Okay, so I had been thinking of asking this for a while now, but this week really made me curious…
I was blog-hopping (as I sometimes do) and checking out various Thursday Thirteens when I stumbled across Kelly McCrady’s list regarding first lines. Then later that same night I was at a chat and the authors were telling about thier books and sharing the first lines of the books.
I admit to being fascinated by first lines…why? I don’t know. But first lines intrigue me…some are funny, some are intense, some are beautiful, some are scary, etc.
I have seen discussions about the importance of a first line and contests for the best/worst first line. To be honest, other than being curious about them, first lines are not all that important to me as a reader…I am more interested in the whole story rather than the part when I am reading a book.
So does a first line make or break a story for me? NO
Will I stop reading if I don’t like the first line? NO
But I do admit that a good first line can make me want to know even more about a story.
However, sometimes I (and other readers) need more than the first line to capture my interest and an author will try to hook us by using a paragraph or two at the beginning of the story…
But today I am curious about first lines…
So my question of the week is:
What is the first line of the book you are currently reading?
Remember to tell us the book and author as well to give credit to the author!
Here are the first lines from the books I am currently reading (see sidebar):
“Brandon sensed the Grandfather coming before he ever appeared in the doorway; like the way the electrical charge from an encroaching storm would shiver through his form, Brandon felt the hairs along the nape of his neck raise, and he knew.” – Sara Reinke’s Dark Thirst
“Desiree Gill didn’t recall how she’d gotten there, seated in a dark corner, across a small round table from one of the most famous men in the world.” -Susan Sizemore’s “Tempting Fate” in Moon Fever
“Sean Sutherland pulled his hood up to cover his head.” -Marly Mathew’s Twilight’s Kiss