Before bed last night, I was desperate to read something, but couldn't figure out what. I ended up over by the keeper shelf. Still, I couldn't even settle on a favorite. I did, however, read a lot of absolutely fantastic opening lines. Pretty soon, that's all I was doing, reading the openers, smiling a lot, remembering why I wanted to read these books in the first place.
That first sentence can tell you so much about a book. Here were some of my favorites from last night:
"Looking back, I guess my first mistake was to assume that a rookie reporter could pursue both a hot story and a hot sex life."
Bubbles Ablaze by Sarah Strohmeyer
"The day I died started out bad and got worse in a hurry."
Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson
"The blackened shell of the house still stands on the edge of the moor."
Greygallows by Barbara Michaels
"My philosophy is pretty simple - any day nobody's trying to kill me is a good day."
Dark Fever by Karen Marie Moning
"Two blocks from the restaurant, Zoe Tarleton knew she was screwed."
Gone with the Nerd by Vicki Lewis Thompson
"Captain Crosbie came out of the bank with the pleased air of one who has cashed a cheque and has discovered that there is just a little more in his account than he though there was."
They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie
"Falling out of Heaven is the easy part. It's landing that's difficult."
Angel with Attitude by Michelle Rowen
"Sometimes, it seems like all I ever do is lie."
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
"If you ever touch me again, I'll pull off your ears and stuff them up your nose."
The Royal Treatment by MaryJanice Davidson
There were even more, but darned if I'm going to type them all. It was fun to get drawn into my favorite books all over again. So what about you? Do you have any favorite opening lines? Post yours and I'll buy you a brand new copy of any of the books above. Winner's choice.