Top-Ten-Tuesday: Favourite First Lines

I’m participating in the Top Ten Tuesday, which was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. This is my first time participating.

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Here are ten of my favourite opening lines from some of my favourite books:

  1. The Nightingale by Kristan Hannah This is one of my favourite books. Reading it was like watching a movie unfold. I’m looking forward to the movie adaptation coming out Dec, 2021.

If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.”

The Nightingale–Kristin Hannah

2. The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri: This book has to be my favourite contemporary fiction read. I was blown away by it’s lyrical ,heart-wrenching prose. The writing style is simply amazing.

I am scared of my wife’s eyes.”

The Beekeeper of Aleppo–Christy Lefteri

3. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent: I recently reviewed this book. This could be my favourite historical fiction novel. It’s haunting and beautiful and makes your heart weep.

They say I must die. They say I stole breath from men, and now they must steal mine.”

Burial Rites–Hannah Kent

4. The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa: At first I didn’t read this book because I was shocked by the first sentence. However, this book is absolutely wonderful and heart-breaking, as well as very clean.

I was almost twelve when I decided to kill my parents.”

The German Girl–Armando Lucas Correa

5. Beartown by Fredrick Backman: I’m still reading this book. It’s beautifully written and it’s opening is both shocking and forewarning.

Late one evening, toward the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-barreled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else’s forehead, and pulled the trigger.”

Beartown–Fredrick Backman

6. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy: This quote is quite famous and ingenious too. If you haven’t read this classic, you should!

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in it’s own way.

Anna Karenina–Leo Tolstoy

7. Nefertiti by Michelle Moran: I loved this novel set in Ancient Egypt. I haven’t read too many novels set in this time period, and Nefertiti captures your attention, while painting a vivid portrait of life thousands of years ago.

If you are to believe what the viziers say, then Amunhotep killed his brown for the crown of Egypt.”

Nefertiti–Michelle Moran

8. The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory: I think this book was the best novel I’ve read about Lady Jane Grey which actually captures her personality. Reading the opening words, I could envision her as she may have been.

I love my father because I know he will never die.”

The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory

9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: I read this novel at fifteen and fell in love with it. I think my personality is closest to Jane Eyre, and maybe that is why I loved it so much because I could relate to her. This is another classic that is a must read!

There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.”

Jane Eyre–Charlotte Bronte

10. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: This book is a masterpiece and well earning of the Pulitzer Prize. Simply outstanding.

At dusk they pour from the sky. They blow across the ramparts, turn cartwheels over rooftops, flutter into the ravines between the houses. Entire streets swirl with them, flashing white against the cobblestone.”

All the Light We Cannot See–Anthony Doerr

5 thoughts on “Top-Ten-Tuesday: Favourite First Lines

  1. Well, I read Anna Karenina, and wasn’t the biggest fan of it.

    “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times”- Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens. Those are some of the best openings and probably one of the most well known


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