Infographic: Opening Lines Of 34 Famous Books

They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but what about the first line?

The first line is the author’s chance to make a first impression and to capture the imagination of the reader, and the very best books will keep the reader hooked from the first line to the very last line. This infographic features 34 compelling first lines from some of the most famous books of all time.


Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Carmen Webster Buxton2 April, 2018

    Are we supposed to be able to read the opening lines? If so, how?

  2. Carmen Webster Buxton2 April, 2018

    Never mind! I finally saw the link at the end!

    1. Nate Hoffelder2 April, 2018

      whoops! Somehow I linked to the header image twice!

      fixed it, thanks!

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