December 23, 2011

First Lines Friday

First Lines Friday is a new bookish meme hosted by yours truly, Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Grab your current read(s).
  • Share the first line(s).
  • Include the title and author.
Today I'm going to share the Top 11 First Lines of 2011.

"Whenever I hear of someone else's tragedy, I do not dwell on the accident or diagnosis, or even the initial shock waves or aftermath of grief. Instead, I find myself reconstructing those final ordinary moments. Moments that make up our lives." 
~ Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

"I was born with a talent. Not for dance, or comedy, or anything so delightful."
Girl In Translation by Jean Kwok

"Warmhearted and young, armed and dangerous, I was moving my guns and weapons out of my Brooklyn apartment to one of my most reliable stash spots. As heavy as they were, my thoughts were heavier and even more deadly."
~ Midnight and The Meaning of Life by Sister Souljah

"Beneath the surface of any problem, if you scrabble a bit, you'll find a secret."
~ The Bird House: A Novel by Kelly Simmons

"I knew I could stay in this town when I found the blue enamel pot floating in the lake. The pot led me to the house, the house led me to the book, the book to the lawyer, the lawyer to the whorehouse, the whorehouse to science, and from science I joined the world."
~ Cleaning Nabokov's House: A Novel by Leslie Daniels 

"'No. No. Oh, hell, no.' I'm standing upstairs in my office when I spot someone in an oversize hoodie and low-slung pants paint ORNESTEGA in puffy silver letters on the flat red bricks of the building across the street. Which is a church."
If You Were Here: A Novel by Jen Lancaster 

"The man in the suit was watching me again."
Then Came You: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner

"All I ever wanted in life was true love, a set of copper cookware, and the perfect recipe for red velvet cake. The last thing I wanted was to end up on Charleston's six o'clock news, accused of murder and a slew of other crimes."
Gone with a Handsomer Man by Michael Lee West


"Ah, English. We have so many words that sound alike but mean different things or take on meanings that don't make sense that it's hard to keep it all straight."
Grammar Girl's 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again by Mignon Fogarty 

"When I first met Steve Jobs, I thought he was a loser."
~ Rolling Stone Issue #1142 dated October 27, 2011

"I've never taken well to being stereotyped. It bothers me endlessly when someone tells me who to be or assumes they know who I am." 
~ Ms. Understood: Rebuilding the Feminine Equation by Jen Hatmaker

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