Wednesday 14 October 2015


In my opinion the first sentence of a book can really affect the rest of the reading experience. It sets the tone and mood of the book and can affect your decision whether to continue reading - there's a lot of pressure on that first sentence. This blogpost is celebrating some of my favourites, those sentences that really hook you in and make you want to keep reading.

I've picked all of these for different reasons; nostalgia, intrigue, humour, loveliness, creepiness, and one of these is actually the first couple of sentences as I just couldn't resist the hilarity of it. I'm not going to explain these or give you any more plot information as I think that the sentences speak for themselves and will hopefully intrigue you enough to pick up the book. So let's get into it...

"Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much." - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling.

"It's a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost don't notice I'm being blackmailed." - Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

"The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don't got nothing much to say about anything.
'Need a poo, Todd'" - The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.

"In the golden half-light of a midsummer's evening, the sort where any kind of magic can occur, and often does, in the midst of a party held in a wild and rambling garden, stood Pierre, teetering on highly unsuitable heels, surrounded by a symphony of overripe roses." - The Man with the Dancing Eyes by Sophie Dahl

"No one could say it was my choice to kill the twins, any more than it was my decision to bring them into the world." - The Dumb House by John Burnside.

"When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere." - The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

Have you read any of these books? If not, do these sentences intrigue you?


  1. Ha! The Knife of Never Letting Go is in my TBR pile, and that first line has just pushed it right to the front of the queue!
    I also share your love of first lines though... I'm planning on doing SOMETHING to celebrate them, I'm just not sure what yet!
    Beth x

    1. You need to read it ASAP! Patrick Ness is an excellent writer :)

  2. I really need to read The Day of the Triffids soon! I've had a copy for a while and it sounds so good. Love this post and the lovely pictures.


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