Book beginnings battle

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Gilion @Rose City Reader. The idea is to share the beginning of a book each week.

The way a book begins is so important. Will it hook you straight away? Does it have significant meaning that will be revealed later? I have this weird thing for a book’s first lines. I pay very close attention to it and sometimes I even grab one of my favorites off the shelf and have a peek at the first line, just to be reminded of where the book started out.

So why not do a fun little weekly post showing off some of the first lines of recent reads? And why not make a game out of it?


The Battle


I’m going to share with you two book beginnings and reveal which books they are. Then I’d like you to answer these two questions:

  1. Which of these grabs your attention more based solely on the first line?
  2. After knowing what the books are about, which one would you be more interested in reading?

Lovely first lines 1Find these books on Goodreads:
My Lovely Wife & The Luminous Dead

My Verdict


Personally, I think the first lines of The Luminous Dead are more interesting, it raises a lot of questions and you can’t really beat “She’d never gone this deep”. Excuse me?! So The Luminous Dead definitely won the book beginnings battle.

However, judging from the synopsis, My Lovely Wife sounds more like my kind of book.


Those were today’s book beginnings. Now I would like to hear from you…

What do you think of these first lines?
Which book won the battle for you?

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!


27 thoughts on “Book Beginnings Battle #1 || Which of These First Lines Do You Prefer?

  1. This is an amazing idea! I love games! 😀

    Now… let’s see… Just by reading the two sentences without looking in what book they belong to, neither of them got my attention. BUT! when I saw that the 1st one was for the book I’m planning to read, it instantly seemed more appealing. *Witchcraft* D:

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you like it! 😁 That’s funny. I’m sure that has happened to me too. It’s like we’re biased towards liking it more just because we already have the expectation that we’ll like the book as a whole. I hope you’ll enjoy it when you get to it, I thought it was definitely a very fun thriller 🙂

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  2. Ha ha, these are definitely two very different books! I’d personally be much more drawn to the 2nd, which sounds like such a WTF set-up… but then again, I’m a sci-fi fan, so it’s quite appealing to me. I hope you enjoy them both!

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  3. I love this idea! I went for the 2nd one, The Luminous Dead. I wasn’t as taken with the opening of My Lovely Wife. But both books ultimately sound good. I have My Lovely Wife on my TBR pile already. I’ll have to look for The Luminous Dead now . . . I hope you have a great weekend!

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  4. I love the book beginning battle idea! Thanks for tying it in to Book Beginnings on Fridays!
    I think I prefer the beginning of Book 1, only because I’m more the barfly type myself, not the crevice climber.

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  5. Oh my gosh, I LOVE the game aspect you took with this! What fun. My choice was The Luminous Dead, which is funny, because I just saw that book on someone else’s post yesterday and thought the summary sounded interesting. Maybe it’s a sign that I should pick it up? 😉
    Here’s my Friday post.

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