I’m back with more first lines of books! As I have said many times, I don’t think the first line is the most important. I don’t think most people are going to stop reading if the first line isn’t amazing. But I still think it can be fun and interesting to look at them. And I think an interesting one presented without context in a post like this might grab someone’s attention enough to try a book. So I tried to find lines that have at least a little bit of intrigue. Just enough to make the reader wonder what’s going on or want to know more.
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If I See You Again Tomorrow by Robbie Couch
I’m about to tell my therapist something that I’ve never told anyone before.
The Wicked Bargain by Gabe Cole Novoa
Papá says the water speaks to those willing to listen.
Road Seven by Keith Rosson
It was a help wanted ad from a monster hunter.
The Immortal Navigator: The Siren’s Call by M.D. Young
It was as if Sunshine itself shied away from it.
Of the Wild by E. Wambheim
Quiet now, his earlier wailing no more than an echo, the infant cradled in Aeris’s arms gazed up, unblinking, at the myriad of faces peering down at him.
The Seventh Mansion by Maryse Meijer
You are on the road or parts of you are on the road you are in two pieces.
(Just for the record, I did not make a typo. The writing style in this book is just unique.)
Sorrow’s Forest by Kaitlin Corvus
Life is full of hard truths and soft lies.
Catch and Release by Isabel Murray
“The fuck is it?” Jerry said.
Sword Dance by A.J. Demas
The last leg of the journey down to the villa would indeed have been easier on a mule.
Merry & Sprite by Dani Lakely
Everything is going according to plan until the electric organ kicks in.
I’ve read all these books, so I know what all of these are referring to already and might be a bit biased. But… Road Seven has an opening line that’s intriguing in a really fun way. Who doesn’t want to know more about a help wanted ad from a monster hunter? The Immortal Navigator opening line is intriguing in a completely different, more ominous way. The Seventh Mansion one is interesting just for how unusual the writing is. The Sorrow’s Forest opener has a great little use of words with hard and soft and sets a certain tone. Catch and Release and Merry & Sprite have opening lines that feel more light and silly. The Wicked Bargain makes you wonder about magic in the world and if listening to the water is meant literally. And the rest may have smaller mysteries (What’s he going to tell his therapist? What’s going on with this baby? Why would a mule have been better?), but they still give a little something to wonder about nonetheless. I also think all of the lines in this post fit their books, which is ultimately the most important thing!
I love a good punchy first line. I love the first and third ones, and Sorrow’s Forest is just a good one ha
Yeah those are intriguing ones.
Those are fun opening lines. Seeing what someone tells their therapist is always interesting in a book too.
Yeah it definitely can be!
Those are great ones.
I’m the same. The first line isn’t make or break for me but finding a good one can hook you faster.
Karen @For What It’s Worth
Yep, a good first line is just nice!
I love a good first line. I’m so curious about Road Seven now!
These are very intriguing, I think Catch and Release is my favourite lol
It’s an attention catching one lol.