13 Books with Opening Lines That Captivate

Sometimes, all it takes is one sentence to hook you; one single line to draw you in and mesmerize you until the last chapter. The books in this list have opening lines that do just that. So, skip the cover and judge a book by its opening line. 

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Editors Note: "There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it."

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Chronicles of Narnia (eBook)

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October 6, 2009

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Editors Note: "The mouth is a weird place"

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel (eBook)

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May 13, 2014

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Editors Note: "It was a pleasure to burn."

Fahrenheit 451: A Novel (eBook)

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November 29, 2011

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Editors Note: “When my brother Fish turned thirteen, we moved to the deepest part of inland because of the hurricane and, of course, that fact that he’d caused it.”

Savvy (eBook)

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May 1, 2008

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Editors Note: "It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression ‘As pretty as an airport.'"

Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (eBook)

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February 26, 2013

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Editors Note: "They say the world is flat and supported on the back of four elephants who themselves stand on the back of a giant turtle."

The Fifth Elephant: A Novel of Discworld (eBook)

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October 13, 2009

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Editors Note: Dr Iannis had enjoyed a satisfactory day in which none of his patients had died or got any worse."

Corelli's Mandolin: A Novel (eBook)

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October 17, 2012

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Editors Note: “On those cloudy days, Robert Neville was never sure when sunset came, and sometimes they were in the streets before he could get back.”

I Am Legend (eBook)

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May 15, 2011

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Editors Note: "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."

1984 (eBook)

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October 17, 1983

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Editors Note: "If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book."

A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning (eBook)

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March 17, 2009

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Editors Note: “This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.”

The Princess Bride: An Illustrated Edition of S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure (eBook)

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November 5, 2013

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Editors Note: “Some years later, on a tugboat in the Gulf of Mexico, Joe Coughlin’s feet were placed in a tub of cement.”

Live by Night: A Novel (eBook)

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October 2, 2012

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