Hi. I'm new. I like what people in this community have to say so.... It makes me sad that things seem to be dying down. I thought that I would share my top ten list with first lines because I think they are fun. It really is first lines that get you into the book. You can often tell if you are going to like them by their first lines. This, of course, is not a rule.
I also thought that I would ask some advise. I am just finishing Robinson Crusoe and I don't know what to read next. I am trying to choose between 1984 by George Orwell, Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brien, and Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger.
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be
celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.
Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number
that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund,
A Wind in the Door – Madeleine L’Engle
“There are dragons in the twins vegetable garden.”
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a
good fortune must be in want of a wife.
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer
wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink flowering thorn.
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,…
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.
The Catcher in the
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.
I know I cheated cause it is actually like 22 books, but I couldn't choose otherwise.