When opening lines make you fall into the story just like that! Top X opening lines

Hi friends,

Today in Top 5 Tuesday hosted by Shanah @bionicbookwrom we are talking opening lines.

I think opening lines are what can make or break a book to me. They set the tone. They give me an inkling of the author’s talent and how he or she conveys her thoughts with the reader.

Will this story rather be telling versus showing?

Will it be funny? Or very sad? Original maybe?

So today, I cracked my favorite books open and searched a long time to give you all my favorites! I will try to give you what this quote made me feel and think in few words.

Let’s begin.

“Late one evening toward the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-barreled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else’s forehead, and pulled the trigger.


This is the story of how we got there.”

Beartown by Fredrik Backman = Incredibly effective


“24 March 1944


Angelo must have slept in the damp grass of the road for a while, but the evening was cold and his cassock was thin, and he awoke, shivering. Even that small movement made him moan, but at least the sharp pain along his right side revived him. It was dark, and his mouth was so dry he licked the dew from the grass near his face. He had to move in order to get warm, and he had to move to find water. He had to move to find Eva.”

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon = tragic intense love story



Marsh is not swamp. Marsh is a space of light, where grass in water, and water flows into the sky. Slow-moving creek wander, carrying the orb of the sun with them to the sea, and long-legged birds lift with unexpected grace -as though not built to fly -against the roar of a thousand snow geese.”

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens = intensely poetic, hypnotic beauty.


“March 1975

My mother always started the story by saying, “Well, she was born in the backseat of a stranger’s car,” as though that explained why Wavy wasn’t normal. It seemed to me that could happen to anybody. Maybe on the way to the hosiptal, your parent’s respectable, middle-class car broke down. That was not what happened to Wavy. She was born in the backseat of a stranger’s car, because Uncle Liam and Aunt Val were homeless, driving through Texas when their old beat-up van broke down. Nine months pregnant, Aunt Val hitchhiked to the next town for help. If you ever consider playing Good Samaritan to a pregnant woman, think about cleaning that up.”

All the Ugly and Wonderful THings by Bryn Greenwood = my thoughts : “Jesus! What’s that book?”


“You saw me before I saw you. In the airport, that day in August, you had that look in your eyes, as though you wanted something from me, as though you’d wanted it for a long time”

Stolen by Lucy Christopher = haunting.


“I know you hate surprises, Stella. In the interest of communicating our expectations and providing you a reasonable timeline, you should know we’re ready for grandchildren.”

Stella Lane’s gaze jumped from her breakfast up to her mother’s gracefully gaing face. A subtle application of makeup drew attention to battle-ready, coffee-colored eyes. That boded ill for Stella. When her mother got something into her mind, she was like a honey badger with a vendetta -pugnacious and tenacious, but without the snarling and fur.

The Kiss Quotient by helen Hoang = Oooh I am in for a treat and a good laugh!


“It would not be a welcome dawn.

Already the sky told this story, with its sad halo of silver beckoning from beyond the horizon.

A Young man stood alongside his father on the rooftop terrace of the marble palace. They watched the pale light of the early morning sun push back the darkness with slow, careful deliberation.”

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh = beautiful and foreboding


“Nine Years Earlier


It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.

Even under the brightest sun, the frigid autumn sea is all the colours of the night: dark blue and black and brown. I watch the ever-changing patterns in the sand as it’s pummelled by countless hooves.”

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater = poetic, magic, tragic.


Now do tell me: what did these lines made you feel and think? Any other favorites you’d like to leave below?

Thanks for reading!


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31 Replies to “When opening lines make you fall into the story just like that! Top X opening lines”

  1. These are all great picks, Sophie. I read Beartown last year and remember being like “OMG!” as soon as I read those opening lines.

  2. I think I’m scared to read anything by Harmon. I have a feeling she’ll deal emotional punches I’m not ready to deal with! lol.

    The Kiss Quotient had me laughing. I loved The Bride Test but haven’t read TKQ yet, despite owning it. Think you’ve managed to bump that up my TBR! 🙂

    1. Nicci yes Amy has emotional punches but I swear her writing is so gorgeous you’ll be happy to have read ehr books.

  3. Great list! I enjoyed the Kiss Quotient too 🙂 and I always hear about the Scorpio Races. I should check it out

    1. Maggie has an amazing writing style!

  4. Stolen, all the ugly and wonderful things aswell as bear town really took me in there!

    One time when I was wandering our bookstore with my ex, I think I picked up the kiss quotient (as it’s on my virtual wanna read), skipped to a random page and just started to giggle at something that I’m not sure what it was anymore XD (or maybe in the synopsis? I don’t even know..)

    1. Well Kristina I promise that if you do read the Kiss Quotient there will be more giggling !

  5. Absolutely agree! The first line is usually soooo memorable too! 😮

    1. And so important Lashaan!

  6. Oh my gosh that opening line for The Kiss Quotient LOL! The joy of parents at times ha! One of my favorite authors absolutely loves this book too, I need to find time to fit in in my schedule ♥.

    1. I know Jen!!!! LOL

  7. Em @ The Geeky Jock says: Reply

    Oooo! I love how you did today’s prompt! Great analyses!

    1. Thank you Em!!!

  8. I’m glad you included Stolen! Lucy Christopher was my favourite lecturer at uni!

    1. That book is truly a big crush of mine! The writing was like none other Katie!

  9. The Kiss Quotient start up line is one of the best I have ever read. I love it. Great list you have here. I agree…opening lines or paragraphs really can make or break a story.

  10. scorpiobookdreams says: Reply

    I now want to read Bear Town based on that opening line! Great choices.

  11. I love this list so much! I am really intrigued to give Bear Town a try just based on those opening lines. 🙂

  12. evelynreads1 says: Reply

    Great list!


  13. Wow!!! I haven’t read most of these books and I’m totally hooked. I think I’ll read Beartown soon. Great list Sophie.

  14. The lines from Beartown and Stolen are really intriguing!

  15. I love so many of these! The Scorpio Races opening is terrific (i remember loving how atmospheric the writing is when I read it years ago). Stolen is such an upsetting book, and those opening lines — wow!

  16. These are some great first lines!!! I loved Bear Town and Where The Crawdads Sing, but haven’t read the others – but now I want to!!!

  17. Lists like these amaze me. That you can remember the opening lines or the books to reference. Very impressed. Though, I have to say, I am very aware of openings, and the really good ones set the tone for me.

  18. Great list! I love the opening lines of Bear Town! I didn’t love the opening lines of Crawdads tho, it was too descriptive, I like action more than descriptions of scenery haha

  19. Oh, these are some great examples, Sophie. I love, love really great openings to books. It’s what you remember most, sometimes, about a story, how it hooked you from the beginning. And Bear Town is exactly that.

    1. Exactly Alex! That’s what I told my friend who wrote a book! The opening is key!

  20. The Wrath and The Dawn is such a good book! And All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is on my TBR! Loved reading the beginning lines to all of these 🙂

    1. This week’s topic was one of my favorites as it got me to revisit old favorites!

  21. I love it that you cant stop at 5!!!!

    And when those first few sentences grab you, it is a feeling like nothing else!

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