Friday Firsts (on a Sunday)

This month Wendy supplied us with a list of first lines and asks which books we’ve read and which would make it to our tbr list on the basis of the first line.
Bold = the books I’ve read
Pink = tbr pile

1. Call me Ishmael. Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

2. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
3. A screaming comes across the sky. Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

4. Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

5. Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

6. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.  Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

7. Riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodious vicious of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.  James Joyce, Finnegans Wake
8. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. George Orwell, 1984

9. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. - Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

10. I am an invisible man. Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man


wendy elizabeth said...

me too with the one hundred years of solitude one and you so have got to read 1984, you'll love it. I love Dickens & I think you will too ...sorry about adding to MT TBR

Jenny Girl said...

I'll say 1, unless I can count 2 halves and make it whole. Then it would be 2.
1 being P&P
2 being half of Lolita and half of Invisible Man

Jenny Girl said...

Missed Anna Karenina. Great book! So make that possible 3.

Jenners said...

It is fun to see famous first lines and figure out if I want to read them. Some I did read but others are intriguing. What a fun game.