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Best opening lines in books

December 9, 2017
Best opening lines in books. 

Best opening lines in books. 


Best opening lines in books. The first chapter or the first paragraphs of a book is the most important as this will set the tone of the story. Also, this is your opportunity to hook the reader. It is important to implement this in your writing. It’s not that simple the first chapter is the trickiest to write and sometimes, writers leave it for last. I’ve read and reviewed many books and one the best techniques to use is use curiosity.


Yes, you heard me, curiosity. The reader would think oh I have to find out what is going to happen next or this is good, or what? That’s when they dive on into book.  I came up with a few examples that in my opinion are the best opening lines I’ve read so far. I’m going to list only from the best I’ve read there is mix of classic and modern books.  


Best opening Lines in books.


Best opening lines in books.



“He knew he was going to die” Killing me Softly by Nicci French













best opening lines in books“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”

The catcher in the Rye J.D Salinger 











Best opening lines in books.




“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen” 1984 George Orwell








Best opening lines in books.




“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth Lo. Lee. Ta!” Lolita Vladimir Nabokov 











“YOU walk into the bookstore and you keep your hand on the door to make sure it doesn’t slam. You smile, embarrassed to be a nice girl, and your nails are bare and your V-neck sweater is beige and it’s impossible to know if you’re wearing a bra but I don’t think that you are. You’re so clean that you’re dirty and you murmur your first word to me—hello—when most people would just pass by, but not you, in your loose pink jeans, a pink spun from Charlotte’s Web and where did you come from?” You by Caroline Kepnes 









Best opening lines in books


“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.”
– J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone 












Best opening lines in books




“Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes.”
Animal Farm by Georhe Orwell 













Best opening lines in books



“It was a pleasure to Burn” Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury












Best opening lines in books




“A story has no beginning or end; arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.” The End of the Affair by Graham Greene,











Best opening lines in books


“The forest had claws and teeth.” ― Riley SagerFinal Girls









There was few of the best opening lines in books, hope you can generate ideas with those few opening lines.


Happy writing and reading xx


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  1. I’ve got one for you “The funeral is supposed to be a quiet affair, for the deceased had no friends. But words are water in Amsterdam, they flood your ears and set the rot, and the church’s east corner is crowded.” – The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton!

  2. I love the book Animal Farm! I have read it during my high school education and it’s one of my favorites. I have heard about Lolita but never get the chance to read it. You have very nice list of the books 😀

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