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First Lines Friday: 24th March

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

You have to be quick,
none of this pretending to be browsing business
that some shoplifters go for.


Read on to find out which book this extract is from…

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We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

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BUY | The Book Depository


Summary:

Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess’s home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?


I actually didn’t really dig this book.  Why pick a book I don’t like for First Lines Friday?  Well, Sarah Crossan’s One was insanely good, and I’m sure fans of her work will still appreciate her latest novel.  For me though, the whole thing was just slightly underwhelming.  I can see it working well as a film, but in this style – the poetic. tumbling-down-the-page writing that I’ve come to know Sarah Crossan for – I just don’t think the story works.  Still, it has some excellent first lines!

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Happy reading,

Emma

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March 24, 2017
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First Lines Friday: 3rd March

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

First of all, I’m sorry.  Second of all, you’re welcome.


Read on to find out which book this extract is from…

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The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

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BUY | The Book Depository


Summary:

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is – a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh.

Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friends – an unforgettable and fun adventure that you wish could last forever. Whether she’s experiencing lust-at-first-sight while in the airport security line, sharing her own views on love and marriage, admitting to being an introvert, or discovering her cross-fit instructor’s secret bad habit, Amy Schumer proves to be a bighearted, brave, and thoughtful storyteller that will leave you nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and sobbing uncontrollably – but only because it’s over.


This is one of the many eBooks I was recently given.  I’ve popped it onto my Kindle, ready for when I’m done with The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend.  I have heard mixed reviews about it but from the first page (and first lines) it sounds quite funny, so I’m willing to give it a shot.

What are you reading at the moment?

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Emma

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March 3, 2017
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First Lines Friday: 17th February

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

It had certainly been a wild end to the autumn.  On the Heath a gale stripped the glorious blaze of colour from Kenwood to Parliament Hill in a matter of hours, leaving several old oaks and beeches dead.


Read on to find out which book this extract is from…

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The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

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BUY | The Book Depository


Summary:

Two brothers. One mute, the other his life long protector.

Year after year, their family visits the same sacred shrine on a desolate strip of coastline known as the Loney, in desparate hope of a cure.

In the long hours of waiting, the boys are left alone. They cannot resist the causeway revealed with every turn of the treacherous tide, the old house they glimpse at its end…

Many years on, Hanny is a grown man no longer in need of his brother’s care.

But then the child’s body is found.

And the Loney always gives up its secrets, in the end.


I don’t know how exactly, but I picked up this book thinking it would be just a piece of general fiction about two brothers and a mystery.  In fact, I can be quoted somewhere saying, “oh, I am hoping it will have similarities to The Shock of the Fall“.  Wrong.  This book is a horror story.  I’m so glad I found that out before I continued reading it at 11pm in bed.  As for the story itself, it is wonderfully descriptive, though it is a little slow waiting for the action to start – I’m 50 pages in and a whole lot of not-very-much has happened so far.  But this story won the 2015 Costa Book Awards, so I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt.

Read this book?  What are your thoughts on it?

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Emma

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February 17, 2017
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First Lines Friday: 10th February

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

Inner North London
top-floor flat.
All white walls
white carpet
white cat.


Read on to find out which book this extract is from…

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Storm by Tim Minchin

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BUY | The Book Depository


Summary:

A storm is brewing at a London Dinner party.  When Tim meets the mysterious fifth guest at the table, small talk descends into a battle between science and belief.


I have so much love for this book.  I am a huge fan of Tim Minchin, and was fortunate enough to see him perform in Cardiff in Jesus Christ Superstar a couple of years ago.  I enjoy his comedy too, and let’s face it, pretty much everything else he has dabbled in.  I even donated to MND Australia when I was moved to tears by his contribution to ‘The Fading Symphony’.  So I am biased, completely biased, but you really should read this book – it is witty and wonderfully written.  I’ll be reviewing it in the weeks following Gra-fix Novel Week, so watch this space.

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Emma

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February 10, 2017
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First Lines Friday: 13th January

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

Cape Sata is the end of Japan.

When you turn your back to the sea and look northward, all of mainland Japan is balanced, swordlike, above you.


Read on to find out which book this extract is from…

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Hokkaido Highway Blues by Will Ferguson

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BUY | The Book Depository


Summary:

The book follows Will Ferguson as he hitchhikes 1,800 miles north through Japan following the Cherry Blossom Front (Sakura Zensen). The arrival of the blossom is a national event in Japan, eagerly tracked on television bulletins, and besides marking the end of winter and the start of the business cycle it facilitates a burst of heavy drinking disguised as a communal meditation on transience.

Surveying the country from the not quite private, not quite public, position of the passenger seat, Ferguson sees the Japan not written about in guide books, but gets to the heart of this intriguing and contradictory country. This is a laugh out loud, warm-hearted account with a generous helping of satire.


I was gifted this book for Christmas, and started it the other day.  It was recommended to me alongside For Fukui’s Sake by a friend with excellent reading taste, and despite having the smallest writing I’ve seen in years, it is so far a very enjoyable read!  Plus, it is giving me a real sense of wanderlust, and I’m desperate now to return to Japan again…

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Emma

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January 13, 2017
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First Lines Friday: 16th December

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Feel free to comment below or tag me in the post, so I can check it out and maybe share it on Twitter.

Tyler gets me a job as a waiter, after that Tyler’s pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die.


Read on to find out which book this extract is from…

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Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

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BUY | The Book Depository


Summary:

Every weekend, in basements and parking lots across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded for as long as they have to.  Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything.  Fight Club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter and dark, anarchic genius.  And it’s only the beginning of his plans for revenge on a world where cancer support groups have the corner on human warmth.


This book has been sitting on my shelf for way too long.  I recently signed up to Rock My TBR for next year, with the intention of doing some much needed TBR tackling.  This is one of those books that I’d love to read – it’s only short and I already know I’ll enjoy it.  It’ll be hard to read it without imagining the characters as they are in the film though!

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Emma

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December 16, 2016
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First Lines Friday: 9th December

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Feel free to comment below or tag me in the post, so I can check it out and maybe share it on Twitter.

It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.


Read on to find out which book this extract is from…

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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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BUY | The Book Depository


Summary:

When Esther Greenwood wins an internship on a New York fashion magazine in 1953, she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, Esther’s life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiralling into depression and eventually a suicide attempt, as she grapples with difficult relationships and a society which refuses to take women’s aspirations seriously.


Someone recently recommended The Bell Jar to me, so I thought it was about time I gave it a shot – it isn’t the longest book, and I need something completely different to help me recover from my Ready Player One book hangover.  I know from what I’ve heard of it that The Bell Jar is quite an intense read, dealing with mental illness and feminist issues – I look forward to reading it, and seeing how these topics are handled.

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Emma

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December 9, 2016
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First Lines Friday: 2nd December

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Feel free to comment below or tag me in the post, so I can check it out and maybe share it on Twitter.

Everyone my age remembers where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the contest.


Read on to find out which book this extract is from…

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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BUY | The Book Depository


Summary:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.


Ready Player OneThis book is exactly the book I’ve been searching for to get me out of my reading slump.  It is exciting, original, and triggering geek-outs every few pages.  I’ve never read anything like it before!

I’m only a third of the way through, but I already think every geek should give it a read – it really is something special.  I can’t wait to review it!

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Emma

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December 2, 2016
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First Lines Friday: 18th November

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Copy and paste the text and banner (or make your own!) above for your own First Lines Fridays posts.  Make sure to comment your first lines below so that other people can check them out!

I went in the afternoon to avoid seeing anyone – or being seen.


Read on to find out which book this extract is from…

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Damage by Sue Mayfield

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BUY | Amazon


Summary:

Becci’s made an effort for Emma and Elliot’s themed party hoping Nathan will finally realise she’s not a little girl any more.

Matt doesn’t want to go to the party at all – he hates dressing up – but he’ll do anything for Sophie.

Sophie’s hoping the evening will distract her from her mum’s tacky date with that bloke from her salsa class.

And Nathan is always up for a laugh, a bit of excitement – though his costume won’t exactly make him a babe magnet…

One way or another the night is going to be unforgettable… It will change their lives, for ever…


I read Damage as a teen, and it really stayed with me.  The events of this book are truly unforgettable, and have inspired some of my own stories over the years.  I remember writing to the author after reading the book about how much I’d enjoyed it!

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Happy reading!

Emma

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November 18, 2016
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First Lines Friday: 4th November

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Copy and paste the text and banner (or make your own!) above for your own First Lines Fridays posts.  Make sure to comment your first lines below so that other people can check them out!

Most embarrassing moment ever?  I’ve had a few.  One was when I walked down Harborne High Street with my skirt accidentally tucked into my knickers.


Read on to find out which book this extract is from…

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Sweet Temptation by Lucy Diamond

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BUY | The Book Depository


Summary:

Maddie’s getting it from all sides. Her bitchy new boss at the radio station humiliates her live on air about her figure, her glamour-puss mum keeps dropping not-so-subtle hints that Maddie should lose weight and her kids are embarrassed to be seen with her after the disastrous Mums’ race at their school sports day. Something’s got to change…


I got this book second-hand from my friend recently.  Lucy Diamond is a name I’ve heard about for a good few years now, but I’ve never actually read anything by her.  It’s about time I read another chick lit!  Plus, the cover for this book is adorable, and the first lines are hilarious!

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Happy reading!

Emma

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November 4, 2016
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