Tuesday Talk- First Lines Part 1

Tuesday Talks

Every Tuesday I will try to engage you in a question/topic/idea. You are welcome to write in with a suggestion you want to share or maybe talk about next Tuesday. My response is not right for everyone but I am hoping together we can generate some great conversation. And as always, I would love to hear from you on this topic or any topic out there!  

As reviewers and as writers, we read a lot of books that capture out attention, create emotional chaos within, and ultimately make us wish for more. Some of the best books out there are able to capture our attention with just one line.

My question is: What is your favorite first line and why?

Not an easy question… but one that should be asked. A lot of research states that it is exactly this first line that catches the readers attention. It helps convince them to continue reading or possibly put the book down. If you really think about it, it is extremely interesting how much power the first line of a book has. Now not everyone bases their opinions of a book on the first line. But it does come into play.

Please, if you would, take the time to answer this question with though. Please include:

  1. First line quote
  2. Book the line was from
  3. And most important, why this line caught your attention. Why you love it.

Again, Later this week I will be writing up Part 2 to this question. I don’t know about you but I am curious to see if there are any similarities between the lines that we all love.

Here is one of mine:

“I stiffened at the red and blue lights flashing behind me, because there was no way I could explain what was in the back of my truck.” – Halfway to the grave (Night Huntress #1) by Jeaniene Frost

This opening line had me hooked from the very beginning. This element of mystery is impossible for me to ignore. I had to keep reading to find out what was in the back of her truck and why was she so nervous that the cops pulled her over. Even if I wanted to, I wouldn’t have been able to put the book down until I figured out what was going on.

5 thoughts on “Tuesday Talk- First Lines Part 1

  1. “It was a beautiful day. It was a beautiful field. Except for the body.” It’s from I hunt killers by Barry Lyga and technically this is before the first chapter.

    I had heard a lot about this book and it looked interesting, so I remember opening the book and reading that line and I immediately decided that I needed to buy that book. I still haven’t read it but the mystery aspect of it is so strong. I just need to know more.

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  2. As I was reading that line, that was my first thought too- I need to read this book! A mysterious line like that is going to almost always grab my attention.

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  3. “Before she became the Girl from Nowhere-the One Who walked In, the First and Last and Only, who lived a thousand years-she was just a little girl in Iowa, named Amy. The Passage (Passage trilogy book 1) by Justin Cronin. The book sounded interesting but I wasn’t sure about it at the time as it was yet another hefty tome of a book but that first line made the book go from a maybe read to a definite must read book.

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  4. Wow, I agree. The complexity of this line makes me really think. But also wonder who this person is. Why or what about this line push the book from a maybe to a definite read?

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