Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Opening Lines

Last night was one of those nights where I was desperate to read something, but couldn’t figure out what. I ended up over by the keeper shelf. Still, I don’t know what it was – I couldn’t even settle on a favorite. I did, however, read a lot of absolutely fantastic opening lines.

“Looking back, I guess my first mistake was to assume that a rookie reporter could pursue both a hot story and a hot sex life.”
Bubbles Ablaze by Sarah Strohmeyer

“The day I died started out bad and got worse in a hurry.”

Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson

“The blackened shell of the house still stands on the edge of the moor.”
Greygallows by Barbara Michaels

“My philosophy is pretty simple – any day nobody’s trying to kill me is a good day.”
Dark Fever by Karen Marie Moning

“Two blocks from the restaurant, Zoe Tarleton knew she was screwed.”
Gone with the Nerd by Vicki Lewis Thompson

“Captain Crosbie came out of the bank with the pleased air of one who has cashed a cheque and has discovered that there is just a little more in his account than he though there was.”
They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie

“Falling out of Heaven is the easy part. It’s landing that’s difficult.”
Angel with Attitude by Michelle Rowen

“Sometimes, it seems like all I ever do is lie.”
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

There were even more, but darned if I’m going to type them all. It was fun to get drawn into my favorite books all over again. So what about you? Do you have any favorite opening lines? Post yours and you’re entered to win a brand spanking new copy of any of the books above. Winner’s choice.


petite said...

Excellent post today which is interesting. An opening line I enjoyed was I definitely should have lied from Hotel No Tell. Many thanks.

catslady said...

Love opening lines! The birds saw the murder - The Wayt the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald.

catslady said...

sorry The Way the Crow Flies - typo

Jane said...

My favorite is from Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451," "It was a pleasure to burn."

Refhater said...

One of my favorite opening linesis from Mary Janice Davidson's Drop Dead Gorgeous.

"Jenny Branch watched as her boss was gently restrained from committing homicide."

traveler said...

Opening lines are memorable. I think some small part of me knew I was living an unsustainable life. From Left Neglected by Lisa Genova.

Unknown said...

Great post, I love opening lines.

"A half of a million dollars". Jane Porter In Dante's Debt.

Kristi said...

It wasn't a very likely place for disappearances, at least at first glance. By Diana Gabaldon.

My favorite book.

Kristi Marie