Here are the first lines of some books I like (I can't say they're all absolute favourites because some of those have already been used by the afore-mentioned three... or are just too darn easy to guess from the first line). See if you can name 'em. No googling allowed!
1. The house stood on a slight rise just on the edge of the village.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy tufted
2. Call me Jonah.
3. The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning.
Tuck Everlasting somedaysawriter
4. It was a nice day.
5. A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.
6. Sophie couldn't sleep.
The BFG tufted
7. A gentleman friend and I were dining at the Ritz last evening and he said that if I took a pencil and a paper and put down all of my thoughts it would make a book.
8. Martha Abbott woke up on the seventh day of April and sat straight up in bed with her eyes wide open.
The Changeling somedaysawriter
9. It was love at first sight.
10. When Alma created the world, most of it she made into the Great Grass Plain, which was not a flat place, but rolling like a mare's back and covered all over with the greencorn and the haycorn and the wild oats, knee high, so that when the wind stirred it, billowing, it looked like a mare's winter coat blowing.
11. The story of Zenia ought to begin where Zenia began.
The Robber Bride libation
12. The whirring around them had been going on for quite a long time.
I have to say, I have a thing for the short-and-sweet openers. But the longer, languid ones can be pretty, too.