Suggested by: Nithin
Here’s another idea about memorable first lines from books.
What are your favourite first sentences from books? Is there a book that you liked specially because of its first sentence? Or a book, perhaps that you didn’t like but still remember simply because of the first line?
Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!
Great question! I started recording the first lines of books I read this year just out of interest. One of my all times favourite first lines is the very famous -
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Out of the books I've read this year my favourites are:
The day she would try and kill herself, she would realise winter was coming again.
After You'd Gone - Maggie O'farrrel
"Though not, in hindsight, so startling as the misdeeds she would perpetrate when she returned to boarding school as a sophomore, what happened to Frankie Landau-Banks the summer after her freshman year was a shock.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landu-Banks - E.Lockhart
My Mother is a wrench"
Scrambled Eggs at Midnight - Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler
They're all intriguing and instantly make questions form in your head, which is the point of a good first line.