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Hello World!

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I feel as if I fall into a slumber of hazy days, all blurred into one, without a book read or finished to mark my days. I still read and despite reading many books at one time and putting away books half way through, I have managed to finish some of these.
One clickcover_The_Everything_Store cover-catching-fire Mocking Jay

Revenge The thief the-fault-in-our-stars-book-cover

I like to speak about some of them in great length but not now, not yet.

Over the couple of months, I noticed a significant change in my reading habit. I…, I….. I find it hard to believe, but I actually….., I actually began to…… I actually began to love….. my Kindle more than my physical books.

There I said it.

Last Christmas my husband bought me a Kindle. It was suppose to be a complement to my paper book reading. An alternative. Just in case I can’t get my hands on a paper book and a Kindle version turns out to be cheaper. But all that has changed. My kindle has become my main reading companion. The only one that I hope I’ll ever have. I have done my spring cleaning a few days ago and I started to hate the sight of my paper books taking up so much space in my house.

My Kindle is light. Easy to carry during hectic commuting. One hand reading. The Kindle marks my thoughts and underlined phrases so effortlessly. My Kindle stores everything digitally for easy reference. So easy to look up new words. My Kindle book doesn’t turn brown and yellow. My Kindle book is so easy to acquire and so easy to store.

Have you notice similar changes in you? Tell me so that I know I am not the only one with a change of heart. ;)

Last Saturday, I won a prize for the first opening line at the National Library Day. These are my goodies.

National library day prizeNational library day prize 2a

So these are the opening lines I was asked to tag the author and the book title:

National Libraries Day: Famous First Lines Quiz Answers

  1. 1.Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.
  2. ‘Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents, grumbled Jo’, lying on the rug.
  3. The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex.
  4. It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.
  5. I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.
  6. There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.
  7. It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.
  8. All children, except one, grow up.
  9. Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.
  10. I have just returned from a visit to my landlord—the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.
  11. It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.
  12. The truth is, if old Major Dover hadn’t dropped dead at Taunton races, Jim would never have come to Thursgood’s at all.
  13. Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four Privet Drive were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
  14. When he was nearly thirteen my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.
  15. I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.
  16. Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the riverbank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and what is the use of a book’, thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversation?’
  17. All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
  18. When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.
  19. The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home.
  20. Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.

Opening lines are hard. I don’t remember many of them here except “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” and “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” I gave up when I thought I could only guess about half of it. It was Caryl the librarian who encouraged me to try again. That’s when I buckled down and have a serious crack on it.

I know how easy it is to copy the opening line on Google and you will get the answers straight away. But in good faith, to anyone who could answer these opening lines as many as possible, you get to pick a book from the pile of books I have decided to cull today (except the four hardbacks at the bottom, due to weight). If we get more than 1 person who can give me all the answers I’ll draw a name from the hat.

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Books to give away Feb 2014

So let me know the answers and if you want to participate in two weeks from now. The closing date is at 28 February 2014 11:59pm GMT, open worldwide.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books.

Discussion

23 thoughts on “Hello World!

  1. How do we participate Jo? I know a bit over half of the quotes. Three really stood out for me just because they’re my favorite books lol (Peter Pan, Alice, and of course Harry Potter ;). About kindle I absolutely prefer Kindle now. I converted almost a year ago. You’re definitely not alone :D.

    Posted by mee | February 15, 2014, 12:15 am
    • Hi Mee,
      Just write to my email address will do. :) The joke is I don’t remember who wrote Peter Pan. LOL
      I am with you. I prefer the Kindle too. Thanks for letting me know that I am not alone. ;)

      Posted by JoV | February 15, 2014, 12:10 pm
  2. That’s a lovely quiz. I know the answers to some of them, and some I looked up on google :), so I am not participating . All great books though

    Posted by Nish | February 15, 2014, 2:03 am
  3. Ohhh a lot of those lines are from my favourites and I would love to participate!

    I don’t have a Kindle, only a few books on iPhone, but I can stand only reading a few pages on the phone before I go looking for paper. Maybe it’s a lot different with a real eReader instead of a mere phone?

    Posted by kissacloud | February 15, 2014, 4:41 am
  4. Well done winning first prize! I think I know 2 of the first lines… I must have a think about the rest.

    Actually, Kindle? What? I find that I just don’t value my e-reader so much: you can’t browse easily, it doesn’t have a smell or a nice feel to it, and because I get all my e-books for free (reviews, free downloads) I just see them as less valuable as real books.

    Posted by Leeswammes | February 15, 2014, 9:01 am
    • Judith,
      ha ha you are like me, I only know 2 of the first lines. I am impatient to just get going with the book, that I often forget about the first line.
      If you bookmarked your ebook on Kindle, you can go straight to the pages you bookmarked. I live in a small living space in the UK and I think this growth of paper books on my shelves are getting a little out of hand. At least if I have an explosive acquisition of books on digital format, it would be hidden away and not become an eye sore, you know what I mean? Yes, the ebooks in one sense are less valuable than real books, I think if you have the space for it, why not?

      I still love looking at other people’s bookshelves. Hope one day I can see yours. ;)

      Posted by JoV | February 15, 2014, 12:17 pm
  5. Great quiz! I know a few of those off the top of my head, and quite a few others I think I could have a good guess at… Will email you my attempt!

    I do live my Kindle, if only because it has made my bag so much lighter – no more lugging around massive hardbacks to read on my commute! – but I do still prefer paper books. I know what you mean about ebooks saving space, but I actually really like having piles of books around me!

    Posted by woodsiegirl | February 15, 2014, 4:50 pm
    • I think the Kindle is so cool for the commuters. I like having books around me too. but not too many now! I think I feel sorry that they are turning brown and yellowish… :( Thanks for participating in the opening line competition, will let you know the result soon! :)

      Posted by JoV | February 16, 2014, 12:51 pm
  6. Birds Without Wings is one of my all time favourite books. The only line I recognise is Rebecca!

    Posted by Claire 'Word by Word' | February 15, 2014, 7:56 pm
    • I am as “good” as you! lol Rebecca is the only line I recognised, the rest I found clues in the character’s name that appears in the opening line. I need to read Birds without wings! But first I need to read Captain Corelli’s Mandolin first. ;)

      Posted by JoV | February 16, 2014, 12:52 pm
  7. It’s lovely to hear from you JoV! I must admit I love my Kindle too and while I still read physical books I think I read slightly more on my Kindle now :-)

    Posted by jessicabookworm | February 15, 2014, 9:48 pm
  8. I love my Kindle. I use it for all of my egalleys and also library books.

    Posted by Ti | February 17, 2014, 5:15 pm
  9. I have a Kindle Paper White and it goes with me everywhere. I find paper books annoying these days and have disposed of vast numbers of them to the charity shops. I can read it in bed lying on my side in the semi-darkness – bliss.

    Posted by acommonreaderuk | February 18, 2014, 8:27 pm
    • acommonreaderuk,
      I think I may be following in your footstep soon (by disposing the paper books not buying the paper-white!). I still vacillitate between disposing all of them and not disposing at all. I think I may choose the middle way and do it gradually so that I won’t change my mind and look around and discover I haven’t got any paper books with me, and feel the loss…..

      Posted by JoV | February 22, 2014, 12:46 am
  10. Nice to see you back, Jo :) Nice to know that you read Yoko Ogawa’s ‘Revenge’ and John Green’s ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ recently. How is ‘Revenge’?

    Thanks for that famous first lines quiz. I am pretty sure I am late for the party, but I can’t resist doing the quiz. I didn’t cheat by checking in Google :) I was surprised by the number of first lines that I could remember.

    (1) Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. – David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
    (2) ‘Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents, grumbled Jo’, lying on the rug. – Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott
    (3) “The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex.” – Clearly a Jane Austen book. I am guessing ‘Sense and Sensibility’
    (4) It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.
    (5) I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. – I am very happy to get this one right. It is ‘I Capture the Castle’ by Dodie Smith.
    (6) There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.
    (7) It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York. – The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    (8) All children, except one, grow up.
    (9) Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. – Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
    (10) I have just returned from a visit to my landlord—the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.
    (11) It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.
    (12) The truth is, if old Major Dover hadn’t dropped dead at Taunton races, Jim would never have come to Thursgood’s at all.
    (13) Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four Privet Drive were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. – I know I am going to sound silly saying this. But I think this is ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ by J.K.Rowling.
    (14) When he was nearly thirteen my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    (15) I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.
    (16) Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the riverbank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and what is the use of a book’, thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversation?’ – Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    (17) All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    (18) When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.
    (19) The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home. – The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
    (20) Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. – One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    I was surprised that I could guess 12 :) Feeling so happy! Nos. 4 and 6 look familiar but I am not able to guess.

    Did I get the ones I answered right? Please do tell me :)

    Posted by Vishy | March 18, 2014, 8:41 am

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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Mockingjay
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City


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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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