25 Opening lines from famous books that will make you want to read them immediately

25 Opening lines from famous books that will make you want to read them immediately

For us book nerds, the power of the written word is a very tangible thing. And whether you prefer delving into some Hemingway and Faulkner on your morning commute, or perhaps a side of YA with your evening cuppa, you can't deny that at one point or the other, you have been touched by a work of fiction.

Literature has an amazing ability to speak to different facets of the human condition, including existential topics such as life, death, love and, of course, the ephemeral question about what humankind's purpose in life actually is.

Now, whether you're part of the lucky minority who have found some special work of prose that has managed to piece together some semblance of an answer to one of those empiric qualms or not, we all have at least one novel that has come close to unveiling some universal truths for us.

However, at one point or the other, we all neglect to pick up a book for a substantial amount of time. If that's you right now, here are 25 opening lines from some of the most famous novels in the English language that will undoubtedly have you running to the nearest bookshop for more.

1. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy 

2. Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka 

3. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

4. American Psycho - Brett Easton Ellis 

5. 1984 - George Orwell 

6. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

7. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen 

8. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens 

9. Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut 

10. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte 

11. The Color Purple - Alice Walker 

12. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey 

13. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce 

14. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury 

15. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams 

16. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera 

17. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger 

18. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland - Lewis Carroll 

19. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 

20. The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne 

21. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens 

22. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell 

23. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath 

24. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson 

25. The Shining - Stephen King 

Well, I don't know about you, but that's got me headed to the bookstore on my lunch break. I mean, there's nothing like digging into a new book to get those creative juices flowing.