3d Typewriter with blank paper Top ViewI 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.


  1. “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.
  2. “When I think of my wife, I always think of her head.” Source: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (2014). Read it. Loved it lots.