Ten Favorite Books

By: Erin Rose Hennessy

Actually, the title is misleading. I challenged myself to pick ten of my favorite books and write down the first line of each of them. The rules were simple – pick it off the bookshelf (no e-books, no library books, has to be a book I own) and keep going until I had ten. I ended up with eleven, so there’s a bonus book. I’m not even sure which is the bonus book yet. Anyway, without further ado – the first lines of ten of my current favorite owned paperback books!

“The photo shoot in the Place de la Concorde, in Paris, had been going since eight o’clock that morning.” Sisters, by Danielle Steele

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents.” Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

“Maybe things are not quite as bad as Woody Allen suggests, but they are bad enough.” Writing to Change the World, by Mary Pipher

“There is a thousand-mile table of land in the middle of the United States, between the Mississippi River on the east and the deserts on the west.” Dewey, by Vicki Myron

“Cry-baby!” The Highly Sensitive Person, by Elaine N. Aron

“Imagine it’s a couple years ago, the summer between seventh and eighth grade.” Pretty Little Liars, by Sara Shepard

“Once upon a time, there was a pair of pants.” Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Ann Brashares

“Every time I start one of these essays, I feel like I’m leaping off a cliff into deep water.” Why Buffy Matters, by Rhonda Wilcox

“Today, they will find her body.” The Surgeon, by Tess Gerritsen

“One does not have to be a combat soldier, or visit a refugee camp in Syria or the Congo to encounter trauma.” The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk

And to end on a high note, with the extra bonus Buffy the Vampire Slayer book (because, of course)

“How to use this book…although to be frank, the word “use” has never been used so freely.” Dusted, by Lawrence Miles

These are just some of the books I thoroughly enjoy and read more than once. I’m always looking for new things to read! What are some of your favorites? What do you recommend I read next?

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