Fabulous Fridays: Best first lines

A great book starts with a great opening. I have a passion for books that hook me right from the opening sentence and I firmly believe that the opening sentence gets a reader to the third paragraph and so on. Here are my picks for some of the best opening lines ever (though I may not have “loved” the book itself):

anna-karenina   “Happy Families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” —Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

harry-potter-and-the-sorcerers-stone“Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” -J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Peter_Pan_cover     “All children, except one grow up.” J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

“In the beginning there was darkness.” -The Bible  bible

tale-of-two-cities-book-cover     “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

                          “You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, but that ain’t no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly.” Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.    huck

 Paradise-Toni_288   “They shoot the white girl first.” Toni Morrison, Paradise


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