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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Opening Lines

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Opening Lines (Best, favorite, funny, unique, shocking, gripping, lines that grabbed you immediately, etc.) A good opening line immediately draws you into a story. I have chosen to list some of my favourite opening lines from books. These are all memorable and intriguing first lines which made me want to read on!


It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

little women

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Harry Potter

Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling


There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.

Holes by Louis Sachar


It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

1984 by George Orwell

the hate u give

I shouldn’t have come to this party.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Go-Between

The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.

The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley

the outsiders

When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

My Sister, the Serial Killer

Ayoola summons me with these words – Korede, I killed him.

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

What are your favourite opening lines? Have you read any of the books on this list? Let me know in the comments and feel free to link your Top Ten Tuesday post!

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