First Line Friday~Bridge of Clay

First Line is my favorite weekly post! Booklovers can share the first line or two of the book you are currently reading…💗

Here I go..

In the beginning there was one murderer, one mule and one boy, but that isn’t the beginning, it’s before it, it’s me, and I’m Matthew, and here I am, in the kitchen, in the night—the old river mouth of light—and I’m punching and punching away. The house is quiet around me. 

As it is, everyone else is asleep. I’m at the kitchen table.


Title: Bridge of Clay 0C74ECE6-B82D-4B8D-A3FF-4FCED740F828

Genre: YA, fiction, contemporary

Author: Markus Zusak

Pub Date: October 9, 2018

Pages: 464

I haven’t started this one yet, but I saw it in the Lucky Day section at the library yesterday and had to check it out! I did love The Book Theif so I am excited to read this one, how about you?

What are you reading this Friday afternoon? Have you read this one yet or plan to?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and read your First Line…

Happy Friday friends & Happy Reading!💗



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  1. Here’s one from my current collection of books I’m reading: “Amanda was dead. The words were like a hole through his chest, like a well he was falling down.” Taken from The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold

    • Fun! Hope it’s a good one! I found That Newbery you suggested… I’ll take it to the coast with me this weekend…

      • Ok, it was thimble summer? Is that right? Just to be sure I take the right Newbery with me… lol

      • Oh for sure… I noticed that even with Norvelt. So much of his influence at a young age was about wwII. What is your fav Newbery so far. That would be a really difficult pick for me…

      • I like far more of the honor winners than the medal winners, but I think my top 3 would be The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, Johnny Tremain, and a tie between Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

      • Oh fun! I have only read The Rats of NIHM but I have the other two… I really loved The Girl Who Drank The Moon and The One and Only Ivan!

      • One and Only Ivan was good. It’s in our collection. I love Dr. Dolittle. Pippi Longstocking is fun too, as is Baron Munchausen. A lot of great characters and books don’t win national awards. I often think about the politics that go into book awards (and all awards in general). It’s sad really.

      • For sure, it is sad … I read several arcs this summer that I thought were awesome too, but I’m sure they won’t win anything for them… I really had fun with The Bigfoot Files and Unwritten. They might still be on Netgalley.

  2. Happy Friday!

    My first lines come from A Twist of Faith by Pepper Basham….

    PHD WAS NOT SUPPOSED to smell like this. Adelina Roseland dropped a box of research articles onto the floor and stifled a deep breath as the strong aroma of naturally fertilized farmland wafted in from the open window.

    Have an awesome weekend and happy reading!😊🎃💕

  3. I’m reading Leviathan Wakes; sci-fi genre. Here’s the first line: “The Scopuli had been taken eight days ago, and Julie Mao was finally ready to be shot. ”

    I’m also a big fan of The Book Thief, and that first line you shared really makes me want to read Bridge of Clay. I’ll have to add it to my list!

  4. About to start a new book: “Across the Mekong River” by Elaine Russell. Here are the few first lines from the prologue:

    “Truth is an illusion. It is only something we create from memories and wishes and fragments of dreams. The truth is what we want to believe. And sometimes lies are so essential they become part of that truth. I realize this now, perched on a chair in the small courtroom, my mind reeling with what I am about to do. What I must o to survive.”

  5. “When God planned His great caper to save the whole world, do you know who He picked to do it?” In the Prologue to Bob Goff’s newest book, Love Does for Kids. The answer to that question… in the next sentence, “A little kid.” First sentence in chapter one, “When I was in kindergarten, we had nap time every afternoon.”

  6. I loved ‘The Book Thief’ too so I can’t wait to read ‘Bridge of Clay’. I am very excited that I get to meet Markus Zusak at an author event next week and find out more about the book! Looking forward to hearing what you think 😊 X

    • Oh how exciting! I am excited to start it, I’m guessing it’s super good! I can’t wait to hear about your event! ☀️

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