5 Favourite First Sentences | T5W

Today’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is favourite first sentences. I really like this topic. Sometimes it only takes 1 sentence to make me interested in a book, or set the scene for the entire novel.

I’m generally a graphic novel reader, but first sentences rarely carry the weight in graphic works as they do prose works.

Here is my list of favourite first sentences:

1. Tale of Two Cities / by Charles Dickens


“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.”

2.  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.”

3. Leo the African / by Amin Maalouf


“I, Hasan the son of Muhammad the weigh-master, I, Jean-Leon de Medici, circumcised at the hand of a barber and baptized at the hand of a pope, I am now called the African, but I am not from Africa, nor from Europe, nor from Arabia. I am also called the Granadan, the Fassi, the Zayyati, but I come from no country, from no city, no tribe. I am the son of the road, my country is the caravan, my life the most unexpected of voyages.”

4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland / by Lewis Carroll

alice wonderland

“Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversation?’

5. A Christmas Carol / by Charles Dickens


“Marley was dead, to begin with.”



This post was written in response to T5W (Top 5 Wednesday). T5W is a group on Goodreads that hosts weekly book list memes. Interested in joining?  Click here.


2 thoughts on “5 Favourite First Sentences | T5W

  1. _giovannard says:

    I remember having to read A Tale of Two Cities in high school, and I hated it. Maybe it was just my teenage mind being bored with it. I don’t know, Maybe I’ll pick it up again one day and see how I like it now that I am older. 🙂 Great Top 5! My T5W! 😀


    • Laura says:

      Thanks! You should definitely give it a re-try — it’s funny that you mention hating it in high school. For me, it was the FIRST book we read in school that didn’t bore me. It’s the book that turned me on to reading.

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