First line Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words I discovered a few days ago so I thought I’d give it a go. The premise is all around judging a book by its first sentence rather than its cover. Simply choose a book from your TBR or one you’re currently reading and copy the first line(s), just enough to try and hook the reader, then reveal the book you’ve chosen.
“It was the worst of time, it was the worst of times. Again. That’s the thing about things. They fall apart, always have, always will, it’s in their nature.”
I’ve included the same use of bold as my copy has and I’ve chosen to include the first few sentences as I think they work so well together to draw you in. It’s not a particularly uplifting introduction and suggests the narrator is going through a particularly bad time, maybe the book is going to follow them turning things around or maybe we’ll discover what’s brought them to such bleak conclusions.
These are the first few sentences of…
I’ve been saving this for this time of year and I’m looking forward to picking this up; I’ve heard a lot of great things about Ali Smith and this series but I’m not sure if someone just gave me the excerpt above I’d be desperate to pick it up.
Do these few sentences make you more or less likely to pick this one up? Have you read any of Ali Smith seasonal quartet?