Favorite First Lines of the Books on My Bookshelf 📖

Thanks, @blisssara, for requesting this! I'm not at home, so I cobbled this together from memory (and Internet searches). I'm sure there are some good ones that I've missed!
  1. On the morning the last Lisbon daughter took her turn at suicide–it was Mary this time, and sleeping pills, like Therese–the two paramedics arrived at the house knowing exactly where the knife drawer was, and the gas oven, and the beam in the basement from which it was possible to tie a rope.
    From THE VIRGIN SUICIDES by Jeffrey Eugenides
  2. The first real writer I ever knew was a man who did all of his work under the name of August Van Zorn.
    From WONDER BOYS by Michael Chabon
  3. Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins.
    From LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov
  4. Have you ever tasted a Whitstable oyster?
    From TIPPING THE VELVET by Sarah Waters
  5. Today I'm five.
    From ROOM by Emma Donoghue
  6. It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.
    From 1984 by George Orwell
  7. When I was quite young, and quite small for my size, I met an old man in the Desert of Drize.
    From DID I EVER TELL YOU HOW LUCKY YOU ARE? by Dr. Seuss
  8. Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.
    From REBECCA by Daphne Du Maurier
  9. Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.
    From MRS. DALLOWAY by Virginia Woolf