RS (rainbowstevie) wrote,

Top 10 (Recently Read) Opening Lines

Note: this is a queued post and will be linked to the main one when I get a chance.

Opening lines are one THOUSAND percent not something I normally pay attention to or remember, so I was a little stumped by this week's topic at That Artsy Reader Girl of "Opening Lines," despite its open-ended nature. But then I decided I could exploit my weakness as a strength to make a more interesting game for myself by posting the first sentence of the last 10 books I read.

BUT, I decided that 2 months ago and I have accidentally been keeping track of opening lines ever since, so this list is going to be tailored a bit because I have a fair few more than 10 to choose from now. I also decided to keep it strictly to a single opening sentence, no matter how short, with the possible exception of number 2, just to see how punchy they can be.

  1. My husband had been dead for three years before I started trying to contact him. -- The Lost Husband by Katherine Center

  2. "Can you hear me now?" I creep a little further out along the tree branch. -- Nature Girl by Jane Kelley

  3. The day I decided to change my life, I was wearing sweatpants and an old oxford of Peter's with a coffee stain down the front. -- Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center

  4. I open the window shade in my third-story attic bedroom anticipating my usual -- somewhat obstructed -- ocean view and instead get an eyeful of Connor Malloy, sans shirt, on the roof of his parents' bungalow. -- The Summer After You + Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

  5. Escapology was like magic -- The Retribution by Val McDermid

  6. On the tiny screen of my phone, I watch Jayden Montoya grill grubs over a campfire. -- For Real by Alison Cherry

  7. There were some things Millie Sullivan would rather forget. -- A Sparkle of Silver by Liz Johnson

  8. He woke every morning with a prickle of excitement. -- Cross and Burn by Val McDermid

  9. The phases of the moon have an inexplicable but incontrovertible effect on the mentally ill. -- Beneath the Bleeding by Val McDermid

  10. Just because you hear voices, it doesn't mean you're mad. -- The Torment of Others by Val McDermid

  11. It is the smallest details that come to her: the damp grass underfoot threaded with buttercups, the air humming with insects, the snap of her nightdress catching in the breeze. -- The Shadow Year by Hannah Richell (I am sneaking in an extra because I can't choose!)

VIRTUAL STRAW POLL: Which opening line grabs your attention best? Mine is probably[Spoiler (click to open)]number 10, which still echoes through my head sometimes like a chant. But I'm not mad!
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