a)intend to purchase it for the library.
b)want to read it.
The first sentence of this book was submitted several times during a list-serv thread on first sentences and recently brought to my attention by another librarian acquaintance of mine, Stacy Alesi. Stacy said this was one her all-time favorite first sentences and...I have to agree. It's a great one.
Without further ado, the first sentence to THE MIRACLE LIFE OF EDGAR MINT by Brady Udall.
If I could tell you only one thing about my life
it would be this: when I was seven years old the
mailman ran over my head.
That sentence is priceless. Love it!