Tuesday, December 31, 2019

First Sentences of 2019

Below you will find the first sentences of books I read in 2019.


They say when you are about to die your entire life passes before your eyes in a flurry of poignant images, but all I could think of, rather absurdly, was that I should have worn the blue hat.This Side of Murder by Anna Lee Huber

"Why does it have to rain?" Josh asked as he and his friends left the playing fields. ~ April Fools' Fiasco by Ron Roy

If not for the second worst mistake of Grace Healey's life, she never would have found the suitcase. ~ Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

It was a dark and stormy night. ~ Judy Moody Girl Detective by Megan McDonald

My lord father,

Please forgive the haste and informality of this letter: you know my respect for you and my obedience to your will. The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman

"Starting today, I'm changing my ice cream flavor," Josh said.Sleepy Hollow Sleepover by Ron Roy

I type, "Should I see a therapist?"Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

Josh stuck out his tongue into the cold December air. White House White-Out by Ron Roy

The first thing Nika noticed about the man who buzzed the studio bell was his scar.  ~ Stars Uncharted by S.K. Dunstall

Judy Moody had been Judy, M.D. ~ Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party by Megan McDonald

My name is Frieda. Frida Kahlo: The Artist Who Painted Herself by Margaret Frith

Viva la vida!Who Was Frida Kahlo? by Sarah Fabiny

Three weeks ago, Cassie Crow left Chicago armed with a naked charm bracelet and a full box of condoms. Getting Hot With a Scot by Melonie Johnson

"Come on down, George Washington." ~ A Spy in the White House by Ron Roy

I sat back in my captain's chair and breathed, slowly and deeply, letting my body adjust to traveling at a normal velocity again.Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet

The sun vanished below the horizon as the girl crested the rise of Old Barrons Road. Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Judy Moody ate one, two, three bowls of cereal. ~ Judy Moody Predicts the Future by Megan McDonald

The old man is dying. ~ The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

Judy Moody marched into third grade on a plain old Thursday. ~ Judy Moody Gets Famous! by Megan McDonald

I am Jackie Robinson. ~ I Am Jackie Robinson by Brad Meltzer

I won Dribble at Jimmy Fargo's birthday party. ~ Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

A chorus of tree frogs trilled in the damp, velvet darkness, wide awake and relentless as they spoke their authority over the nocturnal world. ~ Unraveling by Karen Lord

Princess Magnolia was having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower. ~ The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the city, not a creature was stirring . . . Except for Bad Kitty. ~ A Bad Kitty Christmas by Nick Bruel

It was our last day in Paris. ~ The Book Supremacy by Kate Carlisle

Officer  Buckle knew more safety tips than anyone in Napville. Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

On that day, the snow (unusual for April) which had fallen on the night before was still half an inch deep in the morning. The Master Key by Masako Togawa

She began in the first month of the lunar year.  How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

"Josh, what are you doing?" Dink asked. ~ Grand Canyon Grab by Ron Roy

It was raining the day Suki came to the Palace of the Sun, and it was raining the night she died. ~ Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

"Lisette!" Adeline hissed, and when Lisette turned, wisps of her beautiful hair fluttering about her face, Adeline beckoned to her. ~ The Lady and the Thief by Megan Derr

The phone was ringing. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

Bonnie Blythe hovered near the tall windows, nursing her cocktail and watching the lights from the Navy Pier Ferris wheel twinkle in the fading spring twilight. Smitten by the Brit by Melonie Johnson

The Chinese gentleman ran from between the carriages packed the length of Mount Street and straight into my path. ~ Death in Kew Gardens by Jennifer Ashley

The man jogged through the parking area of a mountain trailhead, his blond hair wild and disheveled, a dead leaf caught in the golden waves. ~ False Step by Victoria Helen Stone

Dear Mr. Wrexham,

I know you don't know me but please, please please you have to help meTurn of the Key by Ruth Ware

It had started out as such a promising day. Fan the Flames by Katie Ruggle

"Travel the world," they'd said.Off the Grid by Monica McCarty

"Careful going over the curb, or you'll spill the whole pile," Dink cautioned his friend Josh. ~ The Vampire's Vacation by Ron Roy

"What are we going to do now, sir?" ~ Out of Time by Monica McCarty

"Dink, would you mind passing out math paper to everyone?" Mrs. Eagle asked. ~ The School Skeleton by Ron Roy

The world was always thus. ~ The Gossamer Mage by Julie E. Czerneda

If anyone told me I could bring down the president, and the Pure Movement, and that incompetent shit Morgan LeBron in a week's time, I wouldn't believe them. ~ Vox by Christina Dalcher

Jumping into a hole cut in the frozen reservoir was a stupid idea. ~ Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle

The hot wind flung brown dust into Maud's face. Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews

" Do't you think this punishment is a little harsh?" Derek asked under his breath, eyeing the yellow school bus pulling into the gravel parking lot.On His Watch by Katie Ruggle

Today was the Interkingdom Science Fair. ~ The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Imagine you're a bird. ~ The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

"Hush, little baby, don't say a word . . ." ~ Pretty Guilty Women by Gina LaManna

It's too damn cold of a day to be out on a hunt.  Warcross by Marie Lu

Children think we make them, but we don't. After the Flood by Kassandra Montag

This is a regular girl and her best friend in the whole wide world. ~ The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

I live with my family in a city close to the sea. ~ The Journey by Francesca Sanna

One bright sunny day, a young duck named McKluck
Had a wonderful, wonderful piece of good luck.  
~ The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss

Here's the thing. ~ The Taken by Vicki Pettersson

I didn't choose the wench life. ~ Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Before Bean met Ivy, she didn't like her. Ivy + Bean by Annie Barrows & Sophie Blackall

The fellow across the fire gave Red the once-over, from the wild corkscrews of her hair peeking out from under her red hood to the small hand axe that rested on the ground beside her. The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

I was putting flowers on the mane of my pet unicorn. Goldilicious by Victoria Kann

It was the first Sunday of Advent, and everyone in the little town of Calabria was busy getting ready for Christmas.Merry Christmas, Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola

When I was seven, I found a door.The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

With a pitch-black sky full of twinkling stars and a warm summer breeze caressing my skin, I stood in front of my fabulous pink-and-white Shasta trailer.Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece by Rose Pressey

I had a wiggly tooth.Silverlicious by Victoria Kann

Deep in the woods there's an old white cabin with pumpkins in the garden. Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Once upon a time, but not very long ago, deep in the Australian bush lived two possums. Possum Magic by Mem Fox & Julie Vivas

My mother works as a waitress in the Blue Tile Diner. ~ A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams

Henry Brown wasn't sure how old he was. ~ Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine & Kadir Nelson

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten - wham! ~ Ivy + Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go by Annie Barrows & Sophie Blackall

We're a pair beyond compare, 
a rare and special two,
in all the ways that I am me
and you're completely you. Me With You by Kristy Dempsey and Christopher Denise

"Noooooo!" ~ Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill

Time to move on. Death Overdue by Allison Brook

I glanced around my cottage at the thirty or so guests laughing and chatting, and grinned. ~ Read and Gone by Allison Brook

Amelia Bedelia is getting ready to go to school when . . . CRASH! ~ Amelia Bedelia Tries Her Luck by Herman Parish & Lynn Avril

Boring. ~ Ivy + Bean Break the Fossil Record by Annie Barrows & Sophie Blackall

I am Amelia Earhart. ~ I Am Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer

"The blue-cheese burger and fries are calling to me, but I'm going with a small salad, no bread," Angela said, looking up from the lunch menu with a sigh. ~ Buried in the Stacks by Allison Brook

While humas slept, monsters raved. Wicked Hour by Chloe Neill

The witch had a cat 
     and a hat that was black,
And long ginger hair 
     in a braid down her back. 
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

This was it. ~ Coming Home for Christmas by RaeAnne Thayne

Sam Thompson stood in the blackened corner of the alley silently watching the mercantile across the street. One Wish by Jodi Thomas

She had never believed in love. The Christmas Keeper by Jenn McKinlay

When her phone rang at three in the morning, ripping her from a desperately needed sleep, Maggie's first thought was bad news. ~ A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan

Thwack! Ivy + Bean Take Care of the Babysitter by Annie Barrows & Sophie Blackall

Darkness falls slowly . . . like a fuzzy blanket tucking in the world. ~ Nighttime by Jill Esbaum

Deep in the heart of Wintermouse Wood, 
down in the grass where the autumn trees stood, 
lived all kinds of creatures - some big and some small- 
some spiky, some furry, some short, and some tall. 
Side by Side by Rachel Bright & Debi Gliori

Edward was good at numbers (he could count all the way to fifty).Santa's Book of Names by David McPhail

After walking for many days, a wolf wandered into a quiet little town. Wolf! by Becky Bloom and Pascal Biet

Tonight is the perfect night to start a new diary because there is no way I can fall asleep! ~ Snow Place Like Home by Christina Soontornvat and  Barbara Szepesi Szucs

Check. Ivy + Bean Bound to Be Bad by Annie Barrows & Sophie Blackall

When the sun goes down, dots of light fill the night sky.Night Sky by Stephanie Warren Drimmer

Molly Lou Melon stood just taller than her dog and was the shortest girl in the first grade.Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell & David Catrow

They call it Heartbreak Pier, the place from where I will leave Ireland. ~ The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter by Hazel Gaynor

If a stranger should come to a certain little Swedish town and should happen one day to find himself at a certain spot on the edge of it, he would see Villa Villekulla.Pippi Goes On Board by Astrid Lindgren

Sprinkles.Once Upon a Bad Boy by Melonie Johnson

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