Best opening line of a book?

# 47 is my favorite. 🙂

Street of Dreams

The opening line of a book can make or break a work in my opinion. The following is a list of the 100 best first lines from novels, as decided by the American Book Review, a nonprofit journal published at the Unit for Contemporary Literature at Illinois State University (Go redbirds!)

booksMy equation for you,, what opening lines did they overlook? What should and shouldn’t be on the list?

One I think should be added to the list: “The end of the world started when a pegasus landed on the hood of my car.” The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

 The list

1. Call me Ishmael. – Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (1851)

2. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)

3. A screaming comes across the sky. –…

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