Booking Through Thursday

A weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading.

Beginnings July 24, 2008

Filed under: Wordpress — --Deb @ 1:55 am

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Suggested by: Nithin

Here’s another idea about memorable first lines from books.

What are your favourite first sentences from books? Is there a book that you liked specially because of its first sentence? Or a book, perhaps that you didn’t like but still remember simply because of the first line?


Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

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98 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. [...] was going to do a Booking through Thursday post today. I don’t think anyone will hate or love a book just because of the first [...]

  2. Lynda Says:

    I haven’t joined in for a while, but it’s nice to be back!
    Mine are up here:
    http://lyndasbookblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/booking-throughthursday-240708.html

  3. jill Says:

    First sentences? I got nothing. :) But all is not yet lost in my post.

    http://breakingthespine.blogspot.com/2008/07/booking-through-thursday-beginnings.html

  4. Ted Says:

    I am pretty consistent when I’m asked this question.
    http://bookeywookey.blogspot.com/2008/07/beginnings.html

  5. thekoolaidmom Says:

    I’m sure other’s will be better with this one than me, but I gave it a try In the Shadow of Mt. TBR.

  6. JLS Hall Says:

    Great topic – I could really get carried away. But for now, here we go:

    http://jlshall.blogspot.com/2008/07/booking-through-thursday-beginnings.html

  7. Matthew Says:

    Here is mine. Happy BTT everyone! :)

  8. Shannon Says:

    I cannot think of any book that I have liked or not liked just from the first sentence of that book. I guess there has not been any memorable first lines for me. I need to read deeper into a book for the book to take meaning.

    http://shaycv.blogspot.com/2008/07/booking-through-thursday-hosted-by-deb.html

  9. [...] on July 24, 2008 Well my friends it’s also been a long time since I’ve done a Booking Through Thursday but I’m back and I’m really excited about this Thursday’s topic.  This week we [...]

  10. thatsthebook Says:

    Well, I’m back after a long absence. It’s good to be back. Great question. Here’s my link

    http://thatsthebook.wordpress.com/2008/07/24/booking-through-thursday-15-beginnings/

  11. raidergirl3 Says:

    I found some quizzes instead, to see how many first lines you know: have fun!
    http://raidergirl3-anadventureinreading.blogspot.com/2008/07/meme-booking-through-thursday.html

  12. readerville Says:

    Great topic! Mine’s up in Readerville

    Happy Thursday, everyone.

  13. huwey Says:

    The first great opening that springs to my mind is Dylan Thomas’s short story, “The Outing: A Story”. It opens with this paragraph:-

    “If you can call it a story. There’s no real beginning or end and there’s very little in the middle. It is all about a day’s outing, by charabanc, to Porthcawl, which, of course, the charabanc never reached, and it happened when I was so high and much nicer.”

    I think that might be what you call genius.

  14. nicole Says:

    Mine’s up as well, looks like trackback didn’t work. I liked this question, I love first lines!

  15. Suey Says:

    Fun question. Here’s my answer.

  16. Beginnings Says:

    [...] so here's this week's Booking Through Thursday theme: What are your favorite first sentences from books? Is there a book that you liked specially [...]

  17. Anita Cocktail Says:

    “JP and I are on the front porch at Frank Martin’s drying-out facility.” – The 1st line of Raymond Carver’s “Where I’m Calling From” The line is succinct, simple, and sets the stage and tone for this story absolutely perfectly.

  18. MOG Says:

    This is a good one. I’ve chosen two lines, but could have made it more, http://zetor-mogsblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/booking-through-thursday_24.html

  19. Bart Says:

    Must be a thursday…

    Mine’s up here.

  20. Carolyn Says:

    I have seen this before on other people’s blogs and just decided to take the plunge myself today. So here is my first Booking Through Thursday response!

    http://ladybug1016.blogspot.com/2008/07/booking-through-thursday.html

  21. carol Says:

    My post is up and I look forward to reading yours. You can reach me at http://charliandme.blogspot.com/

  22. Chel Says:

    I honestly don’t pay much attention to the first line of a book. I think I’m more interested in the very last line. I can’t remember either by heart so that just goes to show how much of an impact they have on me.

  23. Meghan Says:

    Fairly short this week, but I ruminated on a couple of my favorites here.

  24. I’ve been spammed (again)!

  25. Debbe Says:

    What are your favourite first sentences from books? Is there a book that you liked specially because of its first sentence? Or a book, perhaps that you didn’t like but still remember simply because of the first line?

    I have a secret… I can’t think of any!! Normally, I would rush to my bookshelf and pull out a couple of great books, and make like I knew these great beginning lines all along, but (second secret) I’m at work (no worries about getting caught, I’m the boss), and there is no bookshelf full of books waiting for me here.
    Just off the top of my head, it would have to be the classic “It was a dark and stormy night…”

    Hey…what can I say? This is all new to me…forgive me.
    I’ll catch on… I’m usually a fast learner.

  26. Marie Says:

    I’ve been having trouble leaving a comment here since last night. Let’s try this again…

    Here’s my post:
    http://smariek.blogspot.com/2008/07/booking-through-thursday.html

  27. smariek Says:

    I’ve been having trouble leaving a comment here since last night. Let’s try this again.

    Here’s my post:
    http://smariek.blogspot.com/2008/07/booking-through-thursday.html

  28. A little late getting here but mine’s finally up!
    Hope to get by to see some of your answers tomorrow and over the weekend. I liked the question. It’ll certainly be interesting to see what you all came up with :)

    http://www.sugarfused.net/?p=4655

  29. Veggiemomof2 Says:

    I’m finally up!

  30. [...] Through Thursday: In the beginning… Jump to Comments This week’s Booking Through Thursday was suggested by Nithin and was as [...]

  31. Nithin Says:

    I’m very late, but here’s my post:

    BTT: Memorable First Lines

    Thanks for using the question, Deb. :)

  32. Bev Says:

    It’s Friday but I completely spaced doing this yesterday.

    Cheers

  33. Shana Says:

    A little late posting the link, but here is my very first BTT post:

    http://blog.literarily.com/2008/07/24/booking-through-thursday–beginnings.aspx

    Cheers,
    Shana

  34. Ann Says:

    Another first-timer here. Just finished a book I wasn’t meaning to read right away because the first line caught my eye. Find out which one in my BTT post.

  35. Cathy Says:

    Better late than never! Here’s mine:

    http://cathyskye.blogspot.com/2008/07/booking-through-thursday.html

    It’s been a trip down Reading Memory Lane going through all the responses.

  36. princesshoney Says:

    Yay! Mine’s up. Click here.

  37. MizB Says:

    I didn’t really have an answer for this week’s post, so I used an old BBT post (that I just found via a friend) for my answer this week (on “Trends”):
    http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/2008/07/26/btt-trends/

    Hope that’s okay!

  38. Colette Says:

    Mine is up: http://www.xanga.com/private/homemain.aspx

    I can’t believe it took me so long to find this site!

  39. [...] of people (Readerville and Nithin) leave me suggestions in response to last week’s post on Beginnings, but this one was already on its way! I mean, it was the obvious next question…. What are [...]

  40. [...] I read the previous BTT question all I would think was ,’Nah…who remembers the first line?’ But apparently many [...]

  41. [...] 24, 2008 · 2 Comments This week’s Booking Through Thursday was suggested by Nithin and was as [...]


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