First Sentences July

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.

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

I didn’t choose the wench life. 

Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret by Wanda Coven

Heidi Heckelbeck woke up in the Kingdom of Gloom.

Heidi Heckelbeck and the Cookie Contest by Wanda Coven


Heidi Heckelbeck Casts a Spell by Wanda Coven


Travelling Light by Vickie Johnstone

She sits and dreams of making rain

The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate

Look, nobody’s ever accused me of being a good dog.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

First of all, let me get something straight: This is a JOURNAL, not a diary.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden loved math.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

The taxi’s radio was tuned to a classical FM broadcast.

Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

As Esther breathed in the sweet, musty smell of the horse blankets in the back of the Librarians’ wagon, she chewed on the I-told-you-so feeling that had overwhelmed her ever since her father had told her the news about Beatriz.

My Best Friends’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

The exorcist is dead.

No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

Last summer, climate scientist Johan Rockstrom and some other people wrote that we have at most three years to reverse growth in greenhouse-gas emissions if we’re going to reach the goals set in the Paris Agreement.

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

What an ugly, crappy day.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

The eleventh apartment had only one closet, but it did have a sliding glass door that opened onto a small balcony, from which he could see a man sitting across the way, outdoors in only a t-shirt and shorts even though it was October, smoking.

I Know this Much is True by Wally Lamb

On the afternoon of October 12, 1990, my twin brother Thomas entered the Three Rivers, Connecticut Public Library, retreated to one of the rear study carrels, and prayed to God the sacrifice he was about to commit would be deemed acceptable.

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

He comes over on Thursday every week.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

In the calm before the storm-in this case, the blessed quiet before the bridal suite is overrun by the wedding party-my twin sister stares critically down at a freshly painted shell-pink fingernail and says, “I bet you’re relieved I’m not a bridezilla.”

My Wife Said You May Want To Marry Me by Jason Rosenthal

I’m a Chicago guy, born and raised.

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Nana turned to inspect the hotel room.

New Kid by Jerry Craft

This is how I feel every single day of my life, like I’m falling without a parachute.

Quest for the Enchanted Book by Colleen S Myers

I don’t know why dad made me do chores.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

I know too much of mud.

Heidi Heckelbeck in Disguise by Wanda Coven


Heidi Heckelbeck Gets Glasses by Wanda Coven

Heidi sat at her desk and fiddled with her kitty cat-shaped eraser.

Coffee and Crime by Kelly Hashway

I’m pretty sure I’ve had coffee running through my veins since the day I was born, despite my mother asserting she didn’t drink coffee whie she was pregnant with me.

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

Today is my sixth birthday and I’m hiding in my room.

Our Doris by Charles Heathcote

Our Doris has developed an unhealthy obsession with slugs.

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

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