First Lines Friday

It is the last Friday in 2017 and I hope that 2018 brings a lot of good for everyone. A new year is a clean slate in a way. The moment January 1st strikes, you have 365 days ahead to make that year the best it can be. Or at least get through it alive. We’ll have more posts coming in the next few days about a few things we’ll be doing in 2018 like reading and goals for reading so keep an eye out for that.

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Chantel will be in purple. 

Caidyn will be in blue. 


It’s a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost don’t notice I’m being blackmailed. 

We’re sitting in metal folding chairs backstage, and Martin Addison says, “I read your email.” 

“What?” I look up. 

“Earlier. In the library. Not on purpose, obviously.”

“You read my email?” 

“Well, I used the computer right after you,” he says, “and when I typed in Gmail, it pulled up your account. You probably should have logged out.” 


I wouldn’t be surprised if people figured this one out pretty quickly. It’s a popular book with a movie adaptation coming out next year. I picked this book because these first lines basically set in motion the whole plot of this book and it also features a gay main character. 

This week I chose…

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon cover.jpg

I read this book in 2016 and I thought it was a lot of fun. It’s pretty cute and I found it charming. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more by Becky Albertalli because I think she created a great story here. I also can’t wait for the movie. 

However, let’s be honest. If you read YA contemporary then you’ve probably already read this and if you haven’t, then it’s probably not for you. If for some reason you haven’t heard of it and are interested, go read it. 


My wig slumps on my desk where I have tossed it like flattened road kill. Out of court, I am careless with this crucial part of my wardrobe, showing it the opposite of what it should command: respect. It’s handmade from horsehair and nearly six hundred pounds, but I want it to age and to accrue the gravitas I sometimes fear I lack. I want the hairline to yellow with years of perspiration, the tight, cream curls to relax or to grey with dust. It’s been nineteen years since I was called to the Bar, but my wig is still that of a conscientious new girl – not the barrister who has inherited it from her, or more usually his, father. That’s the sort of wig I want: one dulled with the patina of tradition, entitlement, and age.


Perhaps not the most exciting opening in the world. More on par with Ian McEwan, tbh. A quick study of a seemingly random item that might be important later.

The book I’ve chosen is yet another book that I won from BookishFirst. And, perhaps horribly, this is the book that I’m most excited about having won in a raffle. It’s a thriller, of course, but not exactly like that. It’s about what happens in a scandal.

And…. it is:

Again, I’m actually pretty excited about it. I mean, it looks fantastic. All about a politician’s wife finding out the night before it breaks that her husband had an affair. I’m totally excited to find out the twists and turns it takes throughout the book.

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