Following Kaye’s lead, I am doing a first-lines post.
Only, to make my list unique (I have seen a number of these floating around in the last few months), I am choosing books I have read that I haven’t seen in a list of first-lines.
Most of mine are from children’s books, as I feel these are woefully under-represented in lists of merit.
Tawny shivered, not understanding this and not liking it because he did not understand.
Desert Dog by Jim Kjelgaard (a last name I still can’t pronounce)
The city was silently bloating in the hot sun, rotting like the thousands of bodies that lay where they had fallen in street battles.
A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers
When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child anyone had ever seen. It was true, too.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
However perilous and astonishing the exploits of the Mouse Prisoners’ Aid Society, each separate adventure always started off at a formal General Meeting. (Corporate rules and regulations, order and decorum, provide a solid foundation for individual heroism.)
Miss Bianca by Margery Sharp
There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.
Holes by Louis Sachar
Linderwall was a large kingdom, just east of the Mountains of Morning, where philosophers were respected and the number five was fashionable.
Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
“She won’t be angry with me,” said Alicia. “Why should she, Kate? Every word I wrote her was true. This is the most horrible place in the world. You know it is.”
The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope
Long ago a river divided two kingdoms– one great and one small.
The Bridge by Jeri Massi
It was Old Bess, the Wise Woman of the village, who first suspected the baby at her daughter’s house was a changeling.
The Moorchild by Eloise McGraw