These are the books and stories I read in March, along with their first lines. If I am uncertain about a book I often read the first line or two. I thought it would be interesting having read the books to see if these lines would have hooked me. Do any hook you?
The Owl Service - Alan Garner
"How's the bellyache then?"
Eclispe - Stephanie Meyer
All our attempts at subterfuge had been in vain.
Visions of sugar Plums - Janet Evanovich
My name is Stephanie Plum and I have a strange man in my kitchen.
A is for Alibi - Sue Grafton
My name is Kinsey Millhone.
After You'd Gone - Maggie O'farrrel
The day she would try and kill herself, she would realise winter was coming again.
Petite Anglaise - Catherine Sanderson
I snap awake after three, maybe four hours of alcohol saturated sleep.
Face of a Stranger - Anne Perry
He opened his eyes and saw nothing but a pale greyness above him, uniform, like a winter sky, threatening and heavy.
Odd and the Frost Giants - Neil Gaiman
There was a boy called Odd, and there was nothing strange or unusual about that, not in that time or place.
Pilgrims - Julia Orringer
It was thanksgiving day and hot, because this was New Orleans; they were driving uptown to have dinner with strangers.
When she is old and I am famous - Julia Orringer
There are grape leaves, like a crown, on her head.
The Isabel Fish - Julia Orringer
I am the canker of my brother Sage's life.
Note to Sixth Grade-Self - Julia Orringer
On Wednesdays wear a skirt.
Hateship, Freindship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage - Alice Munro
Years ago, before the trains stopped running on so many of the branch lines, a women with a high freckled forehead and a frizz of reddish hair came into the railway station and enquired about shipping furniture.
Floating Bridge - Alice Munro
One time she had left him.
Family Furnishings - Alice Munro
Most of these books have good first lines because they pose a question to the reader that will hopefully be interesting enough to keep them reading. My favourites are from After You'd gone because it is so shocking, the first character introduced to is going to kill herself? Why? How? Who is she?
The other is from the Isabel Fish because of the word canker it's unusual and it leaps out at me for that reason. Far more interesting then bane or blight.
And finally from Odd and the Frost Giants. I love it because it tells you so much about the story in so short a time.