Hey guys! Back with a Top Ten Tuesday article, it has been a while (I was not super inspired by previous prompts!) but this week’s theme really inspired me: Opening lines! I love a good opening line, that can hook me into a book right away! And looking for which ones I could choose for the challenge, I realize I do have a type of favorite opening lines… I will let you discover it :p Also, I could not choose only 10 opening lines, so you will get 15!
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- « Victor readjusted the shovel on his shoulder and stepped gingerly over an old, half-sunken grave » Vicious – VE Schwab. I mean, how not to be intrigued ????
- « People often shit themselves when they die. » Nevernight– Jay Kristoff. What a line to start a book with, very promising…
- « They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart. » The Shadows Between us – Tricia Levenseller. I do not need to read more, I am sold!
- « By the time Alex managed to get the blood out of her good wool coat, it was too warm to wear it. » Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo. Another murder-implying first line, all I’m asking for!
- “Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.” The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater. That sounds like a story like no other, I just wanted to dive in the first time I read it!
- « We must, by law, keep a record of the innocents we kill. » Scythe – Neal Shusterman. That sets the tone for the rest of the book!
- « Later, they would blame what happened on the little wooden horses » Wild Beauty – Anna-Marie Mclemore. This one is lighter on the murderous vibe than the other but one can’t help but imagined what did happen?
- « In a distant and second-hand set of dimensions, in an astral plane that was never meant to fly, the curling star-mists waver and part… » The Color of Magic – Terry Pratchett. It just sounds too crazy, you have to keep reading right?
- « We were all villains in the beginning. » Renegades – Marissa Meyer. I imagine this line said by a storyteller, whispered as old stories take shape in the smoke of a camp fire… and I am hooked!
- « Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well ». Daughter of smoke and bone – Laini Taylor. One of my favorite series, and just rewriting these opening lines gives me chills!
- « I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war. » Red Rising – Pierce Brown. I know, I know, this is actually two sentences, but they need to be together to deliver their full potential! And what a start for a book!
- « Asha lured the dragon with a story. » The Last Namsara – Kristen Ciccarelli. With this first line I’m like « a dragon? ok I’m gonna read that!! And a story with magical powers? Yes please! »
- « Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood. » The Lightning Thief– Rick Riordan. This is the kind of line that becomes stronger after you have read the book for the first time. Now, rereading it, I have all the anticipation of what will come after flowing through me, making it an amazing first line!
- » In a hole in the ground, there lived a Hobbit. » The Hobbit– JRR Tolkien.
I feel that this one is a mythical one, and that it will be in a lot of lists. But because it is so popular, just hearing it brings the memories of the movies and of Middle Earth and I can’t resist it!
- « It was night again. The Waystone Inn lay in silence, and it was a silence of three parts. » The Name of the Wind– Patrick Rothfuss. Again, such a storyteller vibe, I can’t resist!
And of course, the best first line of them all, is simply « Once upon a time…« , just a few words, carrying centuries of storytelling!
What about you, what are some of your favorite first lines? What do you think of these? Kind of makes me want to have a notebook to mark them all!
See you for a cup,