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#FiveFavesFriday: Book First Sentences

Hello! This coming Sunday is Easter Sunday, so I thought why not write a #FiveFavesFriday instead of my usual blog? I haven’t done one of these in a while, so this should be fun 😋

I’m a bit of a sucker for the first few sentences of a book. There’s just something about that first contact with the story that is absolutely magic to me ✨💖 Here are 5 of my most favorite book first sentences!

1. Splintered by A.G. Howard

I’ve been collecting bugs since I was ten; it’s the only way I can stop their whispers. Sticking a pin through the gut of an insect shuts it up pretty quick.

2. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

The moon blew up without warning and for no apparent reason.

3. Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarder

My raggedy copy 🙂

Sophie Amundsen was on her way home from school. She had walked the first part of the way with Joanna. They had been discussing robots. Joanna thought the human brain was like an advanced computer. Sophie was not certain she agreed. Surely a person was more than a piece of hardware?

4. Hammered by Kevin Hearne

According to popular imagination, squirrels are supposed to be adorable. As they scurry about on this tree branch or that trunk, people point at them and say, “Aww, how cuuuuute!” with their voices turning sugary and spiraling up into falsetto ecstasy. But I’m here to tell you that they’re cute only so long as they’re small enough to step on. Once you’re facing a giant bloody squirrel the size of a cement truck, they lose the majority of their charm.

5. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith


  1. For over 250 years, between 1607 and 1865, vampires thrived in the shadows of America. Few humans believed in them.
  2. Abraham Lincoln was one of the gifted vampire hunters of his day, and kept a secret journal about his lifelong war against them.
  3. Rumors of the journal’s existence have long been a favorite topic among historians and Lincoln biographers. Most dismiss it as myth.

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There you have it! These are the first sentences that captured my imagination on some of my favorite books.

Thanks for reading, but also… let me know yours! I love first sentences and book openings, and I enjoy getting to know more about you 😊

What is the first sentence(s) of your favorite books? Lmk in the comments!

Have a wonderful weekend/Easter Sunday,


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10 thoughts on “#FiveFavesFriday: Book First Sentences

  1. I loved reading this post. The book openings you chose are brilliant — all of them!

    I was just thinking it would be great to hear your favourite endings of books as well, but I don’t know whether that would work, because they tend to rely on the contents of their book for impact (and of course you don’t want to give spoilers!).

    Blessings, Yari!

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  2. Yari, I’m so glad I found your blog! I look forward to reading more! But as for first sentences of a favorite book, here are some I like:
    1. “I remember the night quite well. It is my first memory, and the happiest one from my childhood.” The Unwanted, by Kien Nguyen
    2. “I was sitting in a taxi, wondering if I had overdressed for the evening, when I looked out the window and saw Mom rooting through a dumpster.” The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls.
    3. “In that spring of 1791. I did not understand that the trauma of loss had taken my memory. I knew only that after I woke, wedged between crates and bags, I was terror-stricken to discover that I did not know where I was, nor could I recall my name.” The Kitchen House, by Kathleen Grissom
    4. “My name is India Opal Buloni, and last summer my daddy, the preacher, sent me to the store for a box of macaroni-and-cheese, some white rice, and two tomatoes and I came back with a dog.” Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate Dicamillo
    5. “Mae Mobley was born on a early Sunday morning in August, 1960. A church baby we like to call it. Taking care a white babies, that’s what I do, along with all the cooking and the cleaning. I done raised 17 kids in my lifetime.” The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

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    1. Hello, Cindy! I’m very happy that you’re here 🙂 I hope you enjoy the blog and that it provides resources and inspiration for you!

      Those are some pretty awesome first lines. I think The Glass Castle was the most impactful for me. Such a great book all around. Oh, and The Help, too.

      All really great books, actually. First sentence and beyond 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


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