First Sentences of Things I Read in 2016

  1. 1.
    Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn - “My sweater was new, stinging red, and ugly.”
  2. 2.
    Ms Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal - G. Willow Wilson - “I just want to smell it.”
  3. 3.
    The Mezzotint - M. R. James - “Some time ago I believe I had the pleasure of telling you the story of an adventure which happened to a friend of mine by the name of Dennistoun, during his pursuit of objects of art for the museum at Cambridge.”
  4. 4.
    Canon Alberic's Scrap-book - M. R. James - “St Bertrand de Comminges is a decayed town on the spurs of the Pyrenees, not very far from Toulouse, and still nearer to Bagnères-deLuchon.”
  5. 5.
    The Martian - Andy Weir - “I’m pretty much fucked.”
  6. 6.
    The Egg - Andy Weir - “You were on your way home when you died.”
  7. 7.
    Dark Places - Gillian Flynn - “I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ.”
  8. 8.
    Some Other Animal’s Meat - Emily Carrol - “I begin by saying it’s time we treat ourselves a little.”
  9. 9.
    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie - “I was born with water on the brain.”
  10. 10.
    Start Here: Read Your Way into 25 Amazing Authors - ed. Jeff O’Neal and Rebecca Joines Schinsky - “The best way, by far, to find something to read is to get a recommendations from someone you know.”
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    Hop-Frog - Edgar Allan Poe - “I NEVER knew anyone so keenly alive to a joke as the king was.”
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    The Wrath and the Dawn - Renée Ahdieh - “It would not be a welcome dawn.”
  13. 13.
    Home - Toni Morrison - “They rose up like men.”
  14. 14.
    The Likeness - Tana French - "Some nights, if I'm sleeping on my own, I still dream about Whitethorn House."
  15. 15.
    The Grownup - Gillian Flynn - "I didn't stop giving handjobs because I wasn't good at it."
  16. 16.
    George - Alex Gino - "George pulled a silver house key out of the smallest pocket of a large red backpack."
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    Fuzzy Mud - Louis Sachar - "Woodridge Academy, a private school in Heath Cliff, Pennsylvania, had once been the home of William Heath, after whom the town had been named."
  18. 18.
    All My Sons - Arthur Miller - "The backyard of the KELLER home in the outskirts of an American town."
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    The Clearwater Coven Chronicles Book 1: The Binding of the Coven - Ashton Raze - "Creedence leant against the bannister, peering just far enough forward to spy on the inhabitants of the great hall below, but taking care to hold back so they did not see her."
  20. 20.
    Dad is Fat - Jim Gaffigan - "Jim Gaffigan wrote a book?"
  21. 21.
    All the Bright Places - Jennifer Niven - "Is today a good day to die?"
  22. 22.
    The Shining - Stephen King - "Jack Torrance thought: Officious little prick."
  23. 23.
    Texts from Jane Eyre and Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters - Mallory Ortberg - "hiiiiiiii"
  24. 24.
    Doctor Sleep - Stephen King - "On the second day of December in a year when a Georgia peanut farmer was doing business in the White House, one of Colorado's great resort hotels burned to the ground."
  25. 25.
    Gutenberg! The Musical! - Anthony King and Scott Brown - "(CHARLES enters and stands center stage.)
  26. 26.
    Q2Q Vol. 1 - Steven Younkins - "Well, here it is: the first collected volume of Q2Q Comics!"
  27. 27.
    As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride - Carey Elwes with Joe Layden - "Standing onstage at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, surrounded by cast members and some of the crew, many of whom I've not seen in years, I feel an almost overwhelming sense of gratitude and nostalgia."
  28. 28.
    The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins - "She's buried beneath a silver birch tree, down towards the old train tracks, her grave marked with a cairn."
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    Out There, in the Woods - Ashton Raze - Wind rasps through the sentinel evergreens, a chill enough to make me shiver.
  30. 30.
    The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle - "People who move to New York always make the same mistake."
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    This is Where It Ends - Marieke Nijkamp - "The starter gun shatters the silence, releasing the runners from their blocks."
  32. 32.
    The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 - Ryan North and Erica Henderson - "Squirrel Girl, Squirrel Girl!"
  33. 33.
    Grandma's Crooked Finger - Ashton Raze - "Summer holidays were for visiting the grandparents."
  34. 34.
    Annie's Day - Andy Weir - "I didn't want to wake up at 6am, especially on a Saturday."
  35. 35.
    Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan - Drew Karpyshyn - "Here the darkness reigns eternal."
  36. 36.
    If I Was Your Girl - Meredith Russo - "The bus smelled of mildew, machine oil, and sweat."
  37. 37.
    In a Dark, Dark Wood - Ruth Ware - "I am running."
  38. 38.
    Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates - "Son, Last Sunday the host of a popular news show asked me what it meant to lose my body."
  39. 39.
    Before I Go to Sleep - S.J. Watson - "The bedroom is strange."
  40. 40.
    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing - Marie Kondo - "In this book, I have summed up how to put your space in order in a way that will change your life forever."
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    The Art of Broken Age - Various - "In my time at LucasArts, I was lucky enough to work with some amazing artists."
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    Assassins - Sarah Rodriguez - "She rested against the trunk of the great tree, trying to take deep, quiet breaths."
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    The Masque of Red Death - Edgar Allan Poe - "The "Red Death" had long devastated the country."
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    The Cask of Amontillado - Edgar Allan Poe - "The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge."
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    The Fall of the House of Usher - Edgar Allan Poe - "During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country;
    and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher."
  46. 46.
    The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman - "It is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and myself secure ancestral halls for the summer."
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    Get in Trouble: Stories - Kelly Link - "Fran's daddy woke her up wielding a mister."