The seagulls are chirping as you get your money’s worth for the sunglasses you recently bought while lying on your stomach at the beach. You turn to the first page in the book you’ve picked up yesterday at the library and read the first line: “Call me Ishmael” from Moby Dick; or “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” from Anna Karenina; or even “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins” from Vladamir Nabokov’s famous novel.
These are the first impressions we get when we read a book. The things that spark our memory that take us to a place we may never experience otherwise. We cancel dinner dates, skip school, or even fake a sickness so we can stay home and read in a hammock in the backyard. That’s when you know you’re really hooked on a book. Some wonderful ‘first lines’ are available for your reading pleasure as part of the GR Reads program this summer, such as “Dear You, The body you are wearing used to be mine” from The Rook, or “A vicious pimp was precariously holding on to my right foot as he dangled me from the top of a twenty-story apartment building in Amsterdam and seventy-eighth street” from A Woman Like Me.
Come to any GRPL location and grab one of the tantalizing books we’ve chosen as part of the fun GR Reads program. Make sure to grab a booklet which will guide you to fun activities all summer long.