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14 of My Favorite First Lines in Books

by  | January 1

First lines in books can be tricky. It’s the author’s first chance to draw you into the world that they have created. The introduction can either be long and descriptive, setting the tone of how the story will unravel, or it can be a concise yet effective way to entice the reader to keep reading. A good opening line can stick with you long after you’ve finished the book. Here are some of my favorite first lines in books to kick off the New Year!

Lying in Wait

Lying in Wait

by Liz Nugent

“My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it”

 

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Are You Sleeping

Are You Sleeping

by Kathleen Barber

“Nothing good happens after midnight.”

Read the book before it hits the screen!

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It Ends with Us

It Ends with Us

by Colleen Hoover

“As I sit here with one foot on either side of the ledge, looking down from twelve stories above the streets of Boston, I can’t help but think about suicide.”

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Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

"It was a pleasure to burn."

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The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10

by Ruth Ware

“In my dreams, the girl was drifting, far, far below the crashing waves and the cries of the gulls in the cold, sunless depths of the North Sea.“

 

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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.”

via GIPHY

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Then She Was Gone

Then She Was Gone

by Lisa Jewell

"Those months, the months before she disappeared, were the best months. Really. Just the best. Every moment presented itself to her like a gift and said Here I am, another perfect moment, just look at me, can you believe how lovely I am?"

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Queen of Air and Darkness

Queen of Air and Darkness

by Cassandra Clare

“There was blood on the Council dais, blood on the steps, blood on the walls and the floor and the shattered remnants of the Mortal Sword.”

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Cujo

Cujo

by Stephen King

"Once upon a time, not so long ago, a monster came to the small town of Castle Rock, Maine."

via GIPHY

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VOX

VOX

by Christina Dalcher

"If anyone told me I could bring down the president, and the Pure Movement, and that incompetent little shit Morgan LeBron in a week’s time, I wouldn’t believe them."

 

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

by J.K. Rowling

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

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Legacy

Legacy

by Cayla Kluver

"The first boy disappeared on the day of his birth, on a night when the pale yellow moon that ruled the sky turned red and bathed the heavens in the ghastly color of blood, the same night the Empire of Cokyri abruptly ceased its merciless attack."

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Roomies

Roomies

by Christina Lauren

"According to family legend, I was born on the floor of a taxi."

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The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

by William Goldman

“This is my favorite book in the all the world, though I have never read it.”

 

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Saimah works on the Corporate Digital Marketing team at Simon & Schuster. She is a die-hard Harry Potter fan and loves dystopian fiction! She also enjoys reading celeb memoirs, modern romances and murder mysteries. When she's not reading, she is binge-watching her favorite shows, finding the best roof deck bars in the city and watching sporting events (while defending her Cleveland sports teams!).