The start of a book is a wondrous thing. Cracking open the cover and breathing in that glorious book smell, not yet sure of what awaits you beyond the preface, epigraph, or dedication. But this Top 3 Thursday is to celebrate those books that captivate or humour us from even that very first impression.
1. ‘Never again will a single story be told as if it is the only one’ – John Berger
from The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
What a freakin’ amazing way to start a book! I mean, come on Roy could you be any more perfect.
2. For Grandma, who showed me there can be light in the darkness.
from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
What a beautiful thing to have learned ♥
3. For the Families
Empathy: because the commonality among human beings is emotion, and the only way we can bridge our vast discrepancies in experience is through what we feel. Let us be humbled in the knowledge that one may never fully understand the interior lives of others – but let us continue to care.
from Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T Lee
This. Epigraph. Is. Life. I’m going to just repeat that last bit “one may never fully understand the interior lives of others – but let us continue to care“. How perfect.
So, what about you? Do you take notice of epigraphs and dedications? If so, do you have any favourites? 🙂