Top 5 Wednesday: First Sentences

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This top 5 Wednesday is dedicated to my favorite first sentences in books. The lines that have hooked me and made me want to devour every other line of the book. Let’s get started!

1984
1. 1984
“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

The Catcher in the Rye
2. The Catcher in the Rye
“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”

3. Slaughterhouse-Five
“All of this happened, more or less.”

4. Fahrenheit 451
“It was a pleasure to burn.”

The Bell Jar
5. The Bell Jar
“It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.”

What are your favorite first lines from literature? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,
Kimberly

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