My Favorite Opening Lines

Posted May 25, 2020 by Emily in bookish memes / 10 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This Week’s Prompt

This week’s topic is… “Opening Lines” so here are the ten I like the most. Not going to lie, I had to do a bit of research to remember them all.

The List

1. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

“People often shit themselves when they die.”

I don’t think this one needs an explanation.

2. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

“Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood.”

Me as a child: WTF is this dude talking about?

3. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

“Grace Somerfield was the first to die.”

I was kind of skeptical about reading The Darkest Minds at first but that line sure got my attention.

4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

“I felt her fear before I heard her screams.”

Well, that’s a bit creepy.

5. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

“I hate having to dress like a man.”

Hmmm… interesting…

6. White Hot Kiss by Jennifer Lynn Armentrout

“There was a demon in McDonald’s. And it had a powerful hunger for Big Macs.”

Okay, okay, I kinda cheated with this one, but come on, how could I leave out the second line?

7. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

“No night was perfect for treason, but this one came close.”

Treason always makes for an interesting plot.

8. White Cat by Holly Black

“I wake up barefoot, standing on cold slate tiles.”

Ooookay, this is not weird at all.

9. The Angel Experiment by James Peterson

“Congratulations. The fact that you’re reading this means you’ve taken one giant step closer to surviving till your birthday.”

Well, this is helpful given that my birthday is less than a month away.

10. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

“They say that just before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that’s not how it happened for me.”


It turns out I’m a sucker for opening lines that grab your attention, usually through creating WTF moments.

What are some of your favorite opening lines?



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10 responses to “My Favorite Opening Lines

  1. Ok but the first sentence in Nevernight??? Does this mean I have to read it now?! Thanks for your list, if anything, now that I’ve read it, I actually want to re-read Vampire Academy.

  2. These are some great opening lines! I actually love all the opening lines for the Nevernight Chronicle books 😍 But maybe that’s just me being biased because the series is fab and so is Kristoff lol I forgot Descendant of the Crane also had a really intriguing opening line. Great post!