December 23, 2022

Top 10 First Lines of 2022

1. "I lost an arm on my last trip home. My left arm. And I lost about a year of my life and much of the comfort and security I had not valued until it was gone." ~ Kindred by Octavia E. Butler 

2. "Sometimes you recognize a tool only after it starts working for you. And sometimes, it turns out, the smallest of tools can help us to sort through the largest of feelings." ~ The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama

3.  "I was the one who found Daddy dead, crammed in the little space where my old bike's training wheels turned rusted." ~ What the Fireflies Knew by Kai Harris

4. "It's like being awakened from a dream, a real-feeling dream where you didn't know you were sleeping. Like being pulled from a thick, muddy river bottom into cold, clear water. Thought last I checked, rivers don't have candles, and this place is full of them. Voices murmur around me: a prayer I've never heard." ~ Embers on the Wind by Lisa Williamson Rosenberg

5. "There's this dream I've been having about my mother that scares the holy night out of me, and each time I wake from it I'm afraid to open my eyes and face the world that awaits, the fractured world that used to make sense, but now seems disjointed—islands of possibility that float by—like a thousand puzzle pieces that just don't fit together anymore." Solo by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess

6. "My granddaddy is the only black man I've ever met who was never broke a day in his life." ~ Rabbit by Patricia "Ms. Pat" Williams

7. "Am I strong enough?" ~ Wahala by Nikki May

8. "A year never passes without me thinking of them." ~ Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

9. "The Book of Psalms is amazing. It helps us know and understand God, it teaches us how to worship Him, it instructs us in wisdom, it encourages us, and it offers practical advice for our everyday life." ~ Daily Devotions from Psalms by Joyce Meyer 

10. "I wasn't sure what to expect when I walked into Cafe Rev, but it sure as hell wasn't a picture of myself behind the register under the cheery headline 'Do Not Serve.'"  ~ Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

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