Top Ten Tuesday – Opening Lines

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week; May 26: Opening Lines (Best, favorite, funny, unique, shocking, gripping, lines that grabbed you immediately, etc.)

I don’t have a full set of ten for you today. Here are some of the books that really stood out to me when I read them, right from the beginning. Books that were so gripping they demanded I never set them down until I had finished.

  1. In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
    The Hobbit – JRR Tolkein
  2. This book is largely concerned with Hobbits, and from its pages a reader may discover much of their character and a little of their history.
    LOTR The Fellowship of the Ring – JRR Tolkein
  3. Mr. and Mr.s Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
    Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone – JK Rowling
  4. Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grace, though he may claim otherwise.
    The Bone Witch – Rin Chupeco
  5. Once upon forever, in an ancient, crumbling palace, two sisters, Love and Death, played their eternal game.
    Jennifer Donnelly – Beauty and The Beast Lost In A Book
  6. 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 – Jane Austen
  7. It goes by many names: “The Crisis,” “The Dark Years,” “The Walking Plague,” as well as newer and more “hip” titles such as “World War Z” or “Z War One.”
    World War Z – Max Brooks

I actually own the 1945 edition of Pride and Prejudice. It’s one of my most prized books that I own, if not THE number one favorite.
Do you have any favorite first lines that got you hooked immediately? I’d love to hear some of them!

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