Top Ten Tuesday: Opening Lines

Hi all my Bookworms!

My name is Chiara and I am a Bookworm.

How are you all?

This week’s topic is opening lines.

I could only think of two off the top of my head (both of which are included in my list) but I knew two wouldn’t make a list so I started pulling down books off my shelves and with the help of my Mama as a sounding board, I read out a few lines and we said yes or no.

I’m being really strict with myself.

First sentences only!

But I’m getting ahead of myself.  Some general house keeping first.

The exits are here, here and here and Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookmeme originally created by The Broke and The Bookish in 2010 and switched to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018.  And each week we are given a different topic.

1 – Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe“One summer night I fell asleep, hoping the world would be different when I woke.”


2 – Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief“Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood.”


3 – 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson 13 Little Blue Envelopes“Dear Ginger, I have never been a great follower of rules.”


4 – Enchantee by Git Trelease Enchantee“Yves Rencourt, the chandler’s apprentice, had lost his wig.”


5 – The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary The Flatshare“You’ve got to say this for desperation: it makes you much more open-minded”

6 – The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien The Hobbit“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”


7 – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone“Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”


8 – Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer Artemis Fowl“How does one describe Artemis Fowl?”


9 – House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas House of Earth and Blood“There was a wolf at the gallery door.”


10 – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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.”


What are you favourite opening line?  Any of these? Or have you others?

Let me know your favourite first lines in the comments, or leave me your links to your Top Ten Tuesdays.

Stay home. Stay safe.

And, until next time, happy reading.


14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Opening Lines”

  1. Ah Ari and Dante 😍😍😍 that’s such a good opening line. Really love the beginning of the flat share too 😊😊😊💚🧡💙❤️

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