First lines Friday

First lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers created 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?


“There was a small window in my early childhood when I wanted to be a doctor.”


 

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scrabby-little-nobody


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Summary:

A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air, Twilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.”

At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.

With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can—from her unusual path to the performing arts (Vanilla Ice and baggy neon pants may have played a role) to her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her initial “dating experiments” (including only liking boys who didn’t like her back) to reviewing a binder full of butt doubles to her struggle to live like an adult woman instead of a perpetual “man-child.”

Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page—with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious).


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First lines Friday

First lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers created 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?


“The formidable glass-and-steel structure rose from its position on Front Street like a glittering needle treading the sky.”


 

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City of ashes


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Summary:

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?


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First lines Friday

First lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers created 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?


“A secret is a strange thing.”


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the-dream-thieves


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Summary:

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after …


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First lines Friday

First lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers created 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?


“I’ve read many more books than you. It doesn’t matter ho many you’ve read. I’ve read more. Believe me. I’ve had the time. In my white room, against my white walls, on my glistering white bookshelves, book spines provide the only color.”


 

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everything-everything


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Summary:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.


I had this book on my shelves for a while and finally decided to read it. Why? Because it’s a diverse read and I need to read more of those. I’am only 52 pages in but I enjoy it immensely. You should definitely give this book a chance. If you’ve already read it, what did you think?


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First lines Friday

First lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers created 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?


“Knock, knock, knock. Ms. Locke? Sam Lesser. Mr. Locke was my guidance counselor last year. I’am Al Grubb. Sam, Al. You’re a ways from San Francisco.”


 

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locke-and-key


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Summary:

Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them. Home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all …


This graphic novel was bought a long time ago. After reading Nimona, I wanted to read more graphic novels. Locke and Key vol. 1 Welcome to Lovecraft spoke to me since it’s a horror graphic novel and I love me some horror once in a while. I’am on page 83 right now and so far I love it. It was a bit confusing at first but after a while I got the hang of it and started really enjoying it.


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First lines Friday

First lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers created 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?


“Here we are. And we are living. Isn’t it amazing. How we manage to be at all.”


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one



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Summary:

Grace and Tippi are twins – conjoined twins. And their lives are about to change. No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love? But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined…


I bought this book awhile ago. I wanted to read more diversely, I wanted to read about subjects not normally portrait. One by Sarah Crossan is such a book. As you can read in the synopsis this book is about conjoined twins. A subject matter I wanted to learn more about. Both about the physical/medical implications and the emotional/psychological aspect. I am a 139 pages in and so far I enjoy it. I feel it will be a very impactful read. A book you don’t easily forget about.


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