Opening lines from five favorite books

I’m sure that this is one that a lot of us in the August blog challenge will have trouble with, because this is a pretty book-crazy bunch and it will be hard to narrow down to five!

These are all the first lines of the first chapter, skipping any prologue or introductions.

So, here are the five I chose:

“The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.”
Cosmos by Carl Sagan

“Her path to the Tower wound back beyond her birth, to the chance meeting of man and a woman more than a quarter of a century before that windswept April night of her imprisonment.”
Legacy by Susan Kay

“Taran wanted to make a sword; but Coll, charged with the practical side of his education, decided on horseshoes.”
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
Harry Potter and the Philospher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

(The last three are the first books in a series of books, of course, and are really representing whole series that I love.)

I really feel bad leaving off a Neil Gaiman book, but it would have been hard to choose one since I love all his books. And I’m sure there are other favorites that I’ve completely forgotten for one reason or another.


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