So, we’re back with another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is: Opening Lines (Best, favorite, funny, unique, shocking, gripping, lines that grabbed you immediately, etc.)
Who doesn’t love a good opening line?! I certainly do and I usually share some first/opening lines every Friday for my “First Lines Friday” posts! Since this week’s prompt is open to interpretation I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do since it’s so hard for me to choose “favourites” — there are always so many, how do I choose?!
(Also, my memory is really not that great 😂)
So I decided to keep things simple, especially as I’m writing this during one of my quick work breaks lol, and look at the opening lines from my last ten ★★★★★ (5 star) reads! Yes, some of these might be more than just the first line, but opening lines plural, right? 😂
“Celeste san Marina dug a grave that night.”Incendiary, Zoraida Córdova
“Lines. I am good at lines. I am good at lines because you don’t have to think in them, just stand in them, and this line is easy because now only a few people are in front of me, and easy because I understand the reason I am in it, and it’s a good reason, and I am good at lines.”They Went Left, Monica Hesse
“The journalists arrived before the coffin did.The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1), Jessica Townsend
They gathered at the gate overnight and by dawn they were a crowd.
By nine o’clock they were a swarm.”
“I open my eyes at midnight to the sound of the ocean and my brother’s breathing. It’s been ten months since Cal drowned, but the dreams still escape.”Words in Deep Blue, Cath Crowley
“I’ve been told I have a temper.Only When It’s Us (Bergman Brothers #1), Chloe Liese
I prefer to be called tempestuous. Big words for a soccer jock, I know, but work in a bookstore for as many summers as I have, and you can’t help but broaden your vocabulary.”
“Flipping down my visor mirror, I apply one last coat of gloss and then tousle my hair for a little volume. I spent hours this morning picking out the perfect dress, before bronzing some of the morning sickness out of my complexion. Somewhat satisfied, I smooth my hand over my dress, caressing my bump.”The Guy on the Left (The Underdogs #2), Kate Stewart
“The night Marcella died, she made her husband’s favorite dinner.”Vengeful (Villains #2), V.E. Schwab
“On Sunday I work in sans serif.Love Lettering, Kate Clayborn
Boldface for all the headers, because that’s what the client wants, apexes and vertexes flattened way out into big floors and tables for every letter, each one stretching and counting and demanding to be seen.”
“I didn’t choose the wench life. The wench life chose me.”Well Met (Well Met #1), Jen DeLuca
“Quinn Caine may have traveled all over the world, but she still thought nothing was more enchanting than springtime in Vienna, Virginia, especially driving with the windows down on Church Street.”To Kill A Mocking Girl (Bookbinding Mystery #1), Harper Kincaid
Have you read any of these books?
Did any of your last five star reads have great opening lines?