Top 20 Best Opening Lines From Books

If there are interesting closing lines from books, there are also interesting opening lines that may stay in your mind after reading them. Here are the top 20 best opening lines from books you might already read:

20. “When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventyfirst birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.” It’s written by J.R.R Tolkien on his novel “The Fellowship of the Ring”.

19. “Mister Haneda was senior to Mister Omochi, who was senior to Mister Saito, who was senior to Miss Mori, who was senior to me. I was senior to no one.” Amelie Nothomb wrote it on her novel “Fear and Trembling”.

18. “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four Privet Drive were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.” J.K. Rowling wrote it on her novel “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”.

17. “I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time.” It’s written by Carlos Luis Zafon on his novel “The Shadow of the Wind”.

16. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” It can be read on Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice”.

15. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. It was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity. It was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness. It was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” It’s written by Charles Dickens on his novel “A Tale of Two Cities”.

14. “A story has no beginning or end; arbitrarily one chooses the moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.” It’s written by Graham Greene on his novel “The End of the Affair”.

13. “It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.” Sylvia Plath wrote in on her novel “The Bell Jar”.

12. “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” Roald Dahl wrote it on his novel “Matilda”.

11. “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Leo Tolstoy wrote it on his novel “Anna Karenina”.

10. “All children, except one, grow up.” It can be read on J.M. Barrie’s novel “Peter Pan”.

9. “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” It’s written on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel “The Hobbit”.

8. “As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.” It’s written on Franz Kafka’s novel Metamorphosis.

7. “It was a bright, cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” It’s written by George Orwell on his novel “1984”.

6. “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” It’s written on Daphne du Maurier’s novel “Rebecca”.

5. “You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, but that ain’t no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly.” It’s written on Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”.

4. “A writer never forgets the first time he accepted a few coins of a word of praise in exchange for a story … a writer is condemned to remember that moment, because from then on he is doomed and his soul has a price.” It’s written on Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s “The Angel’s Game”.

3. “Death is only the beginning; afterward comes the hard part.” It can be read on Jed Rubenfeld’s novel “The Death Instinct”.

2. “First the colours. Then the humans. That’s how I usually see things. Or at least, how I try.” Markus Zusak wrote it on his novel “The Book Thief”.

1. “There is no mystery to happiness.” Jed Rubenfeld wrote it on his novel “The Interpretation of Murder”.

These are the top 20 best opening lines from books. These lines are just products of the authors’ wide imaginations.

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