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First Sentence "Challenge" watch

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    I'll preface this by saying this is inspired by a booktube tag. It's just a fun little activity that could help with finding what book on your shelves you should pick up next, and introduce new books to different people
    Basically, just go through your bookshelf and find some books with great first sentences (say, 10, maybe?) - regardless of whether you have read them or not - and post them here

    (I haven't seen another thread like this, but if one exists please don't hesitate to let me know )

    (P.S - I'll update with my list soon haha )

    Okay, so I ended up finding 20 total

    1. "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again." - Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca

    2. "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." - Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

    3. "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." - Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House

    4. "Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins." - Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

    5. "Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself." - Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway

    6. "Let me tell you about when I was a girl, our grandfather says." - Ali Smith, Girl Meets Boy

    7. "It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenburgs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York." - Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
    8. "Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge." - Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

    9. "Sad; so sad, those smoky-rose, smoky-mauve evenings of late autumn, sad enough to pierce the heart." - Angela Carter, Black Venus

    10. "I told Helen my story and she went home and cried." - Barbara Comyns, Our Spoons Came From Woolworths

    11. "In the first place, Cranford is in possession of the Amazons; all the holders of houses, above a certain rent, are women." - Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford

    12. "From July of his sophomore year in college until the following January, all Tsukuru Tazaki could think about was dying." - Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

    13. "He was just tight enough and just familiar enough with the house to be able to go out into the kitchen alone, apparently to get ice, but actually to sober up a little; he was not quite enough a friend of the family to pass out on the living room couch." - Shirley Jackson, The Lottery and Other Stories

    14. "Does such a thing as 'the fatal flaw,' that showy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside literature?" - Donna Tartt, The Secret History

    15. "When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams, he found himself changed into a monstrous cockroach in his bed." - Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis

    16. "Jasper Swift, owner though not sole possessor of Durraghglass, was back in the kitchen where he belonged." - Molly Keane, Time After Time

    17. "I have never liked the theory that poltergeists only come into houses where there are children, because I think it is simply too much for any one house to have poltergeists and children." - Shirley Jackson, Let Me Tell You

    18. "Who that cares to know much of the history of man, and how the mysterious mixture behaves under the varying experiments of Time, has not dwelt, at least briefly, on the life of Saint Theresa, has not smiled with some gentleness at the thought of the little girl walking forth one morning hand-in-hand with her still smaller brother, to go and seek martyrdom in the country of the Moors?" George Eliot, Middlemarch

    19. "Jack: My mother used to tell me that I was a changeling, born out of an ostrich egg." - Abby Geni, The Last Animal

    20: "Writing, Writers, The Writing Life - if this last is not an oxymoron." - Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead: On Writers and Writing

    This is a really good idea... I'm going to do this when I get home!
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