December 24, 2021

Top 10 First Lines of 2021

1. "We are the earth, the land. The tongue that speaks and trips on the names of the dead as it dares to tell these stories of a woman's line. Her people and her dirt, her trees, her water." ~ The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by HonorĂ©e Fanonne Jeffers

2. "When gods became bored in heaven they walked among mortals." ~ The Son of Mr. Suleman by Eric Jerome Dickey

3. "To Black kids everywhere: your stories, your joy, your love, and your lives matter. You are a light in the dark." ~ Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk & Nicola Yoon

4. "I saw my mother raise a man from the dead." ~ Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge

5. "You probably just picked up this book thinking, What the shit is this all about?" ~ Broken (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson

6. "When I came to, breaching that little-understood divide between the murky depths of insentience and the bright conscious world, the first thing I became aware of was my tongue." ~ Unthinkable by Brad Parks

7. "You see it all the time on television. There's a knock at the front door. And, on the other side, someone is waiting to tell you the news that changes everything." ~ The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

8. "He put his foot in those greens." ~ Body and Soul Food by Abby Collette

9. "When people say 'terminal', I think of the airport." ~ The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin

10. "The barbershop was strangely quiet. Only the dull buzz of clippers shearing soft scalps." ~ Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson

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