Today whilst visiting a real-live book store, (I LOVE Amazon, but the smell of books is intoxicating therefore I must indulge, at least weekly) I came across a book in the children's section and upon seeing the Revolutionary-looking cover immediately plucked it from the shelf and was quickly lead to the book's companion in the series, prompting me to open to page one:
"The best time to talk to ghosts is just before the sun comes up."
OK, let's be honest, I was not expecting THAT--that, my friends, is a GREAT opening line!!! (In my humble opinion.)
From thence, I was hooked-- I needed to keep reading Laurie Halse Anderson's CHAINS, and afterward FORGE. Here's the funny thing, though. I ended up buying the book I actually went to the store to buy--THE MOUSE AND THE MOTORCYCLE, BUT I seriously can't stop thinking about that book and so inevitably I will buy it and read it. That's a powerful first line!
It got me to thinking... what are some of the opening lines/sentances of books that you love? Since we focus mainly on HCR's around here, tell me what HCR had you from the first sentance!
Here are my three: (See if you can guess which ones they are...)
"After two years, they'd finally cut him loose."
"This Street Is Impassable, Not Even Jackassable."
"His name was Judas."
Any ideas?!?!?! It was REALLY hard to cut it down to only three, I could go on and on. In fact...
here are a few more just for fun:
"This is madness."
"Half-hidden beneath the bare-limbed canopy of a dogwood tree, the grave digger kept a reverent distance..."
"A nightmare seized him from sleep, turned around his throat, and filled his mouth so full he could not cry out."
I am sure you are curious for the answers if you don't know these books, so I'll post the answers in a few days.
PLEASE tell your favorite first lines!!!! I would love to know!!
Also, I wanted to thank you for your insights and comments on my Kindle post. You ladies are wonderful!
I look forward to your comments!!