I haven’t done a First Lines Friday in a bit, and figured this week I can do that along with my Friday Favorites. This favorite is a bit different because, although I love the cover of this book, it’s not really a favorite. And I haven’t read the book or any of this author’s other books, so I can’t say the book or the author is a favorite. But about a week back a thread she had posted on Twitter really caught my eye.
The pictures in this thread are just adorable and had me grinning from ear to ear. This author went from someone not on my radar to me adding her book Dial A for Aunties to my must read list. That is why this is being included in my Friday Favorites. I don’t know if it was her idea, her publisher, her mom? Whoever it was, kudos! This marketing strategy did its job with me.
I jumped over to my local library’s website and put my name on the list. Since my home library is the purchaser of the book, I got bumped to the top of the waiting list (sorry other people waiting!) and pick it up today.
Out of curiosity, I flipped to the first page and now wish I had time to sit and read this book today. Here are the first lines…
There is a curse in my family. It’s followed us all the way from China, where it took my great-grandfather (freak accident on the farm that involved a pregnant sow and an unfortunately place rake), to Indonesia, where it clamed my grandfather (a stroke at the age of thirty, nothing quite so dramatic as great-grandfather’s demise but still rather upsetting). My mom and aunts figured that a Chinese curse wouldn’t follow them to the West, so after they all got married, they moved to San Gabriel, California.
While most of the chatter I’ve heard on this one is very positive, there have been some not quite as enthusiastic. I generally like to wait when a book has a lot of attention so I don’t go into it with any expectations. I got this book so much quicker than I ever thought I would so that’s not going to happen this time. But those first lines drew me in, so I’m optimistic.
There you have it. My first Friday Favorites featuring a Twitter thread. Even I didn’t anticipate that happening when I decided to start this feature on my blog.