Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Opening Lines

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This Week’s Topic is: Top 10 Favorite Opening Lines

There are so many unbelievable first lines that stand out. I have a feeling that this will be a hard post to narrow down,, so I’m going to focus (mostly) on young adult fiction for this post. Here’s a look at some of my favorites:

1. Switched by Amanda Hocking

“A couple things made that day stand out more than any other: it was my sixth birthday, and my mother was wielding a knife.”

2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

“It has been sixty-four years since the President and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure.”

3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

“After a year of slavery in the salt mines of Endovier, Calaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.”

4. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

“My philosophy is pretty simple – a day nobody’s trying to kill me is a good day in my book.”

5. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

“I was raised to marry a monster.”

6. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

“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.”

7. Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

“The last person who had called me by my true name was my mother, with her dying breath.”

8. The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

“They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart.”

9. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

“There’s something haunting about a body touched by magic.”

10. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

“The servants called them malenchki, little ghosts, because they were the smallest and the youngest, and because they haunted the Duke’s house like giggling phantoms, darting in and out of rooms, hiding on cupboards to eavesdrop, sneaking into the kitchen to steal the last of the summer peaches.”

Well, there you have it! Those are some fabulous and intriguing opening lines! Which lines made your list? Comment below!

14 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Opening Lines

  1. That first line of Switched is interesting haha!
    I also love the first sentence of The shadow between us, really need to pick that one up soon!


  2. So many great opening lines in this post! Switched has definitely piqued my interest and I’m only more convinced that I need to bump up The Shadows Between Us on my miles long TBR because those opening lines are perfect! I’ve seen this line so many times today and I love them lol awesome post 🙂

  3. These are all really great opening lines!! I haven’t read any of the books, but a bunch of them are on my TBR 🙂

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