The first words you read can often set the tone for the entire story. I thought it would be fun to keep track of the first lines of the books I read each month and share them with you. Below are the first lines for all the books I read in March.
"Beyond the eastern border of Greenwood Ranch, orange poured across the sky, edging the clouds lie flames."
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
"In these dungeons the darkness was complete."
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
"Mama says no matter how poor folks are, whether you're a have, a have-not, or break your mama's back on the cracks in between, the world gives away the best stuff on the cheap."
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
"The basement hallways in King's College of Medical Research were dark, even in the daytime."
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (Audiobook)
"My name, in those days, was Susan Trinda."
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
"XTC was no good for drowning out the morons at the back of the bus."
That Time I Joined The Circus by J. J. Howard
"My life has a soundtrack - it plays in my head all the time."
A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty
"Madeline Tully turned fourteen yesterday, but today she did not turn anything."
I think my favorite this month was from If You Find Me. This first line did such an excellent job of illuminating the narrator's voice (which was my favorite feature of the book). My least favorite was from Fingersmith, although, thus far, this is not proving to be indicative of the book as a whole as I am loving every moment spent listening to it.