Friday, May 26, 2017

First Line Fridays


Happy last Friday of May!  Can you believe the month of June will be starting next week?!  It is crazy to consider that we are already half-way through the year.  Yet I am looking forward to the summer, which has always been my favorite season.  How many books have you read this year, and what have you been reading lately?  I started reading a couple of books and some short stories recently, but I haven't finished them quite yet.  However, I have been watching Masterpiece lately, and I cannot wait until Season 2 of Victoria comes out!  Have you seen the first season?  It is simply splendid, and I highly recommend it.  Here is a sneak peak of the second season:


I hope you get a chance to check out this lovely series from Masterpiece--I know I have said this many times before, but I absolutely love the Victorian era, so it was wonderful to learn a bit more about Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.  As you may have guessed, this week I want to highlight another text from the Victorian era--last week I featured Jane Eyre.  Today I would like to look at Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens.  This first line is a bit intense, but I hope it leads you to reading this text.  I will include a short video clip at the end too, which is from my favorite film adaptation of this book.

As always, please be sure to check out the book lines from these other amazing bloggers too:  

Sydney from Singing Librarian
Rachel from Bookworm Mama
Andie from Radiant Light
Katie from Fiction Aficionado
Kathleen from Kathleen Denly
Lauraine from Lauraine's Notes 
Trisha from Joy of Reading
  Jane from C Jane Read  
Christina from Moments Dipped in Ink 
Molly from Cafinated Reads
 
 Click the links above to be taken to their posts and...
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​Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from:

Little Dorrit 
by Charles Dickens



And the first line is...

Book One - Poverty 
Chapter One 
Sun and Shadow 

"Thirty years ago, Marseilles lay burning in the sun, one day.  A blazing sun upon a fierce August day was no greater rarity in southern France then, than any other time, before or since.  Everything in Marseilles, and about Marseilles, had stared at the fervid sky, and been stared at in return, until a staring habit had become universal there." 


Happy reading and happy Friday!  






24 comments:

  1. My first line comes from FIRSTBORN by Tosca Lee.

    Six weeks ago, I woke up in a cabin in the north woods of Maine with no memory of the last two years or any pertinent details of my life before.

    Happy Weekend and Happy Reading!

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    1. That's terrible--what a horrifying thought. :( But what a great first line to a story. Happy Friday!

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  2. I haven't read enough Dickens. I must remedy that!

    I have the first line from Teresa Tysinger's upcoming release on my blog, but here I'm going to share the first line from 'Nightshade' by Ronie Kendig, in honour of its recent re-release:

    “Gut pressed to the spine of his Hayabusa, Max Jacobs bore down the mountainous two-lane road.”

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. I completely agree! :) He wrote so many wonderful books, which makes it difficult to choose, but try Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, and Nicholas Nickleby to name a few.

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  3. I think I need to get the audiobook from the library. I've never read little Dorrit but I have the series. I bought it so I can watch it over and over. And oh why did you have to remind me about Victoria season 2! (At least Grantchester is coming soon!)
    I don't have a first line here because I'm at work. working. yes, that's it.

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    1. They did such a wonderful job with the series for Little Dorrit, and I totally understand about Victoria season 2. :) For now, I can't wait to watch Grancheser too, which comes out in June! And I believe another season of Endeavor comes out in the fall. :)

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  4. My first line is:
    Once there was a tree… ~The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    I have been reading this book to my kids every night for the last month. They love it!
    Dinh @Arlene's Book Club

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    1. Perfect first line...I'm already hooked. :) Happy Saturday!

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  5. I too have enjoyed Victoria and am looking forward to watching season 2. I've not read Little Dorrit, but I have watched the movie. Guess I need to read the book!

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    1. Definitely! I'm so glad you enjoyed the series though...BBC does such a great job with their films. :)

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  6. Ah...summer has come too quickly it seems. ;) Summer is usually our busier time because of summer camps and all of that. This week, I'm trying to put some reading time into "The Memoirs of General William T. Sherman" (for research) and "Threads of Suspicion (by Dee Henderson--my first of hers to read). I've not been very successful at either one (like 20 pages in Sherman and 2 chapters in Threads). :P Maybe this weekend???

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    1. Summer always seems to come and end too quickly. :) All too soon we are back to wearing sweaters and boots...lol.

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  7. I really enjoy the Victorian era books!
    Happy Friday!! My first line is from White by Denise Weimer: "The dream started the way Jennifer's actual visit to the house at 104 Main Street, Hermon, had begun, on a road that hurtled past green fields & dust-blown wildflowers into forever, ending in a community time had forgotten."

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that! What are some of your favorite Victorian books?

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  8. I love the Masterpiece series about Victoria and am very anxious for season 2. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. I'm so happy you enjoyed it...happy Saturday! :)

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  9. If I took time to watch tv, that looks like something I would enjoy but for now #ratherbereading ;) I'm currently reading...

    The euphoria of winning a hard case vied in her thoughts with wondering what came next as Haden McCarthy left the Alexandria courthouse.

    Beyond Justice by Cara Putman

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    1. Haha...I totally understand. :) Happy Saturday!

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  10. From the prologue of Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands Romance Collection
    Kansas, 1865
    Abigail Melton entered the kitchen to the sight of her mother slumped over the table, a telegram clutched in one hand.

    The fictional town of Turtle Springs lost almost all their men to the Civil War.

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    1. I love novella collections! I will be highlighting this book next week on my blog. :)

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  11. On my blog is the first line from Irene Onorato’s upcoming release so I have decided to share the first line from a book that’s gotten buried on my kindle entitled Back Home Again by Melody Carlson.

    “Thin rays of afternoon sunlight filtered through the leaves of the old maple tree that dominated the front yard of the Howard family home.”

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    1. Goodness, there are so many books I need to read on my Kindle. I should start at the beginning of my collection first. :)

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  12. Here's mine from a book I just finished reading: Count Me in by Mikal Dawn.

    "The little hairs on the back of Allegra Spencer's neck stood at attention."

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