First Line Fridays #1

I’ve been looking for new things to post on my blog to inspire me in creating different styles of posts. I just often find I have lots of ideas but actually setting them down into complete posts is so difficult. Do you find that?

I need to set aside a full weekend soon to get some things written and scheduled.

First Line Fridays is a feature I’ve seen on your blogs, and it looks fun as well as simple, which is ideal for me at the moment.

Here’s how it works:

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

First Lines Fridays

So here goes:

“It’s not that I never think about Paul. He comes to me occasionally before I’m fully awake, though I never remember what he said, or what I did or didn’t do to him. In my mind, the kid just plops down into my lap.”


A few questions immediately occurred to me upon reading these lines for the first time:

  • Who’s ‘speaking’?
  • Who is Paul?
  • Why is the narrator dreaming of him?

What do you think? Do you recognise these lines?


Some clues about the book that belongs to these first lines:

  • The UK paperback cover is blue.
  • The writer’s initials are E. F.
  • It was shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize in 2017.

Any ideas yet?


Here it is:


Have you read this book?

Would you read it based on the first lines?


What are the first lines of your current read or a recent read? Leave a comment and I’ll try to guess the book!

Thanks for reading!


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