Teasers & Top Tens – 5/26/20


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. Here are the rules if you want to play along:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

This week’s teaser is from A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir.

The jinn know I’m coming. The moment I reach their grove, I’m unnerved by an expectant sort of quiet. A waiting. Strange, how silence can speak as loudly as a scream. Yes, they know I’m here. And they know I want something.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:

Top Ten Favorite Opening Lines

I had to do some searching for this one. I have several quotes that I adore from books, but specific opening lines? I wasn’t entirely sure. Luckily for me, the Internet exists and helped remind me of these gems.

  1. The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle. (Paper Towns by John Green)
  2. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. (1984 by George Orwell)
  3. Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small, unregarded yellow sun. (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams)
  4. The best day of my life happened when I was five and almost died at Disney World. I’m sixteen now, so you can imagine that’s left me with quite a few days of major suckage. (Going Bovine by Libba Bray)
  5. Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling)
  6. All children, except one, grow up. (Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie)
  7. In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. (The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien)
  8. 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 conversations?” (Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll)
  9. There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. (The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis)
  10. I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen. (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs)

Please leave your teasers and top tens in comments!

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21 replies

  1. Now I am curious. Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “THE DILEMMA”

  2. Yeah, Peter Pan has a great opening line. I thought it was about a dead child the first time I read it.

    My TTT .

  3. Hi,
    Your teaser makes me want to pick
    this book up and read it.
    Have a great day!

  4. These are great! I can’t even pick a favorite. I love them all. 🙂

  5. Awesome list! I especially like the opening lines for Going Bovine and debated putting it in my list! And of course Harry Potter’s are classic…

    Here’s my TTT: https://memorymeetsimagination.wordpress.com/2020/05/26/top-ten-tuesday-best-opening-lines/

  6. Great list – thanks for sharing! I can’t believe I forgot the Peter Pan!
    My TTT is here https://bookloverssanctuary.com/2020/05/26/top-ten-tuesday-opening-lines/

  7. I remember it was a crazy wild ride of a book! Not my usual type of pick but I’m so glad I decided to read it 🙂

  8. These are great ones! I used the HP one, too, not because it’s a super brilliant line, but because it describes perfectly who the Dursleys are in a nice, succinct sentence. I also love the PETER PAN one. That’s a unique one that can’t be mistaken for any other book.

    Happy TTT!


  9. This TTT topic was surprisingly difficult. I think I pulled every book I own off the shelf. I love the opening of Alice. That was a very relatable line when I was a kid and read it for the first time.

  10. Oh, I had forgotten that Paper Towns had such a great opening line. John Green’s pretty good at those. 🙂 Great list!

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