Friday, September 18, 2009

Friday Firsts (1)

I've noticed a new meme (does anyone know what meme means or stands for?!) that's been going around the blogosphere. It sounds fun, and offers an interesting glimpse into books.

The first line can make or break a reader’s interest. Just how well did the author pull you in to the story with their first sentence? To participate in this weekly book meme is extremely easy.

Grab the book you are currently reading and open to the first page.
Write down the first sentence in the first paragraph.
Create a blog post with this information.
Did this first sentence help draw you into the story? Why or why not?

I am currently reading Ash by Malinda Lo and here is the first sentence:

"Aisling's mother died at midsummer."

This first sentence creates some intrigue, but I don't believe it's great. It's not enough alone to draw me in. I really like the main characters name however, Aisling, shortened to Ash. The next sentence is really great though, and really grabs the readers attention:

"She had fallen sick so suddenly that some of the villagers wondered if the fairies had come and taken her, for she was still young and beautiful."

Very interesting, don't you think? Those two sentences combined were definitely enough to get me reading.

This meme is hosted by Well-Read Reviews.


  1. The first line makes me wonder if the fact that she died at midsummer will be important to the story, but the next sentence really draws me in. This book looks like a really interesting spin on the classic tale, and I love the cover.

  2. I really want to read Ash and those sentences made me want to even more!

  3. I've noticed that a lot. The first sentance is not quite "there" but when compared with the second sentance, it does a better job of pulling in the reader.

  4. I agree that the second sentence is the one that really grabs your attention. Ash in already on my wishlist, so thanks for reminding me I need to grab a copy!


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