Top Ten Tuesday: Opening Lines Revisited

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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!  This week is very special because Top Ten Tuesday turns ten!

There were a couple of options for this week’s topic.  I chose the option of picking a past Top Ten Tuesday topic that I didn’t get to do.  A couple of week’s ago my fellow reviewer, Astilbe, compiled a list for the topic Opening Lines.  I had so much fun reading her list as well as others, that I decided to make my own.  I made my list by browsing my bookshelf and opening some of my favorites.  Since this topic is a rather recent one, I also tried to avoid books that were frequently featured in the posts I visited.  Here’s my list in no particular order!

“I knew I was in trouble as soon as I saw the obituary.  The fact that it had my name on it was sort of a clue.” Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer #1) by Karen Chance

“I didn’t realize he was a werewolf at first.  My nose isn’t at its best when surrounded by axle grease and burnt oil.” Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs

“No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be a heroine.” Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

“My name is Uhtred.” The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories #1) by Bernard Cornwell

“I wanted darkness.  There was a half-moon that summer night and it kept sliding from behind the clouds to make me nervous.  I wanted darkness” Lords of the North (The Saxon Stories #3) by Bernard Cornwell

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“His letter came just at the point when I though death was my only option.” Claire’s Last Secret (Claire Clairmont #1) by Marty Ambrose

“It hardly seems possible that one’s entire existence can be completely upended in the blink of an eye, but it happened to me, so I know it to be true.” A Shadowed Fate (Claire Clairmont #2) by Marty Ambrose

“I see…”‘ said the vampire thoughtfully, and slowly he walked across the room towards the window.”  Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles #1) by Anne Rice

“Mrs. Bridge did not like bugs. Perched high up on the stool, she peered distastefully into the kitchen light.” The Fog Ladies by Susan McCormick

“The day I died started out bad and got worse in a hurry.” Undead and Unwed (Undead #1) by Mary Janice Davidson.

“I’d been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar.” Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris

Which line/lines do you like most?  If you haven’t read these, do the opening lines make you curious enough to pick them up?


  1. Great list! I haven’t read any of these yet, but the Mercy Thompson and Sookie Stackhouse novels are on my TBR and these opening lines are great. I’m also intrigued by the opening line for Undead and Unwed.

    • Poinsettia says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed my list! Yes, I think the opening lines from those books are great. They are also from the first book in the series, so I think they are a great way to start a series!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  2. That Austen line from Northanger Abbey is a great start to the book and it’s pretty much the only book I read on your list. That ‘Fog Ladies’ opening sounds like fun though.

    Have a lovely day.

    • Poinsettia says

      Northanger Abbey has a great opening line! The Fog Ladies is a lot of fun. I hope you get a chance to check it out.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  3. Those are some really great lines! I think I missed this topic. It was fun to read your picks! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I like the first Mercy Thompson book – I need to get caught up on that series!

    Check out my TTT

    • Poinsettia says

      I’m a couple of books behind in that series, so I also need to get caught up a bit!

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  5. Fantastic list, I loved the opening lines topic too!
    My TTT is here: Books I wish I had read as a child.

  6. I like the Mercy thomson one. 🙂

  7. It’s been years since I read Northanger Abbey and I definitely want to read it again!

    I enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse series so much until the last 2 or so books!

    • Poinsettia says

      I haven’t read Northanger Abbey in a while either. I need to make time to re-read it as well.

      I feel the same way about the Sookie Stackhouse series! I really enjoyed it until the last few books. I felt like I was just pushing through the books just to see how it ended. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the ending. I ended up giving away the last few books in the series and just keeping the ones I liked.

      Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  8. I don’t think I’ve read any of these. I wonder why you’d find your own name in an obituary though!

    • Poinsettia says

      I know! Such a good line to start a book/series with. It definitely hooked me!

      Thanks for stopping by and visiting. 🙂

  9. Great list, some of those lines definitely make me want to add a few more books to my TBR 😀

    • Poinsettia says

      I’m glad you enjoyed my list!

      Top Ten Tuesday always adds to my tbr too!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  10. verushka says

    The first line to Claire’s Last Secret really has me curious — what has brought her to the point of death ?

    These lines are great beginnings — and they defnitely make me want to know more,.

    • Poinsettia says

      Yes, it is a good opening and definitely one that piques the curiosity! You’ll have to let me know if you get a chance to read it.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  11. Great idea with the opening lines. I seem to forget them often, except for a few obvious ones.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

    • Poinsettia says

      You’re welcome! I don’t often remember opening lines either honestly, but ones from my favorite books/series stick with me a bit better.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

  12. I haven’t read any of these, but I love the dark humor in some of them.

    • Poinsettia says

      Some of them are a lot of fun! You’ll have to let me know if you ever get a chance to check some of them out.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  13. I’d forgotten the opening line of Northanger Abbey. It’s a great one! Perfectly sets up the whole novel. 🙂

  14. I love your opening line selections. That was a fun TTT topic to fulfill. I remember picky only humorous first lines for my list. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • Poinsettia says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed my list! I had a lot of fun making it.

      You’re welcome and thank you for visiting and commenting! 🙂

  15. Oh that of Touch the Dark is such a good opening line. Grabs your curiosity right away.

  16. Happy Reading! So many of these sound really good.

  17. I have read Northanger Abbey and Dead into Dark, but I am also familiar with “My name is Uhtred” as I love the TV show ?

    • Poinsettia says

      I love the TV show for The Last Kingdom too! They’ve definitely made some changes from the books, but I think they’ve done a really good job.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  18. Great opening line for “Northanger Abbey.” Perhaps not Austen’s most famous, but it fits the story well. 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland last week.

    • Poinsettia says

      You’re welcome!

      I agree. It isn’t Austen’s most famous opening line, but I think it is my favorite and it fits the story perfectly.

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. 🙂

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