Top Ten Tuesday – Great Opening Lines in Literature

Posted July 30, 2013 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 9 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
In an attempt to cull my over-flowing shelves, I’ve gone through my stacks in search of a book that intrigues me enough to make me want to dive into its pages immediately. I managed to find 10. Maybe I’ll actually get around to these soon. *fingers crossed*

‘Sometimes people’s lives change because of the smallest thing: ย a song, a comment, a fight, a dark night of the soul, or simply a decision.’

Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster by Kristen Johnston

‘Jewel Cobb had long been a legendary killer in his midnight reveries and now he’d come to the big town to prove that his upright version knew the same techniques and was just as cold.’
The Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell

‘It snowed right before Jack stopped talking to Hazel, fluffy white flakes big enough to show their crystal architecture, like perfect geometric poems.’
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

‘When they write my obituary. Tomorrow. Or the next day. It will say, LEO GURSKY IS SURVIVED BY AN APARTMENT FULL OF SHIT.’
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

‘The Night before Amelia Anne Richardson bled her life away on a parched dirt road outside of town, I bled out my dignity in the back of a pickup truck under a star-pricked sky.’
Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

‘I gave up my eyes in order to see more clearly.’
Eyes to See by Joseph Nassise

‘On the day the good news arrived, Catherine spent her first few waking hours toying with the idea of jumping out the window of her apartment.’
The Courage Consort by Michel Faber

‘I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time.’
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafรณn

“There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they have never happened before, like larks that have been singing the same five notes for thousands of years.”
The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson

‘It’s strange, writing these first words, like leaning down into the musty stillness of a well and seeing my face peer up from the water – so small and from such an unfamiliar angle I’m startled to realize the reflection is my own.’
Into the Forest by Jane Hegland



9 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Great Opening Lines in Literature

  1. WOW! I want to read all of these. The last two on your list totally sucked me in. I'm going to look them up on Goodreads!
    Great choices. I think it's a good idea to look at the first lines of TBR shelf books. I think I'm going to try and make it a habit when I don't know what to read next. =)
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  2. Heidi

    The History of love and Amelia Dead and Gone are the two that caught my eye. Great post, I have read none of these books… I need more time to read!

  3. veganyanerds

    I have only heard of one of your choices (Amelia Anne) but now I really want to read Kristen's book (I am enjoying her in The Exes right now) ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Lauren

    I haven't read any of these books before but you've made me want to read The History of Love, The Shadow of the Wind, and The Tenth Gift. Great list!
    My recent post Top 10 Beginnings and Endings of Books

  5. I have seen a lot of love for GUTS. I never thought much of the actress herself, but her memoir has intrigued me.

    YAY for Breadcrumbs. This book is so charming and sweet – it's another I wish had a wider audience. I don't recommend it enough.

    The quote from Amelia Anne IS BEYOND GORGEOUS. I've added it to my TBR based on that alone. I must read this.

    A lot of this weeks TTT were common for my friends – lots of HP mentions, Jellicoe, etc. I like that you always have something original going on over here, Bonnie ๐Ÿ˜€

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