Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite First Sentences

Hi, readers! In the last few years I’ve been really enjoying watching BookTube videos. In case you’re not familiar with it, in the BookTube community Top 5 Wednesdays are videos some BookTubers make on Wednesdays to get some book talk going. Today’s topic is “favorite first sentences” so I just couldn’t let this one pass me by without contributing here on my blog.

I hope you enjoy these great first sentences I’ve selected from the books I have sitting on my shelves.

1. “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.”


– Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hursten

2. “I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.”


 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

3. “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”


Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

4. “We started dying before the snow, and like the snow, we continued to fall.”


Tracks by Louise Erdrich

5. “Does such a thing as ‘the fatal flaw,’ that showing dark crack running down the middle of a life exist outside literature?”


The Secret History by Donna Tartt



  • Do you have any favorites that you’d like to share?
  • Any suggestions of books with great first sentences that I should add to my to-be-read list?



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