One thing that became very clear to me when I put my new bookshelf together and filled it – but still had tons of books piled on the top of my dresser and in stacks on the floor – was that I need to get rid of some books. I thought it would be fun to do a New Year’s giveaway, and since my first lines quizzes earlier this year were so much fun, I thought I’d combine the two ideas.
So, here’s the idea: I list the first lines from 10 books I read during 2009. You guess the answers. Anyone who gives at least three correct guesses will be entered to win one of these four books:
The Observations by Jane Harris
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter (ARC copy)
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (ARC copy)
Here are the rules – please read them, because I’m doing this giveaway a little bit differently, so that no one’s answers are revealed in the comments:
~ I’m covering shipping and I’m strapped financially, so this giveaway will be open to the US and Canada only.
~ For one entry, fill out the Google form linked below. This is important, because I will not accept entries in the comments section. If you want to comment about the post, that’s fine, but the comment will not be your entry into the giveaway.
~ In the form, there will be a place to tell me the order in which you prefer the prize books.
~ You can earn an extra entry by becoming a follower of my blog through Google Friend Connect – the link is at the top of the left-hand sidebar. There will be a spot to let me know this on the entry form. (You also get an extra entry if you are already a follower.)
~ You can earn one more extra entry by subscribing to my RSS feed either through a feed reader or by e-mail. You’ll find those links at the top of the right-hand sidebar. There will be a spot to let me know this on the entry form. (You also get an extra entry if you are already a subscriber.)
~ All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. PST, Friday, January 15, 20101. On Saturday, January 16th, I will use Random.org to draw four winners.
Now for the fun part – here are the first lines of ten books I read during 2009.
1. It screamed downward, splitting air and sky without effort.
2. In these dungeons the darkness was complete, but Katsa had a map in her mind.
3. My mother used to tell me about the ocean.
4. Everyone thinks it was because of the snow.
5. Sarah McConnell’s husband had been dead three months when she saw him in the grocery store.
6. While millions of people watched her brother die, Lila sat in her quiet office at the university, working on a paper about Herman Melville’s later years.
7. On a January evening of the early seventies, Christine Nilsson was singing in Faust at the Academy of Music in New York.
8. He began his new life standing up, surrounded by cold darkness and stale, dusty air.
9. It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.
10. I’d been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar.