12 Opening Lines That Will Make You Read the Whole Book

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With the billions of books out there to choose from, why settle for something less than special? And what better way to evaluate a book's potential than by flipping it open and reading the first line? Well, aside from Moby Dick, which many school children may attempt to dissaude you from reading, there are plenty of other great books out there whose authors know how to draw their reader in. Below are 12 excellent opening lines identified by readers on reddit as some of the best they've seen. Feel free to share more of your own favorites!


1. "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman


2. “Neuromancer” by William Gibson


3. “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury


4. "Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut


5. “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen


6. “The Stranger” by Albert Camus


7. “Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka


8. “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” by CS Lewis


9. “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy


10. “Restaurant at the End of the Universe" by Douglas Adams


11. “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” by Hunter S. Thompson


12. “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez