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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

  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. 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. I am pretty consistent when I’m asked this question.

    http://bookeywookey.blogspot.com/2008/07/beginnings.html

  4. thekoolaidmom

    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.

  5. 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

  6. Here is mine. Happy BTT everyone! :)

  7. 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

  8. [...] 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 [...]

  9. 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/

  10. Great topic! Mine’s up in Readerville

    Happy Thursday, everyone.

  11. 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.

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

  13. Fun question. Here’s my answer.

  14. [...] 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 [...]

  15. Anita Cocktail

    “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.

  16. 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

  17. Must be a thursday…

    Mine’s up here.

  18. 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

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

  20. 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.

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

  22. I’ve been spammed (again)!

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

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

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

    BTT: Memorable First Lines

    Thanks for using the question, Deb. :)

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

    Cheers

  30. 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

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. princesshoney

    Yay! Mine’s up. Click here.

  34. 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!

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

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

  36. [...] 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 [...]

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

  38. [...] 24, 2008 · 2 Comments This week’s Booking Through Thursday was suggested by Nithin and was as [...]

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