First Sentence – February

I really like to look at the first sentences of books. It is wonderful when one sentence is enough to make you want to read the whole book. Here I share the first words of all of the books I started this month to see if the first line alone is enough to make you want to read them. I will be using the first sentence from the first chapter and not from an introduction or prologue.

Strange Planet by Nathan W Pyle

Our new being weighs 9 hand-rocks.

You Don’t Know Everything Jilly P! by Alex Gino

The house smells of homemade tomato sauce when I get home from school, a sure sign that Dad is cooking dinner. 

Good Talk by Mira Jacob

The trouble began when my 6-year-old son, Z, became obsessed with Michael Jackson.

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

Once upon a time, blacksmiths were as important as magicians.

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

The end of our final winter break seems almost like the beginning of a victory lap.

An Adventure That’s For Sure by Donna Wood

I was born on March 1, 1950.

How To Boil Water edited by Jennifer Darling

You don’t need a lot of stuff to properly outfit a kitchen. 

Falling Ill by CK Williams

From your workshop the usual commotion

Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Dear Ijeawele, What joy.

Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames

Tam’s mother used to say she had a Wyld Heart.

Pink Mist by Owen Sheers

Three boys went to Catterick

Coming Back From Broken by Stacie Baker

Five months after marrying the man of my dreams, I had so many things I was looking forward to: Our first Christmas as a married couple, starting a family one day, growing old together. 

The New kid at School by KH McMullan


Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

It was obvious to anyone with a discerning eye that the school had started out as the country home of a family with more money than sense. 

The Martian by Andy Weir

I’m pretty much fucked.

The Last Execution by Jesper Wung-Sung

It is the night before the boy is to be executed on Gallows Hill.

Britt-Marie was Here by Fredtik Backman


Treasures in the Snow by Patricia St. John

It was Christmas Eve, and three people were climbing the steep white mountainside. 

An Heir to Murder by Charles Heathcote

Alice wished she’d never laid eyes on Mrs Sylvia Cameron.

Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe

Do you have everything?

Burned by Ellen Hopkins

Did you ever when you were little, endure your parents’ warnings, then wait for them to leave the room, pry loose protective covers and consider inserting some metal object into an electrical outlet?

Smoke by Ellen Hopkins

Some things you can’t take back, no matter how much you wish you could.

The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin

You are she.

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

You’re not crazy.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

There was a boy in her room.

Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

There are reasons I hate to drive fast.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I spent much of my childhood listening to the sound of striving. 


I have to say the first sentence of The Martian is an all time favorite of mine.

Of these 27 opening lines, how many intrigue you enough to want to pick them up?

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