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10 Best First Lines Of Novels

The beginning of a book is crucial in getting the reader hooked. It can leave you with an impression of the book which lasts throughout and it can plant a seed that lasts with you long after you’ve finished. These are the best first lines (maybe 2) of books which do exactly what a first line must do; make you want to read the rest of the book.

10 Best First Lines Of Novels

1. “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta; the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.” – Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

Best First Lines Of Novels

2. “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” – Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

Best First Lines Of Novels

3. “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendi­a was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.” – One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Best First Lines Of Novels

4. “All this happened, more or less.” – Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut

Best First Lines Of Novels

5. “All children, except one, grow up.” – Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie

Best First Lines Of Novels

6. “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” – 1984 – George Orwell

Best First Lines Of Novels

7. “This is not for you.” – House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski

Best First Lines Of Novels

8.”There once was a boy named Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.” – The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

Best First Lines Of Novels

9. “The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel….” – Neuromancer – William Gibson

Best First Lines Of Novels

10. “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.” – David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

Best First Lines Of Novels