What is it that draws you to a book? Is it the cover? The author? Both of these play a massive part in whether I pick up a book or not, but sometimes I also take a sneak peak at the first line. First lines play a massive part in people’s perceptions of the book, you can get an idea of the authors writing style as well as an the tone of the book. Some of my favourite first lines are the ones that grip you, the ones that make you think WTF, where is this book going. The below first lines are from some of my all time favourite books, and the first lines definitely played a part in me picking some of these up. Do you sneak a peak at the first line before reading? Or is there something else that helps you decided whether or not to pick up a book? Let me know in the comments.
Top Ten Tuesday is run by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl and you should definitely go give her blog some love.
People often shit themselves when they die – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Kell wore a very peculiar coat – ADSOM by Victoria Schwab
I felt her fear before I heard her screams – Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
I’m pretty much fucked – The Martian by Andy Weir
Our Dragon doesnt eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our village – Uprooted by Naomi Novik.
Take your clothes off – The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
He was an easy mark – City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Night fell as death rode into the Great Library of Summershall – Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Tavia Syn made a living on magic and it was rarely the legal kind – Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo
It was raining the day Suki came to the Palace of the Sun, and it was raining the night that she died – Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa