You shouldn't judge a book by its cover alone. But engaging opening lines can sure pull you in. Here are 10 of our favorites.
Moby Dick by Herman Melville - "Call Me Ishmael."
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison - "I am an invisible man."
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - "It was pleasure to burn."
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - "It was the best of time, it was the worst of times."
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - "It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love."
Beloved by Toni Morrison - "124 was spiteful."
The Gunslinger by Stephen King - "The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."
1984 by George Orwell - "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - "Here is a small fact: You are going to die."