Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Opening Lines

Top Ten Tuesday is a book tag hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader. This week’s prompt is “Opening Lines” (submitted by Claire @ Book Lovers Pizza). I love when a book hooks you from the first moment, so I knew I had to do this one!

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”

~ Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier

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

~ George Orwell, 1984

“The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.” 

~ Donna Tartt, The Secret History

“I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.”

~ Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

“Lyra and her daemon moved through the darkening Hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen.”

~ Philip Pullman, The Northern Lights/The Golden Compass

“We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.”

~ M.T. Anderson, Feed

“I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time.”

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Shadow of the Wind

“On the second Sabbat of Twelfthmoon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky.”

Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer

“My name is Kathy H. I am thirty-one years old, and I’ve been a carer now for over eleven years.”

~ Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

“We slept in what had once been the gymnasium.”

~ Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale 

This was such a fun one! Have you read any of these books? What are some of your favorite first lines?

Until next time,

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