If you know anything about me, you know that I love to read books. I Read. A Lot. Of Books. I was, in honor of the end of the Old Year and the beginning of 2008, going to give you a list of the books I’ve read over the past year, the ones I’m reading now, and the ones lined up waiting to be read. Then I thought: boring. For anybody except me.
So then I thought: Contest! Prize! Everyone loves a contest, right? You love a prize, don’tcha? Well, here’s your chance to show off your literary chops and add to your Christmas booty as well. If you win, that is.
So, here’s the contest: I’m going to list the first line of some of the books I’ve read this year and you get to answer with the author and the book in which the line appears. Put your answers in the comment box below. At the end of the contest time, the person with the most correct answers wins! Simple, no? Oh, and no fair googling (or any other kind of searching) for answers; if you don’t know an answer, say so.
Here are the first lines (or snippets of them):
1. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”
2. “I was born in the year 1632, in the city of York, of a good family…”
3. “For a long time I used to go to bed early.”
4. “Squire Trelawney, Dr. Livesey, and the rest of these gentlemen having asked me to write down the particulars about…”
5. “Marley was dead, to begin with.”
6. “On the 24th of February, 1815, the watch-tower of Notre-Dame de la Garde signalled the arrival of the three-master Pharaon, from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples.”
7. “Call me Ishmael.”
8. “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by any body else, these pages must be show.”
Hint: All of the books are considered “classics”. And the prize? (Wait for it.) A $25 gift certificate at Amazon, which I’m sure you will use to buy a book. I would. Oh, and the contest ends January 4th, 2008 at midnite, EST in the US.
(The picture at the top of this post is our latest acquisition of books, the Harper & Brothers Household Edition of Charles Dickens’ works (16 in the edition, we got 14), published in the decade after Dickens’ death in 1870.)