10 Books With Amazing First Sentences 2019 Edition
Welcome to a brand-new 10 Books with Amazing First Sentences this time for the glorious year 2019 which is almost ending.
I didn’t do this post last year (no clue why looks at past her) but I wanted to do it this year. I knew I had some great first sentences and so I looked forward to checking them all out again, all 51 of them. Yes 51, tomorrow is the last Monday so that one wasn’t counted in the mix.
At times I was wondering past me’s decisions. This isn’t a fun first sentence? Why did you add this one? How tired/worn out were you when you posted this one? 😛 But I found myself also nodding and agreeing with quite a few of the first sentences that I posted in this year. And I selected 10 of my favourites.
I hope you enjoy these first sentences just as much as I do. And maybe you will be reading the books due to them.
Brit had been fired from the Yum Yum Shoppe, which came as a shock to approximately no one.
Later, when Belinda thought about that horrible night, she could think of a hundred “if only’s” that might have made things turn out differently.
For as long as she could remember, Emmeline Widget had been sure her parents were trying to kill her.
There’s something haunting about a body touched by magic.
Pandora (“Pandy” for short) was a purebred Siamese and could only be described – although this phrase wasn’t in common use twenty years ago – a hot mess.
I’m holding my breath, hovering between wavering sunlight and deep, dark blue, arms twirling while my feet kick up and down, slow as tides.
The night my sister disappeared is wild, with a waxing moon sinking dull and red into the leafless claws of the trees.
I plotted murder in the Vancouver airport while waiting at gate D78 for my flight to London.
According to Google, a grave was supposed to be six feet deep, but Winnie Mehta didn’t want to put that much effort in digging.
I find my mother in the shadows – like the shell of a hollow moon, on the verge of crumbling to dust.
4 thoughts on “10 Books With Amazing First Sentences 2019 Edition”
This is such a cool idea for a post!
I don’t put much thought into the power of opening lines once I close the book, but it really can tell you a lot about what is to come.
True, once you are done you forget about those opening sentences and instead focus on those ending sentences, some books have amazing ones (though sadly mostly spoilery so you can’t share them). But those opening sentences will indeed tell you what is to come and hook you in (which I absolutely love).
I love when a book hooks you right from the beginning 🙂 I haven’t read any of these yet but they sound intriguing.
Me too! I think all writers should try to have an amazing opening sentence, it really makes people want to read (as evidenced that you find the books intriguing just by the first sentence). 🙂