Thursday, June 8, 2017

First Line Friday: Chuck Klosterman Edition

Happy First Line Friday!

This week my line is from one of my most favorite authors who is not a historian. Shocker, right?? This author very much writes of the here and now...or sports/music/pop culture-related events within the last couple decades or so. Give or take. Really depends on the essay.

Chuck Klosterman is MY. FAVE. I absolutely love his humor and writing style; if you have not read anything by him, I definitely recommend starting now. He has written for SPIN, The A.V. Club, WaPo, GQ, and Grantland, among many others.

My line this week comes from:


"What is the most villainous move on the market?"

If you are new to Chuck Klosterman, please allow me to make a few recommendations.

599 is by far my most favorite. Start here if you have never read anything else by him. I just lied to you, however, because 597 is actually tied for my most favorite. Both are excellent and I have read them multiple times. 6462010 was Klosterman's first foray into fiction and I loved it. He has another fictional work, 10373933, which I did not like nearly as well. If memory serves (and really, it doesn't. I had a baby almost four years ago and my memory is still shit), I really did not like the main character. I mean, you weren't supposed to, but I REALLY did not like him. I will probably have to revisit this one and see if my memories are correct. 6386555 is another one I do not feel as strongly about. I don't know why, and I probably need to reread it again, too. I really liked 690186 and 24476. I am also currently reading 27068734 and 33353952 in addition to Black Hat.

So, there you go. Several recommendations in one post. Choose one and enjoy. You're welcome.

Let me know what you think of the line, and/or leave a line of your own. Then, visit my fellow First-Liners to see what they have this week.

If you want to join in on First Line Friday, let Carrie know!

Happy Reading!


  1. Turtle Springs, Kansas
    April 1866

    Pa had some kind of nerve, up and dying like that-just when I'd gotten used to Frank being gone. Adjusting her somber bonnet, Caroline Kane exited what was now her inn, onto the boardwalk and then stepped down to the hard-packed dirt street.

    First line from Dime Novel Suitor by Carrie Fancett Pagels. This is my "debut" as a character in the story.

  2. "Blame it on the rhubarb." -Treble at the Jam Fest by Leslie Budewitz.

    Happy Reading to you today!

  3. Happy Friday! My first line is from Widow by Denise Weimer: "Oglethorpe County, Georgia, June 1857, An angel of light stood before me, blonde, beautiful, one hand behind his back."

  4. My first line is:
    The promised view of the mountain peak waited, cloaked in mist like a tissue-wrapped gift not ready to be unveiled.
    “The Road to Paradise” by Karen Barnett

    1. Hi Andrea, thank you for sharing your line this week. Happy Friday!

  5. The line I'm sharing here is a book my 9 year old just finished and enjoyed:
    "A bright bolt of lightning splits the dark and flickers over the skylight."
    Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor - by: Jon Scieszka

  6. I'm sharing a line from my favorite author Becky Wade. Then Came You: "Sylvie left me today."

    1. Thanks for sharing a favorite author of yours, have a great weekend!

  7. Erm... happy *cough* Wednesday! (better late than never right?! LOL)

    1. LOL, yes!! I am finally commenting on this on the FOLLOWING Saturday...Happy Reading!

  8. Happy Friday!
    My first line is:
    “It started with a phone call, deceptively simple and easy to ignore.” ~All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda.

    Dinh @Arlene's Book Club

  9. Happy Friday!!!! (And Summer) Hehe!


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