First Lines, First Thoughts is a weekly meme where you share the first line of the books you’re reading and your thoughts about it. Alternatively, you can also use the books you’ve read during the week.
What am I reading this week?
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest. He stared down at the boy in the red zip-up jacket and shook his shaved head. “You can’t bring that thing in here.”
City of Bones, Cassandra Clare
Bring what, bring what? Just kidding, most of you have probably read this book and know what “that thing” is. This is my most read chapter in The Mortal Instruments and a good introduction to the series. Early on we see some action and even though we’re still not familiar with the terminology or the story, it’s still entertaining and you don’t feel lost.
These lines in particular don’t offer that much information, though once you know what the story is about, who the boy is and what they are talking about, it offers more ties to the story; after all, the boy is not so nice, his intentions are not the best, and that object he has proves it
even though it’s fake. First impressions lie.
The stretch of road that leads out of the city, past Hazy Harbor and into the town of Tedia, is perhaps the most unpleasant in the world. It is called Lousy Lane.
The Reptile Room, Lemony Snicket
This is a great example of the tone and story of A Series of Unfortunate Events. You may not actually think of The Reptile Room in particular when reading this, but you also don’t get spoiled about the previous book, The Bad Beginning, nor for this one; it just brings you to the wolrd of the Baudelaire orphans and reminds you how unfortunate and unlucky these children are.
What are you reading? Can you remember the first line? Do you think it makes the book justice?