Compelling First Lines

I saw this infographic over at Read & Survive. I really liked looking through all the different novels and their opening lines so I thought I’d share it with my readers too. I hope you find it interesting as well!


34 Compelling First Lines of Famous Books - Scribendi.com - Infographic

Scribendi.com

My favourites include To Kill a Mockingbird and And Then There Were None, but here are some opening lines from my other favourite books:

A Time to Kill by John Grisham

“Billy Ray Cobb was the younger and smaller of the two rednecks”

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

My father trusted me with the details of his death”

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

“Suppose that you and I were sitting in a quiet room overlooking a garden, chatting and sipping at our cups of green tea while we talked about something that happened a long while ago, and I said to you, “That afternoon when I met so-and-so…was the very best afternoon of my life, and also the very worst afternoon.”

It would be lovely to hear your favourite opening lines in the comments…

6 Comments

  1. 22nd April 2016 / 8:30 am

    ebookfriendly-site has just wonderful infographics! ❤ You picked some great first lines too 😊 Memoirs of a Geisha is one of my all time favorites. Hmm remembered just now first line of Northern Lights by Philip Pullman: – “Lyra and her daemon moved through the darkening Hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen.” Daemon makes it great XD

    • 22nd April 2016 / 10:49 am

      I do need to have a proper look around at their site!
      Thanks for sharing a favourite opener; I’ve not read any Pullman myself

  2. 22nd April 2016 / 8:49 pm

    I would only add the opening of The Book Thief to this list 😀

  3. 23rd April 2016 / 4:42 pm

    The first line in “Depths” by Henning Mankell, “They used to say that when there was no wind the cries of the lunatics could be heard on the other side of the lake”. I also like “Middlemarch” by George Eliot and “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas. Great Post!

    • 25th April 2016 / 9:23 am

      I’ve not heard of Depths before so thank you for sharing this 🙂

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