{Top Ten Tuesday} You Had Me at the First Line

Posted May 26, 2020 by Leah in Memes & Features, Top 10 Tuesday / 42 Comments

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

I love a good first line in a book. They can speak to you. They can move you. They can be so moving, so gripping, that you remember them for a long time. Enough waxing poetic about favorite first lines, let’s get to them!


Honorable mention to Andy Weir’s The Martian because I haven’t read it yet.13079982

“It was a pleasure to burn.”

“My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie.”1103

“I am what they call in our village ‘one who has not yet died’–a widow, eighty years old.”7840334

“When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.”

“There once was a young man who wished to gain his Heart’s Desire.”And my most absolute favorite first line to date. (Technically it’s two lines but you need the second line to grasp the awesomeness of the first.)

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”


What are some of your favorite first lines?



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42 responses to “{Top Ten Tuesday} You Had Me at the First Line

    • Leah

      Right? I know there’s an epigraph in the beginning, but to me, those words are the first line of the book that draw me in.

  1. Nathan

    Fahrenheit 451 was a great book. I don’t know how many great opening lines I have read, but I do keep a book full of quotes I have put into it from books I have read or bloggers who said something meaningful and deep.

    • Leah

      I love quotes, too. I have a few on hand that I keep in a notebook and a few on my notepad on my phone.

  2. Fahrenheit 451 – that was a great first line.

    Daughter of smoke & bone – those lines got me to read the book but I didn’t like it and I didn’t finish it, just couldn’t get into it at all but great opening.

    Have a lovely day.

    • Leah

      That happens. I was pulled in by the first line of Stardust but I thought the book was simply okay.

      Have a lovely day as well!

    • Leah

      Laini’s one of my favorite authors because of her writing. I’m pretty much in awe of every book she writes.

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