by Maria Schulz
A pick up line is a curious thing. If it’s done right, it can be romantic, intriguing, and amusing. If it’s done wrong, it can be painful, embarrassing and boring. Sometimes, the only way to get through them is to have a drink. Here are some examples:
“Have I died? Because you look like an angel.”
“It’s a good thing I have a library card, because I’m totally checking you out!”
“That must be jam, because jelly don’t shake like that.”
“Do your legs hurt? Because you’ve been running through my dreams all night!”
“You’re so beautiful I forgot my pick up line.”
“I’m no photographer, but I can picture us together.”
A great pick up line makes you stop for a minute and really listen to what the other person has to say. I have experienced pick up lines in my day, although mine are usually just the opening lines to a great book. When an author gets it right, they can grab your heart and mind. Sometimes, the line is so good that it becomes one of those things you will never forget.
The American Book Review actually compiled 100 Best Lines. It’s fun to read through to see if your favorites are on there; some of mine were, but not all of them.
I love a good book, so I have a few favorites of my own. Here’s my list…
“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins.” –Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
I wrote about this book in my post, Summer Reading. There’s something about my Catholic school upbringing that draws me to books that are on the banned list. Although I didn’t understand the book completely the first time I read it (I had to keep a dictionary by my side), it just gets better and better over time.
“I heard the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.” –Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Sorry if this gives you flashbacks to High School English, but Ethan Frome is one of my all-time favorites. I can still hear Mr. Brodsky asking, “what’s the significance of the empty pickle jar?”
“Call me Ishmael.”—Moby Dick by Herman Melville
I didn’t love this book, but “Call me Ishmael!” is one of my favorite lines to blurt out at random times.
“It was all because of the Berlin Wall. If it weren’t for the Berlin Wall, Celia wouldn’t have found the letter, and then she wouldn’t be sitting here, at the kitchen table, willing herself not to tear it open.” The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.
Ooooh….what’s in the letter? I’ve got to know!
“I may have found a solution to the Wife Problem. As with so many scientific breakthroughs, the answer was obvious in retrospect. But had it not been for a series of unlikely events, it is doubtful I would have discovered it.” The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
I thought this book was hysterical. As soon as I heard about the “Wife Problem,” I was hooked.
“On the day they were going to kill him, Santiago Nasar got up at 5:30 in the morning to wait for the boat the bishop was coming on.” –Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Wow. I bet he would’ve slept in if he’d have known.
“Here is what I know.
My name is Budo.
I have been alive for five years.
Five years is a very long time for someone like me to be alive.
Max gave me my name.
Max is the only human person who can see me.
Max’s parents call me an imaginary friend.
I love Max’s teacher, Mrs. Gosk.
I do not like Max’s other teacher, Mrs. Patterson.
I am not imaginary.”
—Memoirs of An Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks
You had me at “My name is Budo.”
“Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a bit of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.”—The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
This person sounds a lot like every teenager I know…except maybe for the preoccupation with death. Why is she thinking so much about death? Tell me more!
“Later, when memory was all she had to sustain her, she would come to cherish it: Old Honolulu, as it was then, as it would never be again.”—Molokai by Alan Brennert
Why does she only have memory to sustain her? What happened? I have to know.
“She’s waking up.”—The Last Letter to Your Lover by Jo Jo Moyes
Why is she asleep? Again, I have to know.
“They say that God answers all prayers. So why is my father’s house burning to the ground?” –Tales From a Hungry Life: A Memoir with Recipes by Maria Schulz
Wait…there was a fire? What happened? Did anyone get hurt? Yes, I wrote, rewrote, and then rewrote my opening line again. My goal was to place the reader right there beside me, as my childhood home burned.
I hope my pickup line works!
This recipe is perfect for a quick, delicious, and easy family dinner or for your next book club meeting.
So…what’s the best pickup line you ever heard? Which opening line made you hungry for more? Does your book club love to eat (mine does)? Please leave a comment and let us all know. Thanks!