14 June 2019

Starting from Page 1: Which June Book Is for You?

It's been a really long time since I've done a Starting from Page 1 post (as in a few years), but so many of my June books have great opening sentences, I just had to revisit this feature.

Today I share the opening lines from 9 general fiction books published this month. All of them caught my eye, and I'm not quite sure which to read first. (Okay, that's a little bit of a lie, because I think I know what I'll be reading next. Can you guess?)

Just for fun, I'm giving you the bare minimum information for each title. Based only on the first lines, which ones are calling your name?

What to read in June 2019
FKA USA by Reed King (Flatiron); dystopian; humor; comp'd to everything from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to Wizard of Oz!
" 'There,' Jared Lee, the first of my two and a half friends, pointed past the stubby line of waste-treatment plants. 'Right there. See? Refugees.' "
How Could She by Lauren Mechling (Viking); set in New York and Toronto; 21st-century issues
"Geraldine considered her grapefruit."
Lifelines by Heidi Diehl (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); set in Oregon & Germany; family, relationships, motherhood
"Louise was a passenger in her own car."
What to read in June 2019
The Summer We Lost Her by Tish Cohen (Gallery); comp'd to two of my favorite books: Deep End of the Ocean & Map of the World
"It was one of those things that never should have happened--the kind you turn over, splay open with pins, and examine at intervals for the rest of your life because it will never, ever cease to matter."
A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards (Mira); sisters; buried past; redemption
"What do alligators dream about?"
The Islanders by Meg Mitchell Moore (William Morrow); a beach read set on Block Island
" 'It was disconcerting, to see a man cry like that,' said Bridget Fletcher"
What to read in June 2019
The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung (Ecco); mathematics; family history & secrets
"There is nothing as intriguing as a locked door."
This Is Home by Lisa Duffy (Atria); set in Boston; coming of age
"The year I turned ten, my father shot the aboveground pool in our backyard with his police-issued pistol."
The Great Unexpected by Dan Mooney (Park Row); aging; friendship; maintaining independence
" 'Miller,' Joel whispered across the space between their two beds. 'Why aren’t you dead yet?' "


bermudaonion 6/14/19, 8:29 AM  

I'd like to read a lot of those book but have to admit the opening line of How Could She has me intrigued.

Kay 6/14/19, 8:52 AM  

Yes, several of these appeal to me too. If I had to pick, The Summer We Lost Her or This Is Home. :-)

rhapsodyinbooks 6/14/19, 8:59 AM  

I'd go with The Great Unexpected.

Les in Oregon 6/14/19, 9:30 AM  

Love that line from "The Great Unexpected!" I'd give it a read.

Adam @ He Writes Words 6/14/19, 10:30 AM  

I love the lines from FKA USA and How Could She, and the set up for This Is Home is intriguing.

Penny@Literaryhoarders 6/14/19, 11:20 AM  

I've marked down to read How Could She, Lifelines and The Great Unexpected! My library is bringing in How Could She and The Great Unexpected which was great to see! I'll have to track down Lifelines...

Mae Travels 6/14/19, 2:04 PM  

First sentences haven't really attracted enough of my attention -- when I used to browse in book stores (or libraries), i would usually read a few paragraphs to check if I should read it. I don't feel as if these really give enough information.

Is the world really running out of book titles? I have read another book titled "The Tenth Muse" by Judith Jones (editor of Anne Frank, Julia Child, and others). And the poet Anne Bradstreet used that title in 1650.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

JoAnn 6/14/19, 2:36 PM  

My favorite first line here has to be The Great Unexpected!

Tina 6/19/19, 3:17 PM  

I had already added FKA based on your twitter remark. The library is getting it for me.

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