I’ve seen a lot of people share the first lines to books they had just read/were reading/wanted to read and I thought I should finally join in on the fun! I think it’s so interesting to reflect on just that first sentence and whether it pulls you in or not. For today, I want to focus on books that I already have at home and plan to read in the near future aka stories that are already on my TBR!
IF WE WERE VILLAINS by M.L. Rio
I sit with my wrists cuffed to the table and I think, But that I am forbid / To tell the secrets of my prison-house, / I could a tale unfold whose lightest word / Would harrow up my soul.
That is what I call an intriguing start! Throw in some poetry, people already being cuffed and my interest is definitely being held. I try not to know too much about books before going in, because I like discovering those twists myself, but I do know that a lot of my friends loved this story, so, I’m excited to get to it. There’s definite promise here.
REBECCA by Daphne Du Maurier
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.
Okay, Rebecca is my effort of reading at least one classic novel every other year or so. If I hadn’t already seen the movies and enjoyed the Netflix adaptation, I doubt that one sentence would have caught my attention.
THE NATURE OF WITCHES by Rachel Griffin
Everything is burning, so many flames it looks as if we set the sky on fire.
From what I’m understanding this is a novel about witches and climate change, so the first line seems very much on par with it. There was technically a quote preceding it, but I didn’t know if that counted, so I went with this phrase instead. It’s not the most revealing line yet.
THE ATLAS SIX by Olivie Blake
Perhaps it was a tired thing, all the references the world had already made to the Ptolemaic Royal Library of Alexandria.
This is gonna be so packed with references and history. I just know it and that can always go one of two ways, with me 1.) loving the heck out of it or 2.) being completely overwhelmed with factual information that I then tend to ceremoniously skip through.
LEGENDBORN by Tracy Deonn
The police officer’s body goes blurry, then sharpens again.
Knowing that Legendborn is Fantasy and this is the first line – I am listening! 100%!
THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow
When I was seven, I found a door.
Going by the title, I’m gonna assume we are not in fact talking about a regular door here?
THE FEVER KING by Victoria Lee
As I write this, they’re packing up the fighter jets.
Start a book with a letter and you have my attention. I don’t know if this will be a recurring thing throughout the book or just this once at the beginning, but I adore the incorporation of letters.
QUEEN OF THE CONQUERED by Kacen Callender
My mother kissed my forehead with a smile when I cried, upset that the party would carry on as I was sent away to sleep, and while I lay awake in my bed of lace, huddled beneath my covers and shivering in the cool trade-winds breeze, I heard when the tinkling piano stopped and when the laughter turned to screams.
And here I thought I was the queen of run on sentences! Despite this being very long in comparison to all the other examples, I think it definitely peaks my interest. I just want to know what happens next and isn’t that the absolute best outcome you can have with a first sentence?