Thoughts & Favorites

{I love beautiful sentences with a touch of magic. Oh, and carbs.}

Favorite First Lines

It's been said that a good beginning will sell your first book and a good ending will sell the next one. So what, exactly, makes for a good beginning? 

For starters (ha), the Guardian recently compiled a list of the Best Opening Lines in Children's and Young Adult Fiction.

The team at my agency, New Leaf Literary, threw out a few of their favorite first lines this week, too. 

As for me? I'd also add: 

  • "I am a coward." - CODE NAME VERITY
  • "He'd stopped trying to bring her back." - ELEANOR & PARK
  • "It's a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost don't notice I'm being blackmailed." - SIMON VS.
  • "When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. It was true, too." - THE SECRET GARDEN
  • "The servants called them 'malenchki,' little ghosts, because they were the smallest and the youngest, and because they haunted the Duke's house like giggling phantoms, darting in and out of rooms, hiding in cupboards to eavesdrop, sneaking into the kitchen to steal the last of the summer peaches." - SHADOW & BONE

Has a book ever caught you from the very first sentence? If so, tell me more....

Books I Have Loved, Part One

Is there anything better than finding someone who loves a book as much as you? And discussing it over coffee and a pastry? Because I kind of think not. Here are a few of the books that have stuck with me through the years and made me want to become a writer:

I slipped a few more recent YA/MG favorites into the list because I couldn't help myself--they were just so good!

What book did you love as a child (*or a child at heart*) that is missing from this list?? Leave it in the comments. I would love to check it out!