First Sentences October 2020

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

Four years.

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?

6 thoughts on “First Sentences October 2020

  1. Lori, how are you doing? How is your daughter? I seem to have missed many posts. The Stress of pandemic seems to have made me quite listless and inactive in a lot of things. Apologies

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    1. No need to apologize. The various stresses of 2020 have us all down. I was absent from my blog and social media for two months and have only recently begun posting again. Pepper and I are doing great. We’re settled in to our new house, Pepper has lost her first teeth, she’s finally out of pull ups, and she’s taking a class to explore new instruments. She seems to be a natural at both drums and piano, so I’ll have to wait and see what she sticks with before finding space in our home to house a large instrument. Currently she is leaning towards drums and I’m not sure how I’ll read read through that much noise haha

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  2. The first sentence of City if Ghosts doesn’t draw me in but I do want to read that book and I actually own it. I have already read Illuminae but if I hadn’t that sentence would definitely be enough to make me want to read it.

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