It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The Worst Of Times.....

Alright fellow Book Geeks, American Book Review has put together a list of the 100 Best First Lines from novels.  It is not clearly stated if the list is an actually top 100 in order, or if it is just a list of 100 great first lines.  I tend to think it may actually be a top one-hundred list because of the classics that appear in the top ten.  It is fun and amusing to browse through the list to see how just how many of the books I have read.  It is also interesting to see if I remember any of these famous "first lines."

Of course, the main reason "100 Best" lists are created is to let readers argue about what is on or left off the list and where the items appear on the list.  I really have no problem with number one on this list, "Call me Ishmael" from Herman Melville's Moby-Dick.  Melville's famous novel frequently appears on top 100 novel lists.  Ishmael is one of the most famous literary characters of all time! 

I'm Number 1, I'm Number 1!

 I believe the opening from A Tale of Two Cities should be ranked a little higher on the list (if this is an actual top 100 list).  For me, that is the opening that is burned into my head more so than any other novel I have read in my lifetime.  It also seems to be referenced often in popular culture, which helps make it stand out in my head.  Check out the list for yourself, how many titles have you read?  Do the opening lines still stand out?  Any first lines/novels you think were left off the list?  

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