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 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.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Nineteen years before she decided to die, Nora Seed sat in the warmth of the small library at Hazeldene School in the town of Bedford.
What Lies Between Us by John Marrs
You can’t see me from my place up here in the crow’s nest.
Is this Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld
Old School by Jeff Kinney
Grown-ups are always talking about the “good old days” and how things were so much better when THEY were kids.
The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
As we sat in the stark basement waiting room in one of the National Institutes of Health buildings, I thought Patti was more anxious than I was.
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Your ad in the Saturday Review of Literature says that you specialize in out-of-print books.
Of these 6 opening lines, how many intrigue you enough to want to pick up the books?