Best Opening Lines

Do you buy books solely because the opening sentence really got you? That the moment you read it, you just knew you are in for a great surprise or for the best reading experience. It could be the most weird, the most relatable, or just plainly gut wrenching that you just could not pass up the great opportunity of reading that book and experience all “the feels”. Sometimes the opening sentence itself can make or break a book, it sets the mood, gives out expectations. It is the magic that will attract you or the curse that will make you hate the book, yes by just some play on words. Opening lines will always be a hit or miss. So here, I will share with you some books I have read that has the best opening lines. Enjoy!

1. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

“I didn’t stop giving hand jobs because I wasn’t good at it. I stopped giving hand jobs because I was the best at it.”

2. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

“I was raised to marry a monster.”



3. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

“Is today a good day to die?”

4. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

“THEY SAID I MUST DIE. They said that I stole the breath from men, and now they must steal mine.”

5. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

“Tyler gets me a job as a waiter, after that Tyler’s pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die.”

6. Winger by Andrew Smith

“I said a silent prayer.

Actually, silent is probably the only type of prayer a guy should attempt when his head’s in a toilet.”

7. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

“Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.”

8. The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher

“I am Olivia Kaspen, and if I love something, I rip it from my life.”

9. Memories of My Melancholy Whores

“The year I turned ninety, I wanted to give myself the gift of a night of wild love with an adolescent virgin.”

10. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.

“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.


So there you have it, I hope these opening lines will give you the extra push to read these books! What are your favorite opening lines! Let’s make this a tag! Tagging whoever wants to do it! 🙂 Mention me so I could check out all those amazing opening lines! Have a great day you guys!


2 thoughts on “Best Opening Lines

  1. I absolutely adored the opening line for Burial Rites – oh my god that was beautifully written.

    And Gillian Flynn, what can I say, she’s always had a way with honest words – who needs a filter anyway!

    • The opening line of Burial Rites hooked me from the very first page to the last. And yes you have to give it to Gillian Flynn to write unconventional sentences, she could certainly get away with it.

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