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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 opening/first lines

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s another wonderful Tuesday meaning it’s time for Top 5 Tuesday. This month has kept me on my toes as these topics aren’t ones I usually think about. Despite it being a little challenging, I’m ready to get into some of my favorite opening lines!

If you’re interested in participating in Top 5 Tuesday, all you have do is write up your post and pingback to one of Shanah’s posts. Make sure you pingback to her posts and not just her blog so she can add you to the list.


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5. “Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways.”

This is the opening line from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It’s by no means an incredibly iconic one, but easily my favorite. It speaks true to Harry as a character while also displaying some mystery. We know Harry’s unusual but how unusual will he be during this installment?

It’s a great line to start off the 3rd book which is a lot of people’s favorites.

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4. “In an old house in Paris, that was covered with vines, lived 12 little girls, in two straight lines.”

That is the first line from Madeline. When I was younger, I loved Madeline and the first line of the story is so iconic. It’s one people always recognize if they’ve seen the movies or read the books.

This line brings back some fond memories and it’s one I always remember.

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3. “Dear Friend, I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn’t try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have. Please don’t try to figure out who she is because then you might figure out who I am, and I really don’t want you to do that.”

This is obviously an iconic opening “line” or passage. I read The Perks of Being A Wallflower in high school and fell in love with it. I bought a copy in college, but have since lost it. Really sucks 😦

Either way, these opening lines captured my attention. You start to wonder about who is writing the letter, what happened and why you don’t want to know who they are. This is such a cliche answer, but these lines are some of my faves.

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2. “It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.”

One of my favorites books I read in college was The Bell Jar. This first line is so iconic especially when you learn more about the main character. It’s also an incredibly sad line because there’s some foreshadowing in there.

This book is just so good and I can’t wait to reread it!

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1. “The Baby-sitters Club. I’m proud to say it was totally my idea, even though the four of us worked it out together.”

Of course, an opening lines post wouldn’t be complete without this one. I feel like I always talk about the BSC books, but they’re so special to me. That opening line helped a whole generation become readers, babysitters and hopefully, bosses. It also wastes no time in setting up the series.

It’s just a perfect first line so it had to be my #1 ❤

What are some of your favorite opening lines? 🙂

 

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3 Quotes, 3 Days: Day 3

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Hopefully, everyone is having a good afternoon. I have to work tonight but I’m not feeling bad or really dreading work. It’s a funny feeling, but I know I’ll be working with one of my favorite people. 🙂

Thank you for the 3rd day in a row, Malaine for tagging me. I’ve been eagerly awaiting your posts every day 🙂

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a new quote for three consecutive days
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

I had trouble coming up with a quote for today. Thankfully, I decided to go with an author I liked in college and my favorite book of hers I’ve read.  This quote comes from Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.


“When your uncle first married me, I worried because I thought those women outside would come and displace me from my home. I now know that nothing he does will make my life change. My life will only change if I want it to change.”

Such a powerful quote and one I highlighted when I read the book. Honestly, I highlighted so many quotes in that book. There’s just something about the way Adichie writes.

Tagging: Jackie // Kristina // Mini

That wraps up my 3 Days and my 3 quotes. While I enjoyed posting every day, I don’t miss trying to post every single day for 7 days. I tried when I first started blogging but thankfully, I figured out a good schedule now 😛

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3 Quotes, 3 Days: Day 2

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s incredibly early in the morning for me on a day I’m off work. At my house, we’re getting a new washer and dryer so I have to be awake for that.

The one silver lining is I can get my post up earlier than normal. Thank you again to Malaine for tagging me as she’s just as wonderful as she was yesterday ❤ Before I get into the rules, you can check out yesterday’s post.

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a new quote for three consecutive days
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

Instead of using a quote from a book I’m reading, I’m going with a classic book I love. I’m sure almost everyone can guess where this quote comes from but it’s Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

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A little bit cheesy, but still a fave. Pretty cliche too, but still a solid pick 😛

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Until tomorrow, my friends! ❤ No gif because Giphy is being a butt 😦

 

 

 

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 book quotes

I know this isn’t technically a Halloween prompt, but I’m going to use this graphic until Halloween is over. This week’s Top 5 Tuesday is a little bit different, but one of my personal faves. I’m a huge fan of quotes so this prompt is right up my alley!

If you want to participate in Top 5 Tuesday or want to know more about it, check out Shanah’s blog. She’s so wonderful and friendly so don’t be afraid to reach out to her about participating or if you have any questions about Top 5 Tuesday.

5. “The quinceanera hangs over me like the blade of a guillotine. Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic, but I’m dreading it.”

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While I was reading this book, I saw this quote and was immediately drawn to me. Much like Julia, I have a tendency to be overdramatic and even the littlest thing will make me say something completely ridiculous. I have to say, I’ll probably be referring to this quote more than once during my day.

4. “He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

This quote is from Emily Bronte’s novel, Wuthering Heights. I had to read this book for one of my classes in college and this quote always spoke to me. It was such a lovely way to describe their relationship and it makes me happy when I read it. It’s such a unique way to describe someone being your soulmate without actually saying it and it’s one of her most well-known quotes, too.

3. “I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.”

If you’ve read a few of my posts, you’ll know I love Winnie the Pooh and the books have some lovely quotes. This was one of my favorites as it relates to my situation. I do miss being with my boyfriend and if I dream about him, then we get to be together. That’s a little bit cheesy, but I can’t help it. It just proves how much of a message a children’s book can hold.

2. “I gave up on being Nice. I started putting more value on other qualities instead: passion, bravery, intelligence, practicality, humor, patience, fairness, sensitivity. Those last three might seem like they are covered by “nice,” but make no mistake, they are not.”

One thing I’ve mentioned time and time again is how much I love celebrity memoirs. I have yet to actually read Anna Kendrick’s but this quote really appealed to me. I truly agree with the advice she gives, because I think I focus too much on being nice rather than being passionate, brave or intelligent. At the end of the day, being nice is….nice but it’s a lot better to be known for those other qualities.

1. “Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched.”

Another celebrity memoir, but this time it’s one I’ve actually read. I love both of Mindy Kaling’s books so I knew I had to include one of her quotes. I love her funny quotes, but I decided to go with a bit of advice. It’s something I don’t think about enough, but it’s great advice. Sometimes, you really do have to pretend to be good and just go with it, it’s one of those things. Of all her quotes though, it’s one I always remember.