Thursday, January 11, 2018

First Line Friday: Ghost Ship Edition

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Time for another round of First Line Friday, brought to you by Hoarding Books.

This week my line is from a book that, for some reason, my four and a half year old is OBSESSED with, and has been for quite some time. I'm not even sure why, but whenever she looked through the stacks of books on my shelves, or my desk, or the floor, this is always the one she sought. Now I make it super easy for her and it pretty much sits on the shelf at her eye level so she can grab it whenever she wants. Which is often. Whenever I am sitting at my desk working on my own book, she will always ask to play 'book fair', where she for-pretend hands me money and I for-real hand her this book. It makes us both giggle because we know that over and over, this is the book she will "purchase" when she comes around asking, "Do you have any books for me, Book Fair?" I have no character name, I am simply Book Fair. Then she sits on the couch and "reads" it, asking me about the ship and why it got lost. I should clarify, this is because I told her the story of the Mary Celeste, not because she is already reading adult non-fiction history books.

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"The ship drifted restlessly through the whitecaps, like a lost soul wandering among tombstones."

Leave me a comment or a first line of your own and check out some of the other lines over at Hoarding Books.

Happy Reading!
Sarah

26 comments:

  1. I love that story about your daughter! Too cute! That book intrigues me, too. I may need to add that to my TBR.

    I'm sharing the first line from Mikal Dawn's Count Me In over on my blog, but I'll share the first line from a book I just finished and will be reviewing next month:

    No Small Storm by Anne Mateer

    "Remembrance Wilkins - Mem to her friends and family - shivered, feeling to her bones the coolness of stone walls which never warmed."

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    1. Thank you! Eleanor is a gem but then again, I am biased I suppose. That's what they tell me anyway, haha.

      I found this book on the bargain shelves at Barnes and Noble some time in the last year or so. It was only $7.98 and hardcover. Thanks for sharing your line with me!

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  2. The mystery of the Mary Celeste has always fascinated me. Does the book provide an answer?

    I'm sharing the first line from Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano on my blog. It has so many great lines!

    I'm currently reading 'Aint Misbehaving by Marji Lane. Here's the first line:

    "Her future wasn't the only thing at stake."

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    1. I have not actually finished the book yet, but like you this is such a mystery that I want to know the truth about. I hope there will be an answer, but after this many decades, who knows. I'll be sure to review it without spoilers, just in case ;)

      Thanks for sharing your line with me, happy Friday!

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  3. How cute! And what a fantastic first line!

    I'm sharing the first line from Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" today, in keeping with the diversity theme, but here I'm going to share the first line of "One Plus One Equals Trouble" by Sondra Kraak:

    "Killing Edward Stevens was beyond her proper ways. So instead, Claire Montgomery made tea."

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    1. Yep, Eleanor is a doll. And I was tempted to share the whole first paragraph but I am trying so hard this year to stick to the actual first line.

      To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book of all time. I purchased but have never read Go Set a Watchman, because I just can't bring myself to do so. I don't want the Atticus of my youth to become someone I don't recognize.

      Happy Friday!

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  4. Happy Friday!

    My First Line Friday comes from a book I will be reading later this month, The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane....

    I was born twice. The first time was on July 9 to Paul and Mimi Haas in Cleveland, Ohio. My mother died six years later.


    Have a great weekend and stay warm!

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    1. Happy Friday to you as well Susan and I must say, that is quite the line! I can't decide what I want to know first - why she was born twice (adoption?) or what happened to her mother. You will have to let me know.

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  5. That's a super cute story to share! This book does sound interesting. I'll have to look for it. :)

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    1. Aw, thanks. I am so happy that she is such a mighty book dragon too, she loves to sit and look at my shelves and her shelves and organize them.

      I found it on a bargain shelf at Barnes and Noble for $7.98. It was within the last year, I think. Some of those books stay there for quite a while so you may still be able to find it.

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  6. Awww that is a super cute story! This book sounds quite interesting. Thanks for sharing!

    I'm sharing A Letter from Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd on my blog today, but I'm currently reading Isaiah's Daughter by Mesu Andrews so I'll share that here.

    732 BCE (Spring)
    Judean Wilderness

    My friend Yaira said to be brave - but why? Brave or scared, we kept marching. She told me to be a big girl, not to cry, but I'm only five and I've seen big men crying.

    Happy Weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Eleanor is quite the little charmer, and she will love everyone saying how cute she is, haha.

      Thanks for coming by and sharing your line, have a great weekend :)

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  7. My 5 1/2 year old's favorites from my bookshelves are Susan May Warren's Montana Rescue series which feature the heroes and landscapes on the covers.
    I'm diving into Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse today!
    A sleepy purple twilight wrapped around the farmhouse, its tall windows glowing with warmth from somewhere inside.

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    1. Isn't it so funny the books they gravitate to? It's so interesting to see what catches their eye and what they pass right over. Happy Friday, thanks for coming by :)

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  8. Aw, what a sweet memory for you with your daughter.

    I’ll share the first line from the next book on my TBR list: Until We Find Home by Cathy Gohlke: Lightning crackled, splitting the night sky over Paris, illuminating letters painted on the bookstore window across the street: La Maison des Amis des Livre.

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    1. Oh yes, it is a favorite game and one I hope she wants to play for a long time. I love that her earliest memories are going to involve books. Thanks for sharing your line, happy Friday!

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  9. PROLOGUE

    Night crept over the hills, smothering the landscape in a cocoon of darkness that would hide him in a few minutes. - Haven of Swans by Colleen Coble

    Happy Friday and Happy Reading!

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    1. Happy Friday Caryl, thanks for sharing your line with me this week - what's he hiding from??

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  10. quite the list of intriguing first lines today, ladies!

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    1. Right?? So many great ones, this week has really been on point. Happy Friday!

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  11. A great first line!

    Happy Friday!!!!

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the first line from the novel The Gift of the Inn by Golden Keyes Parsons. So here I will leave the first line from the book I am starting next, Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren.

    Chapter 1
    "Sierra should have brought marshmallows."

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    1. Thanks Nicole - it does conjure up a pretty clear image, doesn't it? Happy Friday, hope you get lots of cozy reading time this weekend!

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  12. I love these Fridays & reading the first lines from all these books I've either enjoyed or want to read!

    My first line is from Rush by Jayme Mansfield:

    "I can't stop shivering when I sleep alone."

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    1. I enjoy them so much as well - especially seeing the possibilities in the fiction genres shared, something I am way out of the loop on. Thanks for sharing your line, have a wonderful weekend!

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  13. I've always had such respect for the individuals who traveled on these ships years ago. I cannot imagine how fearful that must have been. Cute story about your daughter! Happy Friday!

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    1. Same here. I can't even fathom having to travel that way, on a wooden ship that could be destroyed so easily in a storm and in a time when there was no way to monitor storms that then became hurricanes. Yeesh.

      Happy Friday!

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