Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @That Artsy reader Girl. She provides us with prompts to write a bookish list. Personally, I don’t participate every week, just when I like a certain prompt or can twist it in some fun way.
This week we got “Love Freebie“. I don’t really read enough romance or love stories to make a list based around that. Instead, I decided to go with the LOVEly first lines topic. I’ve been doing this thing, Book Beginning Battles, in which we choose between the first lines of two books. I started that because something about a book’s first lines always intrigues me. When I finish a book I always go back to read the beginning. Sometimes it’s major foreshadowing, sometimes it feels like a lifetime away from where we ended up. Here are some great ones.
In the category of… whimsy
“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
“I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.”
In the category of… strange and mysterious
“When I think of my wife, I always think of her head.”
“My Mother is a Bird.”
“Twenty-seven days away from freedom, and I am caged.”
“It’s a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost don’t notice I’m being blackmailed”
“Pinch myself and say I AM AWAKE once an hour. Look at my hands. Count my fingers. Look at a clock (or watch), look away, look back. Stay calm and focused. Think of a door.”
“My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me: 1. I’m in a coma. 2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore. 3. Sometimes I Lie.”
In the category of … killing & death
“Death-Cast is calling with the warning of a lifetime—I’m going to die today.”
“Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.”
“You ask me to tell you the truth, but I’m not sure you’ll believe me, even though I’ve practically killed myself to find you.”
“On the Saturday morning of January 9, 1993, while Jean-Claude Romand was killing his wife and children, I was with mine in a parent-teacher meeting at the school attended by Gabriel, our eldest son.”
“The baby is dead. It took only a few seconds.”
Those were all the lovely first lines I wanted to share with you. Now I’d like to know…
Are there any first lines that stood out to you or that you still remember? What does a book have to do to capture your attention right from the start?
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a lovely day.