Hello bookish buddies! How are you all doing today? I’m here bringing you a post which has a lot of memories for me, and that’s because it’s on the same topics as my first ever blog post, back in September 2018. (Which makes me think both “has it really been that long?” and “has it only been that long?”.) I’m super proud of my blogging journey so far, and I love all the friends I’ve made. I have so much nostalgia for my first ever post, which (surprisingly) I’m still really proud of nearly two years later.
Go check out the original post that launched me into the world of blogging – just click on the image above! And once you’ve experienced the opening lines of my blog, we’ll get into the updated 2020 version of my favourite opening lines!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
The following are all in no particular order, since I have a hard enough time choosing favourites, never mind ranking books! (Especially since I haven’t even read one of these.) Where I’ve got one, the title of the book will link to my spoiler-free review of it.
The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say. About anything.The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
“Need a poo, Todd.”
“Shut up, Manchee.”
“Poo. Poo, Todd.”
I said I wasn’t going to be ranking, but this one is a particular favourite of mine. So many things are established in just that first sentence – the quirky writing style, a sense of humour, the fact that this is not your average setting and, of course, that dogs can talk. It’s funny, incredibly memorable, and does a perfect job of capturing your attention.
This is how it all begins. With Zephyr and Fry – reigning neighbourhood sociopaths – torpedoing after me and the whole forest floor shaking under my feet as I blast through air, trees, this white-hot panic.I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Jandy Nelson’s writing style is a work of art all on its own, and you can feel its beauty right from this very first sentence. Okay, so it starts with Noah getting chased down by bullies, but even in the way that’s written you get a small look into his huge imagination. Not to mention the way that it’s painted – this truly is an artistic book.
I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Now, this is the only book on this list I haven’t read, and in all honesty I’m not even sure if this is the opening line. It appears before Chapter One starts, but I’m not sure if it’s just a snippet from later in the book, since publishers sometimes print those at the start. Well, I’m putting it here anyway because I needed to find ten things for this list and I think this is a super strong sentiment which makes me want to know more.
“Am I shitting? It feels like I’m shitting!”Saga: Volume One by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples
Okay, to anyone who hasn’t read Saga this is going to look like a really weird choice. 😂 It’s an epic Science Fiction Fantasy comic about two people from opposite sides of an interstellar war falling in love and having a child. The having of the child is what’s pictured above. This comic is certainly not for the faint of heart. To quote my own review: “this comic is full of bloody violence, sex, and profanity, intertwined with heart-warming family moments and beautiful quotes about life and the universe.” It’s not for everyone, but those who love it really love it (me included). I think this is a wonderful opening because it immediately sets the tone for what to expect, and really lets you know whether you’re going to love or hate this series.
On the day Claire became a member of the Glass House, somebody stole her laundry.Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
If you went and read my throwback post, you’ll know that this is a repeat. But I simply can’t let this post go by without including the first opening line I ever truly fell in love with. It’s simple, but considering I’ve read this book five times and flicked through it a great many more, reading those words feels like coming home.
So here’s the file that almost killed me, Director.Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Ah, Illuminae. The book that started it all for me. The first book I ordered from discovering bookstagram, the book that inspired me to join Goodreads to write my first review, which eventually led here, to this blog. My personal connections aside, this is certainly a snappy opening, which sets you up ready to receive an exciting, potentially deadly adventure.
You’re still alive in alternate universes, Theo, but I live in the real world, where this morning you’re having an open-casket funeral.History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
This is another repeat from my previous list, but honestly how could I not include this incredibly impactful opening line? Bear in mind I knew nothing about this book except that it featured a gay romance when I first opened it, and you really feel that sentence sucker-punch you in the chest. This is still the most painful book I have ever read, and yet I still recommend it highly because it’s just that powerful.
People often shit themselves when they die.Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Caveat Emptor means “let the buyer beware”, and that’s exactly what the opening of Nevernight is – it’s a warning to anyone who picks up this book about what they should expect from the following pages. It’s laughably honest, completely crude, and holds nothing back about the true realities of death. You know from the first sentence that this is going to be a brutal book that doesn’t shy away from profanity or harsh truths.
Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
This is definitely one of those openings that makes you want to know more. It’s everything a good first sentence should be – intruiging, memorable, and quite iconic. While this series isn’t one of my favourites, it does a lot of things right, and this opening is one of those things.
It’s a weirdly subtle conversation. I almost don’t notice I’m being blackmailed.Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
This one is pretty iconic. It’s straight to the point and very intruiging. You get a feeling for Simon’s narrative voice immediately. This is a hugely popular contemporary novel and it’s easy to see why. It has emotion, humour, friendship and romance all in wonderful balance.
This was super fun! I especially love doing these posts because the opening line of a book is something I pay particular attention to. I’ll always read the first line of a book when I’m deciding whether to buy it or not, and I tend to make a point of memorising my favourite ones. (You probably don’t want to play the first sentence game against me!)
Do you have a favourite opening line? Have your read any of the books on my list? Chat to me in the comments!