First lines quiz #2

I had a lot of fun with the first lines quiz I posted a couple weeks ago, so decided to do another one.

~ I will post the first lines of ten books. (I skip any beginning quotations or prefaces.)
~ You guess the titles and authors and leave your guesses in the comments.
~ You don’t have to guess on all ten; guess on the ones you know.
~ I’ll update the post by putting the lines in bold and adding titles and authors when someone gets one correct.
~ Have fun!

1. Once upon a cold and luminous Saturday morning, in an urban hamlet of tenements, factories, and trolley cars on the western slopes of the borough of Brooklyn, a boy named Michael Devlin woke in the dark.Snow in August, Pete Hamill – stumped ya on this one!

2. My mother didn’t try to stab my father until I was six, but she must have shown signs of oddness before that.Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, Alan Alda – guessed by Debra

3. At night I would lie in bed and watch the show, how bees squeezed through the cracks of my bedroom wall and flew circles around the room, making that propeller sound, a high-pitched zzzzzz that hummed along my skin.The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd – guessed by Joy

4. The library is cool and smells like carpet cleaner, although all I can see is marble.The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger – guessed by Sherry

5. When I was little, the great mystery to me wasn’t how babies were made, but why.My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult – guessed by Stacy

6. Can I explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower block?A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby – author guessed by Debra and Vasilly on Twitter

7. He left the coffee-scented warmth of the Main Street Grill and stood for a moment under the green awning.At Home in Mitford, Jan Karon – guessed by Riva

8. Anyone in the neighborhood could tell you how Michael and Pauline first met.An Amateur Marriage, Anne Tyler – another stumper!

9. When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he’d reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him.The Road, Cormac McCarthy – guessed by Raidergirl

10. I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith – guessed by Suey

Thanks for playing along, everyone – it was fun! Stay tuned for another quiz next Monday.

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21 Responses to First lines quiz #2

  1. #3 The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)

  2. Kathy says:

    I don’t recognize any of them. 🙁

  3. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    Boy do I feel dumb! I don’t know a one.

  4. raidergirl3 says:

    I’m going to guess that #9 is The Road

    and I knew #3! A couple others look familiar..

  5. Debbie
    Twitter: debworldofbooks

    Wow, none of these sounds familiar to me.

  6. Andrea_R says:

    Gah, missing all of them this time around.

  7. Sherry says:

    I think 4 might be The Time Traveler’s Wife.

  8. Ron says:

    The first one is familiar, but I can’t place it.

  9. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Joy, Raidergirl and Sherry are correct – I added titles and authors on those three. I’ll add hints tonight before I go to bed. Keep guessing!

  10. Suey
    Twitter: sueysays

    #10 is I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. What a great first line!

  11. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Suey – yep! I love that book.

  12. JoAnn
    Twitter: lakesidemusing

    Wow…you got me with these. I only knew #10 (and I loved that book, too!), but Suey got there first.

  13. Robin of My Two Blessings
    Twitter: robnmccormack

    Don’t have a clue but they all sound enticing.

    I bite my thumb at your anti-spam words. They don’t like me. Either that or I’m completely blind. 🙂

  14. Riva says:

    #7 is from “At Home in Mitford” by Jan Karon.

    Unfortunately, that’s the only one I recognize!

  15. stacybuckeye says:

    It’s been awhile but #5 could be My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult?

  16. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Robin – I’m sorry about the anti-spam words – I picked an anti-spam filter that I thought was pretty easy! I’m glad you comment anyway. I just got very tired of having to manually delete hundreds of spam a day.

  17. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Riva and Stacy are correct. I updated the ones guessed, and added hints to the ones no one has figured out yet.

  18. Debra Hamel says:

    Number 2 is Alan Alda’s Never Have Your Dog Stuffed — excellent book.

    6 might be Nick Hornby’s, but I don’t remember the name.

  19. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Debra – yep on #2, #6 is Hornby’s A Long Way Down.

    I’m going to update with all the answers now. Thanks for playing along, everyone!

  20. Lawanda says:

    Well, I totally missed this, but that’s ok, I only read one of the books!!! haha

  21. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies

    Lawanda – check back next week – I’m hoping to make this a weekly feature on Monday afternoons. 🙂