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What book, upon cracking open and reading the very first sentence, immediately pulled you in, shocked you, or generally made you fall in love, at first sight, lets say? Put the first sentence in the "Why you added this book" field, please.
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205 books · 133 voters · list created November 6th, 2010 by Mitchel Broussard (votes) .
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message 1: by Jack (new)

Jack Hi everyone,

I have created a new group called Goodreads All Sorts and I'd love for people to join it or just even just give it a look. It's a group that discusses anything and everything. There will be monthly group reads, movies, and music. There is a folder for everything you could think of. I'd really like if people could spread the word because I'd love for the group to be a success. Here is the link to the group:

http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/9...

Thanks very much,
Jack :-)


message 2: by Steven (new)

Steven A comprehensive list of great opening sentences can be found at www.openingsentences.com


message 3: by Booklovinglady (last edited Aug 06, 2017 10:24AM) (new)

Booklovinglady People, please, do mention the opening line in the "Why you added this book" box when you vote, like it says in the description of this Listopia...


message 4: by Greg (new)

Greg "Oh, for Christ's sake, you can get up now. No matter how long you lie there, nobody's gonna give you a fucking Academy Award for it." My second favorite opening line ever ("Sinner Man" by Lawrence Block"). Reason? The body is dead and covered in blood. Pulp fiction at its best. My favorite opening line ever is "Who is John Galt". It's even on billboards on highways! But I'll not vote, this is just another list on which Twilight appears, and that tells me all I need to know.


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