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!
People disappear all the time. Ask any policeman. Better yet, ask a journalist. Disappearances are bread-and-butter to journalists.
I’m actually going to give you another first line from this one. The one above is from the little paragraph before chapter one. This is the first line of chapter one…
It wasn’t a very likely place for disappearances, at least at first glance. Mrs. Baird’s was like a thousand other Highland bed-and-breakfast establishments in 1945; clean and quiet, with fading floral wallpaper, gleaming floors, and a coin-operated hot-water geyser in the lavatory.
I’ve read this book numerous times, even though it’s over 600 pages long. I love it!
It’s not just a book, it’s a wonderful television show, too!
In fact, that’s why I’m highlighting this book now. The new season starts this weekend! Yay! Although season five is well past the first book in the series, I figured I’d start this one at the beginning.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I read this one for the first time in the late 90’s. Then, I would re-read it every time I was able to get my hands on the next book in the series. So I’ve read this very weighty series many, many times. But I love it every time. I will admit I was a bit scared when they finally decided to make it into a television series, but they’ve done a great job. I didn’t think I’d like the casting of Jamie and Claire yet ended up loving them. Some of the other characters are nothing like I pictured, but I still end up all in on every one of them. I highly recommend the books and the television series.