Thursday, July 24, 2008

MEME: Booking Through Thursday: Beginnings

Suggested by: Nithin

Here’s another idea about memorable first lines from books.
What are your favourite first sentences from books? Is there a book that you liked specially because of its first sentence? Or a book, perhaps that you didn’t like but still remember simply because of the first line?

Can't think of any off hand, but this sounds like a good time for a quiz! I googled a bit and found the following. I didn't try all of them, so I can't say you won't get pop-ups at some of them, but here is a start for some time wasters to see how many famous first lines you know:

Famous Opening Lines from MSN

Stephen King Quizzes

BBC News Quiz How Well Read Are You?

Famous First Lines Quiz Help Not a quiz, just a list of famous first lines for trivia nuts to study

UKTV Famous First Lines Quiz

Fiction Writing First Line Quiz

Bibliofemmes Book Quizzes includes a first line quiz, among others.

How well do you know your famouos first lines?


  1. Now I'll have even more online fun to keep me from doing actual work. Thanks!

  2. I was surprised at how many I actually knew--even ones from books I haven't yet read. Thank you for the fun!

  3. I am afraid to take any quiz on lines my memory is horrible. lol

  4. Fun! I have a feeling I might not score all that well on some of these though.

  5. That was fun! I did really well on most, but I got a 4/10 on one of them. The British always stump me.


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