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Show Off: Love at First Line

Around Valentine’s Day, I didn’t want to do the usual display for romance or anti-romance novels. Instead, I decided to play with the concept of love at first sight. You may have picked up a book and known, just by the first line, that you were going to love it. Maybe it was shocking and grabbed your attention with force. Maybe it was a sort of puzzle that urged you to keep reading for the answer. Maybe the first-named character shared your name and, well, if it was basically a book about you, it had to be good, right?

Well. For whatever reason the first line pulled you in,  you were hooked from the beginning. At Duncan one Sunday, I went to the shelves in our Young Adult collection and began selecting random titles. I read the first line from dozens of books, making note of the best ones and their titles.

After I’d typed the lines and their titles up, I put together a little game on the door. The title of the novels were taped to the door first, followed by the lines, which covered the novels like a flap. If the first line intrigued you enough, the idea was you’d lift that sheet to find out the title of the book (and its location on the shelf) which would then empower you to check it out and get started on a great read.

Here are some images of the display:


What are some of your favorite first lines?


  1. Rosemary Hargreaves

    April 1, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Should do that for adult books. Something like that might get me to read different novels.

    • abbyrhargreaves

      April 1, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      I don’t manage the adult displays, so that one isn’t up to me around here. Feel free to slip the Derry librarians one of my business cards, though, and tell them about my neat-o website listed on there. Maybe they’ll get some ideas from it.

  2. This is a great idea for all ages. I’ve always paid a lot of attention to the first line of a book. Seems really easy to put together too.

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