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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @That Artsy reader Girl. She provides us with prompts to write a bookish list. Personally, I don’t participate every week, just when I like a certain prompt or can twist it in some fun way.

This week we got “Love Freebie“. I don’t really read enough romance or love stories to make a list based around that. Instead, I decided to go with the LOVEly first lines topic. I’ve been doing this thing, Book Beginning Battles, in which we choose between the first lines of two books. I started that because something about a book’s first lines always intrigues me. When I finish a book I always go back to read the beginning. Sometimes it’s major foreshadowing, sometimes it feels like a lifetime away from where we ended up. Here are some great ones.

In the category of… whimsy 

Harry Potter and the Philisopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

Miss peregrine's home for peculiar childrenMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

“I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.”

In the category of… strange and mysterious

Gone GirlGone Girl by Gillian Flynn

“When I think of my wife, I always think of her head.”

astonishing color of afterThe Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

“My Mother is a Bird.”


Paperweight by Meg Haston

“Twenty-seven days away from freedom, and I am caged.”

simonSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

“It’s a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost don’t notice I’m being blackmailed”

behind her eyes 2Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

“Pinch myself and say I AM AWAKE once an hour. Look at my hands. Count my fingers. Look at a clock (or watch), look away, look back. Stay calm and focused. Think of a door.”

sometimes i lieSometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

“My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me: 1. I’m in a coma. 2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore. 3. Sometimes I Lie.”

In the category of … killing & death

They both die at the endThey Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

“Death-Cast is calling with the warning of a lifetime—I’m going to die today.”

The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

“Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.”

little peach

Little Peach by Peggy Kern

“You ask me to tell you the truth, but I’m not sure you’ll believe me, even though I’ve practically killed myself to find you.”

The adversary

The Adversary by Emmanuel Carrère

“On the Saturday morning of January 9, 1993, while Jean-Claude Romand was killing his wife and children, I was with mine in a parent-teacher meeting at the school attended by Gabriel, our eldest son.”

LullabyLullaby by Leïla Slimani

“The baby is dead. It took only a few seconds.”

Those were all the lovely first lines I wanted to share with you. Now I’d like to know…

Are there any first lines that stood out to you or that you still remember? What does a book have to do to capture your attention right from the start?

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a lovely day.

48 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #29 || Lovely first lines

  1. That’s a really interesting list. Sometimes when I look back on the first line of a book after reading it, I find that it actually has something to do with the ending. One of my favourite mysteries actually introduces the killer in the first sentence. Great post!

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    1. I’m so sorry I haven’t replied to your comment sooner! I feel totally the same way. It’s so cool when authors make the first sentence really mean something, especially when it’s something you only get later on. That sounds amazing. I wanted to ask you what mystery that was, but I guess that would be a major spoiler haha :p


  2. Great topic choice this week! Honestly, I look back on Harry Potter so fondly in general and that first line is honestly a part of me at this point. I think it’s one of the only opening lines that I have memorized. That being said, adore Gone Girl’s opening line as well! It is so so so chilling and I love that it all winds back down to that line.

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  3. I love a good opening line, one that really grabs you. I just read Gone Girl for the first time a while ago so can definitely relate to that one. Behind Her Eyes sounds really good too.

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    1. It’s always great when you’re hooked from the very start! Gone Girl will always have a special place in my heart for being the book that got me (back) into reading. That first sentence takes on a lof of meaning throughout the book. 😋 The same kind of goes for Behind Her Eyes. Later it will become clear what that means. It’s a very unique one that isn’t for everyone but I would definitely recommend it!


  4. Oh wow, some great first lines! I will always love Harry Potter and The Raven Boys. And I’m intrigued by Sometimes I Lie and Lullaby. Great post!

    My Top Ten Tuesday

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