this week’s top ten tuesday was a freebie!! i’m a bit shamelessly obsessed with the first words of books, so i decided to share some of those with you. while some people judge a book by its summary, reviews, or book cover (note: i also judge a book by its cover), i like to decide based on the first line(s). you read it, and you just know it’s going to be freaking fantastic; you know you’re going to love this book. in fact, some of these books i haven’t even read yet! but i know they’re going to be awesome; the first sentence told me so.
the battle of labyrinth, by rick riordan
“The last thing that I wanted to do on my summer break was blow up another school.”
rick riordan is the king of epic first sentences. this one was my favorite by his, but they’re all fantastic! he really catches my attention each and every time. check them out, if you have the chance.
something real, by heather demetrios
“It took me four years, seven shrinks, three different hair colors, one zen meditation retreat, and over six hundred mochas to get to this moment.”
simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda, by becky albertalli
“It’s a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost don’t notice I’m being blackmailed.”
(i shamelessly feature SIMON VS on almost all my top ten tuesday posts, but hey, it’s because i LOVE THIS BOOK. i read the first sentences and knew i would love this book.)
the fault in our stars, by john green
“Late in my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time thinking about death.”
a mad, wicked folly, by sharon biggs waller*
“I never set out to post nude.”
FACT: i actually went out and bought the book after i read the first sentence. TELL ME MORE. not that i like reading about people who are nude – the opposite actually – but i’m curious to know why she did it!
this is what happy looks like, by jennifer e. smith
“(in email format) Hey, we’re running pretty behind here. Any chance you could walk Wilbur for me tonight?
(response) I think you have the wrong e-mail address.”
unique writing formats (like emails) and a conversation? SIGN ME UP.
rebel belle, by rachel hawkins*
“Looking back, none of this would have happened if I’d brought lip gloss the night of the Homecoming Dance.”
the raven boys, by maggie stiefvater
“Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.”
maybe someday, by colleen hoover
“I just punched a girl in the face. Not just any girl. My best friend. My roommate.”
well isn’t that fantastic. i wonder WHY you punched your best friend in the face. *continues to read and does not put the book down until finished* colleen hoover continues to have attention grabbing and unique writing throughout the entire novel, which is SO GREAT. smart choice it is to judge a book by it’s first sentence…
me and earl and the dying girl, by jesse andrews*
“A NOTE FROM GREG GAINES, AUTHOR OF THIS BOOK:
I have no idea how to write this stupid book.”
greg, i think you’re doing a fantastic job so far. keep doing your thing of not-knowing-how-to-write-this-stupid-book.