Dare to Read

November 4, 2011

Would You Read More?

Filed under: On Reading,Two Moon Princess — carmenferreiroesteban @ 1:45 pm
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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban


These are some of my favorite first lines.

I have included the one from my YA fantasy Two Moon Princess. A little biased there. But it wouldn’t be my first line if I didn’t like it. No agenda on the others.

“He was born with the gift of laughter and the sense that the world was mad.” Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini

“The arrow knows the way. Just let it free.” Two Moon Princess by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

“My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.” The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

“When I was nine years old, I hid under a table and heard my sister kill a king.” Quest for a Maid by Frances Mary Hendry

“Call me Ishmael.” Moby-Dick (Dover Thrift Editions) by Herman Melville

“When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.” The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” 1984 (Signet Classics) by George Orwell

“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” Go-Between (Penguin Modern Classics) by L. P. Hartley

“Jim Gallien had driven four miles out of Fairbanks when he spotted the hitchhiker standing in the snow besidde the road, thumb raised high, shivering in the gray Alaska dawn.” Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

“Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.” Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

“Marley was dead: to begin with.” A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

“I didn’t know how long I had been in the king’s prison.” The Thief (The Queen’s Thief, Book 1) by Megan Whalen Turner

“King Constantine IX of Regia had been killed three times and was bored with it. He wanted a bath.” The Beggar Queen (The Westmark Trilogy) by Lloyd Alexander

“It was just past midday, not long before the third summons to prayer, that Ammar ibn Khairan passed through the Gate of the Bells and entered the palace of Al-Fontina in Silvenes to kill the last of the khalifs of Al-Rassan.” The Lions of al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay

“Sometimes he whispered his real name in the dark, in the middle of the night.” Among the Impostors (Shadow Children) by Margaret Peterson Haddix

“On a winter’s day in 1413, just before Christmas, Nicholas Hook decided to commit murder.” Agincourt: A Novel by Bernard Cornwell


  1. Great choices, Carmen. My answer in all cases would be, “Yes. I would read more.”

    Comment by Sandra Carey Cody — November 4, 2011 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

  2. I am so glad you included the first line of Scaramouche. It’s my favorite first line ever. 🙂

    And I actually wend and added some of these books to my TBR list. So the answer would be ‘yes’ in most cases.

    Comment by Kay — November 5, 2011 @ 5:41 am | Reply

    • Kay, so glad you like Scaramouche’s first line too. It’s the cooler, isn’t it?
      Do you know Rafael Sabatini used it for his epitaph?

      Comment by carmenferreiroesteban — November 6, 2011 @ 1:05 pm | Reply

      • No, I didn’t know that. How cool 🙂

        Comment by Kay — November 12, 2011 @ 5:01 am

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