I have nine library books I want to read, but am not sure which one I should choose. I know I will get to at least eight of them eventually, so this is far from a major dilemma.
I wondered though, if I had to choose which book to read based on the first line alone, which would I choose? Which would you choose?
Time for a survey!! Please tell me in the comment section, which book you would choose based on first lines. Also, if you recognize any of these first lines and would like to put a plug in for the rest of the book, that would be super duper.
1. "On the evening of Lucy Scarborough's seventh birthday, after the biggest party the neighborhood had seen since, well, Lucy's sixth birthday, Lucy got one last unexpected gift."
2. "The island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile above the storm-racked Northeast Sea, is a land famous for wizards.
3. "There was no possibility of taking a walk that day."
4. "There was a hand in the darkness and it held a knife."
5. "The rain had been coming down for hours, yet every flash of lightning still made Tallulah jump."
6. "There are plenty would call her a slut for it."
7. "You must go back with me to the Autumn of 1827"
8. "In all those lessons for which I was made to memorize chants and prayers I never used, couldn't our temple priestesses have taught one--just one!--lesson on what to do with a boy who is too smart for his own good."
The flashlight beam darted - yes! - across the dark hall, illuminating a wondrous collection of antique curiosities."
OK, that's it. What do you think? Please comment. This will not only help me figure out which book to read, but also help me learn what makes a good first line.