I collect first sentences of novels. All the other words in the book depend on them to be seen, an important job for sure. I like to note if they made me laugh, cry, cringe or curious and see if the whole story held that emotion.
Here is a running list of first sentences I’ve posted on this site under the First Sentence category, their sources and if I decided to read the book. I’d love to know your thoughts on them and favorites of your own, too.
- “I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.” Source: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (2011). Read it. Loved it.
- “When I think of my wife, I always think of her head.” Source: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (2014). Read it. Loved it lots.