TTT #134 | Favorite Opening Lines

We have been having fun with Top Ten Tuesday, so we decided we will do one every week. This bookish meme was hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and has been going since June 2010! Since January 2018 Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is all about opening lines. I had to take a hard look to find some of my favorites! This was not an easy topic at all but I was excited for the challenge. So let’s see which ones I picked.

1.Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

There was no way I wouldn’t put this one on my list. This is actually one of the only opening lines I know by heart. As soon as I see or hear these words I know I’m home. There is a certain flow to the words and the set a tone for the story. I just adore them so much!

2. The Martian – Andy Weir

With the knowledge what this book is about, I found this line hilarious. It sets the tone and I knew I would be laughing a lot while reading this book. I haven’t finished the book yet but I really enjoyed what I’ve read so far. This is definitely a book I want to continue reading very soon.

3. Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen

I’m not a big Pride & Prejudice fan and don’t read much classics but I read this one in high school and it stuck with me ever since. It’s such an iconic opening line and I have a feeling this will be featured on a lot of lists!

4. Before I Fall – Lauren Oliver

It’s been quite a while since I read Before I Fall but I really liked the story and flew through it. This opening line sets the tone right away and keeps you guessing how it will end at the same time. I was pleasantly surprised with this story!

5. The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater

I love the Raven Cycle and it started off with a bang! The Raven Boys is a wonderful book and I think it starts amazing. Who wouldn’t want to know more after reading this sentence? This really made me want to dive right in.

6. The Last Namsara – Kristen Ciccarelli

I really liked The Last Namsara and think this opening line is great. It actually tells you something important about the world but it wasn’t completely clear to me right away. I wanted to keep on reading right away and just reading this opening line makes me want to continue with the series.

7. The Diabolic – S.J. Kincaid

The Diabolic was such a fun surprise! I really liked this book (although I wish it was a standalone) and it started off great. This opening line is really good in my opinion and right away I feel a connecting with the main character.

8. Uprooted – Naomi Novik

Doesn’t this sound pretty cool? I love Uprooted (and am ashamed to say I haven’t read the other Naomi Novik books on my shelves yet) and think the book starts off great. If someone only told me about this opening line and nothing else I’d probably still pick up the book!

9. The Rook – Daniel O’Malley

How can you put the book down after this opening line? This intrigues me right away and makes me want to jump into the story. I loved the book and should read the sequel soon. The tv show was a pretty good adaptation, even though they changed key details, and I was really hoping for a second season.

10. All Systems Red – Martha Wells

And lastly an opening line by one of my favorite characters; Murderbot! I love Murderbot and this opening line made me fall in love haha. These short stories are great and Murderbot is very relatable, especially for an A.I. I would highly recommend these book to everyone.

What did you think of these opening lines? Did I mention your favorites? Any other great opening lines I missed? Come talk to me in the comments!

24 thoughts on “TTT #134 | Favorite Opening Lines

  1. You know, for as many times as I have read Harry Potter…I had absolutely no idea that was the opening line — it barely even rings a memory bell for me, even though plenty of other lines from that series do. I did have P&P memorized, though. Love that one.

    1. Haha, pick that first book back up! I love that opening line so much <3
      P&P has a very iconic opening line!

  2. The Harry Potter one is, of course, perfect. And the one for The Martian cracks me up! 🙂

    Pride and Prejudice is a great one as well!

    1. Perfection! Especially when read by Stephen Fry 😉
      The Martian one sets the tone for the book perfectly!

  3. How could I have forgotten the amazing opening line to The Raven Boys! This week was more challenging than some others for me too. I had to look through several books whose first lines were just lackluster.
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    1. Oh no Brooke! Haha. It is a really good line! It’s definitely what intrigued me and made me pick up the book. I thought it was pretty challenging as well, but I did have a lot of fun!

    1. The Rook is such a good book! I wish more people read it and talked about it. Hopefully I can read the sequel soon <3

  4. Oh wow, so many great opening lines in this post! I’ve seen the one for The Martian and Raven Boys quite a few times and now I think I need to bump those books up my TBR because those are great opening lines! Lol

    1. You really need to! The Raven Boys is wonderful and one of my favorite series ever. I really need to continue with the Martian. What I read so far was amazing.

    1. Thank you! The Harry Potter opening line is one of my favorites ever, it brings me right back to all the HP feelings.

    1. That opening line is so iconic! I think there are a ton of people who haven’t even read the book but still know the opening line!

    1. Thank you! Yes the Last Namsara is such an underrated gem in my opinion. Pride&Prejudice is a bit of a must on a list like this haha.

    1. Me too! But the moment I saw it everything came rushing back. Great opening to a book <3

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