First Sentences December 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.

When I Woke up Dead by N Prima

When I woke up I knew I was dead.

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Call me harlot.

Tree of Treasures by Bonnie Mackay

The carrot is my oldest and dearest ornament.

A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

You are about to read the true story of Father Christmas.

The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig

Do you know how magic works?

Summer Knight by Jim Butcher

It rained toads the day the White Council came to town.

Father Christmas and Me by Matt Haig

You might think you know about Father Christmas.

The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett

The morning one of the lost twins returned to Mallard, Lou LeBon ran to the diner to break the news, and even now, many years later, everyone remembers the shock of sweaty Lou pushing through the glass doors, chest heaving, neckline darkened with his own effort.

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

The Internet was ablaze this week when pop star Trish Kelly took to Twitter to complain that multiple designers refused to dress her for the Grammys–because she is size 8!

The Night of the Coronavirus Christmas by Luke Carter

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house, Not a creature was here, not even a mouse;

Claire’s Christmas Catastrophe by Kerrie L Flanagan

Something was different when I woke up.

Bear Season by Kaleidoscope MM

It was times like these when I truly wondered why I’d taken a teaching job cross country and away from everyone I loved.

The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

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

Happy Narwhalidays by Ben Clanton

Jingle shells, jingle shells, jingle all the way!

The Princess in Black and the Giant Problem by Shannon Hale

Snow lay all over Princess Magnolia’s kingdom.

The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher

This is William Trundle.

The Naughty List by Ellie Mae MacGregor

Kate was curled up on the couch, glass of wine in hand, staring absently at the glittering Christmas tree.

The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch by Tom Letcher

“Merry first day of the Christmas holidays, William!”

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Rain fell that night, a fine, whispering rain.

Of these 19 opening lines, how many intrigue you enough to want to pick up the books?

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