My Favourite First Lines

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“An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.” – Stephen King

Eliza from The Bookish Universe wrote a blog post on her favourite first lines. Since I read this article on why Stephen King spends months and years writing first lines in books, I’ve become interested with first lines. It’s a great way to draw the reader in, capture their attention and give them a reason to read on. It’s a significant part of writing a book. Before that, I never realised how important first lines were. I would read a book regardless of whether the first line was good or not.

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To many, I was myth incarnate, the embodiment of a most superb legend, a fairy tale. Some considered me a monster, a mutation. To my great misfortune, I was once mistaken for an angel. To my mother, I was everything. To my father, nothing at all. To my grandmother, I was a daily reminder of loves long lost. But I knew the truth—deep down, I always did. I was just a girl. – The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Lesyle Walton 

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” – The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. – A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness

Every morning I wake up and tell myself this: It’s just one day, one twenty-four-hour period to get yourself through.Where She Went, Gayle Forman

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense. – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling

When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. It was true, too. She had a little thin face and a little thin body, thin light hair and a sour expression. Her hair was yellow, and her face was yellow because she had been born in India and had always been ill in one way or another. – The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

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These are just some of my favourites. I have yet to discover more great opening first lines. What are some of your favourite first lines?

(Source: I found these arrow illustrations on Pinterest)

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The Creative Blogger Award

I was nominated by Summer @Xing Sings for the Creative Blogger Award (thanks for the nomination!)

Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog

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The Reader Problems Tag

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I was tagged by Summer @Xingsings to do the Readers Problems Tag (thanks for the tag!) This will be the start of me actually completing my tags, as I am so behind (lol).


  1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I don’t have 20,000 books in my TBR. I have 14, because I don’t like my list being piled up. Sometimes I read books that aren’t in my TBR. It depends what I am in a mood for. This might be considered as cheating but I have deleted some books in my TBR because either I’ve lost interest or it’s been sitting my pile for a long time and I don’t feel like I would read it anytime soon.

  1. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

I usually don’t like to quit on books and usually I am committed, but I have given up in the past because life is too short to read books that you aren’t enjoying.

  1. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

I can either accept that I won’t be able to complete my challenge because reading can take up a lot of time and there is no point in forcing yourself to catch up or I can read a lot of very short stories.

  1. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

I cope just fine. I buy e-books or borrow from the library now, so it doesn’t bother me. I haven’t actually come across a book where covers do not match. The book series that I love do match, as I don’t read many series. My only favourites are Harry Potter, Mortal Instruments, the Infernal Devices and the Unwind Dystology 🙂 Continue reading “The Reader Problems Tag”

The Liebester Award

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Thank you to Summer @Xing Sings and Erika @Erika The Bibilophile for the nomination 🙂

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.
  • Give your readers 11 randoms fact about yourself
  • Answer 11 questions from the blog who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers to receive this award.
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The Ultimate Book Tag

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I was tagged by Summer xingsings in her post for the Ultimate Book Tag 🙂

Here are the questions:

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

I don’t read in the car, but I sometimes read whilst on the train.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Hmm. Good question. I feel like I haven’t read enough books to specify which author’s writing has really stood out. I feel obliged to mention some of the best writers in history: William Shakesphere, Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte and Jane Austen, but to be honest, I don’t read of their books much. For now I’ll just say Lauren Oliver and Laini Taylor. They both have beautiful style of writing but it just took a long time to get to the point in the story, so it is a shame that I didn’t enjoy Delirium and Daughter of Smoke & Bone. Continue reading “The Ultimate Book Tag”