First Line Fridays – 2/5

This week has been rough, and my bad shoulder has me in a fair amount of pain right now, so thank god for these weekly memes that make it easier to write posts! This is actually my first time participating in this one, even though it’s one that I love seeing other people post. First Line Fridays is hosted by Wandering Words and encourages us to judge books not by their covers, but by their first lines! The rules are simple:

  • 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!

Now, the book closest to me right now is actually my Constitutional Law textbook, and I’m pretty sure nobody cares about the first sentence of that one. (But, if you’re curious: “It is traditional to begin the examination of American constitutional law with opinions from the Supreme Court presided over by Chief Justice John Marshall early in the nineteenth century.” Yikes.) So we are going to go with the next-closest title instead. Here’s the first line:

At seven, Regan Lewis was perfectly normal according to every measurement she knew, which meant she was normal in every way that counted.

Ready to find out what this one is?

Okay, cool. Putting in some spacers here so that hopefully there aren’t spoilers. Keep scrolling…

…and scrolling…

…and scrolling some more…

…are you tired of scrolling yet?

…just a little more…

…one day I’ll get a better image for all this scrolling content…

…okay, cool, here we go:

Across the Green Grass Fields

Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: adult fantasy

Blurb from the publisher:

A young girl discovers a portal to a land filled with centaurs and unicorns in Seanan McGuire’s Across the Green Grass Fields, a standalone tale in the Hugo and Nebula Award-wining Wayward Children series.

“Welcome to the Hooflands. We’re happy to have you, even if you being here means something’s coming.”

Regan loves, and is loved, though her school-friend situation has become complicated, of late.

When she suddenly finds herself thrust through a doorway that asks her to “Be Sure” before swallowing her whole, Regan must learn to live in a world filled with centaurs, kelpies, and other magical equines―a world that expects its human visitors to step up and be heroes.

But after embracing her time with the herd, Regan discovers that not all forms of heroism are equal, and not all quests are as they seem…

So, what do you think? Interested in picking this one up? Let me know!

Until next time,



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