We’ve all heard this line a thousand times: “Don’t judge a book by its cover!” But let’s be honest, when you’re at the store browsing the shelves for your next read, you still want to make sure that you’re going to like it before you spend your money on it, right?
Now the time has come, you’re standing in front of the shelves hopelessly gazing at all the beautiful spines while second guessing if the book in your hand is truly the one. Do you really want this? What if the reviews are lying!? Whatever you do, don’t panic.
Read the first page.
Authors and editors spend a long amount of time writing and rewriting the first page of their novels because they need to be perfect. The first page isn’t just responsible for starting the story, it also has to capture readers’ hearts — and that’s not an easy thing to do.
Think about how amazing some of the first lines of your favorite books are, like the opening to Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, “All this happened, more or less.” The Stranger‘s main character starts his narration with “Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I can’t be sure.” Talk about intriguing! There’s a reason why people love these novels and others, and it all started with these incredibly memorable first lines.
So, next time you’re feeling conflicted in the bookstore there’s no need to start crying and fan yourself with the nearest paperback (or maybe that’s just me…). Take a deep breath and dive right into the first page. If you end up reading half the novel in the store, then you know it’s a keeper!
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