Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Great Opening Lines

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

10 Great Opening Lines

Here are some fun opening lines.

1. The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater

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

2. Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover

“Somebody stabbed you in the neck, young lady.”

3. Bad Penny
Author: Staci Hart

This one is inappropriate, so if you’re curious you can go to Amazon and use their First Look to see the first sentence. It caught me so off guard that  laughed.

4. How to Walk Away
Author: Katherine Center

“The biggest irony about that night is that I was always scared to fly.”

5. Ilsa and the Happily Ever After
Author: Stephanie Perkins

“It’s midnight, it’s sweltering, and I might be high on Vicodin, but that guy—that guy right over there—that’s him. The him.”

6. The Lace Reader
Author: Brunonia Barry

“My name is Towner Whitney. No. That’s not exactly true. My real first name is Sophya. Never believe me. I lie all the time”

7. Landon & Shay: Part 1
Author: Brittainy C. Cherry

“I never meant to be a monster, but sometimes I wondered if certain people were born that way, born with a darkness that oozed into their bloodstreams and infected their souls.”

8. Delicate Monsters
Author: Stephanie Kuehn

“A ropes course was a shitty place for self-discovery.”

9. Dr. Strange Beard
Author: Penny Reid

“Most people have approximately eleven or twelve stories, and that’s it.”

10. God-Shaped Hole
Author: Tiffanie DeBartolo

“When I was twelve, a fortune-teller told me that my one true love would die young and leave me all alone.”

72 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Great Opening Lines”

  1. Wow, that opening line for The Lace Reader is attention grabbing! I don’t think I trust anything that narrator has to say. 😀

    My TTT .

    1. Yay! Yes! Read How to Walk Away Soon. It is so good and my list of all time favorite reads.

    1. You’ve read The Lace Reader? I rarely find anyone who has. It’s one of the few books I’ve re-read multiple times. I find something new each time.

  2. Oh my gosh, I forgot that line from Ugly Love! 🙂 I looked up the Bad Penny line and I’m still laughing. LOL

  3. The Raven Boys opening line is so good! So much foreshadowing in one sentence. 😉 And I forgot about the opening line from How to Walk Away! That one is great, too. I had a Katherine Center line on my list, as well!

  4. You’ve definitely piqued my interest with Bad Penny! How intriguing, and slightly funny, that you’re not able to include it in your post. BRB while I check it out.

  5. I don’t keep track of first lines but you have picked some gems! I love the first line for The Raven Boys. And Ugly Love! Wow, I did not remember that is how it opened and I kind of want to reread now. God Shaped Hole? Wow, that has me wanting to read straight away. You really have picked some fabulous first lines, I might have to buy some of these now.

    1. You should read God Shaped Hole! That book and How to Kill a Rockstar are both so good. I bet you will like them if you like CoHo.

  6. Interesting quotes. I think you saved the best for last.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

  7. I went and checked out the Bad Penny one, and wow, you were right! Both hilarious and inappropriate haha

    1. It was pretty humorous for such a dark read. I am! Thanks! I hope you have a good week too.

    1. Thank you! I actually had to. I just looked it up for some reason and had to pick it.

  8. I love The Raven Boys opening line! Also, I’ve been meaning to read some Staci Hart, so I totally looked up the first line and you’re right – I was not expecting that, even though I was warned, haha 🙂

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