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The Winner of the Opening Line Contest

Two weeks ago, I invited you to submit your answers to the First Opening Line Contest.

and the winner is…………:

Kiss A Cloud

Who has the most answers correct for both book titles and name of authors. So do pick a book from the pile (except for the hardcover ones) and let me know where you want to send it to!


The answers are:

  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 WOMEN BY LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
  3. The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY BY JANE AUSTEN
  4. It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen. 1984 by GEORGE ORWELL
  5. I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. I CAPTURE THE CASTLE BY DODIE SMITH
  6. There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER BY C.S. LEWIS
  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. PETER PAN BY J.M. BARRIE
  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. WUTHERING HEIGHTS BY EMILY BRONTE
  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.  MATILDA BY ROALD DAHL
  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. TINKER SAILOR SOLDIER SPY BY JOHN LE CARRE
  13. Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four Privet Drive were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. 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. KITE RUNNER BY KHALED HOSSEINI
  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’S ADVENTURES 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. THE DAYS OF THE TRIFFIDS BY JOHN WYNDHAM
  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

About JoV

A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.


One thought on “The Winner of the Opening Line Contest

  1. Congratulations to Claire!

    Posted by Vishy | March 21, 2014, 5:04 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
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

JoV's favorite books »
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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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