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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
- January 29, 2019
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