The Beginnings

Ok, don’t look at me like that. I know I haven’t blogged in a week. That is awesomely bad for someone whose goal was to blog every day this month, but I’m just going to pretend that didn’t happen and keep on trucking.

Today’s topic is: Talk about the opening of your favorite book.

Um, really? I can’t blog for a week, and then you ask me to tell you what my favorite book is? You’d never hear anything. Why can’t I just talk about my favorite openings to some of my top books? Oh, what’s that you say? It’s my blog? You’re right! I’m going to do what I want.

1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

The opening of this book is brilliant. It sets the scene for the ending of the book with one HUGE detail missing. And then, you just can’t put the book down until you’ve come full circle to find out the whole story. I loved it.

2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

This was the first book to open with Voldemort and we soon realize how much strength he has gained in the past few years. And I really like the old man who encounters him. He’s misunderstood and wrongly accused of Voldemort’s crimes, and he doesn’t even know it. And if we really want to extend the opening, I also love the whole Quidditch World Cup situation. From the amazing bet placed by the Weasley twins to the appearance of the Dark Mark, it sets up a book that walks the fine line between comedy and drama that is brilliant in the whole Harry Potter series.

3. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver


love this book. I might venture to say it is my favorite. The book opens with Orleanna Price somberly telling us of her guilt from so many years before, from her time in the Congo with her daughters. When I read it, I can just feel the weight of her guilt and we’re not entirely sure why she feels such guilt, but she tells us quickly. And then, the book transitions back to when the story happened, told by each woman in the Price family. I love the second chapter “The Things We Carried” because it not only introduces each girl, but also gives a clear window into each girl’s personality. And the story begins with a welcome feast at the church and the boxes of Betty Crocker that will never be eaten. Seriously. I love this book.

These were three that caught me right from the beginning, but are not the only books I think that have good openings. What is the opening of your favorite book like? Or what other book openings have you throughly enjoyed?



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