Will You Celebrate Pride Month with These First Lines?

First Line Friday is a series of blog articles posted on the first Friday of every month. The first line of a story, we’re told, must hook the reader. Implied is that the reader will not buy the book if the first line isn’t great. These entries are from Amazon, my personal library, or other online booksellers. Will you celebrate Pride Month with these first lines?

First Lines

As she woke up in the pod, she remembered three things.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers Book 1) Becky Chambers

The stranger came out of the sea like a water ghost, barefoot and wearing the scars of his journey. 

The Priory of the Orange Tree Samantha Shannon

Busting up a casino has never been at the top of Oriol Sina’s bucket list, but here he is, standing in the middle of the Dorothy Queen dressed for trouble in a suit he’d much rather be admiring on another man.

Double Edged (The Bulari Saga Book 1) Jessie Kwak

Outbreaks of magic started all kinds of ways.

The Fever King
(Feverwake Book 1) Victoria Lee

Behind the clouds of the new monsoon, the ancient mainframe Chang rolls too fast across the sky.

The Tiger Flu by Larissa Lai

Londres, 1898 (ninety-three years after Trafalgar)

Most people have trouble recalling their first memory, because they have to stretch for it, like trying to touch their toes; but Joe didn’t.

The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley

Ari was hiding out in the Middle Ages. 

Once & Future Cori McCarthy and A.R. Capetta

Hannah left the meeting in the Dean’s eighth-floor suite determined not to cry.

Sappho’s Overhead Projector by Bonnie J. Morris

When the Stavenger Empir turned its eyes to the stars, seeking new worlds to conquer, it found exactly what it was looking for.

Aetherbound by E.K. Johnston 


He coughed, choking on the rainwater that streamed down the sides of his broken nose.

Hellfire (A Beyond Human Novel) by Michelle Schad


There are no affiliate links in this post. I don’t make a cent off of the books listed on this page. Usually these titles are pulled at random and chosen because their title, cover, and first line piqued my interest. (Every once in a while, I’ll share a friend’s novel). They are here for your enjoyment. And to entice you to buy more books.

Do You Want to Read More?

Will you celebrate Pride Month with these first lines? Didn’t find anything of interest? Check out previous First Line Fridays. You’ll put another enormous smile on my face if you tell me in the comments below— Which ones spoke to you? Did you buy it?

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