First Sentences May

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.

A Patch of Blue by Elizabeth Kata

If I hear a person say, ‘Man! That’s a blue sky–for sure,’ I know exactly how the sky looks.

That Summer by Sarah Dessen

It’s funny how one summer can change everything. 

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

It’s a weirdly subtle conversation. 

Confessions of a Mediocre Widow by Tidd Catherine

I spent my eleventh wedding anniversary planning my husband’s funeral.

Midnight Sun by Trish Cook

I have this recurring dream: I’m a little girl, sitting with my mom, and she’s singing to me. 

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

In the land of Ingary, where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of three. 

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

We called him the Professor. 

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar

When Red wins, she stands alone. 

The Guilds of Thanatikos by Ben Sanders

Sitting in the back of a wagon sucks, more so when there’s a nailhead sticking into your back. 

Cassidy the Costume Fairy by Daisy Meadows

Kirsty and Rachel walked along the stone hallway with a group of kids.

The Narwhal Problem by Debbie Dadey

“What’s splashing?” Kiki Coral asked her merfriends.

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

The kitchen cat was dead, and Morrigan was to blame.

The Deepest Breath by Meg Grehan

I know a lot of things

About a lot of things

But the thing I know the most about

Is me


Of these 14 opening lines, how many intrigue you enough to want to pick them up?

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