Really Friggin’ Awesome First Lines

1. “It was a pleasure to burn.” –Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

2. “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” –George Orwell, 1984

3. “This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.” –William Goldman, The Princess Bride

4. “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” –Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

5. “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.” –C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

6. “It was the day my grandmother exploded.” –Lain Banks, The Crow Road

7. “The war in Zagreb began over a pack of cigarettes.” –Sara Novic, Girl at War

8. “It began the usual way, in the bathroom of the Lassimo Hotel.” –Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

9. “I’m pretty much fucked.” –Andy Weir, The Martian

10. “How does one describe Artemis Fowl? Various psychiatrists have tried and failed.” –Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl