First Sentences January 2021

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

I’m left-handed.

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?

3 thoughts on “First Sentences January 2021

  1. Assuming I knew only those lines and nothing else of the book, I’d be intrigued by two.

    84 Charing Cross Road and Old School. The former because I want to know about this book. The latter because I typically approach the idea of the good old days with disdain and would like to know if the character shares that feeling.

    Can I share my favourite first sentence? It’s a clichéd but clichéd for a reason. The Crow Road, Iain Banks:

    “It was the day my grandmother exploded.”

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