Top 5 Tuesday | Favorite Opening Lines

Top Five

I didn’t realize how hard this week was until I started actually trying to think of memorable opening lines.  I could only remember one book, Jellicoe Road, that stuck out to me has having a really powerful opener.  I had to search my shelves for others.

I found four that I loved, but my fifth pick was a toss up.  There were three others I was debating between.  If your curious, ask me in the comment section.  😀

Top 5 Tuesday was started by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm!


“My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die.
I counted.
It happened on the Jellicoe Road.  The prettiest road I’d ever seen, where trees made breezy canopies like a tunnel to Shangri-la.”

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta


“It was seven in the morning when the alarm clock belonging to Gustavo Tiberius rang and he opened his eyes.  He looked up at the ceiling and thought, Today is going to be an okay day.”

How to be a Normal Person by TJ Klune

How to Be a Normal Person

“People often shit themselves when they die.
Their muscles slack and their souls flutter free and everything else just… slips out.”

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


“The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say.  About anything.
‘Need a poo, Todd.’
‘Shut up, Manchee.’
‘Poo.  Poo, Todd.'”

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness


“‘You can’t kill the truth.’ -Georgia Mason

‘Nothing is impossible to kill.  It’s just that sometimes after you kill something, you have to keep shooting it until it stops moving.  And that’s really sort of neat when you stop to think about it.’  -Shaun Mason”

Feed by Mira Grant



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16 Responses

  1. elissa

    After that opener, I think I need to read Nevernight…

    The first opener I could think of was the clichéd, but so good, Jane Austen’s start to Pride and Prejudice. Maybe the first sentence in The Lunar Chronicles’ Cinder? “The screw through Cinder’s ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marked worn to a mangled circle.” I love that series…


  2. I really, really, REALLY need to read Jellicoe Road, it sounds amazing and that first line, it’s beautiful ❤ ❤ Thank you so much for sharing this!


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