Opening Lines that Grab You

Hello people,

First of all, Happy Christmas!!! I hope you’re having a wonderful time even if you don’t celebrate it. I hope you’re enjoying the pretty decorations and other festivities.

Since it’s the end of the year, Goodreads has announced the Best Books of 2017. From the list, I only planned on reading one or two but after reading the Opening Lines from the books, I think I may be adding a few more. It’s amazing how much of an effect an opening sentence can have on one’s desire to read a book.

Here are some of my favourites from the list


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

by J.K. Rowling

“Dougal—you settle down now, please.”


Without Merit

by Colleen Hoover

“I have an impressive collection of trophies that I did not win.”


A Court of Wings and Ruin

by Sarah J. Maas

“The buzzing flies and screaming survivors had long since replaced the beating war-drums.”


The Ship of the Dead

by Rick Riordan

“‘Try it again,’ Percy told me. ‘This time with less dying.'”

Have you ever been sucked into a book from the first sentence?

I can only think of a handful of books that have done this for me. It usually takes two or three to get me going. A damn good book is the one that can reel you in like that.

Here are some that I love


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #1)

by Douglas Adams

“Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.”


Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1)

by Ilona Andrews

“I SAT AT A TABLE IN MY SHADOWY KITCHEN, STARING down a bottle of Boone’s Farm Hard Lemonade, when a magic fluctuation hit.”


Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer #1)

by Karen Chance

“I knew I was in trouble as soon as I saw the obituary.”

Post your favourite opening sentences below.

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16 thoughts on “Opening Lines that Grab You

  1. I suppose some of my favorite lines are from something old but they still captivate and capture me each time. These would be them:
    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
    Source: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

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  2. The two I’d normally say are really obvious; harry Potter and Peter pan both have amazing first lines.
    But I also read a book recently called caledonian gambit that had a great one :
    “elijah brody was being attacked by butterflies. To be fair, they were only targeting his stomach, but they were angry and fluttering around in a malevolent way that he wouldn’t previously have associated with butterflies.”

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  3. Awesome post!
    Two of my favourites are “Kell wore a very peculiar coat.” and of course the epic “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that 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.” ❤
    Also, I tagged you on The Sunshine Blogger Award. Here's the link to my post if you'd like to answer it: 🙂

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  4. hello howlinbooks its dennis the vizsla dog hay my dada sez wun of his fayvrit opening lines is frum the faybel the thief of always by the faymus skribe clive barker it starts like this!!! “The great gray beast February had eaten Harvey Swick alive.” and he sez another wun is frum the pillars of the earth by the faymus skribe ken follett that wun starts “The small boys came early to the hanging.” ok bye


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