Hey guys! I don’t usually do Top 5 Wednesdays but I thought this week’s topic was cool so I decided to do it! This week, the topic is top five favourite first sentences! 🙂
1. A TALE OF TWO CITIES BY CHARLES DICKENS
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way-in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
One of the longest first lines that I’ve read, but I really love how Charles Dickens captures the atmosphere of the French Revolution! As someone who has studied the French Revolution, and that time period, and is intrigued with this particular era, I find this first line to be quite captivating and gripping!
I think the poetic writing of this novel is one of the reasons it will remain one of my favourite classics! 🙂
2. JUST ONE DAY BY GAYLE FORMAN
What if Shakespeare had it wrong? To be or not to be: That is the question…What if the real question is not whether to be but how to be?
* This isn’t exactly only the first line, but more like a combination of the first few lines in the first paragraph!
But nonetheless, I thought it was a great way to begin the novel! My favourite Shakespeare play is Hamlet, so this instantly appealed to me. I like when novels make reference to other literature, and also challenge you to think deeper right from the beginning.
3. IN ANOTHER LIFE BY JULIE CHRISTINE JOHNSON
Eighteen months after her husband’s death, Lia Carrer returned to Languedoc like a shadow in search for light.
I had to include this book in this post because I absolutely adored this novel! If you haven’t read it, make sure to check out my review here: In Another Life by Julie Christine Johnson – Book Review I loved the writing style, the setting being in Languedoc, France and the historical aspects, which made this novel one of my favourites that I’ve read in 2016, and probably of all time! This book made me put visiting Languedoc on my bucket list! 😀
4. PASSENGER BY ALEXANDRA BRACKEN
As they ascended, retreating farther from the winding trails that marked the way to nearby villages, the world opened to him in its purest form: silent, ancient, mysterious, deadly.
5. THE KISS OF DECEPTION BY MARY E. PEARSON
Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.