Top 5 Opening/First lines

Happy Top 5 Tuesday everyone! I am SO excited for this topic! For some reason, opening lines are a thing that can hook me. It can be simple, bold, brutal, vulgar, and so on. But if it’s something unique, that line can often make me more interested in starting the story. When I listed this topic I went through my books to see how many lines I could talk about – turns out there were more than I thought!!! I couldn’t decide so there are 7 lines on this list – they were just too good not to mention!!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme where I explore different topics. If you are interested in participating I would love to have you! Here is a list of my Upcoming topics in May – please remember to ping back a specific post of mine so I get a notification and I will add you to the participants list!

nevernight

“People often shit themselves when they die.”

Well, yes Mr. Kristoff, this is a true statement. But to start off a book stating that fact….. it’s both disgusting and incredibly intriguing! Makes me want to read on to see why this fact is being displayed to me. Well played sir.

the-martian

“I’m pretty much fucked.”

This is quite possibly the most epic way to start a book. Ever. When the character is proclaiming the level upon which they’re screwed right off the hop… you know what’s coming is going to be good!!

six-of-crows

“Joost had two problems: The moon and his moustache.”

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!

We are the ants

“Life is bullshit.”

Well, simply said and I would sometimes have to agree!!

My best friends exorcism

“The exorcist is dead.”

Hmmmm it’s called My Best Friends Exorcism…… and you’re starting it off telling me that the exorcist is already dead……. something tells me this isn’t going to end well! I’m completely interested!

labyrinth-lost

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

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…..

Vicious

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

Whelp…. we are in a cemetery about to possibly dig up a body…… I mean…… ewwwww! Nothing good can come out of this…..

Arrow

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Arrow

This list is so much fun to make! Opening lines are a way to grab someones attention and set the tone for the rest of the book. I hope I’m not the only one out there who is obsessed with opening lines!
As always, Tuesdays are always chaos, even when I attempt to clear my schedule. I will attempt to keep the list updated as quickly as possible! Remember, if I haven’t added you to the list, feel free to send me a message with a link to your post. I will get you added ASAP!

Until next time, happy reading!

 

 

47 Comments Add yours

  1. The opening line for Nevernight makes me want to read it even more. Jay Kristoff certainly knows how to grab the readers attention!

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    1. Yes, yes he does!! I just finished his newest (Lifel1k3) last night and it took a while to pick my jaw up off the floor!

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  2. I have added 3 of these to my TBR now! Love these type of blogs!

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    1. I apologize to your ever growing TBR 😂

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  3. Nice post i’m typing mine up now, lol

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  4. YAY!!!, SIx of Crows is in my list too. It was just ridiculous and hilarious… Sadly I haven’t read the others in your list.
    Oh and I had to join this meme again this week because I love the topic,.

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    1. Glad to have you!! 😁❤️

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  5. I love this post! Opening lines in books are sometimes so freaking awesome. Another one I love is The Upside of Unrequited. “I’m on the toilet at the 9:30 Club, and I’m wondering how mermaids pee.” The weird ones always grab my attention.

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    1. Omg I’m dying!!!! That line totally wins!! That’s the best line EVER!! 😂

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  6. Yes, the opening for the Martian is one of the best ever!

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  7. Justine says:

    Man, as soon as I saw that Martian cover I totally wish I added that to my 5 lol.

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  8. Birdie says:

    I love that we both included Nevernight.

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    1. We all knew I was going to mention Kristoff 😂

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      1. Birdie says:

        I admit, I thought of you when I included it on mine. 🙂

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  9. My Beast Friend’s Exorcism looks HILARIOUS!!

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    1. It’s both hilarious and frightening. It’s so hard to explain!

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  10. Rose says:

    The opening line of Nevernight is so good. I still can’t believe I haven’t read it yet – I really need to pick it up soon!

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    1. One of my all time favourite books EVER!!! Kristoff is king!

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  11. I love this topic, really well done!

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  12. hannawsreads says:

    Okay, now i want to read nevernight even more. That’s an awesome first line 😅

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    1. It’s one of my all time favourite books EVER!!!! So good!

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  13. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Hahaha you cheated on your own meme and chose 7? But I understand Shanah they are really great!

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    1. Yes I did!!! I couldn’t only choose 5 this week. Next week will probably be the same!

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  14. Love your picks, Shanah! I’m reading Nevernight right now and that first line definitely surprised me!

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    1. Oh I hope you love it! But it seems to be very much the type of book you would love. Can’t wait to see what you think of it 🙂

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  15. okaylib says:

    I’ve never read Six of Crows but that first line is killer! Would you suggest reading it? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Awesome list, and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us for next week 🙂

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    1. I really enjoyed it!! It was a little confusing in the beginning but it was really well written! There was so much action and the characters were great 🙂

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      1. okaylib says:

        I’m so glad, I’ll definitely be adding it to my TBR 🙂

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  16. Haha you’re right.. the first line of Nevernight is disgusting… but it did make me laugh!

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  17. The opening line for Six of Crows is hilarious! I also want to read My Best Friend’s Exorcism now!

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  18. Okay wow!! These first lines would actually convince me to read the whole book. Although I was a bit confused when I read Six of Crows and literally thought that Joost had a big bushy moustache. Also Labyrinth Lost sounds hella interesting!

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  19. These are all such great first lines! Haha I love how some of them are so attention grabbing because they’re swearing – it’s funny, but it’s true! Especially love The Martian’s first line

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  20. Omg… people shitting themselves when they’re about to die is so true (also, according to GOT *cough* *Tywin Lannister*). And I agree with your comment on life being bullshit. Sometimes. Not always.

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    1. Lol!!! Oh poor Tywin……. not really 😂

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