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First Lines of 2020

I started doing this several years ago, tracking the first lines of the books I read. I don’t include prologues or epigraphs in this list; it consists of just the opening line of the first chapter of every book I read this year. It never ceases to amaze me how...

2018 in First Lines

It is always fun at the end of the year to look back at the list of books you read over the past twelve months. What is even more fun is looking back at the first lines of those books. Take a look at the first line of every book I read this year. What are some of your...

First Lines in 2016

Authors and readers know that the first line of any novel is important. I started keeping track of the first lines of each book I read as a way to remember each novel and to highlight just how fantastic some of these first lines really are. Here is what made up my...