Today I decided to make a list of books with some of the best opening lines, in my opinion. To me what draws me into the book is the first line, it can either hook you or make you not interested, and that isn’t the authors fault at all. We all get in different moods when we read a book, and just because the first line doesn’t interest us at that time doesn’t mean that it won’t interest us at a later time.
Here is a list of some of the best opening lines from books, in my opinion:
- Pride and Prejudice: ” It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”
- The Book Thief: “First the colors. Then the humans. That’s usually how I see things. Or at least, how I try”
- Chime: “I’ve confessed to everything and I’d like to be hanged. Now, if you please”
- Tiger Lily: “Let me tell you something straight off. This is a love story, but not like any you’ve heard. The boy and the girl are far from innocent. Dear lives are lost. And good doesn’t win. In some places, there is something ultimately good about endings. In Neverland, that is not the case”
- The Great Gatsby: “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, he told me, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had”
- Atonement: “The play—for which Briony had designed the posters, programs and tickets, constructed the sales booth out of a folding screen tipped on its side, and lined the collection box in red crêpe paper—was written in her two-day tempest of composition, causing her to miss a breakfast and a lunch”
- The Princess Bride: “This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it”
- Their Eyes Were Watching God: “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board”
These are just a few of the best lines from books that I love. If you have a favorite line that didn’t make it on the list, as always, please feel free to add it in the comments below!