting concept for there to be a character smoking in a dystopian novel, usually it's outlawed. Kinda makes me want a cigarette, even though I quit years ago. 

Have you read The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood?


  1. Yeah, I know what you mean. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  2. I have read The Handmaid's Tale twice...once many years ago, and then after I started blogging, I read it again. I loved it! I also saw a movie based on the book with Natasha Richardson starring.

    Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “PERSONS UNKNOWN”

    1. Glad you liked it! I guess I mostly want to read it before the series starts haha. Was the movie any good?

  3. I haven't read this one yet, but I've heard a lot of good things about it.

  4. I haven't read the book, but I saw the movie many years ago. All I remember about it was that it was disturbing. Maybe I should read the book. I hope you enjoy this story, in spite of it's "classic" status!
    My Friday post features The Pecan Man.

  5. I've been a fan of Margaret Atwood ever since I read this book. It is on the AP Language test list so I try to push kids to read it, too.
    My Friday Quotes

  6. I still have my copy from when it was a required read way back in school. Used to be put off by classics too. Now I've reread many and appreciate them more.

    My Friday 56 from Beautiful Broken Girls

  7. The Handmaid's Tale is a favorite - I should reread it!

    Lauren @ Always Me

  8. You're going back old school. LOL Simply meaning, it's a title that was new when I managed a bookstore a long time ago! I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine . . .

  9. The Handmaid's Tale is a fantastic dystopia. Am also due a reread. Think 'classic' is a publication label like 'YA'. If we don't want people to form preconceived ideas about books because they are marketed at young people, we should apply the same principle to other areas.

    If you enjoyed The Handmaid's Tale, you might like The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall.

  10. I LOVED this book, and hope you do too! Happy weekend!


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