I was thinking about what I could do as my next post and wanted to do something a bit different and also something fun. So I thought I would share some great opening first lines in books.
I love it when a book has an intriguing or funny opening line. It captures my attention from page one and I am immediately hooked. Here are some of my favourite opening lines/opening sentences in books.
‘People often shit themselves when they die’
When I first read this sentence I was more shocked than intrigued. But when I look back on it it’s one of the first books that really caught my attention from the first page.
Gods grave– jay kristoff
‘Nothing stinks quite like a corpse’
I’ve just learned to expect awesome first opening lines when reading jay kristoff books. I haven’t read a jay kristoff book where I haven’t been captivated by the fist line of page.
six of crows- Leigh bardugo
‘Joost has two probelms: the moon and his moustache’
I don’t know why this made me laugh so much when I read it but it did. It’s such a strange opening but also unique. I was hesitant to pick this up because of the hype but when I read this sentence I had to learn more about this book and why this was relevant.😂
Golden son– pierce brown
‘Once upon a time a man fell from the sky and killed my wife’
I haven’t read this one yet but now it’s one of the books on the top of my tbr. I want to know who the man is, why he killed his wife and how the hell he fell from the sky.🤔
The poppy war– R. F. Kuang
‘Take off your clothes’
This is one that can be interpreted in many ways and that’s why it caught my attention. I had so many reactions just from reading this sentence alone. 😁
the bone witch– Rin chupeco
‘I never intended to raise my brother from the dead, even though he may claim otherwise’
my reaction: ‘okayyyyy, huh, what, wait, what, explain please’ 🤔😐. I want to read this again right now because even though I know what happens I still love this line and it always gets a reaction out of me.
Vicious– V. E. Schwab
‘Victor readjusted the shovels on his shoulders and stepped gingerly over an old half sunken grave’
This is another book I haven’t read yet but I really want to. I love these sentences where they fill your head with hundreds of questions such as with this one, why is he carrying shovels?, is he digging?, who’s grave? And all the questions I’m asking myself are because of the very first sentence.
Red sister-Mark Lawerence
‘No child truly believes that they will be hanged’
I knew this book was going to rip my heart out on some way after I read this sentence. But that just made me all the more excited about reading it because I love a good heart wrenching story sometimes.
Daughter of the siren queen– Tricia levenseller
‘The sound of my knife slitting across a throat feels much to load in the darkness’
Alosa is a great main character and to be honest after reading the first book I wasn’t at all surprised to here her say these words but it still made me laugh and is such an Alosa thing to say.
The pillars of the earth– ken follett
‘The small boys come early to the hanging’
This book has always been incredibly daunting to me because it’s over 1,000 pages but after reading this first line I wasn’t worried about the page count I just wanted to find out what happens.
Tell me honestly who wouldn’t want to pick these books up after hearing these first lines even if it’s just out of intrigue. 🤷♀️
These are some of my favourite opening lines in books. It took my a while to shorten this list because I found a lot when I was searching my bookshelves. Let me know your favourites if you have any in the comments below.
Thanks for reading!