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20 Incredible First Lines That Will Make You Want to Read the Rest of the Book Immediately

Don’t you just love it when the first line of a book hooks you instantaneously? You settle in and start reading, devouring the story one chapter at a time. Suddenly you’re flipping pages with a feverish urgency, unable to put the book down. You’re neglecting all your real-life responsibilities. You haven’t answered anyone’s texts in days. You haven’t showered. Your family’s worried. But what do they know? You’re fine. You really are. You can stop whenever you want, but also you can’t, because if you don’t know how the story ends you will die.

Anyway, here are some first lines from books that will grab hold of you and won’t let go.