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Monday, July 29, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday...favorite first lines

Top Ten First Lines

First Line
Anderson, M.T.
"We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck."
Dickens, Charles
David Copperfield
"Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show."
Marchetta, Melina
Jellicoe Road
"My father took one hundred and thirty two minutes to die. I counted."
Barrie, J.M
Peter Pan
"All children, except one, grow up."
Eugenides, Jeffrey
"I was born twice: first as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petosky, Michigan, in August of 1974."
Robinson, Barbara
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
"The Herdmans were the absolute worst children in the history of the world."
Gaiman, Neil
Anansai Boys
"It begins, as most things begin, with a song."
Lewis, C.S.
Voyage of the Dawn Treader
"There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it."
Austen, Jane
Pride and Prejudice
"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."
Roach, Mary
Stiff: Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
"The way I see it, being dead is not terribly far off from being on a cruise ship. Most of the time is spent lying on your back."
Tolstoy, Leo
Anna Karenina
"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
Snicket, Lemony
A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Bad Beginning
"If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book."

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  1. I absolutely love the opening line of Pride and Prejudice. It really sets the tone and plot for the entire story. Great list!

    Halee @ Confessions of a Book Addict

    My TTT

  2. Oh my gosh, I need to read Jellicoe Road. That's the second quote I've seen and it totally shook me. Great choices!! I am loving this week's prompt and seeing all of these first lines. I probably need to make it a habit to read the first line of all of my TBR shelf books. I'd probably pick them up a lot quicker.
    Here's my Top Ten Tuesdays Post
    Megan @ Love, Literature, Art, and Reason

  3. Oh me! A chart. A beautiful chart. I love it.

    And I love your new (to-me) header. Perfect!

    Here's my list of favorite first lines.

  4. Love this! Particularly Feed, Jellicoe Road, Peter Pan, Middlesex, and A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Bad Beginning.

  5. Ahh so many of these books are absolute favourites of mine! I like how you charted it, I had some issues trying how to figure out how to format mine so it wasn't horrible to wade through. Should have done this! (Although I'm not sure how one does THIS)

    1. I just copy and pasted the chart from WORD. I can't figure out the formatting on blogger either and waste a ton of time getting pictures where I want them, etc. If you look at the HTML it is a hilariously long.

  6. Ahhh I love these first lines! They're all so good. :)


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