Top 5 Opening Lines

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Instead of doing the top 5 opening lines of books I’ve decided to do the opening lines of the last 5 books I’ve read simply because I don’t think I remember 5 books who’s opening lines stand out (except A Tale Of Two Cities because I mean, duh). So, here are they are – the opening lines of the last 5 books I read.

VERONA COMICS BY JENNIFER DUGAN

Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan

“You look like you’re being tortured,” Jayla says.

MEET ME AT MIDNIGHT BY JESSICA PENNINGTON

Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington

Here’s the problem with knowing someone since you were ten and vacationing with them since you were thirteen: they know way too much.

WE ARE THE WILDCATS BY SIOBHAN VIVIAN

We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian

It is a tradition that the fifth and final day of the tryouts for the Wildcats’ varsity girls field hockey team be the most grueling of all.

[Click here to read my review on We Are The Wildcats.]

RULES FOR BEING A GIRL BY CANDACE BUSHNELL AND KATIE COTUGNO

Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell

“And that,” Mr. Beckett says, leaning against the edge of his desk in third period AP English, ankles crossed and dark eyes shining, “ is the story of how Hemingway and Fitzgerald became the most famous literary frenemies of the twentieth century.”

[Click here to read my review on Rules For Being A Girl.]

LITTLE MONSTERS BY KARA THOMAS

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They fire off a round of texts at me five minutes after midnight:

‘We’re coming.’

‘Get ready.’

[Click here to read my review on Little Monsters.]


I personally think that opening lines of novels are quite important. They always seem to set the tone of the novel and they can either make it or break it for the reader. If the first line of the book has me hooked, I might just end up reading the entire book in just a single sitting. If that isn’t the case, then I often find myself struggling to stay engaged and end up losing interest.

Now that I look back at these opening lines (thanks to this week’s Top Five Tuesday’s topic) I think that the opening lines were deeply connected to the actual plot of the book. This realization struck me as a surprise and I think I’ll be going back to the opening lines of novels after finishing reading them more often now!

What are your thoughts? Do you pay a lot of attention to the opening lines of novels? Have you read any of the books that I’ve recently read? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

– Just Another Magical Soul

Also! I saw another blogger’s post on the same topic and I loved her list as well! Here‘s the link!

 


 

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6 thoughts on “Top 5 Opening Lines

  1. wonderwall360blog says:

    I know the opening to a tale of two cities and I have not even read it. I think whatever the first line is then I’m soon past it and have therefore forgotten it. If I do remember a first line then I guess being memorable makes it good. One of my 5 was the opening to Rebecca which struck me when I first read and I have not forgotten.

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  2. Priyasha says:

    YES. Here’s the problem with knowing someone since you were ten and vacationing with them since you were thirteen: they know way too much.
    This line is so beautiful . I love this minor details that the authors work on the beginning of the book.

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