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!
Hello beautiful peoples! Yesterday was an exciting day in my house! We got a new TV! This is only because the old one died. It made a popping sound, then the screen went dark, then nothing. The remote wouldn’t even turn it off. Alas poor TV, we knew ye well. The new one is now safely mounted on the wall and has a very nice picture. The Hubs spent quite a lot of time setting it up. My TV is smarter than I am.
Speaking of things that are smarter than me, I picked a book for First Lines Friday that has been on my TBR for a while. I bought it in an indie bookshop years ago and just never picked it up. A friend of mine told me it a was great read, so I’m hoping to get to it soon.
Much later, Nora would learn magic for dissolving glue or killing vermin swiftly and painlessly or barring mice from the house altogether, but that morning-the last normal morning, she later thought of it-as she padded into the kitchen in search of coffee, she was horribly at a loss when she saw the small brown mouse wriggling on the glue trap in front of the sink.
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker
Nora Fischer’s dissertation is stalled and her boyfriend is about to marry another woman. During a miserable weekend at a friend’s wedding, Nora wanders off and walks through a portal into a different world where she’s transformed from a drab grad student into a stunning beauty. Before long, she has a set of glamorous new friends and her romance with gorgeous, masterful Raclin is heating up. It’s almost too good to be true.
Then the elegant veneer shatters. Nora’s new fantasy world turns darker, a fairy tale gone incredibly wrong. Making it here will take skills Nora never learned in graduate school. Her only real ally—and a reluctant one at that—is the magician Aruendiel, a grim, reclusive figure with a biting tongue and a shrouded past. And it will take her becoming Aruendiel’s student—and learning magic herself—to survive. When a passage home finally opens, Nora must weigh her “real life” against the dangerous power of love and magic.
Of course, if you know anything about me, you know I picked this book up because it was blurbed by Deborah Harkness. When I saw that on the cover, I grabbed it. Does this mean it was a total cover buy for me, or a blurb buy? Is there such thing as a blurb buy? Why am I asking such deep questions on a Friday y’all?
Well, I’m off to have a cup of tea and watch something fun on that new TV. I still have to finish setting some of it up!