First Lines Friday – 11/29/19


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
  • Finally… reveal the book!

I was born without a voice, one cold, overcast day in Brooklyn, New York. No one ever spoke of my condition. I did not know I was mute until years later, when I opened my mouth to ask for what I wanted and realized no one could hear me. Where I come from, voicelessness is the condition of my gender, as normal as the bosoms on a woman’s chest, as necessary as the next generation growing insider her belly.

When I stared reading this book, I knew I had to use it for First Lines Friday. Those lines are just so impactful, even if you don’t know what the story is about yet.

Any guesses???


I’m actually in middle of reading this one, so haven’t posted any reviews yet.


This is a HUGE hint…it’s a book I’m reading for book club.


I basically handed that to you on a silver platter.


A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

So far, I’m really enjoying this story.  I cannot wait until book club (not until January 26!) to discuss this one.  I usually don’t post my reviews of book club picks until after our meeting date so I can give feedback on what the rest of my book club thought, so it’ll be a while before the review for this one is posted.

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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2 Responses to First Lines Friday – 11/29/19

  1. Oh wow! Those first lines… And knowing it comes from this book that I’ve been so wanting to read for a while now makes me even more excited to read it! Great first lines 🙂

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