The idea is to copy the first line or so of a book you are considering reading in an effort to tempt someone else to read the same book with you.

Today’s First lines are from Kristin Higgins’ Life and Other Inconveniences:

” ‘You don’t have a brain tumor,’said my best friend, who, conveniently was also a neurologist.

‘Are you sure?’ I asked. ‘Yes, Emma. Don’t look so disappointed.’ “

The cover blurb promises “…heart, humor, and honesty about women’s real lives,” something that really appeals to me at this point.


Friday First Liners are found in the first line of a book you are currently reading or are about to start on a Friday. According to the meme’s originator, The Purple Booker, readers are to copy the first line or two of a book and supply the title and the author for those of us to add to our never-ending list of TBRs.

I was looking at my copy of Darien Gee’s Friendship Bread, which was the first selection for our Third Tuesday book club, ten years ago next week, and I am going to copy the beginning of a good book and a great book club.

Chapter One


Julia Evarts looks up from the paper in her hand and studies the gallon-size Zip-lock bag. Inside is a substance that reminds her of drying wall compound, except it’s much pastier and filled with air bubbles. It would have gone straight into the trash had Gracie not been standing beside her, eyes wide with curiosity.”

Not only was this a wonderful book to start a book club with, but the author, Gee, was available for a Skype session as we ate our friendship bread (made from a recipe given in the book) and asked her about writing books . The meeting ended with each of us taking home a “starter” in a plastic tub. And, no, I no longer have a starter in my fridge, but I am seriously thinking of starting up again. LOL



First Line Fridays was created by Hoarding Books. Thanks to them for the meme above.

Today’s Friday First Liner comes from A Light So Lovely by Sarah Arthur. This examination of the spiritual legacy of Madeline L’Engle is a gift from blogger Deb Nance of Readerbuzz. She knows about my undertaking to read books by and about Madeline L’Engle and passed this one along to me. Thanks, Debbie.

Here is the first line:”Sitting on my desk is a signed copy of The Rock That is Higher from one of L’Engles Wheaton College visits…” The author recalls her conservative parents having named her “Sarah,” making her one of two “normally” named women attending Wheaton, rather than a hippie-parent’s offspring named something like “River”

“Into that mix came Madeline L’Engle, a giantess in a great flapping dress of patchwork colors…What I do remember is a tall woman sitting at a table in the bookstore blinking her large eyes like a wise and vigilant owl.”

I am already intrigued and can’t wait to start this book.


Thanks to Hoarding Books for creating this fun meme.

My First Line Friday offering comes from Think Again by Adam Grant, a book just out. It deals with “The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know.” Skipping the Prologue, which definitely got my attention, the first chapter opens with:

“You probably don’t recognize his name, but Mike Lazaridis has had a defining impact on your life. From an early age, it was clear Mike was something of an electronics wizard.”

I am trying to read more non-fiction in 2021 than I did in 2020, and this is going to be enjoyable reading.


Thanks to Hoarding Books for the use of their meme

Today’s Friday Firstliner comes from Tanya Maria Barrientos’ Frontera Street.


There are fourteen verb tenses in Spanish, so much more than the past, present, and future. That’s what it said in the first sentence of the paperback I bought, thinking I just needed to brush up.”

I plan to start this one today.


Thanks to this creative blogger for letting me borrow her meme for this post.

My first lines comes today from a book I plan to start this weekend, When We Were Young and Brave by Hazel Gaynor. I was lucky enough to order it in large print from the library.

“Oxford 1975”

“We didn’t talk about it afterward. Not to loved ones, or to neighbors who stared at us from across the street, or to the newspapermen who were curious to know more about these lost children, returned from the war in the East like ghosts come back into the lives we’d once known.”

Set in WWII, one of my favorite times to read about, this novel promises to be an enjoyable read. Won’t you join in and read it with me?


Today’s Friday Firstliner is from Just Kids by Patti Smith, a memoir:

” I was asleep when he died. I had called the hospital to say one more good night, but he had gone under, beneath layers of morphine. I held the receiver and listened to his labored breathing through the phone, knowing I would never hear him again.”

This is the story of the strange relationship between Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe during the late 60s and early 70s at the height of the drugs and hippies’ culture of New York.


I found this fun meme at Hoarding Books. What one is asked to do is grab a book at random and copy the first line, so here’s mine for Friday, September 18, 2020:

” February 3 was a dark and dank day altogether; cold spitting rain in the morning and a low, steel-grey sky the rest of the afternoon.”

The above is from The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott, my choice for the white book of my “Celebration of Color” Challenge.

Grab your current read, and join in.


My first liner for today comes from fellow blogger and author, Teagan Riordian Geneviene’s Atonement, Tennessee. From the prologue:

“Dawn’s light cast shadows that shifted amid branches of magnolias and mountain laurel, and danced upon statuary and grave stones.”

This mysterious cemetery which “came with the house” that protagonist, Esmerelda bought for a steal is an integral part of the mystery, suspense, and supernatural of this 2012 publication. It is a real page-turner and a book I am currently reading on my Kindle. My biggest question today is, “Why didn’t I discover this author’s storytelling talent sooner”? EERIE AND SPOOKY AND GOOD!