Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as Should Be Reading‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:
And so it seems appropriate that since this is the first post for Musing About Things, my first topic is: Opening sentences in books.
The first sentence(s) in book, while doesn’t make or break a book for me, is still definitely a highlight. There’s just that feeling of euphoria when you start that brand new book and you read that first sentence and just know, that was a perfect beginning.
I think it can really create a tone or mood for the book, and if not for the book, definitely for me. As of late, I’ve been noticing a lot of books with wonderful first lines, so here are a few of my favourites (that I can remember/have on hand right now).
The greased-slicked hair was a dead giveaway – no pun intended.*
Risking my life to steal an orange was a stupid thing to do, but today of all days, I didn’t care about the consequences. If I were lucky, the Shields would throw me to the ground and put a bullet in my brain.
I was raised to marry a monster.
I stare at the drain in the center of the concrete floor. It was the first thing I saw when they locked me in this cell, and I’ve barely looked away since.
The body you are wearing used to be mine.
– The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
Intrigued yet? Who wants to read all those books now!? Because I kinda want to re-read them haha. I just love a beginning that can already have me hooked with just the first couple sentences.
So the question is: How important is that opening line to you? Would you guys ever read a book, just based on the first few sentence, or be more likely to pick it up because of the opening sentences? What are some of your guys favourite opening lines?
Personally, I feel like I shouldn’t judge a book by it’s opening sentences, like don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but at the same time, like a pretty cover of a book, a good first liner will definitely have me wanting, and probably more likely to pick it up.
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