There's nothing quite like the anticipation that comes from cracking open a book for the first time. The first line beckons you, and if done well it can pull you headlong into the story. Done poorly, the first line can lead a reader to set a book aside and move on to something better, especially if they're browsing at the bookstore.
The best first lines are memorized and celebrated, and the worst ones are lampooned and parodied. So with the knowledge of just how important first lines are, is it any wonder that one of my favorite bookish memes focuses on the first line?
My beginning sentences are from Carousel Tides by Sharon Lee:
I almost missed the left onto Route 5, which would've been embarrassing as hell. Luckily, I recognized the intersection before I was through it, snapping dry-mouthed out of a quarter-doze.
This first line tells me a lot. The main character is heading somewhere that should be familiar but it has been a long time since he/she has gone back. There is also a sense of urgency there. Otherwise, why drive until you are dozing?
In fact, Kate is going back to a small ocean front town in Maine to try to find out what has happened to her grandmother. She isn't answering her phone. This is beyond unexpected and all the way into unheard of. Her grandmother never leaves the town. The story quickly drifts into fantasy with a variety of fae and bunches of magic.
I am not quite finished with the book but I am very happy with the part I have read so far. I like the characters and find the magic fascinating.
Link up your book beginning at Katy's blog and see what other first lines people have chosen to share.