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!
Once upon a time — for that is how all stories should begin — there was a boy who lost his mother.
He had, in truth, been losing her for a very long time. The disease that was killing her was a creeping, cowardly thing, a sickness that ate away at her from the inside, slowly consuming the light within, so that her eyes grew a little less bright with each passing day, and her skin a little more pale.
This book has been on my TBR for ages. I added it in March 2014, so that’s probably when I bought the damn thing because the cover looked interesting. (This was my vain stage. I don’t even remember reading the description.)
But, this December, I decided that I wanted to read it since I’ve owned it for so long.
And, tbh, it’s beautiful. I’ve started reading it and it’s so enchanting. The writing is gorgeous. The story is compelling. It reminds me of The Book Thief in the best possible way. Honestly, it’s a joy to read and everything I didn’t know I wanted.
Have you read this? What did you think?
What’s your favorite atmospheric book?