Top Ten Tuesday

Our Favourite Opening Lines

Top Ten Tuesday was an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week we will post our Top Ten of the selected theme.

This week’s theme is: Our Favourite Opening Lines

Carmen’s Favourite Opening Lines


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.

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

We, like many others count this as one our favourite lines because it changed our lives. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone lit the spark for our love of reading and fantasy. It opened a whole world to us that still resonates with us today.

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

“Oh, God.”

Thump.

“Oh, God.”

Thump thump.

What the…

“Oh, God, that’s so good!”

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

This is the book that brought us together and these opening lines make us laugh so hard. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton starts off with a hilarious situation, with Caroline overhearing her loud neighbour banging on the wall (pun intended).

Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany

“The Great Detective eyed me. I eyed him back.”

Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany
Elementary She Read by Vicki Delany

The opening line of Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany is simple yet so pugnacious that it makes me laugh. Small spoiler but the character is referring to a statue of Sherlock Holmes. Which makes it even funnier if you ask me.


Sashoy’s Favourite Opening Lines

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

“If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle.”

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

I remember reading this opening line in high school. I remember feeling both amused and impressed that an author dared to be so ballsy. Mr. Snicket doesn’t mind telling you exactly what you are in for, and giving you the option to opt out if you so choose. Many of chose to continue reading and it really turned out to be: A Series of Unfortunate Events.

The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative by Thomas King

“THERE IS A STORY I KNOW. It’s about the earth and how it floats in space on the back of a turtle. I’ve heard this story many times, and each time someone tells the story, it changes.”

The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative by Thomas King
The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative by Thomas King
This was a required reading for one of my English classes

My favorite part about this opening line is that it is the beginning of a story we have all heard before. The beginning is always the same, the earth is always on the turtle’s back. And yet, there are different continuations after the opening line.

How does the rest of the story go for you?

Diary of a Fat Girl by Moira Mugweni

DAY 100

This time I’m going to do it. I am. I’m going to lose all this weight. I have to. To put it simply, I’m tired of being ‘the fat girl.’ I’m tired of being ‘the ugly twin.’ I’m tired of being second-best to everyone. I, Bernadette Rivers, am going to lose fifty pounds before my first day of college. And, I’m going to do it starting now. Or rather, after the Star Wars marathon I’m watching. But, today, definitely.”

Diary of a Fat Girl by Moira Mugweni
Diary of a Fat Girl by Moira Mugweni

The first line sets the tone. It tells us that we are in for some real talk and that we’ll laugh along the way. Diary of a Fat Girl tackles body image and self-confidence. It’s serious without being too heavy. It’s more than just Bernadette Rivers on a quest to lose weight. It’s the summer before college reinvention of ourselves that we’ve all taken.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

“The pact

I took the knife out of my pocket and cut my palm, just a little. ‘I swear to be the skinniest girl in school, skinnier than you.'”

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Unlike Diary of a Fat Girl, there is no humour in Wintergirls. It is a raw and honest depiction of battling a mental illness such as anorexia. It is one of my all time favorite books because it shows how far we fall without noticing and how hard it is to climb out of the hole .


Those are our favourite opening lines, hope you enjoyed them! Don’t forget to share your favorites in the comments or leave a link to your site!

HAPPY READING!