Top Ten Tuesday: Best Beginnings

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Beginnings

Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme created by The Broke and the Bookish for list addicts. The only catch (and it’s a biggie) is that you are supposed to stick to ten things. This week’s list is…

Top Ten Best Beginnings

I’ve seriously got this one nailed. Ten? Try 25! I whittled it down to my absolute, complete and utter favourites that I couldn’t bear to part with. That only got me down to 24 so I randomly deleted four and then horror-struck at which ones I had deleted, I promptly added them back in. I eventually gave up and asked the guy who sits next to me at work to do a hatchet job. I now have a fairly outraged stack of books looking at me with their “why you no love me?” spines.

Modern Books

Defending Angels

1. Defending Angels by Mary Stanton
“Hanged by the neck until dead, every one of ’em”, Lavinia Mather said with enormous satisfaction.

The Eyre Affair

2. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
My father had a face that could stop a clock.

Monster in My Closet

3. Monster in My Closet by R. L. Naquin
Of all the possible weapons I might have grabbed, I chose a toilet brush.

A Witchs Handbook of Kisses and Curses

4. A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper
My week started with spectral portents of doom floating over my bed while I was trying to have anniversary sex with my boyfriend.

The Feng Shui Detectives Casebook5. The Feng Shui Detective’s Casebook by Nury Vittachi
The tiger loping through the supermarket had blue eyes.

The Classics

Pride and Prejudice6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
It was a truth universally acknowledged that a single man, in possession of a good fortune, must be in want a wife.

Fahrenheit 4517. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
It was a pleasure to burn.

The Hobbit8. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein
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.

Anna Karenina9. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Rebecca10. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

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14 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Best Beginnings

    • I have a really nasty habit of thrusting books at friends and urging them to read them. Often I need a hook to reel them in and first lines fills that nicely. Luckily they forgive me but it is one way of keeping track of opening lines.

    • I know. The books are a little bit left of centre. I wish the author had come out with more of them as they are so cleverly written.

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