A certain LJ-friend of mine (named after a water-bourne mythical creature) recently posted about the first lines of books, how they can make a difference and get you hooked. That got me hooked and I checked some of the books closest to me at that moment for their first line - and will give them to you.
To post just a few first lines of books on my Kindle:
"The noise echoed away through the street." (The Wicked Witch)
"The woman on the horse reigned in her weary steed.".
"Holidays with Gran - it was enough to make a nine.year old weep" (The Dreables, A Merryweather Mystery)
"Man sagt, dass aus jungen Huren alte Betschwestern werden"
"When I was a small child, I used to sneak into my father's study and leaf through the papers on his desk." (What the Dog Saw)
"The night was rank with the smell of man."
"So you need a world, to start with" (World-building for Beginners)
"Of old was an age when was emptyness, there was sand nor sea nor surging waves; unwrought was Earth, unroofed was Heaven - an abyss yawning, and no blade of grass."
"Hoofs drummed down the street that sloped to the wharfs." (Queen of the black coast)
"Haldor Goldenhead was a lord of Edain and well-beloved by the Eldar."
"Vor wenigen Wochen verschwand der Schuster Nathaniel C. unter mysteriösen Umständen, um nach wenigen Stunden ohne Erinnerung an den Vorfall wieder aufzutauchen." (Epicordia)
"Ash fell from the Sky."
"In the archmage's sumptuous purple bedroom, the woman astride him took two pins from her silver-shot hair." (Beyond Sanctuary)
"My story began as my mother carried me in her belly to the great Nawolu trade fair."
" 'So, no more ghostly encounters?' " (Witchful Thinking)
"In September of 1983, an art dealer by the name of Gianfranco Becchina appoached the J. Paul Getty Museum in California."
"I have no doubt the earth has never known thunder like this." (Fall. The Last Testament of Lucifer Morningstar)
"The two brothers were almost to the wall, when the skulls flew overhead."
"Oh no, not another Ritual!" (Aleph)
"Whilom, as tells the tale, was a walled cheaping town hight Utterhay, which was builded in a bight of the land a little off the great highway which went from over the mountains to the sea."
"It is safe to say that before the spring of 2010, few Americans had ever heard the name 'WikiLeaks'." (The Age of WikiLeaks)
"First the colors. Then the humans. That is usually how I see things. Or at least, how I try."
I dare you to tell me you've read any of these (and which ones). :-)
Plus, if you put up something of the kind, I'll give you my answers.