Favourite First Lines

Hi guys, how are you? I am pretty happy that we are a fair way into the cooler months now. I am definitely more of a autumn/winter person. Anyway today I thought I’d talk about some of my favourite first lines. I think first lines can really draw you into a book, so I’ve come up with a few that I think are great and set up the book really well. Let’s get started.

 

“It is said, in Imardin, that the wind has a soul, and that it wails through the narrow streets because it is grieved by what it finds there.”
The Magician’s Guild / Trudi Canavan

 

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
Pride and Prejudice / Jane Austen

 

“It was night again. The Waystone Inn lay in silence, and it was a silence of three parts.”
The Name of the Wind / Patrick Rothfuss

 

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
The Hobbit / J R. R. Tolkien

 

I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time
The Shadow of the Wind / Carlos Ruiz Zafon

 

It actually took me a while to come up with these as I’ve probably forgotten the first line by the time I’ve finished the book :). I think first lines are a great way to pull the reader in though. Do you guys have any favourites? I’d also be interested in know if you’re autumn/winter people or summer/spring people… I also just want to quickly apologise for not responding to comments for a while – I’m not in the best mental space right now so please bear with me. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

2 thoughts on “Favourite First Lines

  1. I love a good opening sentence, and you’ve chosen some crackers here. Another of my favourites is from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: ‘There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.’ In fact, that might make into my quote of the week series soon!

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  2. I love the start of ‘The Name of the Wind’ – it actually makes me want to reread asap 😀

    But my favourite opening sentence is from ‘Fool’s Errand’ by Robin Hobb:

    ‘He came one late, wet spring, and brought the wide world back to my doorstep’

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