It's been a while since I've done a top 5 list, so I decided to dust it off and give it another go. These are my five favorite opening lines from the books and short stories that I've read. I've probably forgotten something brilliant from Dr. Seuss or another semi-forgotten children's author, but these are the five that came most readily to mind. In chronological order:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Marley was dead: to begin with.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
William Shakespeare, later known as the Beard of Avon, was born in 1564, on April 21, 22, or 23, and all his life kept people guessing.
Twisted Tales from Shakespeare by Richard Armour
Feel free to psychoanalyze me in the comments section for what my choices say about my deepest fears or other nonsense.