Favorite First Lines from Novels

Are there books that just caught you by their first lines? Here are some of my favorite opening lines. I wanted to do favorite first paragraphs but I guess that will be covered in a different article since I have so many of them.


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“If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.”

The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah


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“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.”

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
by Bryn Greenwood


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“When I think of my wife, I always think of her head”

Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn


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“I’m pretty much f–ked.”

The Martian
by Andy Weir


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“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”

Rebecca
by Daphne du Maurier


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“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul.”

Lolita
by Vladimir Nabokov


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“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Anna Karienina
by Leon Tolstoy


11870085“Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.”

The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green


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“I just punched a girl in the face.”

Maybe Someday
by Colleen Hoover


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“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

1984
by George Orwell


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“Is today a good day to die?”

All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven


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“I wonder what kind of sound it would make if I were to smash this glass against the side of his head.”

November 9
by Colleen Hoover


Which are some of your favorites?

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