Firsts Lines Fridays

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


‘I don’t want any birthday presents this year – donate the money to a worthwhile cause instead,’ was all I had said. How could I have guessed that such a simple suggestion would create uproar in our household?
I had not given the request much thought when I made it. In fact, the idea had only just occurred to me. Philosophers are like that sometimes – unfettered in their ideas, lateral in their thinking. That was why Plato was such a success. He would never have come up with his theory of Ideal Forms otherwise.

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The Book

The Infinite Wisdom of Harriet Rose Goodreads


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