Probably the hardest part about writing a book is how to start a story in the first place. Though there are many advises from professional editors and famous writers themselves, it is still the most crucial part where your literary genius must shine.


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It's often said that a book shouldn't be judged by its cover, but what about its opening lines? The beginning of it carries the daunting task of hooking the prospective reader in and has a very brief window of time to do so. And with so many books to read, the competition between them is wast. Having that in mind, we've rounded up the first lines of some of the world's most famous books, and they stand as excellent examples of how a short sentence or two can set the tone for an entire story - and define its legacy for decades to come.

Scroll through each poignant piece of literary genius and most known book quotes below in our list. Be sure to let us know which must-read books have you read. And if you haven't laid your eyes on any of these best books to read, you will definitely pick your next read here.

#1 'The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy' By Douglas Adams

'The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy' By Douglas Adams

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Jeremie Guerra 1 year ago

A true must read :) Specially if you want to know the answer to life, universe and everything ^^

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#2 'The Martian' By Andy Weir

'The Martian' By Andy Weir

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John L 1 year ago

Great novel! And yes, it was better than the movie, because you are able to get inside Mark Watney's brain.

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#3 'Fahrenheit 451' By Ray Bradbury

'Fahrenheit 451' By Ray Bradbury

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John L 1 year ago

I'm a huge SciFi reader, but never could get interested in him for some reason. I've always been an H. Beam Piper sort of fellow. ;D

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#4 '1984' By George Orwell

'1984' By George Orwell

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John L 1 year ago

To this day I'm still trying to decide which is most depressing; this one or "Brave New World".

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#5 'Anna Karenina' By Leo Tolstoy

'Anna Karenina' By Leo Tolstoy

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Nancy E 1 year ago

I loved this book & even though I tend to be an optimist, I've read a lot of dark Russian literature

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#6 'The Great Gatsby' By F. Scott Fitzgerald

'The Great Gatsby' By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Wanda Queen 1 year ago

I can think of a few people right now who would do well to remember the same.

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#7 'Middlesex' By Jeffrey Eugenides

'Middlesex' By Jeffrey Eugenides

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Hope Floats 1 year ago

That intro alone would make you want to pick up the book and read on......

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#8 'The Go-Between' By L.P. Hartley

'The Go-Between' By L.P. Hartley

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Nancy E 1 year ago

This grabs & intrigues me

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#9 'The Princess Bride' By William Goldman

'The Princess Bride' By William Goldman

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Andi 1 year ago

Such a fun book!

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#10 'The Crow Road' By Iain Banks

'The Crow Road' By Iain Banks

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Hope Floats 1 year ago

Now there's a start to a story........

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