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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A Bit of a Thinker

I got this idea after reading Ronnica's post over atTale of a Kansas Girl. (BTW, I found Ronnica through the bloggy giveaway carnival and subscribed to her blog instantly, finding quite a bit of her very familiar.)

Basically the idea is to list the first lines of 11 of your favorite books. I don't think I'm going to go that high, mostly because I do not have 11 books that I just absolutely LOVE. I think I'll post the first lines of 8 of my most favorite books, beginning with my ultimate favorite of all times. If you can guess them (all) correctly, I'll mail you a copy of one of my favorite books (which are all listed here in this meme). Feel free to guess as many times as you like. Just make sure you leave me with some way to contact you if you guessed correctly. Also, please play honestly. Don't google search for the answers. That's no fun. Be fun, be fair and get to the guessing! I guess I'll go ahead and link up at the carnival also to give people a chance.

1. "Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with adlers and ladies' eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cutherburt place . . ."

(Seriously. If you can't get this first one - don't try guessing at the rest!)

2. "Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edumnd and Lucy."

(Again, just stop now if you haven't clued in.)

3. "I was the youngest of three daughters."

4. "In 1815 Monsieur Charles-Francois-Bienvenu Myriel was Bishop of Digne."

5. "On February 24, 1815, the watchtower at Marseilles signaled the arrival of the three-master Pharaon, coming from Smyrna, Trieste and Naples."

6. "Mr. George Lawrence, C.M.G., First Class District Officer of His Majesty's Civil Service, sat at the door of his tent and viewed the African desert scene with the eye of extreme disfavor."

7. "He left the coffee-scented warmth of the Main Street Grill and stood for a moment under the green awning."

8. "Three men watched intently as peculiar events occurred, one right after the other, on opposite sides of the globe."

I'm curious to know if anyone can guess them all. And if it gets too hard at any point, I'll probably give a prize to the person who guessed the most correctly. Contest open through Friday, August 1st.

Let the games begin! (And if you decide to participate in this meme, leave a comment about that too! I'd like to guess on yours if you'll let me!)

23 comments:

Tiffany said...

i participating. thanks.

mckenziesmother@hotmail.com

Tiffany said...

how do i give you my answers?

Ronnica said...

Well, I only know the first two. And like you said, everyone SHOULD know the first two. I've probably read a few of the others, but since I couldn't even guess MY answers if I hadn't made them, it's not that surprising that I can't do yours!

Carrie said...

Just leave a comment here with your answers! Thanks!

Mrs. Sara said...

1. Anne of Avonlea
2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
3. I don't know!
4. Les Miserables
5. The Count of Monte Cristo
6. I don't know!
7. I don't know!
8. This one sounds familiar to me, but I'm not certain. Is it a Salman Rushdie book?

Tiffany said...

1. anne of green gables
2. chronicles of narnia
3. beauty: retelling beauty and the beast
4. les miserable
5. count of monte christo
6. memi of ghoti
7. home in mitford
8. safely home

it helps to voulunteer in a library.

Carrie said...

Tiffany,

I'D say! =D You only have one wrong.

Tiffany said...

1. anne of green gables
2. chronicles of narnia: the lion witch and the wardrobe
3. beauty: retelling beauty and the beast
4. les miserable
5. count of monte christo
6. memi of ghoti
7. home in mitford
8. safely home

Rebekah said...

I knew one! Haha--- you have some list!

Tiffany said...

1. anne of green gables
2. chronicles of narnia: the lion witch and the wardrobe
3. beauty: retelling beauty and the beast
4. les miserable
5. count of monte christo
6. beau geste
7. home in mitford
8. safely home

mckenziesmother@hotmail.com

Carrie said...

Tiffany wins!

Any of those books you haven't read?

YGL said...

ok, while carefully trying to avoid seeing the other comments, here goes:

1. Anne of Avonlea

2. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

3. Persuasion? (wait was Anne the youngest? wait she was the middle one wasn't she? ok so I don't know obviously)

4. LES MISERABLES!

5. Count of Monte Cristo?

6. no clue...

7. At Home in Mitford? (I'm going based off the Main Street Grill because I think thats what it was called in Mitford)

8. no clue

YGL said...

oops thats what I get for carefully not looking - someone already won - still fun though =)

Tiffany said...

i would like to read beauty: a retelling of beauty and the beast or les mis its been a while since i read it.

Tiffany said...

my email is mckenziesmother@hotmail.com

Tiffany said...

i will email you my address i just need your email.

Rose said...

Before I read the rest of the comments, here's my guess:

1. Anne of Green Gables

2. The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe

3. ?? The Bronte sisters, maybe? =)

4. Les Miserables

5. The Count of Monte Cristo?

6. Beau Geste (I’m so glad this made it to your top list!)

7. I can’t believe I’m blanking out on this one, but maybe a P.G. Wodehouse?

8. Aaagh! Why can’t I place this one??

Sarah Mehrens said...

I know I won't get the prize, but I wanted to put down my answers anyways before seeing the final list.

1. Anne of Green Gables
2. The Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe)
3. I haven't a clue.... But some how I think I should know this one.
4. Les Miserables
5. I'm not sure...
6. Not sure...
7. At Home in Mitford
8. Not sure...

Wow... there were a lot I didn't know. I just now looked at the "answers" and I realize I've not read several, including Beau Geste. I'm curious about that one. :)

I read Beauty.... but it was like 14 years ago! Maybe I'm due for a re-read.

I need to read the Count of Monte Cristo!

Kimberly said...

1.Anne of Green Gables
by Lucy Maud Montgomery - LOVE the book and the series!

2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis - Another great book and book series.

3.Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont.

4. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - Remember reading it in school 100 years ago - ha!

5.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas - Another one I read in school.

6.Beau Geste by P.C. Wren (this one was hard).

7.At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon

8.Safely Home by Randy Alcorn

CanCan said...

I knew the first 2 and number seven! Too bad I got here after they were all answered! I would have found them out somehow!

onlycancan at hotmail dot com

Jenn said...

1. bible
2. Pride and Prejudice
3. Jane Eyre
4. Redeeming Love
5. Black
6. Red
7. White
8. Secret Garden
9. Skippyjohn Jones (yes, it's a kids book.)
10. Wind in the Willows

Janelle said...

1) Anne of Green Gables
2) The Lion, The witch, and the Wardrobe
3) Beauty : A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast
4) Les Miserables
5) The Count of Monte Cristo (one of my most favorites...I could use a new copy actually. Mine's pretty beat up)
6) Beau Gest
7) At Home in Mitford
8) Safely Home

Okay, I'll admit, the ones I didn't know I looked up. But you gotta give me credit for the effort, right? To be fair, I knew 1, 2, and 5 without any help.

lifeasamama said...

1. Anne of Green Gables
2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
3. I don't know, but it reminded me of the Bronte sisters...
4. Les Miserables
5. Count of Monte Cristo
6. I don't know...
7. One of the Mitford books, but I don't know which one... those are good, aren't they?
8. Safely Home

phew! sheesh. I thought I'd get it - but I missed two and was vague on another. Shoot.

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