Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Opening/First Lines


Hello everyone!
It’s Top 5 Tuesday and today’s topic is very interesting. It’s one that I don’t often think about but it’s very important because it’s the first thing we see when we read a book. Well aside from the title on the front. Some of these that I picked are funny. Some make you really think and some just make me hungry. So here are my Top 5 Opening/First Lines.

If you’re not familiar with it, Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. She has a list of all the topics for the month and you can join us!

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1. What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
“In the eyes of others, we’re often not who we imagine ourselves to be.”
This is spot on! I love this sentence and the fact that the book starts out this way is just great!


2. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
“Aliens are stupid.”
I agree! I’m terrified of aliens. It all started when my mom refused to let my brother and I watch E.T. So my brother and I go to my grandma’s one weekend and what does she have on her VHS shelf? E.T.! Did I want to watch it? Not really, but we did and I will forever be terrified. So yes, aliens are stupid!

3. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
“The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.”
Why does this book start this way? Does Mr. Westerfeld think that it will make me want to keep reading? Because it does. How does someone come to describe the sky as cat vomit? I’ve never had a cat so I’m not even sure what color that is suppose to be but I’m interested in seeing where the story goes.



4. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
“Three luscious lemon tarts glistened up at Catherine.”
Hmmm. This just makes me hungry. I love lemon desserts and I love this book!

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5. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
“I’ve read many more books than you.”
Pretty self-explanatory.

What are some of your favorite opening or first lines in books? I’d love to hear some from books that I haven’t read. Thanks so much for reading, cya!

17 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Opening/First Lines

  1. My favorite opening line ever comes from Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s book, One Hundred Years of Solitude:

    “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.”

    The sky resembling cat vomit reminds me of the opening of William Gibson’s Neuromancer, which describes a sky like a screen full of static.

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  2. Hahaha color of cat vomit really? And there is one of yours on my list today but not telling which due to the game 😉

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