Saturday, May 7, 2016

First impressions...

These first lines made me want to keep reading; see if any of them make you want to read more, too:

First line: On my sixteenth birthday, I went to the Moon.
Title: Apollo's Outcasts by Allen Steele
(Entertaining YA science-fiction novel set on the moon; it reminded me
of my favorite Heinlein novels.)

First lines: June 4th, 1911--Today Miss Chandler gave me this beautiful book. I vow that I will never forget her kindness to me, and I will use this book as she told me to--I will write in it with truth and refinement.
Title: The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
(14-year-old Joan Scraggs escapes her family's hardscrabble Pennsylvania farm in order to find a better future for herself in this delightful YA historical fiction novel.)

First line: Wherever he went that night people insisted on confiding in him.
Title: The Locusts Have No King by Dawn Powell
(This is my favorite Dawn Powell novel.)

First lines: As my train pulled into London, I looked out at the early summer rain and was glad to see the dreary day had followed me from Hampshire. It suited my mood. 
Title: An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd
(Another excellent Bess Crawford mystery set in England in 1917.)

First line: It wasn't a lot of luggage for six years; for the longest journey anyone has ever taken.
Title: Marsbound by Joe Haldeman
(Science-fiction adventure set on Mars.)

Happy Reading!


  1. Love these! I love the fiery first sentence in a book. Especially if it immediately gets your attention.

    1. Those are the books I end up checking out of the library. :)

  2. These are all wonderful! Which one will you read first?

    1. I've actually already read them all. I think The Hired Girl was my favorite followed closely by Apollo's Outcasts and An Impartial Witness.

  3. A good opening sentence is so crucial. I need to read the Bess Crawford mysteries one of these days!

    1. I've read the first two in the series and really liked both. She's a fun character.