Writing & Editing 10 of the best first lines from novels Jane Austen and J.D. Salinger are on the list; Lauren Conrad is not. By Michael SebastianMay 1, 2012 SHARE To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.