Happy Top 5 Tuesday everyone! When I thought about this topic I knew it was going to take a lot of time to go through my books, read the first lines, then write down the ones that I liked. I knew there were quite a few but finding them would be tough. Turned out, there were more opening lines that grabbed me than I thought! I ended up writing down 10 of my favourites – so I guess it’s top 10 Tuesday this week!

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The man billed as Prospero the Enchanter receives a fair amount of correspondence via the theatre office, but this is the first envelope addressed to him that contains a suicide note, and it is also the first to arrive carefully pinned to the coat of a five year old girl.

— The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The beginning of this book set the tone for the whole thing. With that first line you knew that this was going to be a ride that would take you to strange and unexpected places.


Victor readjusted the shovels on his shoulder and stepped gingerly over an old, half sunken grave.

— Vicious by V.E. Schwaub

When a book starts off with someone walking through a cemetery with shovels on their shoulder, you know that it’s not going anywhere good!!


I’m pretty much fucked.

— The Martian by Andy Weir

This is quite possibly the best way to start a book. Ever. When the first words the character speaks is “I’m pretty much fucked” you have to know that what’s coming is going to be good!!


Joost had two problems: The moon and his moustache.

— Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

What? I mean, what? Never in my life would I think that the moon or a moustache would be a problem. Well I guess a moustache could be considered a problem if I actually HAD one, seeing as how i’m a girl. Even still, this is a heck of a way to start a book!


The second time I saw my dead Aunt Rosaria she was dancing.

— Labyrinth Lost by

Wait, back the train up a bit here. This is the second time you’ve seen your dead aunt? What happened the first time? And why is she dancing now? Are you on drugs? Just saying…..


The monster showed up just after midnight, as they do.

— A monster calls by Patrick Ness

Well yes, I guess midnight is as good a time as any. But why is it always midnight?? What’s with that hour that seems to always bring out the bumps at night? I think I ask too many questions.


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

— The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Love hurts?? I guess so, but sweetie that’s taking it a little too far.But then I could see if your true love does something stupid you would need to pay back the favour. Who knows. But if you kill your true love in the end, did you really love them?? So many questions here lol


They said, when they died, that all they could hear was the screaming.

— The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

……. well, ok then. That’s not a creepy way to start a book at all…… I still haven’t read this one, but now that I read that first line I may need to pick it up really soon! This might just be the creepy read I’m craving right now!


If you’re going to be a thief, the first thing you need to know is that you don’t exist.

— City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C Anderson

Ok this makes sense. If you were a thief and you actually didn’t exist there would be no way to get arrested. You could steal things all willy-nilly without having to worry about consequences. It’s the perfect crime really. But also not possible. So good luck with that


I’d never given much thought to how I would die – though I’d had reason enough in the last few months – but even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this.

— Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Say what you like about the book itself (I know it’s one of those ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ books) you have to admit that this is a pretty good opening!!


So there’s the top 10 Opening Lines of a book! I’m not sure why, but when I’m choosing what book I’m going to read next, the opening lines and chapter influence my decision. I honestly feel that the first chapter of a book sets the tone – its your introduction to the world and its characters, so it better be interesting and draw you in. Do you have any openings to a book that has stuck with you? Please share!

Until next time, happy reading!