They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but what about the first lines from a book? There’s nothing quite like a book that has you gripped from the very first line. In fact, I’ve never been disappointed when the first line of a book catches my attention. Here are 10 of my favorite opening lines:

10. “Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space.” Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood

9. “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.” David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

8. “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins.” Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

7. “I planned my death carefully; unlike my life, which meandered along from one thing to another, despite my feeble attempts to control it.” Lady Oracle – Margaret Atwood

6. “It was a pleasure to burn.” Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

5. “Mother died today.” The Stranger – Albert Camus

4. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”  A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

3. “The Past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” The Go-Between – L.P. Hartley

2. “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

1. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen