First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

Welcome to Hoarding Books & First Line Fridays! (plus, a launch giveaway!)

We all know that it’s NOT hoarding if it’s books. But that was a little long for a catchy blog title so we opted to shorten it be honest and go with “Hoarding Books” 😉

WELCOME to our new home base for First Line Friday and other potentially bookish shenanigans!! We are so excited about this new group blog and opening FLF up to even more friends!!

Right about now, you may have some questions. I’ll do my best to answer them for you 🙂

First: who are we?

You can learn more about the four of us here, but the short answer is: a group of four friends who love each other and books (duh). We’re mamas and cool aunts, bookworms and bloggers.

Carrie | Sydney | Rachel | Beth

Second: what is First Line Friday?

In 2016, we started a weekly blog meme called First Line Fridays, borrowing the idea from other bloggers who were no longer organizing the linkup. The basic premise is simple: grab the book nearest you & share the first line!

Since nearly everything is more fun with friends, particularly bookish everythings, we link up to each other’s blogs and see what first lines we’re all sharing each week. Over the last year, we’ve grown from the original four into over twenty-four bloggers!

Third: what’s this whole linky business?

Starting next week, we’ll have a linky widget attached to our first ‘Hoarding Books’ First Line Friday post. (It will turn out something like this.)

Everyone is welcome to participate each week, whether you’re a current FLF blogger or a brand new recruit 🙂 We only ask that you link back to the Hoarding Books blog on your own First Line Friday post. You can also add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s posts (which will be live Fridays at midnight eastern). This lets everyone know who is playing along at home & gives them a way to check out your post too. You may even find a new fave blog to follow!!

No blog? No problem. Just post your answers in the comments!

The HTML proficient can snag the button in the sidebar. The rest of us can right click and save this one!

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

Fourth: I heard something about a lunch giveaway?

Umm…LAUNCH giveaway… but Yes, yes you did!

Click that there Rafflecopter link and enter for a chance to win a 4-book prize pack! (US addresses only) For the purpose of this giveaway, Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies apply. They can be found here.

Hoarding Books First Line Fridays Launch Giveaway

Books included are:

  1. Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig
  2. Weaver’s Needle by Robin Carroll
  3. Many Sparrows by Lori Benton
  4. Newton & Polly by Jody Hedlund

Pay attention now! Here are the first lines of these books, in no particular order. Can you guess which line goes with which book? You’ll get bonus entries for guessing!

a. ‘Unless you get one of those miracles they’re always talking about in church, I don’t see how you’ll be able to keep the business open into spring.’

b. Jeremiah Ring had witnessed death as often as the next man on the Allegheny frontier, but in all his thirty years he had encountered no deaths more dismaying than those confronting him now.

c. ‘I fear that our wassailing has become a nuisance.’

d. It took one ten-thousandth of a second – exactly 0.000169 seconds – for the bullet to rip through his shoulder.

ENTER HERE:

Rafflecopter Giveaway

We are so excited about this new home base for First Line Fridays! As we transition to the linky widget and away from copying & pasting everyone’s links each week, we want to give a shout-out to the bloggers who have been with us each week for some portion of the past year!

Radiant Light || Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

All the Book Blog Names are Taken || Robin’s Nest

Fiction Aficionado || Bibliophile Reviews || Kathleen Denly || Lauraine’s Notes

With A Joyful Noise || A Baker’s Perspective || Joy of Reading || C Jane Read

Moments Dipped in Ink || Molly’s Cafinated Reads || Romances of the Cross

It’s Storytime with Van Daniker || Iola Goulton || The Christian Fiction Girl

Book Reviews by Tima || A Brighter Destiny || Sprinkles And Pink

Susan Loves Books

Think you want to join in the fun?? Come back next week & link up with us!

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80 thoughts on “Welcome to Hoarding Books & First Line Fridays! (plus, a launch giveaway!)

  1. Happy Friday! My first line is from Magnolia Storms by Janet Ferguson:
    “Fear and loss snaked around Magnolia Marovich’s heart like they always did when she studied the satellite images on the three computer screens in front of her. Not again.

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  2. FLF: today I purchased my ticket for the long train ride from Toronto, across the miles to the open prairie, to Lethbridge, and then ill endure once more the long hours by automobile to you’re welcome village, my second hearts home.

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  3. What a superstar crew! Thanks for this awesome blog (and giveaway).

    My first line:
    “Love came later, when his words reached out to catch her as she fell, offering a cushion of comfort that held her and began the healing before she even knew the depth of ache and loss she carried.” – All She left Behind, Kirkpatrick

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  4. Congrats , this looks like fun!

    My first line is : from an Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter.
    The line between boy and man was never murkier than when a father died too soo. Leaving his son to walk through the foibles of youth while shouldering the responsibilities of adulthood.

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  5. This is a different quote than what I posted on Carrie’s blog earlier since I’m away from my Kindle. This first line is from Grace in Thine Eyes by Liz Curtis HIggs:

    Davina McKie dropped to her knees on the grassy hillock, letting her shawl slip past her shoulders despite the sharp chill in the air.

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  6. “A single, strained scan of the church’s hollowed interior was all it took for the whispers of Bear McKinley’s pat to turn to bellows.” All This Time by Melissa Tagg
    Love this Series!

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  7. The line between boy and man was never murkier than when a father dies too soon, leaving his son to walk through the foibles of youth while shouldering the responsibilities of adulthood. from An Inconvenient Beauty by Krisit Ann Hunter

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  8. The only book I have near me at the moment is Weaver’s Needle on my Kindle! And the first line is posted above, but I’ll post again!

    “Unless you get one of those miracles they’re always talking about in church, I don’t see how you’ll be able to keep the business open into spring.”
    Weaver’s Needle by Robin, Caroll

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  9. New York City, Herald Square, 1901

    Gigi Wentworth pulled the bulky, oversized cloak tightly around her shoulders and stepped into the early-morning foot traffic.

    -From “Once an Heiress” by Renee Ryan

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  10. Great giveaway. D,A,B,C
    My first line is The line between boy and man was never murkier than when a father died too soon, leaving his son to walk through the foibles of youth while shouldering the responsibilities of adulthood.

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  11. He might take a break and walk through his orchard just to get a glimpse of her hangning clothes on the line or weeding one of her gardens. (From My heart Blongs in the Shenandoah Valley)

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  12. My first line is “The promised view of the mountain peak waited, Cloaked in mist like a tissue-wrapped gift not ready to be unveiled.” Karen Barnett’s The Road to Paradise.

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  13. From Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns: “Three weeks after Granny Blakesee died, Grandpa came to our house for his early morning snort of whiskey, as usual, and said to me, ‘Will Tweedy? Go find yore mama, then run up to yore Aunt Loma’s and tell her I said git on down here. I got something to say. And I ain’t a-go’n say it but once’t.'”

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  14. I guess my closest book is on my Kindle right now!

    It is never a happy day when an eight-year-old girl’s cheesecake landsin the dirt, and she certainly doesn’t take kindly to the laughing little boy who put it there. A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter.

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  15. My first line is from The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristi Cambron:
    Sera James bounded through the front door of the Manhattan gallery, so excited that she nearly slipped for running across the hardwood floor in her heels.

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