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Top Ten Tuesday: Recent First Lines

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


This week’s TTT is a freebie on book quotes. I’m not one to collect quotes from each book in detail, although I will highlight (in ebooks) quotes I found super interesting or well crafted for the context and story.

For that reason, I’ve chosen to highlight the first sentences of books I’ve recently finished reading or am currently reading. First lines are important as they help set the tone for drawing a reader in.

If you’ve read some of these books, do you think the first line is a good representation for the rest of the book? If you haven’t read these books, would you want to based on the first line?

Tell me what you think in the comments below!

1. A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross

It was safest to cross the ocean at night, when the moon and stars shone on the water.

2. This Place is Still Beautiful by XiXi Tian

The predicted rain on the first day of summer never comes, meaning I can count on two things: my mother spending most of the morning in the garden, and Thom Froggett coming by the Sprinkle Shoppe for a double scoop of Rocky Road in a waffle cone.

3. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Spontaneity is overrated.

4. Rise of the Vicious Princess by C.J. Redwine

After tonight, the new hairstyle of Charis Willowthorn would be the only acceptable updo for a debutante to wear to a ball.

5. Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

“State your name for the record, please.”

6. Don’t Forget Me by Judy Corry

Betting on my best friend’s love life was getting expensive.

7. The Signs and Wonders of Tuna Rashad by Natasha Deen

The planets are in precise alignment, the moons are in their proper houses, and the auspicious signs can’t be denied.

8. The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

The myths of my people say only a true bride of the Sea God can bring an end to his insatiable wrath.

9. Cinder & Glass by Melissa de la Cruz

I was meant to be listening to Claudine explain how best to pack for the move to Versailles.

10. The Song that Moves the Sun by Anna Bright

We begin at the center.

Did any of these first lines stick out to you?

I will admit, some of these were marvellous and some were…different than what I anticipated the book to be. If you agree or disagree, let me know what you think!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I was Excited to Get But Have Yet to Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


It’s REALLY starting to feel like summer here, like we skipped most of spring to get to sweltering heat that does NOT relent. So while I’m sweating buckets, let’s reminisce about this week’s TTT topic: books I bought and still haven’t currently read them yet.

That happens a lot to other people too, right?

I had so many books to choose from because it’s sadly a thing I have? The books I own get the least priority to be read because ARCs and library books all have due dates. Darn you due dates.

I can probably come up with more excuses for why I am SO behind on books I own, but let’s just dive into some of the ones I chose to admit to.

You can judge me, I fully give you my permission.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Characters

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


I really like this week’s topic because it’s almost like looking in a mirror reading a book about bookish characters. Whether the protagonist is an avid reader, librarian, book seller or writer, there’s just something so relatable about it because it’s most likely what we are doing as well.

But as I was trying to come up with a list of books with bookish characters, I realized I don’t read many books that actually have such individuals in them. So I’m excited to read all of your other lists this week! But in the meantime, here are the few I could come up with, grouped by bookish character type.

Booksellers

  • Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey
  • Recommended for You by Laura Silverman
  • Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Librarians

  • The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

Readers

  • Being Mary Bennet by JC Peterson
  • Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
  • Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston
  • Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Writers

  • Sense and Second-Degree Murder by Tirzah Price
  • The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

Let me know if any of these books are on your radar! I’ve read half of these and the rest are on my TBR, but I’m intrigued by it all.

Until next week!