First Lines | Of My Books and My Blog

"First Lines" in script text over a photo of a sketchbook

Hi! I’m Abi!

Beginnings are hard. I’ve been struggling with different ways of introducing this blog for a while now, so I decided to look to the introductions of others – more specifically, my favourite books!

Welcome to my blog!

I decided to start this blog on a whim, which is honestly how most of my projects begin. I like to think I’m a creative person; I draw and write, but most of all I love to read. A couple of months ago I signed up for Goodreads and started writing book reviews. I found that I really love writing about books, and wanted to do it even more – which led me here. I’m not just limiting myself to books, however, so be prepared for all sorts of creative content! There’ll be plenty of book reviews and tags, but I’ll also be sharing updates on my projects, and tales and insights from my life as an artist. I hope you’ll join me on my creative journey – I look forward to sharing it all with you!

Starting out

My idea for starting out this blog was to share with you the first sentences of my favourite books! I think the opening line is really important – after all, first impressions count! – and I make a point of remembering my favourites.

My favourite beginnings

Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

On the day Claire became a member of the Glass House, somebody stole her laundry.

This has to be my first mention. It’s my most read book – four times at present! – and my go-to whenever I’m feeling down or in a reading slump. This series and its characters will forever be my favourites, and that line brings back all the feelings of Morganville. I love Rachel Caine’s writing, and I think this sentence is a great example of how she can drop you straight into a story.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Sometimes, I worry I’m not the hero everyone thinks I am.

I love this line. I think it sets up a lot of the themes of the series – heroism, the struggle between doing right and wrong, belief and trust in leaders. This book was an absolute revelation for me in the epic fantasy genre, and it’s still the only thing over 700 pages that I’ve ever wanted to reread.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Kell wore a very peculiar coat. It had neither one side, which would be conventional, nor two, which would be unexpected, but several, which was, of course, impossible.

I’ll admit I haven’t actually finished this book, I just think this is a brilliant opening. It pulled me in and I immediately fell in love with the writing. Also, as a grammar nerd, I just love the fact you can get seven commas in a sentence.

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

You’re still alive in alternate universes, Theo, but I live in the real world, where this morning you’re having an open-casket funeral.

Believe it or not I had no idea what this book was about before I started it, so this opening really punched me in the chest. It’s still the most painful book I’ve ever read, but I think that’s why I love it so much. It’s a beautiful story about love and grief, and I don’t think I’ll ever get over it.

What’s your favourite opening line? And how important do you think it is to the book?

Talk to me in the comments!

6 thoughts on “First Lines | Of My Books and My Blog

  1. I think that without a doubt my favorite first line has to be “Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood.” from The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I think it really sums up Percy’s attitude for the first couple of books pretty well.

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    1. I’ve not gotten around to reading the Percy Jackson books yet, but that sounds like a great beginning! I’m already getting a sense of his character from it.

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  2. Hello, Abi! Welcome to the blogosphere! I just started up my blog about a month ago, so I’m pretty new too 🙂 I hope that you are able to meet lots of friends and have a pleasant time sharing about books! I love that your post is all about beginnings (of your blog and the first lines of books). So cute! The first line for Glass Houses is really interesting, it makes me want to know more! And I’m glad to see that you included the first line of A Darker Shade of Magic because that one is iconic, in my opinion. Anyways, thanks for a lovely post and welcome once again!

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    1. Hi Kat! Thank you for the lovely welcome! I’m glad you like the first line of Glass Houses, it really is one of my favourites. Thanks again for the welcome, I look forward to chatting books with you more in the future! 🙂

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