Books With Our Favorite First Lines

List of the Month
junio 2023 (see all)
Descripción
First impressions are powerful, and the first lines of the books we read can pack quite a punch. Our List of the Month this June is devoted to the books with our favorite first lines. Each participant may vote on ten titles. Please do not downvote titles, as judgment in these matters is subjective.
1
80,928 miembros
1,372 reseñas
½ 4.4
25 Members
rosalita, anglemark, LadyUndomiel, magnetgrrl, mldg, dewasus1, lizzy50usa, saskia17, amanda4242, merrystar, victoriapeak, sturlington, kleh, susanbooks, michigantrumpet, ahef1963, AbigailAdams26, barefootsong, asiralh, Boand, steller0707, teesamai, loulourevisited, PeanutNoir, PureChaos
Explicaciones
amanda4242: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
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94,761 miembros
1,191 reseñas
½ 4.3
3
20,823 miembros
614 reseñas
4.2
4
36,792 miembros
456 reseñas
3.9
17 Members
LadyUndomiel, paradoxosalpha, lahochstetler, dewasus1, PitcherBooks, merrystar, kleh, perennialreader, Tess_W, Boand, CharlesTheB, TMCTX, Tosta, HH_Library, loulourevisited, PeanutNoir, PureChaos
Explicaciones
paradoxosalpha: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
5
82,217 miembros
1,274 reseñas
4.2
16 Members
lorax, Cecilturtle, paradoxosalpha, kleo, sturlington, souloftherose, susanbooks, katemcangus, al.vick, ahef1963, AntonioGallo, asiralh, steller0707, CharlesTheB, tekitora, PureChaos
Explicaciones
al.vick: "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
AntonioGallo: Phrases such as "Big Brother is watching you" and "doublethink" have entered the lexicon and are often used to describe similar situations in modern times.
6
38,915 miembros
723 reseñas
4.2
16 Members
LadyUndomiel, paradoxosalpha, yoyogod, abbottthomas, elenchus, Porua, al.vick, ahef1963, kristilabrie, timetunnel, SandraArdnas, asiralh, steller0707, DoomLuz, PeanutNoir, PureChaos
Explicaciones
al.vick: "Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun."
7
25,522 miembros
258 reseñas
4
16 Members
scampus, LadyUndomiel, sharder, lizzy50usa, saskia17, amanda4242, masterdeski, merrystar, sturlington, EMS_24, al.vick, ahef1963, ManWithAnAgenda, asiralh, steller0707, slimikin
Explicaciones
ManWithAnAgenda: There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it
8
24,808 miembros
527 reseñas
4.1
9
54,077 miembros
1,002 reseñas
4
10
38,580 miembros
631 reseñas
4.1
13 Members
Cecilturtle, LadyUndomiel, lahochstetler, dewasus1, saskia17, Cecrow, PitcherBooks, kleh, perennialreader, katemcangus, Tess_W, CharlesTheB, HH_Library
Explicaciones
perennialreader: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
11
9,226 miembros
294 reseñas
4.1
12
2,334 miembros
39 reseñas
4
12 Members
anglemark, pitjrw, abbottthomas, dewasus1, elenchus, victoriapeak, kleh, RBeffa, susanbooks, Boand, steller0707, loulourevisited
Explicaciones
susanbooks: The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.
13
9,819 miembros
433 reseñas
3.9
10 Members
rosalita, pitjrw, sturlington, Porua, ahef1963, msemmag, ManWithAnAgenda, asiralh, steller0707, DoomLuz
Explicaciones
ManWithAnAgenda: No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream.
14
23,106 miembros
379 reseñas
3.9
9 Members
hipdeep, kleo, GuyMontag, Cecrow, elenchus, souloftherose, vwinsloe, timetunnel, Mguod
Explicaciones
Cecrow: "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."
15
15,145 miembros
138 reseñas
½ 3.5
8 Members
paradoxosalpha, pitjrw, elenchus, kleh, susanbooks, ahef1963, elahrairah, PureChaos
Explicaciones
susanbooks: A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism.
16
39,614 miembros
961 reseñas
4
8 Members
Aquila, Cecilturtle, LadyUndomiel, dewasus1, masterdeski, TMCTX, Tosta, PureChaos
Explicaciones
Aquila: "It was a dark and stormy night."
17
19,021 miembros
326 reseñas
3.9
7 Members
scampus, dewasus1, saskia17, Tess_W, al.vick, AbigailAdams26, barefootsong
Explicaciones
AbigailAdams26: “All children, except one, grow up."
18
44,528 miembros
697 reseñas
4.2
6 Members
lorax, pitjrw, kleo, perennialreader, SandraArdnas, CharlesTheB
Explicaciones
SandraArdnas: Many years later as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. (...) The world was so recent that many things lacked names
19
23,990 miembros
213 reseñas
4.1
6 Members
paradoxosalpha, magnetgrrl, elenchus, AntonioGallo, barefootsong, slimikin
Explicaciones
paradoxosalpha: When I had journeyed half of our life's way, I found myself within a shadowed forest, for I had lost the path that does not stray.
AntonioGallo: I prefer "Inferno" since it is known for its exploration of moral and ethical issues. Dante uses the sins and punishments of the various characters to comment on the nature of sin, justice, and divine retribution. This gives the book a timeless quality that continues to resonate with readers today. Life, sometimes, is just like Inferno
20
28,184 miembros
504 reseñas
4
6 Members
lahochstetler, susanbooks, msemmag, ManWithAnAgenda, Tosta, HH_Library
Explicaciones
ManWithAnAgenda: It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York.
21
5,570 miembros
349 reseñas
4.1
5 Members
lizzy50usa, souloftherose, asiralh, Tosta, slimikin
Explicaciones
souloftherose: "I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module..."
22
20,431 miembros
558 reseñas
4.1
5 Members
lahochstetler, sturlington, msemmag, teesamai, jsclar
Explicaciones
sturlington: The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.
23
18,557 miembros
1,266 reseñas
4.1
5 Members
saskia17, flying_monkeys, msjudy, Tosta, HH_Library
Explicaciones
saskia17: The circus arrives without warning.
24
44,134 miembros
706 reseñas
4.1
5 Members
rosalita, elenchus, ahef1963, SandraArdnas, Tosta
Explicaciones
SandraArdnas: All this happened, more or less.
25
23,880 miembros
988 reseñas
4.2
5 Members
chin2chin, masterdeski, Tess_W, al.vick, HH_Library
Explicaciones
al.vick: Prologue: "People disappear all the time."
26
36,249 miembros
1,025 reseñas
4.2
27
35,526 miembros
545 reseñas
3.8
5 Members
Cecrow, CharlesTheB, Tosta, HH_Library, loulourevisited
Explicaciones
Cecrow: "Call me Ishmael."
28
24,931 miembros
532 reseñas
½ 4.3
5 Members
paradoxosalpha, merrystar, al.vick, ahef1963, PureChaos
Explicaciones
al.vick: "This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it."
29
12,557 miembros
260 reseñas
4.1
4 Members
anglemark, msemmag, CharlesTheB, kay.emme
Explicaciones
anglemark: "You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino's new novel, 'If on a winter's night a traveler'."
30
18,225 miembros
1,248 reseñas
½ 4.3
4 Members
al.vick, timetunnel, HH_Library, PatrickBenner
Explicaciones
al.vick: "I'm pretty much fucked."
31
5,243 miembros
99 reseñas
3.9
4 Members
otori, kleh, perennialreader, loulourevisited
Explicaciones
otori: “I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.”
perennialreader: I had a Farm in Africa.
32
10,771 miembros
125 reseñas
3.9
4 Members
PitcherBooks, EMS_24, ManWithAnAgenda, Boand
Explicaciones
ManWithAnAgenda: Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
33
21,702 miembros
419 reseñas
3.8
4 Members
amanda4242, susanbooks, barefootsong, slimikin
Explicaciones
amanda4242: "No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine."
34
22,859 miembros
494 reseñas
3.8
3 Members
scampus, ianreads, sturlington
Explicaciones
sturlington: The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.
35
480 miembros
12 reseñas
3.8
4 Members
paradoxosalpha, magnetgrrl, yoyogod, elenchus
Explicaciones
yoyogod: The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
36
4,518 miembros
184 reseñas
4.1
3 Members
Aquila, msemmag, asiralh
Explicaciones
Aquila: "In the myriadic year of our lord—the ten thousandth year of the King Undying, the kindly Prince of Death!—Gideon Nav packed her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and she escaped from the House of the Ninth."
37
13,524 miembros
207 reseñas
½ 4.3
4 Members
scampus, elenchus, susanbooks, ManWithAnAgenda
Explicaciones
susanbooks: Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin.
38
15,975 miembros
384 reseñas
4
3 Members
Aquila, msemmag, DoomLuz
Explicaciones
Aquila: "I’ll make my report as if I told a story, for I was taught as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of the imagination."
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por Homer
40,116 miembros
386 reseñas
4
3 Members
anglemark, sharder, loulourevisited
Explicaciones
anglemark: μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆος / οὐλομένην, ἣ μυρί᾽ Ἀχαιοῖς ἄλγε᾽ ἔθηκε
40
36,297 miembros
742 reseñas
4.1
3 Members
sharder, barefootsong, Mark.Milton
Explicaciones
barefootsong: "Lyra and her dæmon moved through the darkening hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen."
41
3,218 miembros
60 reseñas
4
3 Members
lorax, anglemark, Boand
Explicaciones
anglemark: "It was the day my grandmother exploded."
42
35,592 miembros
507 reseñas
3.9
3 Members
Cecilturtle, Boand, CharlesTheB
Explicaciones
Cecilturtle: Aujourd'hui, maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas.
43
11,167 miembros
182 reseñas
4.2
3 Members
Cecilturtle, kleh, susanbooks
Explicaciones
susanbooks: For a long time I used to go to bed early.
44
5,109 miembros
147 reseñas
4
3 Members
anglemark, kristilabrie, msemmag
Explicaciones
kristilabrie: "Have you ever tasted a Whitstable oyster?"
45
5,198 miembros
105 reseñas
½ 4.5
3 Members
hipdeep, EerierIdyllMeme, lahochstetler
Explicaciones
EerierIdyllMeme: On the copyright page: "This is a very dull page. What is on the next page?"
46
11,316 miembros
157 reseñas
4.1
3 Members
saskia17, PitcherBooks, merrystar
Explicaciones
saskia17: Everything starts somewhere, though many physicists disagree.
47
5,789 miembros
75 reseñas
3.9
2 Members
vwinsloe, SandraArdnas
Explicaciones
vwinsloe: "If this typewriter can't do it, then fuck it, it can't be done."
48
17,535 miembros
425 reseñas
½ 4.3
3 Members
merrystar, sturlington, ManWithAnAgenda
Explicaciones
sturlington: There was once a boy named Milo who didn't know what to do with himself—not just sometimes, but always.
49
6,402 miembros
164 reseñas
3.8
2 Members
scampus, merrystar
Explicaciones
merrystar: If you want to find Cherry Tree Lane, all you have to do is ask the policeman at the crossroad.
50
3,744 miembros
74 reseñas
3.8
2 Members
SavvyScot, amanda4242
Explicaciones
amanda4242: "to wound the autumnal city."
51
19,179 miembros
346 reseñas
4
2 Members
saskia17, DoomLuz
Explicaciones
saskia17: Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board.
52
20,746 miembros
276 reseñas
4.1
2 Members
msjudy, PeanutNoir
Explicaciones
PeanutNoir: "Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show."
53
2,112 miembros
22 reseñas
4
2 Members
victoriapeak, RBeffa
Explicaciones
RBeffa: I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.
54
1,276 miembros
82 reseñas
½ 3.5
2 Members
LadyUndomiel, asiralh
Explicaciones
asiralh: “Once upon a time on a small, watery, excitable planet called Earth, in a small, watery, excitable country called Italy, a soft-spoken, rather nice-looking young gentleman by the name of Enrico Fermi was born into a family so overprotective that he felt compelled to invent the atomic bomb.”
55
18,483 miembros
309 reseñas
3.8
2 Members
hipdeep, fvenez
Explicaciones
hipdeep: No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were being scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.
56
10,313 miembros
284 reseñas
4
2 Members
rosalita, abbottthomas
Explicaciones
abbottthomas: It was about eleven o'clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills.
57
1,155 miembros
22 reseñas
3.9
2 Members
paradoxosalpha, SandraArdnas
Explicaciones
paradoxosalpha: There were angels in the glass, two four six many of them, each one shuffling into his place in line like an alderman at the Lord Mayor's show.
58
52,185 miembros
705 reseñas
3.9
2 Members
tina1969, Tess_W
Explicaciones
Tess_W: “I have just returned from a visit to my landlord – the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.”
59
4,796 miembros
115 reseñas
3.8
2 Members
hipdeep, pitjrw
Explicaciones
hipdeep: This is the saddest story I have ever heard.
60
1,419 miembros
176 reseñas
4.1
2 Members
otori, vwinsloe
Explicaciones
vwinsloe: "He began to die when he was twenty-one, but tuberculosis is slow and sly and subtle."
61
684 miembros
11 reseñas
4.2
2 Members
anglemark, slimikin
Explicaciones
anglemark: "My friend Hergal had killed himself again."
62
2,366 miembros
35 reseñas
3.8
2 Members
kleo, msjudy
Explicaciones
msjudy: And then, after walking all day through a golden haze of humid warmth that gathered about him like fine wet fleece, Valentine came to a great ridge of outcropping white stone overlooking the city of Pidruid.
63
1,265 miembros
37 reseñas
3.8
2 Members
pitjrw, perennialreader
Explicaciones
perennialreader: Take my camel, dear, said my aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass.
64
6,550 miembros
171 reseñas
3.9
2 Members
rosalita, katemcangus
Explicaciones
rosalita: "A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which, to look ahead."
65
21,257 miembros
217 reseñas
½ 3.7
2 Members
Cecrow, CharlesTheB
Explicaciones
Cecrow: "Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo...."
66
78,736 miembros
1,434 reseñas
½ 4.4
2 Members
kleo, perennialreader
Explicaciones
perennialreader: When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.
67
30,587 miembros
453 reseñas
4.1
68
19,378 miembros
325 reseñas
4.1
2 Members
paradoxosalpha, elenchus
Explicaciones
paradoxosalpha: Tyler gets me a job as a waiter, after that Tyler's pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die.
69
4,127 miembros
83 reseñas
4.2
2 Members
al.vick, SandraArdnas
Explicaciones
al.vick: "This isn't at all what I expected. In 1985, by some sort of journalistic accident I was sent to Madagascar with Mark Carwardine to look for an almost extinct form of lemur called the aye-aye. None of the three of us had ever met before. I had never met Mark, Mark had never met me, and no one, apparently, had seen an aye-aye in years."
70
795 miembros
35 reseñas
4
2 Members
EerierIdyllMeme, CharlesTheB
Explicaciones
EerierIdyllMeme: There once lived, at a series of temporary addresses across the United States of America, a traveling man of Indian origin, advancing years, and retreating mental powers, who, on account of his love for mindless television, had spent far too much of his life in the yellow light of tawdry motel rooms watching an excess of it, and had suffered a peculiar form of brain damage as a result.
71
miembro 1
2 Members
hipdeep, Tess_W
Explicaciones
hipdeep: En arkhêi ên ho lógos, kaì ho lógos ên pròs tòn theón, kaì theòs ên ho lógos. | In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Tess_W: In the beginning was the Word.
72
18,818 miembros
886 reseñas
½ 4.3
2 Members
Tess_W, msjudy
Explicaciones
msjudy: At dusk they fall from the sky.
73
4,758 miembros
150 reseñas
4
2 Members
Tess_W, al.vick
Explicaciones
al.vick: "My name is Uhtred. I am the son of Uhtred, who was the son of Uhtred and his father was also called Uhtred."
74
7,563 miembros
191 reseñas
4.2
2 Members
saskia17, msemmag
Explicaciones
saskia17: The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone.
75
18,182 miembros
451 reseñas
3.9
Member
kristilabrie
Explicaciones
kristilabrie: "In eighteenth century France there lived a man who was one of the most gifted and abominable personages in an era that knew no lack of gifted and abominable personages."
76
13,981 miembros
247 reseñas
4.1
Member
otori
Explicaciones
otori: “Barrabas came to us by sea, the child Clara wrote in her delicate calligraphy. ”
77
13,883 miembros
264 reseñas
4
Member
Micheller7
Explicaciones
Micheller7: “It was Wang Lung’s wedding day.” I have remembered this line for about 65 years.
78
12,609 miembros
265 reseñas
4
Member
dud5ers
79
12,543 miembros
222 reseñas
3.9
Member
sharder
80
12,237 miembros
120 reseñas
3.9
Member
EerierIdyllMeme
Explicaciones
EerierIdyllMeme: It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on Earth has ever produced the expression "as pretty as an airport".
81
10,784 miembros
141 reseñas
4.1
Member
paradoxosalpha
Explicaciones
paradoxosalpha: A screaming comes across the sky.
82
7,481 miembros
325 reseñas
3.9
Member
Archakr
Explicaciones
Archakr: "Kell wore a very peculiar coat."
83
6,757 miembros
197 reseñas
3.9
Member
Moloch
Explicaciones
Moloch: "Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them." It's the book that speaks directly to the reader; I was instantly hooked.
84
6,621 miembros
125 reseñas
½ 4.3
Member
perennialreader
Explicaciones
perennialreader: So gorgeous was the spectacle on the May morning of 1910 when nine kings rode in the funeral of Edward VII of England that the crowd, waiting in hushed and black-clad awe, could not keep back gasps of admiration.
85
5,985 miembros
97 reseñas
3.9
Member
Yuki-Onna
Explicaciones
Yuki-Onna: I often dream about the Dolphin Hotel.
86
4,551 miembros
132 reseñas
3.8
Member
Porua
Explicaciones
Porua: In the first place, Cranford is in possession of the Amazons; all the holders of houses, above a certain rent, are women.
87
4,196 miembros
232 reseñas
4.2
Member
Brubow
Explicaciones
Brubow: "Late one evening toward the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-bareled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else's forehead and pulled the trigger. This is the story of how we got there."
88
3,552 miembros
89 reseñas
3.9
Member
LibraryCin
Explicaciones
LibraryCin: Three days before her death, my mother told me -- these weren't her last words, but they were pretty lose -- that my brother was still alive.
89
3,467 miembros
132 reseñas
½ 3.7
Member
PeanutNoir
Explicaciones
PeanutNoir: "They threw me off the hay truck about noon."
90
2,517 miembros
83 reseñas
½ 3.7
Member
sinki
Explicaciones
sinki: "Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months."
91
1,792 miembros
39 reseñas
4.2
Member
exhocforte
Explicaciones
exhocforte: "It was the afternoon of my eighty-first birthday, and I was in bed with my catamite when Ali announced that the archbishop had come to see me."
92
546 miembros
19 reseñas
3.8
Member
abbottthomas
Explicaciones
abbottthomas: Mr Salteena was an elderly man of 42 and was fond of asking peaple to stay with him.
93
486 miembros
9 reseñas
4.2
Member
barefootsong
Explicaciones
barefootsong: "When I was nine years old, I hid under a table and heard my sister kill a king." This first line has stuck with me since I first read this in sixth grade.
94
342 miembros
11 reseñas
½ 3.7
Member
Aquila
Explicaciones
Aquila: "When, suddenly, on an ordinary Wednesday, it seemed to Barney that the world tilted and ran downhill in all directions, he knew he was about to be haunted again."
95
246 miembros
22 reseñas
4
Member
AbigailAdams26
Explicaciones
AbigailAdams26: Mr. C'Mere's first line: "Humans were diggers and buriers, the cat thought, like dogs." Zoë's first line: "I'd hoped for better, Henry's being a heart doctor. A job like that, you'd think he might actually have a heart."
96
101 miembros
1 reseña
4
Member
prosfilaes
Explicaciones
prosfilaes: It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
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por Nescio
79 miembros
2 reseñas
½ 3.6
Member
EMS_24
Explicaciones
EMS_24: 'Except for the man who thought Sarphatistraat was the most beautiful place in Europe, I have never known a more curious fellow than the 'bummer/ deadbeat/ .'' - "Behalve den man, die de Sarphatistraat de mooiste plek van Europa vond, heb ik nooit een wonderlijker kerel gekend dan den uitvreter."
98
19 miembros
½ 4.3
Member
cpg
Explicaciones
cpg: "Of the beasts of the field, and of the fishes of the sea, and of all foods that are acceptable in my sight you may eat, but not in the living room."
99
6 miembros
Member
paulmdh
100
31,781 miembros
564 reseñas
4.1