Opening Lines: A Top Ten Tuesday Post

Top Ten Tuesday 2020

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For the rules see her blog.This week’s topic is Opening Lines (Best, favorite, funny, unique, shocking, gripping, lines that grabbed you immediately, etc.)

These are all opening lines that made me keen to read on. I could have chosen many others but these came to mind first.

‘Once the queen’s head is severed, he walks away.‘ ( From The Mirror and The Light by Hilary Mantel)

I will always remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard that my father had died.’ (From The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley)

The thing I later remembered the most about the day the gunman came was my teacher Miss Russell’s breath.’ (From Only Child by Rhiannon Navin)

‘It was the day my grandmother exploded.’ (From The Crow Road by Iain Banks)

‘I went to Manderley again.’ (From Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier)

I’m that girl.’ (From I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney)

‘Theirs was a land of awesome grandeur, a land of mountains and moorlands and cherished myths.’ (From Here Be Dragons by Sharon Penman)

‘It starts with a selfie.’ (From Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister)

‘The red stain was like a scream in the silence.’ (From Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson)

’ Dying is not as easy as it looks in the movies.‘ (From Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer)

11 thoughts on “Opening Lines: A Top Ten Tuesday Post

  1. I did think about looking for a Penman opening line but I didn’t end up doing it. I am therefore glad to see you have it on yours!

    I also liked seeing The Seven Sisters book as well.


  2. What a great meme, Margaret. And you’ve chosen some fine opening lines, too. I would definitely read on in a lot of those cases. I’m especially keen to read The Mirror and the Light, ‘though I haven’t done that yet. Hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

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  3. The Sharon Penman appeals to me the most but all of them would draw me in. Suspect as an author you’re told to think of a really good first line.

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