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I actually thought we already had a thread of this but I can't find it so maybe I imagined it! I see the question on twitter sometimes and always find it interesting to read the answers, so what's the first line (sentence) of the book you're currently reading?

 

Mine's:

'My sainted mother taught me the seven acts of corporeal mercy: to feed the hungry; refresh the thirsty; clothe the naked; shelter the traveller; comfort the sick; visit those imprisoned; and bury the dead.' (The Corset by Laura Purcell)

 

(which I think might win the prize for most semicolon's in a first sentence :lol:)

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'The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don't got nothing much to say.  About anything.'

 

'The Knife of Never Letting go'- Patrick Ness

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"Except for the Marabar Caves -- and they are twenty miles off -- the city of Chandrapore presents nothing extraordinary."

 

A Passage to India -- E.M. Forster

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On 24/02/2019 at 12:23 PM, karen.d said:

'The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don't got nothing much to say.  About anything.'

 

'The Knife of Never Letting go'- Patrick Ness

I love this one! :lol: 

 

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'The building was on fire, and it wasn't my fault.'

 

Blood Rites - Jim Butcher 

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"Eventually this whole business with Heart is going to kill him."

 

Ship It by Britta Lundin

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"I saw her when I ran outside to dig my bleeding fingers into the snow."

 

Stephanie Victoire; The Other World, It Whispers

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On 24.2.2019 at 1:41 PM, Hayley said:

I actually thought we already had a thread of this but I can't find it so maybe I imagined it! 

 

We do/did have a thread for this, so you are definitely not imagining it :D  I don't know why you couldn't find it, though. Just as well that you started a new one! :smile2:

 

All my current reads are in Finnish so I won't bother with the first lines this time :)

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'I'd like to remark at the outset that I'm a girl with better than an average brain.'

~ The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley

 

Followed by (because it's so funny) ...

 

'Just as some people are given the gift of  singular and often quite remarkable talent - such as Violet Cornish's uncanny ability to break wind to the tune of "Joy to the World" - I myself, in much the same way, have been blessed with the power of logical thinking. As Violet could easily confirm, it's something you're born with, and then improve on by much practice.'

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'She woke up to the sound of screaming.'

 

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum.

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On ‎20‎/‎03‎/‎2019 at 5:41 PM, frankie said:

We do/did have a thread for this, so you are definitely not imagining it :D  I don't know why you couldn't find it, though. Just as well that you started a new one! :smile2:

I'm so glad somebody else remembers it! I really did think I'd imagined it! I wonder why I couldn't find it though... if I look again now it will probably be right there :blush:.

 

 

'To be honest, I haven't been able to remember clearly everything that happened to me before and during the Trial, so where necessary I've filled in with possibilities - lies, if you want.' - Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin

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"On the beach at Pampelonne.  The sea is milk white, and barely distinguishable from the early morning sky."

 

The Hairdressers of St Tropez by Rupert Everett

 

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'The Minotaur had been causing trouble far in excess of his literary importance.'

 

Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde 

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'It was more comfortable than I could have imagined.'

 

The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist

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"I am writing this under an appreciable mental strain, since by tonight I shall be no more."

 

Necronomicon by HP Lovecraft.

 

The first sentence is quite important in a book, isn't it?

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Nicky took the proposal in the same undemanding way in which it was offered. 

The Best Thing I Never Had by Erin Lawless

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"Ben, honey, are you feeling well?"

 

I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver

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'Great Achilles. Brilliant Achilles, shining Achilles, godlike Achilles... How the epithets pile up.'

 

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker 

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Westminster Palace, London 29th November 1499

In the moment of waking I am innocent, my conscience clear of any wrongdoing. 

The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory 

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