A Year in First Lines

Two of my favourite book bloggers Brona and Lisa have led me into temptation with this meme that takes the first line of each month’s post over the past year to see what it tells you about your blogging year.

January

Maurice Blackburn: Champion of the People by David Day

‘Maurice Blackburn: a modest man who had devoted his life to the betterment of his fellow Australians.’

February

Asbestos in Australia (edited by Lenore Layman and Gail Phillips)

‘From Boom to Dust.’

March

Red Hail by Jamie Killen

‘Blood falling from the heavens.  Sure sounds like Red Hail to me.’

2020 Aussie Author Challenge

I set out to complete the EMU Level of this challenge:

Read and review 24 titles written by Australian Authors of which at least 10 of those authors are female, at least 10 of those authors are male, and at least 10 of those authors are new to you; Fiction or non-fiction, at least 4 different genre.

And here is my list of (currently, as at 1 March 2020) 26:

April

After She Wrote Him by Sulari Gentill

‘This is my life, not just a story, …’

May

The Silence by Susan Allott

‘How can someone be missing for thirty years and no one notice?’

Creatively managing anxiety in Coronavirus Lockdown

Like many others, my concentration has suffered as a consequence of Coronavirus. It’s an anxiety thing. And, even though we are doing comparatively well here in Australia, this pandemic still has a long way to run. Sadly.

June

Mr Campion’s Séance by Mike Ripley

‘You’ve finished it?  The new book?’

July

Life in the Victorian Asylum by Mark Stevens

‘What we offer in return for your co-operation is the very latest in lunatic healthcare.’

August

Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

‘It’s about a murder.’

September

In Search of the Woman Who Sailed the world by Danielle Clode

‘Who was Jeanne Baret?’

October

The first US presidential debate was pure chaos. Here’s what our experts thought (from The Conversation)

A Clue for Clara by Lian Tanner

‘I have suffered many setbacks in by bid to become a famous detective.’

November

CoDex 1962 by Sjón (translated by Victoria Cribb)

Open this novel, step into a world of complex storytelling, and wonder…

December

Suspicious Minds by David Mark

‘Eight months ago… A nice house in a nice neighbourhood.’

So, in March and October I had two posts on the first of the month.  Of the twelve book review posts, six were of books by Australian authors.  This does not surprise me as I’ve read and reviewed well over one hundred books by Australian authors this year. 

What do your first lines say about you?  I wonder what next year will look like …

5 thoughts on “A Year in First Lines

  1. I was pleased to see one of your reblogs from The Conversation pop up here: I subscribe (and donate) to them too, but there’s always things I miss or defer or lose track off, and I like the way the important ones crop up here so that I don’t miss them after all.

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