First Lines Meme
I’m not big on memes, for the most part, but this one intrigued me. Perhaps it’s simply because of my deep love of books; perhaps it’s because I’ve spent so much time lately considering what makes a good first line, a line that grabs you by the short hairs and compels you to read the rest of the book. Whatever it is, I had to borrow this tougher-than-it-looks quiz from Amy.
1. Pick 10 of your favorite books.
2. Post the first sentence of each book. (If one sentence seems too short, post two or three!)
3. Let everyone try to guess the titles and authors of your books! (I’ll take guesses in the comments.)
Choosing ten favorite books? Well, not so easy. The trick actually proved to be finding them on my shelves. I mean, where is my copy of Sula? I have no idea. You get a pass on Sula. Some of my favorites are not here, but I definitely love all of these. (Hint: As you can see in the photo, my tastes are all over the place.) And since number six is pretty much a giveaway, I’ve added one more…
1) The North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance agent promised to fly from Mercy to the other side of Lake Superior at three o’clock.
2) It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.
3) There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.
4) When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.
5) My journal is a private affair, but as I cannot know the time of my coming death, and since I am not disposed, however unfortunately, to the serious consideration of self-termination, I am afraid that others will see these pages.
6) Last night I dreamt I went to Manderly again.
7) What was the worst thing you’ve ever done? I won’t tell you that, but I’ll tell you the worst thing that ever happened to me…the most dreadful thing…
8) “Next year at this time, I want carpenters working on our house,” Mama said.
9) It’s a new elevator, freshly pressed to the rails, and it’s not built to fall this fast.
10) Imagine a morning in late November. A coming of winter morning more than twenty years ago.
11) Almost everyone thought the man and the boy were father and son.
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