Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite First Sentences


Hello everyone!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme that was originally created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and is currently being hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. To find out more information about this fun feature and how you can join in, please visit the Goodreads group for it here!

This week’s T5W is your top five favorite first sentences. This one is fairly self-explanatory; just pick your favorite first sentences from books. This was an extremely fun T5W for me to participate in because I never realized how many first sentences are so incredibly well-written and gripping. This T5W actually gave me a greater appreciation for authors and their writing because it takes a lot to really envelop a reader into a story and the first sentence is definitely one of the most important parts of a book because it sets the tone for the rest of the novel. I love first sentences that really capture the true essence of the book as a whole and immediately catch and hold your attention, so I picked first sentences that, in my opinion, did just that.

5. “When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.”

(from The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton)

This will always be one of my favorite first sentences because I’ve had it memorized for the past eight years of my life. I think what really struck me about this line was how it intertwines so well with the last sentence of the novel and how it deposits the reader directly into the middle of a scene.

4. “It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease.”

(from Delirium by Lauren Oliver)

This is one of those first sentences where right of the bat, you have the basis for the background of the novel. I love when the openings of books tell you something shocking or surprising, so this one definitely captured my attention. This first sentence intrigued me greatly and it quickly filled my head with a variety of questions surrounding the dystopian world that this story was set in.

3. “After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.”

(from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas)

Sarah J. Maas not only comes up with amazing first sentences of books, but the first and last sentences of basically every chapter of her books are amazing as well. This, however, is one of the most memorable first sentences that I’ve ever read. It sets the tone for the book and it introduces you to this main character in a way where you instantly know that they are mysterious and dangerous, which thus sucks readers into the plot quickly.

2. “Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.”

(from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater)

This quote will probably appear on quite a few lists today. I absolutely love this sentence. If I had to pick one quote from The Raven Boys that clearly portrays what this novel is about, it would be this one. This sentence engulfed me into this brilliant story so quickly and I love how it’s creepy and mysterious and it definitely sets the tone for the rest of the novel.

1 . “My name is not Mara Dyer, but my lawyer told me I had to choose something.”

(from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin)

When I first read this sentence, I was reeling. I don’t know what it was about this quote, especially considering how short and simple it is, but this sentence seized my attention straightaway and the uniqueness and creepiness of this story held it until I finished reading the last page of this novel. I love this quote so much and it honestly describes the whole essence of this story in a nutshell.

Here are some honorable mentions for this week and they are definitely some amazing first sentences:

“I’ve been locked up for 264 days.”

(from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi)

“My mother thinks I’m dead.”

(from Legend by Marie Lu)

“He began his new life standing up, surrounded
by cold darkness and stale, dusty air.”

(from The Maze Runner by James Dashner)

So, that’s it for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday! What are some of your favorite first sentences? Comment below! Also, if you posted a T5W post for this topic, feel free to leave a link to it below so I can see what first sentences you picked!



9 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite First Sentences

  1. I remember reading that first line from Delirium and thinking “Okay… what’s going on?” – it drew me right in. That’s a trilogy I really need to finish but I haven’t picked up the last book yet. Have you finished it – was it good?

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    • I finished reading the Delirium trilogy a while ago and, while I did really enjoy the trilogy, I found the ending of the third book to be a bit of a let down. I can’t really explain why because of spoilers but I still gave the third book 4/5 stars, nonetheless! You should definitely finish the trilogy soon. 😊


    • Throne of Glass is one of my all-time favorite fantasy series, I definitely recommend it! And oh my gosh, I want to read Replica so badly. I recommend the Delirium trilogy as well, it’s really unique and I love the characters so much. 😊


  2. “My mother thinks I’m dead” Wow, this sentence alone makes me want to learn more about this book! Great Top 5! I never even thought to write down or mark the great first sentences in the books I’ve read, so this week’s topic was a little hard. I had to switch it up a bit 🙂 My T5W! 😀

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