Thursday, December 12, 2019

First Line Friday #85

First Line Friday is brought to you by Hoarding Books. Playing along is easy: open the book nearest you and share the first line. Then check out the link to see the other first lines offered up this week.


"I was in a temper fit to blow the lid off a kettle of boiling water."

You'll have to excuse the middle grade love I will be showing the next couple weeks. Around Halloween I went on a Mary Downing Hahn binge after finding her newest book at our school book fair during conferences. I requested a bunch of her books from the library that I hadn't read, due to them being published while I was in college (or later).

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Happy Reading,


  1. My first line for today is from the memoir Ani DiFranco published recently. (I was a big fan of hers in the 90s.)
    "I remember being on stage once in a tight little dress, the bottom of which kept riding up my thighs...all the way to my crotch as I moved around and sang (why was I doing this?!!) face growing hotter and hotter as I tried to hide behind my guitar." An example of what my guitar teacher used to call Tales From the Gig Bag. Ha Ha.

  2. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I'm sharing the first two lines from The Earl's Betrothal by Karen Tuft. This book is SO good. If you love Regency I highly recommend this story. I'm currently on chapter 10, so I'll share from there:

    "Amelia slept until noon, so exhausted she was from the events of the day and night before."

    Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂❤📖

  3. Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing the first lines from Courage to See: Daily Inspiration from Great Literature by Greg Garrett and Sabrina Fountain: "When I was a child, I wanted to sleep with my books, something my mom wouldn't allow because I slept on the top bunk, and she didn't want them falling down and hitting my sister."

    1. Thanks for sharing your line Jolene, I hope you've had a great week!

  4. Replies
    1. It is the only changeling story I have ever read, and I had no idea that Hahn ever wrote anything besides ghost stories and mysteries until I saw this. It was so weird and magical. Not terrible at all, but not my fave of her work.

  5. My first line is from the debut novel Above the Fold by Rachel Scott McDaniel.

    March 10, 1922 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Soot-stained windows filtered the morning light, casting an ashen shadow on the crowded courtroom and darkening the sting of judgment.


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