Sometimes a book can grab you right from the beginning. Usually it takes more than a sentence. Sometimes it can take a paragraph. But sometimes you can be completely enthralled before the first full stop. Sometimes the first sentence is so mind-blowingly amazing that you won’t put that book down for hours. The rest of the book might be just as captivating (and isn’t it magical), or maybe it all goes downhill from there (the ultimate form of deceit).
So this post is a shrine to some wonderful first lines that I’ve read recently, either just picking them up off my shelf or as I sit down for an hour-long read.
The lines drag me into a magical world.
There is a certain kind of girl the goblins crave.
– Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor
The first time Reginald Archer saw the thing, it was, in its simplicity, absolute.
– Story by Gahan Wilson, part of Unnatural Creatures edited by Neil Gaiman
They include me in the conversation.
It’s so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself.
– It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
So I’m on my way to work and I stop to watch a pigeon fight a rat in the snow, and some fuckhead tries to mug me!
– Beat The Reaper by Josh Bazell
They surprise me.
It was a slow day, so I was reading a book at my desk and seeing into the future.
– Fated by Benedict Jacka
On my 14th birthday I had to bury a dog.
– My Zombie Dog by Charmaine Clancy
Or sometimes confuse me.
The first word spoken by the Indian man Ajatashatru Oghash Rathod upon his arrival in France was, oddly enough, a Swedish word.
– The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puértolas
They might remind me of one I’ve read before.
There used to be more of us.
– The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
I like to imagine there were more of us in the beginning.
– The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
They might even be drenched in tragedy.
Here is the boy, drowning.
– More Than This by Patrick Ness
But they’re the first lines that dragged me down the rabbithole before I even had a chance to kick and scream.
What first lines have captured you lately? Do you have a favourite first line? Leave me link to your own musings!
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Musing Mondays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading, in which we muse about books and reading. Anyone can join in!