First Lines Fridays (61) – December 16, 2022

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Today’s First Lines:

There would be times, particularly at first, when Regan would attempt to identify the moment things had set themselves on a path to inevitable collision. Moments had become intensely important to Regan, more so than they had ever been. Considering it was Aldo who had altered the shapes and paths of her thinking, it was probably his fault that she now considered everything in terms of time.

Do you know which book this is from? Scroll down to find out!

Title: Alone With You in the Ether

Author: Olivie Blake

Publication Date: November 29, 2022

Goodreads Synopsis


Two people meet in the Art Institute by chance. Prior to their encounter, he is a doctoral student who manages his destructive thoughts with compulsive calculations about time travel; she is a bipolar counterfeit artist, undergoing court-ordered psychotherapy. By the end of the story, these things will still be true. But this is not a story about endings.

For Regan, people are predictable and tedious, including and perhaps especially herself. She copes with the dreariness of existence by living impulsively, imagining a new, alternate timeline being created in the wake of every rash decision.

To Aldo, the world feels disturbingly chaotic. He gets through his days by erecting a wall of routine: a backbeat of rules and formulas that keep him going. Without them, the entire framework of his existence would collapse.

For Regan and Aldo, life has been a matter of resigning themselves to the blueprints of inevitability—until the two meet. Could six conversations with a stranger be the variable that shakes up the entire simulation?

From Olivie Blake, the New York Times bestselling author of The Atlas Six, comes an intimate and contemporary study of time, space, and the nature of love. Alone with You in the Ether explores what it means to be unwell, and how to face the fractures of yourself and still love as if you’re not broken.

3 thoughts on “First Lines Fridays (61) – December 16, 2022

  1. Bahaha I knew this one only because I was looking at it in Target this morning, lol!! I was trying to decide whether to buy the regular edition at 30% off or splurge on one of the special editions by Fairyloot or Illumicrate, which are more or less the same price as the book at full price, plus shipping. What do you think about it so far??

    • I thought about getting the Illumicrate edition, but I’m not a huge fan of any of the covers. So, I just went ahead and got the regular one. I haven’t started it yet, but I’m hoping to get to it later this month or next month…

  2. I’ve been debating whether to get it or not cos I haven’t read anything Olivie Blake yet but this does sound really good and I want to keep reading after these first lines, lol. I can’t wait to see what you think of it 🙂 Happy reading!

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