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.
Editors Note: "There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it."
by C. S. Lewis (Author)
Released: October 6, 2009
Editors Note: "The mouth is a weird place"
Released: May 13, 2014
Editors Note: "It was a pleasure to burn."
Fahrenheit 451: A Novel (eBook)
by Ray Bradbury (Author)
Released: November 29, 2011
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.”
by Ingrid Law (Author)
Released: May 1, 2008
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)
by Douglas Adams (Author)
Released: February 26, 2013
Editors Note: "When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere."
The Day of the Triffids (eBook)
by John Wyndham (Author)
Released: July 1, 2010
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."
by Terry Pratchett (Author)
Released: October 13, 2009
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)
by Louis de Bernieres (Author)
Released: October 17, 2012
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)
by Richard Matheson (Author)
Released: May 15, 2011
Editors Note: "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
by George Orwell (Author)
Released: October 17, 1983
Editors Note: "If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book."
by Lemony Snicket (Author)
Released: March 17, 2009
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)
by William Goldman, Michael Manomivibul (Author)
Released: November 5, 2013