#T5W: Top first sentences

It’s Top 5 Wednesday tiiiime!

This week I searched for some really great first sentences. Sometimes I read the first sentence and just know that I’m going to love the book.
Here are some of my favorites.. And yes, I might have cheated a little.. 😉

5) A walk to remember – Nicholas Sparks


When I was seventeen, my life changed forever.

I love this book and I love the movie. There is no way that I don’t end up crying when I’m reading or watching this story. It’s so honest and sad and beautiful…

He tells me his life has changed? I believe him!

4) Room – Emma Donoghue


Today I’m five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark I’m changed to five, abracadabra.

Technically two sentences but I warned you that I was going to cheat. Now that you know I’m serious, prepare yourself ’cause I’m going to do it again in a minute!
This book.. Waauw.. It amazes me every time I open it. The writing is so pure and childlike, but as a grown-up you can find so many details if you read between the lines.
(I did a quick review of this book here.)

3) The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger


It’s hard being left behind. I wait for Henry, not knowing where he is, wondering if he’s okay. It’s hard being the one who stays.

Have you read this book? If you haven’t, you should! This book is about time and the fact that there is never enough. There’s a lot of waiting involved and waiting for the man you love is hard.
There were soooo many feels in this book. It’s all so unfair. Tears were shed.. You should really read it…

2) Winter’s Tale – Mark Helprin


There was a white horse, on a quiet winter morning when snow covered the streets gently and was not deep, and the sky was swept with vibrant stars, except in the east, where dawn was beginning in a light blue flood.

Yes, this story starts with a white horse. I was quite surprised but fell in love all the same during that first sentence.
This is the book I’m currently reading. So much has happened already and I’m not even halfway through.. I keep rereading sentences because they are so beautiful. It’s going to take me forever to finish ;).

1) The Book Thief – Markus Zusak


First the colours. Then the humans. That’s usually how I see things. Or at least, how I try.

Words cannot describe how much I love this book. Just reading the first page makes me both insanely happy and incredibly sad. Yes, this story is narrated by Death which adds to the amazingness of the book.


There are a lot of great “first sentences” I did not include in my little list..
For example:

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

from the first Harry Potter.
The reason it’s not in my list is because I don’t own a copy. It is one of my favorites though, and makes me grin like a maniac every time I read or hear it. 🙂

So what are some of your favorites?
Let me know in the comments below..

See you soon!


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