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?