First Lines Friday

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.

It was a nice day.

All the days had been nice. There had been rather more than seven of them so far, and rain hadn’t been invented yet. But clouds massing east of Eden suggested that the first thunderstorm was on its way, and it was going to be a big one.

The angel of the Eastern Gate put his wings over his head to shield himself from the first drops.

“I’m sorry,” he said politely. “What was that you were saying?”

“I said, that one went down like a lead balloon,” said the serpent.

“Oh. Yes,” said the angel, whose name was Aziraphale.

“I think it was a bit of an overreaction, to be honest,” said the serpent. “I mean, first offense and everything. I can’t see what’s so bad about knowing the difference between good and evil, anyway.”

This is a book that everyone’s read but me. And I’m so glad that I’m able to finally read it even though I’m pretty late to the party. Part of this is brought on by it being made into a TV show, part of this is pure opportunity to read it.

It is…

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

I’m doing a buddy read with Michael from Goodreads and I’m really excited about it. I’ve been laughing so far, which is always a great sign!

This would be one of those days, I could tell. One of those days when clients would underpay me, the hot water would run out before I could shower, or some masc would decide I’m looking at him funny and bust my lip to teach me a lesson. It was the stink in the air, that acidic humidity. Made people irritable. 

This is a book I heard about on a podcast in which one of the hosts is Austin Chant, a trans writer whose books I’ve read and reviewed. I enjoyed them very much and thought it was interesting to hear him talking as a trans writer who writes trans characters. On that podcast, a science fiction book was mentioned and the world immediately intrigued me. A world where “women” or feminity did not exist. I do believe it’s a romance novel, but I’ve read plenty of those in my day. I’m definitely not opposed to queer romance. 


Y Negative by Kelly Haworth

Y Negative cover

This book is part of the reason I enjoy science fiction. It takes an idea and makes it a part of that world. I love it. Just like Ursula LeGuin wrote about a world where gender does not exist, I love seeing the dynamics of gender explored in science fiction.