Top 5 Opening Lines

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Bionic Book Worm. Here’s a list of thupcoming topics for May – please remember to pingback to the host to be added to the participant list.

A Tale of Two Cities – 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.”

A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab

“Kell wore a very peculiar coat.”

Red Sister – Mark Lawrence

“It is important, when killing a nun, to ensure that you bring an army of sufficient size.”

The Scorpio Races – Maggie Stiefvater

“It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.”

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

“The circus arrives without warning.”

What are your favourite opening lines?


  1. abookishbalance

    19 May 2020 at 5:08 PM

    All these first lines are so amazing! Great choices! 💗

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  3. Sophie

    19 May 2020 at 9:06 PM

    I also chose The Scorpio races this week and that Red Sister quote is the bomb!

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