Bustle ‘Bout Books: Favourite First Lines

There are books which start with such beautiful lines. I decided to make this post about those wonderful phrases which grab your attention and you just cannot help diving into the books! Well, I can say that all these books got me caught in the story from the very first lines!

Don’t forget to tell me what your favourite first lines are!

Here are the books and their first lines that I am in love with:

  • Inferno By Dan Brown:

I am the Shade.

Through the dolent city, I flee.

Through the eternal work, I take flight.

Doesn’t this just make you want to read it right away?

  • To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee:

When he was nearly thirteen my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.

Now, that’s a pretty good start to a book, eh? I loved the book so so much!

  • Northanger Abbey By Jane Austen:

No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine.

This line and this book! Most of you, by now, know that I am true Janeite! I did a review for Northanger Abbey and if you liked the first line, you definitely should check the review out!

  • Mansfield Park By Jane Austen:

About thirty years ago, Miss Maria Ward, of Huntington, with only seven thousand pounds, had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas Bertram, of Mansfield Park, in the county of Northampton, and to be thereby raised to the rank of a baronet’s lady, with all the comforts and consequences of an handsome house and large income.

Another one from a book by Jane Austen. There is something so royal and challenging about this long line. I absolutely adore the characters of this book!

  • The Hunger Games: Mockinjay By Suzanne Collins

I stare down at my shoes, watching as a fine layer of ash settles on the worn leather.

Mockinjay is the last book in the series ‘The Hunger Games’. I loved the theme! The story had me intrigued right from the first line till the last one! This third book is definitely my favourite one in the series.

Do you feel inspired to read any of these books? Or have you read them already? Do let me know in the comments section!

Also, tell me what your favourite first lines are! Maybe, I will get a few book suggestions!

Check out my previous Bustle ‘Bout Books post here and my recent poem here.

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With love,



17 thoughts on “Bustle ‘Bout Books: Favourite First Lines”

  1. I can’t remember a book at the moment but I do love a few lines of Samuel Coleridge’s, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: “In mist or cloud,
    on mast or shroud,
    It perched for vespers nine;
    Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white,
    Glimmered the white moon-shine.”

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  2. Aaaah yes yes yes!
    Such lovely lines! ❤
    Even Pride and Prejudice's beginning is quite nice, and then it's also a very controversial statement, haha!
    I can even talk about last lines, on which Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows tops my list. But then I'll have to wait until you read it 😉
    Lovely though. ❤

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    1. First line of Pride And Prejudice is an amazing one and indeed, is one of my favourites. However, the reason why I did not include it here is because it’s just too obvious that everybody (in my opinion) will agree to it!
      Haha yes…you have to wait until I finish Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows! And I promise, it’s going to be over soon!😂❤

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  3. I love the premise of this post! There are so many stunning lines I’ve read that serve to inspire and delight my literary mind. I really should get into the habit of jotting them down as I read them. They are so lovely to revisit, sort of like fond memories.

    Another lovely post! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. You’re right, they are surely, like fond memories! It’s like even if you cannot read the whole book again, you can definitely go through some of your favourite lines from it!
      I am glad that you liked this post!❤

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  4. Have to agree with you on the first lines of To Kill A Mockingbird… I really do love that opening and it’s also one of my favourite reads!!!

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  5. Great idea for a post! A favorite opening of mine is from A River Runs Through It by Norman MacLean- “In our family there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing.” So much of this book lends itself to being read aloud- it’s so evocative. Hmm… maybe I love that opening more because I love the book so much and know what’s coming.

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    1. It for sure, does! However, I did not include it in this list because, it is a line which is known by almost everyone! Isn’t it? I wanted to include lines which are not very much known.
      As I am a big big big fan of Jane Austen’s works, I consider the opening lines of all of her books to be the best!

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