Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Opening Lines

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is Opening Lines (Best, favorite, funny, unique, shocking, gripping, lines that grabbed you immediately, etc.)


“Depending on who-sorry, whom-you ask, I may have killed my three best friends.”
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

“On the island of By-the-Sea you could always smell two things: salt and magic.”
Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

“If I’m not home in two months, I’m dead.”
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

“By the time Alex managed to get the blood out of her good wool coat, it was to warm to wear it.”
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

“Did you ever when you were little, endure your parents’ warnings, then wait for them to leave the room, pry loose protective covers and consider inserting some metal object into an electrical outlet?”
Burned by Ellen Hopkins

“There is something truly evil about plaid.”
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

“Five years ago, when I had just turned thirteen, I killed my best friend.”
Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

“When I wake up, all my friends are dead.”
Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

“We must, by law, keep a record of the innocents we kill.”
Scythe by Neal Shusterman

“They say there’s a fine line between love and hate.”
These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

This list was actually so much fun to make. I just picked books off my shelf at random and decided whether it was an exciting or funny first line. What books made your list this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

29 thoughts on “Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Opening Lines

  1. You know what has surprised me today? How many books open with lines about being dead or killing someone. That one from Heretics Anon is hilarious, and was a great set up for the rest of the book.

    1. When making this post, there were a few books I wanted to include, but didn’t because they were super similar with someone dying. It was definitely surprising to learn that it’s a trend.

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