Okay, so I just really like posts about the first sentences in books (plus it’s a great way to get more people to join me in my obsessions) so here are a few of my favorites in no particular order! BUT remember this list is by no means complete. It’s just five out of MANY MANY great first sentences, but five’s enough for now. Plus, I wouldn’t want to go on forever, so yeah. Here they are!
On the morning of its first birthday, a baby was found floating in a cello case in the middle of the English Channel.
-Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
As they ascended, retreating farther from the winding trails that marked the way to nearby villages, the world opened to him in its purest form: silent, ancient, mysterious.
-Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
The Narrows remind me of August nights in the South.
They remind me of old rocks and places where the light can’t reach.
They remind me of smoke—the stale, settled kind—and of storms and damp earth.
Most of all, Da, they remind me of you.
-The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Kell wore a very peculiar coat.
It had neither one side, which would be conventional, nor two, which would be unexpected, but several, which was, of course, impossible.
-A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Once upon a time, a hundred years ago, there was a dark and stormy girl.
The girl was Russian, and although her hair and eyes and fingernails were dark all the time, she was stormy only when she thought it absolutely necessary. Which was fairly often.
Her name was Feodora.
-The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell
AREN’T THEY GREAT? NOW GO READ EVERY ONE OF THOSE BOOKS. IMMEDIATELY. I ORDER YOU TO.
unrelatedly i just realized that there are only three different authors on that list. ignore that.
Since there are a lot more great first sentences from books that I haven’t quite finished yet, I’ll probably have another post like this up soon! Or not-so-soon. It depends on when I get through them all.