Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite First Sentences!

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It’s Top 5 Wednesday time again! I couldn’t limit myself to five, so my list actually has seven. I love picking out good first sentences – they’re such an important part of books!

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T5W is a weekly book meme – find the Goodreads group here for more details.

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The statistical probability that an illiterate in 1970s Soweto will grow up and one day find herself confined in a potato truck with the Swedish king and prime minister is 1 in 45,766,212,810.

According to the calculations of the aforementioned illiterate herself.

-Jonas Jonasson, The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

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Some things start before other things.

– Terry Pratchett, The Wee Three Men.

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It is many years before the Pied Piper comes back for the other children.

– Eliza Granville, Gretel and the Dark

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At dusk they pour from the sky.

– Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

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All children, except one, grow up.

– J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

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A secret is a strange thing.

– Maggie Stiefvater, The Dreams Thieves

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When Farmer Oak smiled, the corners of his mouth spread, till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears, his eyes were reduced to mere chinks, and diverging wrinkles appeared round them, extending upon his countenance like the rays in a rudimentary sketch of the rising sun.

– Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd

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So what about you guys? What are your favourite opening lines? Please let me know!

lizard

The Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a weekly book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice.

Here are the rules:

*Grab a book, any book.Friday 56
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

 

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This week I’ve chosen…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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And here is my chosen quote:

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Anyone else love Scorpius? Definitely my favourite character from Cursed Child.

lizard

Friday 56

It’s Friday 56 time again!

This is a weekly book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Here are the rules:

*Grab a book, any book.Friday 56
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

 

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You may recognise today’s quote from the 56th page of Rainbow Rowell’s delightfully adorable (and kinda creepy/stalker-y, let’s be honest) adult contemporary, Attachments.

“Don’t mind these shitheads. I had to bring them, it’s my turn to be designated driver. They won’t kill our game, though, they hang in the kiddies section.”

“No worries,” Lincoln said.

“What?”

“No worries!” Lincoln wasn’t worried. He didn’t have any game to kill.

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I really enjoyed this book – hopefully I’ll have a review up soon! Has anyone else read Attachments? I’d love to know your thoughts!

lizard

 

The Friday 56

Wooo! It’s Friday!

And therefore time for another Friday 56, which is a weekly book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Go check it out! I’ll leave the rules here in case anyone else want’s to take part:

Rules:Friday 56
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

 

So this week I chose… (*insert drum-roll*)

….The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson! This book is hilarious, I highly recommend it. Nombeko is an amazing protagonist.

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The engineer glared at his cleaning woman. She was being impudent again. It was enough to make a person crazy. Especially since she was always right. 

That damned creature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Has any one else read this book? Please let me know!

lizard

The Friday 56

This is my first shot at doing Friday 56, which is a weekly book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. I’ve seen a few other posts about it and thought it looked cool, so here goes!

Firstly, the rules, for anyone else who wants to join in:


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*Grab a book, any book                                                                                  *Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.

 

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So I picked Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven King, the conclusion to one of my favourite book series, and here’s the quote from page 56:

Gansey was still talking into his phone. “No, traffic is nonexistent unless it’s a bingo night.”

Any else love this series?

lizard