Thursday, July 10, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #67: Thirteen Beginnings

Being in mid-packing for the upcoming move, about the only books left standing are those piled on my nightstand. I could do a simple and boring thirteen books from that pile, but I won't. Instead, here are thirteen beginnings from a random selection of the ever-growing TBR mountain.

1. It happened that green and crazy summer when Frankie was twelve years old. This was the summer when for a long time she had not been a member. She belonged to no club and was a member of nothing in the world. (The Member of the Wedding, Carson McCullers)

2. "Pendleton! Oh, great, that’s just great. It had to be you!"
"Nice seeing you again, too, Tyler. Damn it, will you get your foot off my—" (Enemy Mine, Kay Hooper)

3. The first day of kindergarten at the exclusive Briarwood School was the worst day of Regan Hamilton Madison’s life. It was such a disaster she made up her mind never to go back. (Murder List, Julie Garwood)

4. Sawyer Kincaid hated the rain. (Protective Instincts, Julie Miller)

5. I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975. I remember the precise moment, crouching behind a crumbling mud wall, peeking into the alley near the frozen creek. That was a long time ago, but it’s wrong what they say about the past, I’ve learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out. (The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini)

6. "All of the good men are either married or gay," Rita declared. "And now Richard’s married." She closed the file drawer with a bang. (Aunt Dimity and the Duke, Nancy Atherton)

7. He’d broken a rule, and now he would pay a price. It was as simple as that. Max had taken the life of a human. His reasons didn’t matter. (Beast of Darkness, Lisa Renee Jones)

8. Lindsey Brooks stood in the kitchen of her Lakeshore Drive high-rise condo wearing a pink, frilly apron emblazoned with the words kiss the cook--and nothing else. Well, except for a pair of bright red, pointy-toed stilettos. (Letters to a Secret Lover, Toni Blake)

9. Jonah Baker heard the clatter of a Kalashnikov, then another weapon returning fire. The sound was familiar in the craggy brown hills of a country where warlords ran rampant over the land, fighting each other for prestige and territory. (Soldier Caged, Rebecca York)

10. * * * HERE IS A SMALL FACT * * *
You are going to die.
I am in all truthfulness attempting to be cheerful about this whole topic, though most people find themselves hindered in believing me, no matter my protestations. Please, trust me. I most definitely can be cheerful. I can be amiable. Agreeable. Affable. And that’s only the A’s. Just don’t ask me to be nice. Nice has nothing to do with me. (The Book Thief, Markus Zusak)

11. "Now’s your shot with me, Zach. I say we get naked." (Flashpoint, Jill Shalvis)

12. It was Kitty’s turn to sleep with her head at the foot of the bed. She didn’t mind; she preferred it, actually. She liked the mild disorientation that came from that position, and she liked the relative sense of privacy—her sisters’ feet in her face, yes, but not their eyes, not their ears, nor the close, damp sounds of their breathing. (Dream When You’re Feeling Blue, Elizabeth Berg)

13. …Bulky chimneys stretched heavenwards, emitted a trickle of smoke. Nearby, a lark rose jubilantly into the clear blue sky, and the breeze ruffled the birds feathers.
One of the chimneys twitched. The breeze died away. The birds fell silent. Even the hum of insects stopped.
A shudder ran through the chimney. A sliver of cobalt blue appeared at its top. (Bewitched, Sandra Schwab)

Links to other Thursday Thirteens:

Diana Castilleja * Adelle Laudan * Savannah Chase
Stephanie Sullivan * Alice Audrey * Jana
Shelley Munro * Tempest Knight * Phoebe Jordan
Jennifer McKenzie * Paige Tyler * Pamela
Kaige * Nina Pierce * Sandra Schwab * Nichole Ellis

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Shelley Munro said...

Some great first lines here. I think the only one I've read is Lisa Renee Jones' book. I enjoyed that one.

Stephanie Sullivan said...

This is a great list, Heather (and I've written several of them down to look for on my next trip to the library). *wink* Happy Thursday!

Phoebe Jordan said...

Happy T13! Love your list, its is very creative. I've read Julie Garwood's Murder List and I loved reading it. Hope to see you at my 9th edition about Julia Quinn at Talk About My Favorite Authors blog.

Adelle said...

There's nothing quite like coming up with that perfect first line. Thanks for the inspiration. Happy T13!

Diana Castilleja said...

That's too cool! Great list!

Paige Tyler said...

Very cool TT!


My TT is at

Tempest Knight said...

Aaaah... so many great beginnings! This shows you how to hook readers. Heh! Great TT!

Jana said...

11. "Now’s your shot with me, Zach. I say we get naked." (Flashpoint, Jill Shalvis)

I have sooooooo got to get that book. LOL

Jennifer McKenzie said...

Ooooo awesome TT!! I love to see what you're reading.
Take care of yourself while you move Heather.

Heather said...

Shelley~ Glad to hear the LRJ is a good book! I didn't get it the first time I saw it, but when it caught my attention again a few weeks later...well, I figure if it snags your attention twice when all you're doing is browsing, you almost have to get it.

Stephanie~ Thank you -- I hope you enjoy whichever ones you pick up!

Phoebe~ The funny thing is, I somehow ended up with two copies of Murder List. Which means I must really want to read that one. LOL Glad to hear it is worth buying twice!

Heather said...

Adelle~ Yes, as we've seen and heard time and again, those opening lines are all important.

Diana and Paige~ Thank you! *grin*

Tempest~ Indeed it does! The opening line - even the opening page in the case of the LRJ - are important for capturing a reader's attention.

Heather said...

Jana~'re caving, aren't you? You do know they sell it at your local Wally World, right? *WEG*

Jennifer~ Thanks! And I am trying to be careful during all the packing, but...well, you do recall I am capable of sustaining injury merely while sitting still, right? You honestly don't want to know what I've already done to myself. Let's just say it's going to take months to recover from this move - provided I survive it. LOL

Alice Audrey said...

Oh sure. Cut #2 off right when it gets interesting.

Heather said...

Alice~ ROFL...sorry! That really is the first two lines of the book. Guess you'll have to find your own copy to see what was stepped on. ;)

Sandra Schwab said...

Heather, thanks for including BEWITCHED in your TT list! I hope you'll enjoy the novel.

Happy Thursday & best wishes from Germany,

Nichole Ellis said...

Very creative idea for your Thursday 13 this week! :) Thanks for the great list.


Heather said...

Hi Sandra~ Thanks for stopping by - the novel sounds greats!

Heather said...

Thanks, Nichole! I'm sure there's at least one on there you would enjoy! *g*

Savannah Chase said...

wow, great list, those are such great beginings, an awsome start can do so much for a book

Pamela said...

Ooh, more titles to add to my TBR list! Thanks, Heather! Thanks also for checking out my list at Texty Ladies. Hugs!

Cassandra said...

Oh neat idea! Hey, good luck with the move, hon. ((hugs))


Kealie Shay said...

This is a great list! I've read a couple of these.

My list is here: