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First Line(s) Friday | December 18, 2020

Posted December 18, 2020 by Kait in Bookish Memes, First Line Friday / 4 Comments

Happy Friday! Today I am participating in First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books, AND First Lines Friday, hosted by Wandering Words!

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!

“Words formed in the air this time, the edges of the letters iridescent.”

Anyone have any guesses on what book this is? I’ll give you a few clues…

Last chance to guess!

Today’s book is…

First Line(s) Friday | December 18, 2020A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology by Dhonielle Clayton, Samira Ahmed, Libba Bray, Zoraida Córdova, Tessa Gratton, Kwame Mbalia, Anna-Marie McLemore, Tochi Onyebuchi, Mark Oshiro, Natalie C. Parker, Rebecca Roanhorse, V.E. Schwab, Tara Sim, Nic Stone
Published by Random House Children's Books on December 8, 2020
Genres: YA, Anthology, Fantasy
Pages: 416
Goodreads

From We Need Diverse Books, the organization behind Flying Lessons & Other Stories, comes a young adult fantasy short story collection featuring some of the best own-voices children’s authors, including New York Times bestselling authors Libba Bray (The Diviners), Victoria Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Natalie C. Parker (Seafire), and many more. Edited by Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles).
In the fourth collaboration with We Need Diverse Books, fifteen award-winning and celebrated diverse authors deliver stories about a princess without need of a prince, a monster long misunderstood, memories that vanish with a spell, and voices that refuse to stay silent in the face of injustice. This powerful and inclusive collection contains a universe of wishes for a braver and more beautiful world.
AUTHORS INCLUDE: Samira Ahmed, Libba Bray, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova, Tessa Gratton, Kwame Mbalia, Anna-Marie McLemore, Tochi Onyebuchi, Mark Oshiro, Natalie C. Parker, Rebecca Roanhorse, Victoria Schwab, Tara Sim, Nic Stone, and a to-be-announced debut author/short-story contest winner

“Words formed in the air this time, the edges of the letters iridescent.”

I’ve been loving all the stories in A UNIVERSE OF WISHES, edited by Dhonielle Clayton, and the first line from Jenni Balch’s story, WISH, is just beautiful!

Do you participate in either of these memes? Let me know if you do and link your posts in the comments so I can visit! And don’t forget to have a splendiferous week!

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4 responses to “First Line(s) Friday | December 18, 2020

  1. Paula Shreckhise

    I finally got this book today, I’ve been waiting all month:
    The Dress Shop on King Street by Ashley Clark,
    From the prologue:
    Charleston, South Carolina, 1860
    The candlelight sent a shadow of Rose up against the wooden wall. From the shadow, Rose looked taller. Stronger. Funny thing about shadows. They made even the smallest things into monsters or fairies or whatever folks wanted.
    Happy reading!

  2. Happy Friday!
    On my blog today I’m sharing the first few lines from Jody Hedlund’s A Cowboy for Keeps: https://christianfictiongirl.blog/2020/12/18/first-line-friday-166/. I’m currently on chapter 17 so I’ll share from there.
    “Greta hadn’t been ready for their kiss to end and wanted to press into Wyatt, showing him he didn’t have to stop, that he could go on kissing her for as long as he wanted.”
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂❤📚

  3. On my blog today, I’m sharing The Governess’ Debut by Wendy May Andrews. Here, I will share the first line from Chapter Four. “Felicia had to struggle to keep her attention on Penelope’s lessons.” Merry Christmas!

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