First Lines Friday!

Hi, this was hosted by a blog called Wandering Words, but the links I found were broken. If you know the site please lmk!

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!

“The Miss Chinatown contestants were clustered together behind a canvas screen near the stage. They hadn’t been there when Lily Hu walked past the same area fifteen minutes earlier on her way to the bathrooms, and there was something startling about their sudden appearance.”

Shall I give you a hint?

I think the first line was quite revealing. Granted, I haven’t read the book yet, but….

It is set in Chinatown in the 1950s.




It is…

Last Night At The Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo!

What was your guess??? LMK!

Published by TanyX Goffy

I am an author, poet, and playwright. My current WIPs are a doppelganger Dark Academia and sad vampires. I blog about YA LGBTQIAP+ books, with the occasional straight person book for diversity. They/them Wishlist:

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