First Line Friday // January 1, 2021 Featuring My Most Read Author of 2020

Happy New Year, Readers! If you celebrated or are celebrating today, I hope you have a wonderful and safe time! I’m starting the year out with a double linkup post: today I am linking up with Hoarding Books for First Line Friday and with Elza Kinde for the #NewYearsReads2021 linkup. This challenge has different photo prompts and questions to answer each day. I don’t think I will answer all of them, but I plan to work in a few.

Today’s question is “Who was your most-read author of 2020?” My answer, without a doubt, is Shannon Messenger. I listened to all nine of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series audiobooks throughout 2020, and I’m eagerly awaiting the bittersweet final volume. I’m sharing the first line of the first book in the series. Eagle-eyes readers will notice that I previously featured this book in a FLF linkup when I first read it back in May of 2020; I hope you’ll indulge me for this repeat, as it really is a fun book series and worthy of additional conversation!

First Line Friday is a weekly linkup hosted at Hoarding Books. To participate, share the first line of a book of your choice, add the link to the linkup on the host’s page, and check out what others are reading and sharing!    

The First Line:

Blurry, fractured memories swam through Sophie’s mind, but she couldn’t piece them together.

-preface to Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

About the Book

12842828Title: Keeper of the Lost Cities (Keeper of the Lost Cities #1)

Author: Shannon Messenger

Genre: Middle Grade / Young Adult Fantasy


Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her family, either. The reason? Sophie’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No one knows her secret – at least, that’s what she thinks….

But the day Sophie meets Fitz, a mysterious (and adorable) boy, she learns she’s not alone. He’s a Telepath too, and it turns out the reason she has never felt at home is that, well…she isn’t. Fitz opens Sophie’s eyes to a shocking truth, and she is forced to leave behind her family for a new life in a place that is vastly different from what she has ever known.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Which authors did you read the most in 2020? Is there one author or series that stands out from the year?

Check out the linkups (First Line Friday, #NewYearsReads2021) for more bookish posts!

Until the next chapter,


7 thoughts on “First Line Friday // January 1, 2021 Featuring My Most Read Author of 2020

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  1. Happy New Year!!! 🎉🎉🎉
    Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from The Thief of Blackfriars Lane by Michelle Griep: It’s a great story! Currently, I’m reading The Twelve Holidates by Emma St. Clair, so I’ll share from there:
    “I have to wonder if the blogger who suggested waiting inside a giant stocking for your significant other actually tried it first.”
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend full of fun reading time! 🙂❤📚

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  2. My first line comes from Tidewater Bride by Laura Frantz
    James Towne, Virginia Colony. Spring 1634
    Alas, she was not a tobacco bride but she had been given charge of them.

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  3. Happy New Year!
    The first line I shared this week is from The Dress Shop on King Street by Ashley Clark. I’m currently reading it too so I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (33) here: “The air was thick with humidity and the smells of birth as Millie came in and out of consciousness.” This book is amazing so far and is not very easy to put down at all. I have a pretty good feeling it’ll get finished tonight. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and happy reading!

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