First | Blog All About It

Welcome to the first edition of Blog All About It. January’s topic is First. Whatever that means is totally and completely up to you.

Of course, January is a month of firsts. It’s the first day of the new year, the first day for your new year’s resolutions or goals, the first book you read in 2019, the first blog post of the year… You get the idea. I wanted to tackle the idea of first sentences in all the books I read in January. I won’t give my review or what I thought of the book, but I will tell you my impression of the first sentences.

First Sentences

For Every One

“Dear Dreamer, this letter is being written from a place of raw honesty and love but not at all a place of expertise on how to make your dreams come true.” For Every One by Jason Reynolds. (Amazon // Goodreads)

So technically, I’m cheating with this one. ‘Dear Dreamer’ is on one page, and the rest of the sentence is on the next page. BUT it’s still one sentence, so I’m taking it. This book isn’t a collection of poetry. It reads like poetry though. Reynolds creates a high standard at the beginning. This sentence is loud, but it makes the reader realize it comes from a place of truth, his truth. It’s powerful, and it was just what I needed to pull me into the book.

 

“Anna stood in silence, the room before her dimly lit by silver moonlight streaming in through tall windows to her left.” Enslaved (The Life of Anna #1) by Marissa Honeycutt. (Amazon // Goodreads)

I adore the imagery used in this sentence. It sets the scene for the prologue. Otherwise, there really isn’t too much to say about this one.

“Alex sensed Anna the moment he walked into the Great Hall.” Entwined (The Life of Anna #2) by Marissa Honeycutt. (Amazon // Goodreads)

This sentence is a more ‘meh’ than the previous. It is book two in the series, so we already know who Alex and Anna are. But there is nothing about this first sentence compels you to continue reading.

“We came here by ship, you and I.” All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry. (Amazon // Goodreads)

The prologue in this book is the Before and starts with that sentence. Knowing it’s the ‘before,’ this first sentence intrigues you. It doesn’t tell you anything about the book or the characters, other than they came here by ship, wherever ‘here’ is. The Before part is only half a page, and it makes you wonder what the incident is to create a before and an after.

 

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“It didn’t matter how hard I scrubbed; the blood wouldn’t come off.” Crucible by Natalie Bennett. (Amazon // Goodreads)

Bennett gets me every time! Each of her books starts with a prologue, the inciting incident that fuels the story – we’re not given the whole story though. Bennett’s writing is nothing short of fantastic. And honestly, it doesn’t matter what she writes, I will read it. Hands down.

 

 “I shake the white knitted sweater dress I pulled from the back of my closet and try to get the wrinkles out of it.” Hungry For More by Alexa Riley. (Amazon // Goodreads)

While the cover shows more of a robe, I liked how the first sentence resembles what the cover model is wearing. My interest was intrigued. This wasn’t the first Alexa Riley book I’ve read, but I knew it was going to be good anyway.

 

 

Before we get to the best book of the month, I have to tell y’all that I read over 15 books in January. What a great way to start out the new year! That being said, there was no way I could include at least 15 first sentences and not have a super long post. So these are some of the reads for the first half of January.

 “The woman throwing a hissy fit at the gate had to be Gia Gallo.” Three Little Words by Jenny Holiday. (Amazon // Goodreads)

I just had to see where this was going. Why is a woman throwing a hissy fit and at what gate? Also, how does the narrator know who Gia Gallo is? There is so much to this that I just have to know. I absolutely adored this book. It’s part of a series but can be read as a standalone. It’s witty, charming, and full of laugh out loud moments.

 

What’s the best first sentence you read this month?

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5 Comments

  1. Avatar Sophia Rose says:

    You picked some profound or hooking quotes there. I do love when a writer can grab me from the first sentence. 🙂

  2. Avatar jlennidorner says:

    Oh man!! I really love this!
    I’m always looking up “favorite first lines from books” just for fun.
    Somehow I never thought to make them into a post.

    “Why did I say yes?” (Y is for Yes by JR Vincente)
    “Great authors start out as dedicated readers.” (Writing Book Reviews as an Author by J Lenni Dorner)
    “Sia jumped from the roof and ran down the alley.” (The Fae Realm by Ronel Janse van Vuuren — This book is a collection of stories. Let me do one more opening from it: )

    “Good morning.”
    “What do you know?”
    The two novices watched each other warily as the master glared at them.
    “That we’re not all born with the ability to throw fireballs.”
    (The Fae Realm by Ronel Janse van Vuuren / “Wild Ones”)

    I think I’ll make a post like this at the end of the month. Thanks for the great idea!

  3. Avatar hmsgofita says:

    Those are some great first sentence quotes! What a great idea for the First theme.

  4. Wracks brain… Can’t remember the opening lines of any of my books for this year. Oh well.
    I love this idea for a ‘Firsts’ post!

  5. Avatar herding cats says:

    Oh I love that and your take on the prompt. I’m kinda curious about the hissy fit and the stubborn blood stains. lol

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