Sunday, February 14, 2016


Happy Valentine's Day!

I thought we'd play a game today.

No, not a kissing game.

I'm going to grab a book at random and post the first line here.

Will it make you fall in love?

In this game, "fall in love" means you want to read the book.

Ready? Set. Go!

1) I believe in ghosts. (Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline)

2) Mrs. Rachel Lynde lives just where the Avonlea main road dipped downing a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies' teardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde's Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde's door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof. (Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery)

3) It is the end of a summer afternoon and the sun will be setting soon, our favorite part of the day. We're eating popsicles, cherry ones. (Hug by Jenny Han)

4) At dusk they pour from the sky. (All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr)

5) I used to want to forgive, but now all I want is to be let alone. (Sweet Water by Christina Baker Kline)

6) There is a moment, just before every storm, when the entire world pauses. (Siren's Fury by Mary Weber)

7) I hate First Friday. (Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard)

Want to hear my results? (Or is that cheating?)

1) Great first line. Great book. (Okay, I already read it, so maybe that is cheating.)

2) I dearly love Anne of Green Gables (could you guess by the THREE pictures I included?). Doesn't this lengthy sentence (which lasts the entire first paragraph) make you take notice of how differently we write today? Now, it's "shorter sentences, shorter paragraphs, and shorter chapters" --or, at least that's the norm (and, of course, varies by genre).

3) I did cheat here, because the second sentence is so cute, which is exactly what I've come to expect (and love) about Jenny Han's books.

4) Sounds ominous. Perfect!

5) Sounds tense. Can't wait!

6) Love it. Perfect intro to book 2.

7) Brings up all sorts of questions: What is First Friday? Who is talking? Am I going to hate First Friday, too?

Hope you enjoyed the game!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Of course, I welcome your thoughts (please comment below) on my rather non-romantic Valentine's Day game.

About the Author - Ann M. Noser

Growing up an only child, I learned to entertain myself. During summer vacations, my greatest form of exercise consisted of turning the pages of a book. Now I'm all grown up and full of stories half-written in my head. I have to write them down so I can find out what happens next.

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