13 Favorite Opening Lines

My 13 Favorite First Lines

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up from The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a freebie theme. So I decided to update an old post about my favorite opening lines. You can write about as many or as few as you like, ten is just a guide. Be sure to check out all the other blogs in the link up! :)

“Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.”

Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell

“When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.”

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

“When Augustus came out on the porch the blue pigs were eating a rattlesnake – not a very big one.”

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

“It was starting to end, after what seemed most of eternity to me.”

Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny

“A dozen stories have been told about the old Dark jug. This is the true one.”

A Tangled Web by LM Montgomery

“The house in the hollow was “a mile from anywhere” – so Maywood people said.”

Emily of New Moon by LM Montgomery

“There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.”

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

“When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.”

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

“The screw through Cinder’s ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle. ”

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

“My hand shakes as I brace myself against the brick wall.”

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

As soon as I read these sentences, I knew that the book that I was holding was going to be amazing! And I wasn’t disappointed!

What are some of your favorite opening lines? Do we have any in common? Let me know in the comments!

This post originally ran on February 22, 2012. It has been updated.

The Lake House by Kate Morton

The Lake House by Kate Morton

In 1933, a baby boy, Theo Edevane, disappears from his family’s lake side home without a trace. His older sister, Alice, may hold a clue to his whereabouts, but guilt keeps her from ever coming forward with what she knows.

In 2003, Detective Sadie Sparrow stumbles up on the old case while visiting her Granddad. Sadie is on an enforced holiday after making a huge mistake in the investigation of an abandoned child, and now this old case has popped up to take her mind off things. If only she can get the little boy’s, now 80 year old sister, and famed mystery writer, to talk.

The Lake House kept me guessing! All my theories were wrong, and each time I thought I knew where the story was going, Morton took it in a new direction. It was great! I devoured this book! I read it in just a few days, and even stayed up late to finish it. Late for me, means 11AM after getting off work at 8AM that morning.

Kate Morton’s writing is so vivid. Her characters become real people and you miss them when you’re away from the book. She is a true storyteller. And The Lake House could be Kate Morton’s best novel yet! They’re all so good that I really can’t say for sure. The Distant Hours is my least favorite, but all the others kind of tie for excellence. I love how her novels have a present day heroine trying to solve a long unsolved mystery, so you really get two stories at once.

This is the first book I read in 2016, and The Lake House sets the standard high for the rest of the year!

Are you a Kate Morton fan? Have you read The Lake House? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments?

Seven Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

Seven Books I've Recently Added To My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up from The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is books we recently added to our To Be Read List. You can write about as many or as few as you like, ten is just a guide. Be sure to check out all the other blogs in the link up! :)

And Then There Were None and
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

I’ve been rewatching season four of Doctor Who, and the episode The Unicorn and The Wasp features Agatha Christie. Every time I watch it I think – I need to read some of her books! That’s right! I’ve never read any of them! So, I’ve added the above two to my TBR list

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help that Actually Works – A True Story by Dan Harris

Shannan recommended this one. The quote she put in her post is what sold me on it.

Carry On and Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I’ve heard so many great things about Rainbow Rowell’s books, so I have to check them out. These two look the most interesting to me, I might read Fangirl and Eleanor & Park too, if I enjoy these.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.

This book about the normal kids trying to live a normal life among superheroes looks like so much fun!

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

The Modern Mrs. Darcy recommended this one for her 2016 reading challenge. It looks really creepy, and it’s short, so I’m in.

Whew! My TBR list never gets any shorter!

So, have you read any of these books? What books have your recently added to your TBR list? Let me know in the comments?