Top Ten Tuesday – #2 – Top Ten Opening Lines

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to share their thoughts on book stuff! This week’s theme is Opening Lines (Best, favorite, funny, unique, shocking, gripping, lines that grabbed you immediately, etc.).

I chose opening lines from books I adore!

  1. “The braziers in the torture chamber had burned low while Irene waited for the count to arrive.” – The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman (Beautiful book series with magic, literary tropes, chaos, order, dragons, fey, and so much more!)
  2. “Current theories on the creation of the Universe stat that, if it was created at all and didn’t just start, as it were, unofficially, it came into being between ten and twenty thousand million years ago.” – Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  3. “Victor readjusted the shovels on his shoulder and stepped gingerly over an old, half-sunken grave.” – Vicious by V. E. Schwab (Last week’s Top 10 Tuesday was about Vicious and Vengeful. Did you know I love these books?)
  4. “When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much tal and exitement in Hobbiton.” – The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkein (Do I need to say more?)
  5. “Harry Potter was a highly unusual boy in many ways.” – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
  6. “Alexey Fyodorovich Karamazov was the third son of Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov, a landowner well known in our district in his own day, and still remembered among us owing to his gloomy and tragic death, which happened thirteen years ago, and which I shall describe in its proper place.” – The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (A classic and something I read for a college course.)
  7. “Callum Hunt was a legend in his little North Carolina town, but not in a good way.” – The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (Long time fan of Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. This is a middle grade book and series that I really enjoyed from the beginning. Fun plot, cool magic, and great friends.)
  8. “The date was April 14, 1912, a sinister day in maritime history, but of course the man in suite 63-65, shelter deck C, did not yet know it.” – The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (Larson is a storyteller and my goodness this is a riveting tale of the serial killer who stalked the Chicago World’s Fair.)
  9. “It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in Net York.” – The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  10. “Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionale end of the Western Sprial arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.” – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Towel day was yesterday and of course I celebrated!)

What are your top 10 opening lines? Let me know in the comments!


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