Book Beginnings on Friday

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Becky at Page Turners. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

Thank you to Rose City Reader for giving me the idea for this meme. On Rose City Reader you will find 'Opening Sentences of the Day' so please have a look at this wonderful blog for further opportunities to share opening sentences.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling

"Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much."

Brilliant stuff. Someone said it in the comments of my previous post and it is very true - Harry Potter can cure all ills! This is funny, sets the scene and the voice of these two characters, it is everything wonderful.

What about you? Place a link to your Book Beginnings on Friday post in the the Mr Linky below.


  1. Funny :-) I never thought of it that way. My book beginnings is from The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan.

  2. I chose a Short History of Rudeness by Mark Caldwell.

  3. Harry Potter is like comfort food. I love opening sentences you know so well that reading them feels like coming home.

  4. I'm planning to re-read the series before the new movie comes out :)

  5. I might be the only person left on earth who hasn't read Harry Potter! I guess I should rectify that!

    Great beginning...

  6. Great beginning for Harry Potter - of course! Thanks for sharing that one. Here's the opening sentence for a new one called "The Little Book of Death," by Merih Turkdogan:

    "This is the story of Herr Zimmermann. Or rather, it’s the
    story of his death, which took only a second."

  7. Ah, Harry Potter, my favorite summertime read... :)

  8. Laurel - you must must must read it.

    Audrey - that's a really good one. It might sound strange, but I really like books that start with a death

  9. I love the Harry Potter books. I enjoy listening to them on audio too. I haven't heard Stephen Fry but Jim Dale did a fantastic job with the US version.


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