1. List the first line(s) of 10 books you really like.
2. And then you all can guess.
1. When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee ~ seviet, heatherhobbit, springdove, sannalim)
2. I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice—not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of... (A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving--my favorite non-fantasy novel ~ dtmoney, piperx)
3. There’s a guy like me in every state and federal prison in America, I guess—I’m the guy who can get it for you. ("Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" from Different Seasons by Stephen King ~ springdove, dtmoney, piperx)
4. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. (Holes by Louis Sachar ~ springdove, sannalim, dtmoney, piperx)
5. 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, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. (A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens ~ seviet, rowena742, springdove, sannalim, dtmoney, piperx)
6. The big kitchen of the Murrys’ house was bright and warm, curtains drawn against the dark outside, against the rain driving past the house from the northeast. (A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle ~ rowena742, sannalim)
7. There is a secret set within each of our hearts. It often goes unnoticed, we rarely can put words to it, and yet it guides us throughout the days of our lives.
8. Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others, they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men.
Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly. (Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston ~ Anonymouse from NC--Kent, maybe?)
9. The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close… (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling ~ rowena742, heatherhobbit, sannalim, piperx)
10. This is the story of something that happened in the time of Xerxes, the Xerxes who ruled from India to Ethiopia—127 provinces in all. (The book of Esther, from the Bible ~
ETA: I've just been reminded of another old favorite that I simply must include. This bit is from the second paragraph of the first page:
...possessing that oldest, wildest grace that horses have never had, that deer have only in a shy, thin imitation and goats in dancing mockery. (The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle ~ claudiak)