First Lines from Books Currently on My TBR

I’ve seen a lot of people share the first lines to books they had just read/were reading/wanted to read and I thought I should finally join in on the fun! I think it’s so interesting to reflect on just that first sentence and whether it pulls you in or not. For today, I want to focus on books that I already have at home and plan to read in the near future aka stories that are already on my TBR!

IF WE WERE VILLAINS by M.L. Rio

I sit with my wrists cuffed to the table and I think, But that I am forbid / To tell the secrets of my prison-house, / I could a tale unfold whose lightest word / Would harrow up my soul.

If We Were Villains

That is what I call an intriguing start! Throw in some poetry, people already being cuffed and my interest is definitely being held. I try not to know too much about books before going in, because I like discovering those twists myself, but I do know that a lot of my friends loved this story, so, I’m excited to get to it. There’s definite promise here.

REBECCA by Daphne Du Maurier

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

Rebecca

Okay, Rebecca is my effort of reading at least one classic novel every other year or so. If I hadn’t already seen the movies and enjoyed the Netflix adaptation, I doubt that one sentence would have caught my attention.

THE NATURE OF WITCHES by Rachel Griffin

Everything is burning, so many flames it looks as if we set the sky on fire.

The Nature of Witches

From what I’m understanding this is a novel about witches and climate change, so the first line seems very much on par with it. There was technically a quote preceding it, but I didn’t know if that counted, so I went with this phrase instead. It’s not the most revealing line yet.

THE ATLAS SIX by Olivie Blake

Perhaps it was a tired thing, all the references the world had already made to the Ptolemaic Royal Library of Alexandria.

The Atlas Six (The Atlas Series Book 1)

This is gonna be so packed with references and history. I just know it and that can always go one of two ways, with me 1.) loving the heck out of it or 2.) being completely overwhelmed with factual information that I then tend to ceremoniously skip through.

LEGENDBORN by Tracy Deonn

The police officer’s body goes blurry, then sharpens again.

Legendborn (Legendborn, #1)

Knowing that Legendborn is Fantasy and this is the first line – I am listening! 100%!

THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow

When I was seven, I found a door.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Going by the title, I’m gonna assume we are not in fact talking about a regular door here?

THE FEVER KING by Victoria Lee

Calix,
As I write this, they’re packing up the fighter jets.

The Fever King (Feverwake, #1)

Start a book with a letter and you have my attention. I don’t know if this will be a recurring thing throughout the book or just this once at the beginning, but I adore the incorporation of letters.

QUEEN OF THE CONQUERED by Kacen Callender

My mother kissed my forehead with a smile when I cried, upset that the party would carry on as I was sent away to sleep, and while I lay awake in my bed of lace, huddled beneath my covers and shivering in the cool trade-winds breeze, I heard when the tinkling piano stopped and when the laughter turned to screams.

Queen of the Conquered (Islands of Blood and Storm, #1)

And here I thought I was the queen of run on sentences! Despite this being very long in comparison to all the other examples, I think it definitely peaks my interest. I just want to know what happens next and isn’t that the absolute best outcome you can have with a first sentence?


Have you read any of those books? What do you think of my TBR and their first lines? Let’s talk!

September 2016 TBR

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I have a lot planned for this month, unfortunately only very little of it has to do with reading, books and/or the blog, but bear with me. I don’t think I will lower my post count per week (4-5 seems a reasonable amount), however, I have come to a point in my life where I really need to take charge of what’s going to happen next. Do you know the feeling of getting stuck doing something just because it is comfortable and familiar, instead of investing some time, money and sweat into doing what you were meant to do or something you wanted to do for a while? Well, I feel sort of stuck and it’s time for a change. I want to do SO much, but it involves research, interviewing strangers and hoping for their help/advice and generally moving on from where I am now. So, I want to do that starting this month, knowing well that it will take some time and that it won’t just be a matter of weeks. Therefore I selected some books, but nothing that can’t be done in a month:

  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue/Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
    I love the Raven Cycle so far and they are pretty fast reads. So, that’s that.
  • P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
    You probably already know that this one was in my August OwlCrate box. It’s also my first Kasie West book, so I fairly excited to get to it.
  • It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
    Also, shame on me for not having read anything by Colleen Hoover until this point. I am kind of scared to get sucked into her literary world … what if I need all the books afterwards? My poor, poor wallet and shelf.
  • Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor
    I’ve raved about the release of this one, simply because movie sets are one of my most beloved settings ever.
  • Because I Love You by Tori Rigby
    I planned on reading this with Cátia and Cristina once, but I am not sure they have time.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)   The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)   P.S. I Like You   It Ends with Us   Unscripted Joss Byrd   Because I Love You

Click on the covers to get redirected to Goodreads!

If through some magic, I could get my hands on a copy of Furthermore and Witch’s Pyre, I would also tackle them right away most likely. But that’s it from my side. What are you going to read?