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? If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:
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 (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
Finally… reveal the book!
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It’s Friday and I actually have Saturday off so I’m extra excited 🥳 It’s also time for another First Lines Friday! This week, I’m featuring a book that has been on my TBR for what feels like an eternity. I’m listening to the audiobook and I’m kind of in love. It’s fun, funny, and magical in a way that somehow feels nostalgic.
The first few lines certainly captured my interest. Now let’s see if they can capture yours, as well!
“There was once a young man who wished to gain his Heart’s Desire.
And while that is, as beginnings go, not entirely novel (for every tale about every young man there ever was or will be could start in a similar manner) there was much about this young man and what happened to him that was unusual, although even he never knew the whole of it.”
This is a fantasy that was released in the late 90s.
That’s right. In the month of August, you get not one, but two TBRs from me! Readathons are great TBR-creating motivators 😂
It’s time to continue my character’s journey at the magical academy called Orilium in one of my favorite readathons: the Magical Readathon! I’ve been on-board with this Orilium journey since the beginning and managed to complete all the prompts for the Spring Equinox. Now it’s time to dive further into my studies with this latest round.
But what is the Magical Readathon? It is the brain child of the marvelous G @ Book Roast, who created the world of Aeldia, where Orilium dwells, and every aspect therein. It’s an incredibly creative readathon where you build a character, choose and guild, and guide your character through classes to achieve their calling. I am notoriously bad at giving all the details in a coherent way, so you should definitely watch G’s announcement video for the scoop:
Before I jump into my TBR for this round, I wanted to re-introduce you all to the character I created for this readathon! She’s living her best life at this magical academy so far.
✨✨✨Name: Korrin Musgrave✨✨✨ ✨✨✨Guild: The Order of the Crescent Moon✨✨✨ ✨✨✨Current Guild Standing: Assistant (110 gp)✨✨✨ ✨✨✨Legacy: Wolf familiar (Venandi)✨✨✨ ✨✨✨Background: Wildling✨✨✨ ✨✨✨Province: Irtheria✨✨✨ ✨✨✨Heritage: Earthling (earth element)✨✨✨
Don’t know what any of that means? You can check out the Brief History of Aeldia on the Google drive. The drive also has the syllabus for this round and lots of other incredibly imaginative information all from the mind of G!
It’s time once again for another 5 On My TBR! This week’s theme had me scratching my head (and maybe being a bit creative…) as I was trying to find books that fit. That’s because the theme is guardians and I feel like that can be interpreted in so many ways! Which is just me saying, don’t judge me for my choices 😂
Anyways, let’s jump into the list!
#1. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
This one seemed like a good fit. Our protagonist, Nobody, is being raised in a graveyard by a bunch of ghosts. So the ghosts (and one entity that is somewhere in between) are his guardians, boom! Besides, I really want to pick up this book sooner than later. Every time I add it to one of these lists or mention it, I kick myself a little for not having read it yet. I’m a big Gaiman fan and I especially love his middle grade work, so this promises to be an excellent read!
#2. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Here’s another one I’m kicking myself for having not read yet! I even mentioned it recently in a blog post. But Fitz, our main character, is a bastard son of royalty who is taken into court to train to be an assassin. I have to assume he has some type of guardian! I also assume that the relationship is going to hurt me somehow. Why? Because every time I see someone talk about a Hobb book, there are tears involved…