Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Bionic Bookworm! If you’re interested in participating, check out her wonderful blog to get the details and the prompts for each week!
Today’s Top 5 Tuesday prompt is Opening Lines. I like this week’s prompt because I’m a big fan of opening lines. I like that their job is to pull you in and give you an idea about what’s to come. I like that a good opening line can pique your interest and make you want to drop everything to dive into the book. When I was brainstorming this post, I spent some time pulling books off of my shelves to revisit their opening lines, and some of the books made me want to drop everything and squeeze a reread in. Below are five of my favourite opening lines.
The Opening Line: “Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.”
The Opening Line: “There was a boy in her room.”
The Opening Line: “It was late afternoon, on the very last Wednesday of August, when I realized Disney had been lying to me for quite some time about Happily Ever Afters.”
The Opening Line: “I have a theory. Hating someone feels disturbingly similar to being in love with them.”
The Opening Line: “I am Daniel Addison. When I escaped Ottawa the first time, I was head speech writer for the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. But after five years in the crucible of Parliament Hill, my public-service calling was battered beyond recognition. Naïve, innocent, and excited when I arrived, I was embittered, exhausted, and ineffably sad when I left.”
Have you read any of these books? If not, do any of their opening lines make you want to check them out? Let me know!
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