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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.
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.
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.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.
- ‘Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents, grumbled Jo’, lying on the rug.
- The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex.
- It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.
- I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.
- There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.
- It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.
- All children, except one, grow up.
- Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.
- I have just returned from a visit to my landlord—the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.
- 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.
- The truth is, if old Major Dover hadn’t dropped dead at Taunton races, Jim would never have come to Thursgood’s at all.
- Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four Privet Drive were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
- When he was nearly thirteen my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.
- I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.
- 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?’
- All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
- When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.
- The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home.
- 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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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!