top ten tuesday

First Lines in Books That Caught Me / Part 1 / #toptentuesday 199

Today is a lovely freebie day for Top Ten Tuesday (as always hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl). Instead of struggling to figure out what I wanted to come up with, I already saw a great idea a few weeks ago as we were doing the inspirational book quotes prompt (that I passed on).

Lovely Alicia from A Kernel of Nonsense shared opening lines in books that she loved for that prompt and that a 100% grabbed me. I almost always pass on the quote prompts because I can’t remember them. But first or opening lines, well that is different. I can look those up easily! So I went by some of my owned books and am now sharing the results.


ADSOM opening Line

A Darker Shade of Magic // Starting a book with a peculiar coat really got my attention haha.


aru shah opening line

Aru Shah and the End of Time // Which is the truth and it made me wonder what these highly dangerous things were that she could get used to.


hogfather opening line

Hogfather // Pratchett always has a way with words and capturing your attention.


Red Sister Opening Line

Red Sister // Look you can’t talk like this about a nun and expect me not to question your sanity.

The screaming staircase opening line

The Screaming Staircase // Ingenious ways of mucking up. My favorite kind.

Timekeeper opening line

Timekeeper // How do you misplace an hour?

Uprooted opening line

Uprooted // The word dragon of course had my attention. Even more so with a capitol D. Everything else didn’t even matter.

a monster calls opening line

A Monster Calls // This one stuck in my head the most after reading the book. Because yeah that is when the monsters come to me too sometimes…

What is one of your favorite first lines?

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20 thoughts on “First Lines in Books That Caught Me / Part 1 / #toptentuesday 199

  1. Ah I love this topic because first lines are so important šŸ™‚ Kell’s peculiar coat definitely stuck by me as well. And my reminder that I need to read Red Sister and Timekeeper sooon!

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  2. Mijn geheugen is hier echt te rampzalig voor. Eigenlijk zou ik mooie openingszinnen meteen in een boekje (ik heb hier immers voldoende mooie notitieboekjes liggen) moeten noteren want anders ben ik ze binnen de kortste keren vergeten.

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  3. I’m so glad you enjoyed the prompt and that you did it too. I had a lot of fun looking through books, trying to find the best lines to share. That first page of A Darker Shade of Magic is astounding. I love it so much. Okay, I need to read Aru Shah now after reading that first line. Great post!

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  4. Ohh! I love this! There are so many good opening lines to books and it really makes the experience all the more gripping. I definitely need to look into a lot of these because they’ve definitely piqued my interest!

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  5. I’ve always loved the one about Kell’s coat, and the nun one makes me really curious about Red Sister! I would totally want to read about this nun.

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  6. Oh darn it! I planned to do an opening lines post and you pipped me to the post! I take my hat off to you! šŸ˜€ I love the opening line for Red Sister – I’ve really got to read that soon. Great post! šŸ™‚


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