You know these classics, but here are the first sentences (sometimes first two) of the books currently on my to-read (or recently read) pile:
I said a silent prayer.
Actually, silent is probably the only type of prayer a guy should attempt when his head's in a toilet.
– Winger, Andrew Smith
Tommy was a talker and didn't much like the other ghosts, so he was forever talking to Kelpie.
– Razorhurst, Justine Larbalestier
'I think Bill is in love with Mrs Peck,' I confide to an undersized blue swimmer crab that has become all tangled up in my line.
– The Minnow, Diana Sweeney
The ring is small and space is tight, and their circles feel like flying.
– The One and Only Jack Chant, Rosie Borella
The first thing we had to do was catch the Tralfamosaur.
– The Eye of Zoltar, Jasper Fforde
It happened before Jack was born.
When Amrei was six, a spider appeared on her shoulder.
– No Stars to Wish On, Zana Fraillon
The first thing is the smell of blood and coffee.
– Why We Took the Car, Wolfgang Herrndorf
The ground is hard and dry. The dirt yields grudgingly as the gravedigger thrusts his shovel in.
– The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, Clare Wright
It took slightly under eight hours for Melbourne to die.
– Pandora Jones: Admission, Barry Jonsberg