It is wonderful when one sentence is enough to make you want to read a whole book. Here I share the first words of all of the books I finished last 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.
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
People think that ghosts only come out at night, or on Halloween, when the world is dark and the walls are thin.
Yesternight by Cat Winters
I disembarked a train at the little log depot at Gordon Bay, Oregon, and a sudden force-a charging bull-immediately slammed me to the ground.
Night of the Living Dummy by RL Stine
Friends is Friends by Greg Cook
Hey, watch where you’re going with that thing!
The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin
You are she.
First Gold by Jerry Gerold
Garrett Unger couldn’t see the horse beneath him, but he could feel its heat, its heartbeat, its hooves as it trotted down the gravelly shoulder of the country road.
Scooby-Doo and the Toy Store Terror by James Gelsey
“Let’s go, fellas,” Velma called into the back of the van.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
So here’s the file that almost killed me, Director.
Suggested Reading by Dave Connis
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Dr Strauss says I shoud rite down what I think and remembir and evrey thing that happins to me from now on.
Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney
Mom’s always saying that friends will come and go but family is forever.
If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
Jeremiah was black.
The Boy Who Knew Too Much by Cathy Byrd
Anything can happen in baseball.
The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my years of being a kid, it’s that you have ZERO control over your own life.
How to be Safe by Tom McAllister
After, the sun turned gray and descended into the lake like a spider dropping from the ceiling.
How to Be Fine by Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer
Friends, I feel it would be totally disingenuous if I didn’t come right out and admit it: I love being nice.
Of these 16 opening lines, how many intrigue you enough to want to pick up the books?