Teddy Bears Reading

I’ve always liked the list of first lines that Michelle at That’s What She Read keeps on her blog. I decided to copy the idea this year and keep track of first lines of the books I read. Some say a lot, others nothing that would give you a clue about the book.

It’s been fun and I think I’ll continue this. Thanks Michelle, for the idea.

  1. The morning of June 27 was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full summer day.
  2. Okay, here we go!
  3. Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at number four, Privet Drive.
  4. Armand Gamache sat in the little room and closed the dossier with care, squeezing it shut, trapping the words inside.
  5. My name is Uhtred
  6. This is what you should look for on this 90-degree June morning: The broadcast news interns pairing running shoes with their summer business casual, hovering by the Supreme Court’s public information office.
  7. Welcome back to “Coast to Coast AM” on the first day of June, 2016.
  8. Charlie still thought about the phantom planes sometimes.
  9. Forty-five minutes north-east of Cambridge is a landscape I’ve come to love very much indeed.
  10. Some nights, if I’m sleeping on my own, I still dream about Whitethorn House.
  11. Wade disappeared on us when I was nine years old, and then he showed up out of nowhere the year I turned twelve.
  12. Oda. Why are we meeting out here?
  13. My name is Harry Clifton.
  14. How did the Marquis de Lafayette win over the stingiest, crankiest tax protesters in the history of the world?
  15. The Planet Hepton. Fringe world of the UGC.
  16. So I am fifty-two years old.
  17. It was as black in the closet as old blood.
  18. Malorie stand in the kitchen, thinking.
  19. My grandmother Nanny and I were at the picture show.
  20.  “One of the most important events in the history of mankind — after the discovery of fire, the development of the wheel, and the invention of chocolate, of course — occurred in London on an overcast chilly rainy afternoon, and it is entirely typical that it should have been witnessed only by two bedraggled pigeons and a scrawny cat.
  21. One of the best things about our job is that if you live long enough, you get to choose your last jump.
  22. Hurry up!”
  23. Matilda is under siege.
  24. This is Tony Chu.
  25. On the afternoon of Thursday, October 26, 1775, His Royal Majesty George III, King of England, rode in royal splendor from St. James’s Palace to the Palace of Westminster, there to address the opening of Parliament on the increasingly distressing issue of the war in America.
  26. Driving to the office in her battered white van, down the Tlokweng Road, past the stand of whispering gum trees, Mma Ramotswe, founder and owner of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, allowed her mind to wander.
  27. Hurry up, Ollie!
  28. Uh oh. Lenny slipped me LSD.
  29. Well to tell you the truth, you get used to the place.
  30. When my mother was angry with me, which was often, she said, ‘The Devil led us to the wrong crib’.
  31. If it had not rained on a certain May morning Valancy Stirling’s whole life would have been entirely different.
  32. Ah, this looks like it might be something.
  33. When most people think of the periodic table, they remember a chart hanging on the front wall of their high school chemistry class, an asymmetric expanse of columns and rows looming over one of the teacher’s shoulders.
  34. There was a time, and it was many years ago now, when I had to stay in a hospital for almost nine weeks.”
  35. That’s him?
  36. I am a stranger.
  37. You never saw it all.
  38. This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.
  39. Duty Ops Officer.
  40. I powered up the transporter and said a silent prayer.
  41. Every so often — frequently when consenting adults are reported to be having sex in some manner that would have been banned in the Victorian Age — a TV commentator will shake his head and discuss how this behavior let to Rome’s final days.
  42. One fine summer’s morning the sun peeped over the hills and looked down upon the valley of Silverstream.”
  43. Thank you for coming.
  44. It was a dark and stormy night.
  45. Mr. Sherlock Holmes, who was usually very late in the mornings, save upon those not infrequent occasions when he was up all night, was seated at the breakfast table.
  46. It’s Christmas Day 1066 and a team from St. Mary’s is going to witness the coronation of William the Conqueror: or so they think . . .
  47. If I told you my mother’s name, you’d recognize it right away.
  48. ‘Lord Chesney?’ Jensen’s voice cut through the midmorning stillness of the stables.
  49. I turned up the volume to hide what I was doing because . . .
  50. I know you’re there 21.
  51. From the harbor, the port of Alexandria is an attractive sight.
  52. Are you ready?
  53. I pressed in on the knurled end of my Colt 1911A1 with my thumb at the same time rotating the barrel bushing a quarter turn clockwise to gree the plug and recoil assembly, my hands working from rote.
  54. It was hard to be a tsar.
  55. Mrs Bantry was dreaming.
  56. The tower, which was not supposed to be there, plunges into the earth in a place just before the black pine forest begins to give way to a swamp and then the reeds and wind-gnarled trees of the marsh flats.
  57. Troy fell.
  58. Killing was too good for him.
  59. In the beginning, nearly fourteen billion years ago, all the space and all the matter and all the energy of the known universe was contained in a volume less than one-trillionth the size of the period that ends this sentence.
  60. You wanna know my problem with Capitalism?
  61. Charlie hadn’t been to the house in years.”
  62. They are just kids.
  63. Henry and I dug the hole seven feet deep.”
  64. When at last I was taken out of the plaster, and the doctors had pulled me about to their hearts’ content, and nurses had wheedled me into cautiously using my limbs, and I had been nauseated by their practically using baby talk to me, Marcus Kent told me I was to go and live in the country.
  65. “Crossing the Long Island Sound in dense fog just before midnight on the night of June 11, 1880, the passengers and crew of the steamship Stonington found themselves wrapped in impenetrable blackness.”
  66. “The buzz in the street was like the humming of flies.”