Amazing First Lines!


Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. I love an attention grabbing first line! I really should get better at writing down opening lines that I love because it took me awhile to go through my books and find these ones!

Circe by Madeline Miller

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When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist.

This line grabs your attention right away! Who and what is she? I love when a book has you asking questions right from the start.

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

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This is how I kill someone.

This has to be the most captivating first line of all time! How could you not be intrigued by this sentence?

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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I would have lived in peace, but my enemies brought me war.

This line is so powerful and sets the tone for the rest of the novel.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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“This is how it all begins. With Zephyr and Fry – reigning neighborhood sociopaths – torpedoing after me and the whole forest floor shaking under my feet as I blast through air, trees, this white-hot panic.”

The thing I like about this first line is that it gives you a good idea of what to expect from Jandy Nelson writing. Her writing style is beautiful and descriptive.

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

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All the best things in my life have started with a Dolly Parton song.

I distinctly remember reading this first sentence and thinking ‘Oh I am going to like this book’ and I did! I really loved that Dolly Parton was an important part of the story!


I am going to start paying more attention to first lines and maybe post more of my favourites! I love when a book grabs your attention right away and sets the tone for the rest of the story.

What is your favourite opening line?


55 thoughts on “Amazing First Lines!

  1. I NEED to get to the female of the species!! Thatโ€™s one heck of a first line!!!
    And now Circe has me totally interested. Great list!
    Thanks for participating – added you to the list ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I keep seeing that first line in Circe and if I wasnโ€™t already reading 4 books I would read it, too! I love that first line from The Female of the Species. For some reason if someone is involved in a murder I get super interested. ๐Ÿ˜…

      1. I think Iโ€™ll like Circe since I loved The Song of Achilles. Dark and excellent is right up my alley ^^

  3. These are some amazing first line. I’m currently reading Starswept by Mary Fan and the first line certainly caught my attention it goes like this
    ” They tell us not everyone deserves to matter. Dreams have to be earned and every day, I grow more afraid that I’ll never be among the worthy ” Not exactly shocking but for some reason it made me want to read this book

  4. I love all of these! I haven’t read The Female of the Species yet, but I have it on my shelf and that first line definitley makes me want to pick it up and find out what’s going on! One of my favorite first lines is from I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This: “When I was a child, I knew that my mother was a fairy. Not the kind of fairy with gauzy wings and a magic wand, but one with a thrift-store fur coat and ink-stained fingers.There was nothing she couldn’t do.”

    1. Thank you! You need to read The Female of the Species! It is really dark and I have never read a book quite like it before. Wow I have never even heard of that book but I am going to have to look in to it. That is a really sweet opening!

  5. Iโ€™ve always been unsure about whether to start the Red Rising series. After seeing the opening line I think I might have to start it!

  6. I’ve been following the hype for Circe and I’ve come close to buying it several times, but a most recent review that mentions there’s a rape scene in it has probably shut down any and every thought of me buying it now… Still a great first line!

  7. My gosh, they are all so powerful and engaging! I’ve got Dumplin’ and Red Rising on my TBR… need to read them like ASAP!

  8. Loved all these lines! These books are all on my TBR except for Red Rising. I recently finished that and loved it! I’m actually starting The Song of Achilles soon which I already know I’ll love and I’ll probably be reading Circe right after.

  9. This is such a beautiful post! โค

    I’m so happy to see Female of the Species on your list, I feel like it’s such an underrated book. And I can’t wait to read Circe, since I really liked The Song of Achilles.

  10. Sometimes opening lines can turn you off, for instance if you just feel like you donโ€™t have enough energy to keep up the pace. Iโ€™d rather be lured in by a question than pummeled with a flurry of action.

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