"Top Ten Tuesday" is an original feature/weekly meme created on the blog "The Broke and the Bookish". This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at "The Broke and the Bookish".
It is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
Since I am just as fond of them as they are, I jump at the chance to share my lists with them! Have a look at their page, there are lots of other bloggers who share their lists here.
Top Ten Opening Lines
"Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge."
Atwood, Margaret "The Blind Assassin" - 2000
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
Austen, Jane "Pride & Prejudice" - 1813
"Long ago, when I was a junior high student in Iowa, I remember being taught by a biology teacher that all the chemicals that make up the human body could be bought at a hardware store for $5.00 or something like that."
Bryson, Bill "The Body. A Guide for Occupants" - 2019
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."
Dickens, Charles "A Tale of Two Cities" - 1859
"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice."
García Márquez, Gabriel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" (Spanish: Cien años de soledad) - 1967
"They shoot the white girl first." (and I still have no idea who the white girl was)
Morrison, Toni "Paradise" - 1998
"It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen"
Orwell, George "Nineteen Eighty-Four" - 1949
"They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did."
Rhys, Jean "Wide Sargasso Sea" - 1966
"All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
Tolstoy, Leo (Толстой, Лев Николаевич) "Anna Karenina" (Russian: Анна Каренина = Anna Karenina) - 1877
"I'm pretty much f*cked."
Weir, Andy "The Martian" - 2011
I am sure I could have gound a lot more but these were the first that came to mind. I'm sure most of them are pretty well known but maybe some are new to some of you.