First Lines Friday

Now, where did January go? This is the second to last week and it’s insane. I can’t believe that the first month of 2018 is almost gone. Either way, we hope that your first month was good.

On to the formalities:

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!

Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.

The days were getting shorter, so the light in the sky had started to fall away when the gate to our temporary home swung open and out motorcade edged beyond the fencing that surrounded the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.

Why is it that I always pick books that have really boring starters? It seems that I always did, but whatever. It doesn’t matter. This book is interesting and, actually, a pretty popular one. Or, the author is popular. And a part of a very public bromance. So, what’s the book?

Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose by Joe Biden

Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

Yes, I am reading this. It’s a memoir that I’m very interested in reading. Late last year, I decided to start reading more non-fiction around current politics to catch up to the rest of the world so I can understand more. This book, in a way, brings me to that point as well. I was all for Biden 2016 because I do like him. And, from what I understand, this book helps explain why that wasn’t a thing. I’d like to read his reasoning behind why he didn’t run since I didn’t know any of his personal tragedies until 2016 when all the newspapers were talking about it.

Kieran expected Heidi Norton’s campaign office to involve a fancy building. A stern exterior. Heavy security. Something intimidating, or at least austere. 

Instead, the San Antonio branch of the Norton campaign resides on the top floor of a completely average commercial building. The elevator is slow, the floor is plasticky, and fluorescent lights flicker out of a speckled grey ceiling. The sign on the office door is crooked, and inside there’s a jumble of cramped desks and cramped people mixed in with printers and filing cabinets. The door is ajar and the windows are open, letting in a trickle of summer breeze, but it’s still agonizingly hot. 

While it’s not the most exciting opening, I kept going because I feel like the way this author set the scene was done very well. I can feel the heat of a Texan summer and it’s not appealing. I’ve already read a book by this author this month and I plan on reading everything they come out with. This week I chose…

Coffee Boy by Austin Chant

Coffee Boy cover

However, I’m excited to read this book. It’s the story of a trans guy who is interning for a politician’s campaign office. It’s a really short novella so it shouldn’t take me long to read it at all. I really enjoyed reading Peter Darling by Austin Chant and he writes books about trans characters and all of his books are ownvoices which is exciting. So far Austin Chant has written three books and I plan on reading them all. 

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