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.
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!