Take the first sentence from your favorite book and make it the first sentence of your post.
“I wake to the drone of an airplane engine and feeling of something warm dripping down my chin, I lift my hand to feel my face.”
This is the first line of A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. I wouldn’t necessarily say that this is my favorite book, but it is certainly one that had an impact. I read this after Oprah recommended it via her book club many moons ago. If Oprah said read it, we read it..right?
Actually it wasn’t her recommendation that made be run out for my copy, it was seeing the reaction of Mr. Frey’s mother in the audience. She was beaming with pride that her son, her flesh and blood, created something so incredible that Oprah Winfrey was willing to introduce it to the world. I never regretted this purchase.
In case you’re not aware of the back story of this book, I’ll fill you in on the sordid details. Apparently Mr. Frey implied that this was a biography, but long story short … it was not. A confession was made … blah, blah, blah. It didn’t matter to me whether it was a biography or a novel. It was a captivating tale of addiction, recovery, hope and forgiveness.
It may not be the most well written piece if literature on the market, but it was a gripping tale and a great story that just happened to resonated with me at the time. It served its purpose by providing awareness and understanding about a disease that found its way into my family.
I did go on to read his next book My Friend Leonard and enjoyed that as well.