T5W: Favourite First Sentences


It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. This week’s topic is “Favourite First Sentences” and I love it when a book simply manages to suck you in right away, but I can also tell you that I very, very rarely remember what the first sentence of a book was. Without my bookshelf and the time to page through some of my most beloved books, I doubt I would have manged to even make this list.

The Martian


This perfectly captures the hilarity and casual writing of The Martian, which is one of my favourite things about the book. I always expected it to be science-heavy and really boring due to the limited amount of human contact in this book, but NO! Mark Watney is my spirit animal, I love the guy so much!

The Raven Boys


I am right in the middle of the Raven Cycle right now and only thought it fitting to include it in the post now. I knew virtually nothing about this series when I started, but what about that first sentence? Doesn’t it immediately peak your interest?

The Night Circus


You can tell that this is an ominous circus, right? THIS BOOK IS SO FREAKING MAGICAL!

My Life Next Door


Technically I am cheating because it is 2 sentences, but I am sure you can forgive me. I just liked how mysteriously the start of MLND sounded. I mean, this book is so much more than just a plain summer contemporary!

Wolf by Wolf


To me this always sounded like the beginning of some sort of twisted fairy tale, which it maybe also kind of is? I simply enjoy the writing so much in Wolf by Wolf, this reminds me of how I cannot wait for the sequel to come out!

What are some memorable first lines you liked? Tell me all about it! Also, have you read any of my books?


38 thoughts on “T5W: Favourite First Sentences

  1. Those are some excellent lines. I love opening for the Raven Boys but my favourite has to be the Wolf by Wolf opening. You said yourself it feels like the beginning of a twisted fairy-tale.

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  2. Hahaha, I totally forgot that The Martian starts out that way! XD Also the first sentence for The Night Circus is wonderful and one of my favourites!

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    • I forget things all the time. It happens about three times a week that I post something and the second I publish it, I realise that I forgot something I really wanted to include hahaha


  3. Great choices! I also have trouble remembering the first sentences of books – I could only do it by going through my bookshelf like you did. I love the one for ‘The Martian’, it really does capture the tone of the book perfectly.

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