Join me and other book-obsessed bloggers today at Book Beginnings hosted by A Few More Pages. Here is the premise: grab the book you are reading (or have read or want to read) and write down the first few lines. Then describe how those lines make you feel…do you immediately want to read more or do they make you stop and think?
I am in the middle of reading the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling for the first time and even though they are "young adult" fiction, I have really enjoyed them so far. These lines are from the third book "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban":
"Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways. For one thing, he hated the summer holidays more than any other time of year. For another, he really wanted to do his homework but was forced to do it in secret, in the dead of night. And he also happened to be a wizard."
Ms. Rowling knows how to start a book. Each one of the three that I have read so far grab the reader from the very beginning and it doesn’t let go until the end. I think these lines make you wonder what kind of boy doesn’t like summer vacation and actually wants to do homework, certainly not a “normal” boy.