First Line Friday: August 24, 2018

Happy Friday!

For those of you who have been reading for a while I tend to post a fun tag or meme on Friday’s to get us into the weekend spirit.

The Book Beginnings on Friday book meme was created by  Rose City Reader, where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

Interested to see what my current read had in store for me? Keep on reading to find out.

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17412780Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History – without the Fairy-Tale Endings by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Publisher: Quirk Books (January 1, 2013)

Print Length: 303 pages

You think you know her story. You’ve read the Brothers Grimm, you’ve watched the Disney cartoons, you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after. But the lives of real princesses couldn’t be more different. Sure, many were graceful and benevolent leaders—but just as many were ruthless in their quest for power, and all of them had skeletons rattling in their royal closets. Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe was a Nazi spy. Empress Elizabeth of the Austro-Hungarian empire slept wearing a mask of raw veal. Princess Olga of Kiev murdered thousands of men, and Princess Rani Lakshmibai waged war on the battlefield, charging into combat with her toddler son strapped to her back. Princesses Behaving Badly offers minibiographies of all these princesses and dozens more. It’s a fascinating read for history buffs, feminists, and anyone seeking a different kind of bedtime story. 

First Sentence

“‘Every girl pretends she is a princess at one point’ Lindy, from Alex Finn’s Beastly. Every little girl? Not quite.”

Review

A kind of abrasive first sentence, don’t you think? McRobbie goes on to anecdote about how she preferred horses, especially the winged unicorn kind, and I went on to try to remember a time where I wanted to be a princess. I picked this book up as a before bedtime book as it is a series of short chapters about various ‘princesses’ through out history.

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And that is my contribution to the Book Beginnings on Friday conversation. What is the first sentence of the book you’re reading right now? Leave it as a comment below and let’s chat about it.

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