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Weekly Geek #21

This week’s Weekly Geek sounds like a really geek-fest for bibliophiles. Identifying first lines from 100 books. I don’t know about you, but I am up for the challenge. =) My answers are in Purple after each quote.

How many lines can you identify?

Below, you’ll find a list of 100 first lines from books. Our basic project is to identify these.

You can participate to a greater or lesser extent, depending on how many of the optional steps you feel like taking part in.

How to:

1. Look over the list of first lines. How many can you identify immediately? Post these in your blog, with the answer (the book title and author). If you’re not 100% positive of your answer, please google the line to be sure. Otherwise, your wrong answer will be spread around to other bloggers. Step 1 is the most basic step in the project, and you should only sign Mr Linky if you complete this step.

2. If you like, list a few or more first lines without answers and ask your readers if they can identify any of them. It’s fine to list all of them for your readers to look at, if you’re so inclined.

3. If you want to, you can also go around visiting other Weekly Geeks and commenting with the answers to any lines that stumped them. The more WGs you visit, the more will visit you!

4. If you want to take part in a contest to see who can get all 100 lines identified, visit the Weekly Geeks who sign Mr Linky below, take their identified lines from their blogs and post them in your own post. Your own list will grow this way. Please don’t forget to link to any Weekly Geeks whose identified lines you take!

5. If you eventually have all 100 lines identified in your blog post, please email me at dewpie at gmail dot com. Don’t email me if you get all 100 by looking at the blog of someone else who got all 100, though, because obviously that person beat you to it.

6. There is a prize! If no one gets all 100 answers, the prize goes to the blogger who gets the most. If multiple bloggers get all 100, the winner is the first person who emails me a link to a post with all 100 correct answers.

7. I’ll offer the winner a choice of a few of the prizes I was setting aside for the read-a-thon and he or she will get to choose one. These choice won’t be anything donated by other bloggers, though, because those bloggers intended those prizes for the read-a-thon.

A couple rules:

1. If you think you might know the source of some first lines but aren’t positive, it’s ok to google them to double-check, as I said. But googling all of them is cheating! Googling any of them because you’re stumped is also cheating! Googling something like “first lines of books” and getting a bunch of answers in one place is also cheating! The point is to get lots of WG blog-hopping going on, and if someone googles all the lines and posts all the answers right away, then the fun is over. SADFACE.

2. I found all these lines at one website. If you happen upon that site (or a similar one) in your googling, please avert your eyes as soon as you realize it. And please don’t tell anyone else the url of the site. I feel a little unethical posting all the lines from that site here without linking to it, so I’ll be sure to cite my source in next week’s post, when I announce the winner.

Two reminders:

1. There will be NO WEEKLY GEEKS NEXT WEEK. The 24 Hour Read-a-thon will be happening on Saturday. If you want to, you could consider visiting read-a-thon participants as your Weekly Geeks activity.

2. There’s still time to participate in Weekly Geeks #19 and Weekly Geeks #20. Unlike most WG activities, these two are open until October 25th.

I won’t be linking to Weekly Geeks who participated in #20 last week, since it’s still going on.

Here are the first lines:

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Weekly Geek # 17 – Library Quotes

I will dazzle you with 2 quotes today, because I did not get a chance to post one yesterday.

A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them. ~Lemony Snicket

I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I got to the library and read a good book. ~ Groucho Marx

Weekly Geek # 17 – Quote 3

“Librarian is a service occupation. Gas station attendant of the mind. ” – Richard Powers (In The Gold Bug Variations p.35, 1991.)

Weekly Geeks # 17

This week’s Weekly Geek task to post a quote-a-day based on a singular theme. Well, this one is pretty easy. My theme of the week is libraries.

I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library. Jorge Luis Borges

Weekly Geek #14

Yay, Weekly Geek is back up and running over at Hidden Side of a Leaf. These week’s geek theme is a photo tour:

Many of you have already posted photos of bookshelves, so here are some other ideas for photo tours. You could post just one, or many.

*Bookshelves, of course.
*TBR piles.
*Your favorite places to read in your house or apartment.
*Other favorite places to read: coffee shop? library? park? secret hiding place at work?
*Your book group: faces, places, books you’ve read for it.
*Collages: books you’ve read or plan to read, or just your librarything collage.
*Your kids reading in their favorite places.
*Your own ideas!

So the only real guideline for this week’s Weekly Geeks is that it should include bookish photos.

Copying my best friend’s idea, I split up my TBR pile and my already-read pile between my two bookshelves. This one is my To be Read Bookcase. 4 of the 5 shelves are all books that I own. The 2nd shelf from top are all books that are borrowed from friends and need to be returned. I believe there is a total of 84 some odd books on those shelves. This bookshelf doesn’t really change, because I tend to check books out from the library rather than read what’s on this shelf. But, I did manage to move Northanger Abbey over from one shelf to another. Also, A Secret Life of Bees will be finding itself a new home soon.

The top three rows on this stack of shelves are books I’ve already read. These two bookcases make my bedroom. Lovely waking up to such wonderful sights each morning. I used to have a third bookcase, same size as the one holding all of my TBR books. But I managed to donate enough titles to actually move one bookshelf out of my room.

I was at an Art Festival in Palo Alto Sunday afternoon, and happened to cross a street filled with chalk art. There were a number of beautiful renditions of art. This one of Curious George is the most bookish. Unfortunately, you can’t see the top of it very well from the glare of the sunlight.

Title lines are not always easy to name.

A big thanks to DeweyMonster as I won Everything Bad is Good For You, from the Weekly Geek #11. I’ve had an interest in reading this book for a long time, but its one of those titles that slips out of my mind whenever I am in a bookstore.

So, I decided my next reads after Autobiography of a Face, will be A Confederacy of Dunces and The Secret Life of Houdini. Both got the most votes in my Weekly Geek #12 Post. I had already read through a quarter of the Houdin biography a few months ago, but I had to return it to the library because I already hit the maximum amount of renewals. So, here is for round two. Confederacy of Dunces has been highly recommended by a good friend, and since I haven’t read a book directly off of my bookshelf in quite a while, its long overdue.

Weekly Geek #12

This week’s meme:

1. In your blog, list any books you’ve read but haven’t reviewed yet. If you’re all caught up on reviews, maybe you could try this with whatever book(s) you finish this week.

2. Ask your readers to ask you questions about any of the books they want. In your comments, not in their blogs. Most likely, people who will ask you questions will be people who have read one of the books or know something about it because they want to read it.

3. Later, take whichever questions you like from your comments and use them in a post about each book. I’ll probably turn mine into a sort of interview-review. Link to each blogger next to that blogger’s question(s).

4. Visit other Weekly Geeks and ask them some questions!

Autobiography of a FaceI am currently reading Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy.  Since I’m caught up on my reviews, I figure I can try a slight variation on this meme and just ask my readers which book I should read next! If you’ve read from the list below, let me know if you think I should read it next, or if you think I should just skip these 7 books completely and read something completely new! Thanks for playing along!

But here is my to-read pile.

1. The History of Love (Nicole Krauss)

2. The Hoax (Clifford Irving)

3. The Secret Life of Houdini (William Kalush and Larry Soloman)

4. Allensworth, The Freedom Colony (Alice C. Royal)

5. The Big Over Easy (Jasper Fforde)

6. Fly By Night (Frances Hardinge)

7. A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole)

Weekly Geek #10 – Magazines

This week’s Weekly Geeks theme is to talk about the magazines we read. In order to get you started, I prepared a little magazines meme, but feel free to take it further if you want. I also think it’d be great if you displayed images of the covers of your favorite magazines.

For each magazine you want to talk about, here are a few questions. Answer as many or as few as you want.

I don’t read too many magazines, so instead of answering the 6 questions for each magazine, I’ll just group them all together.

1. Name of magazine.

My magazine tastes vary depending on where I am (at the library or waiting at a doctor’s office). But I normally tend to read library journals such as Library Journal, and American Libraries. I subscribe to Consumer Reports and I used to subscribe to Health magazine.

2. Do you subscribe or just buy it now and then?

I subscribe to Consumer Reports, but for the most part, I read magazines at the library, or whichever magazines have been donated to my gym that I flip through while on the treadmill.

3. What’s your favorite regular feature in the magazine?

In Consumer Reports I love the quality comparisons for typical appliances and foods. I like comparisons of goods (make-up, cars, clothing, foods) and I love recipe sections in magazines like Family Circle.

4. What do you think your interest in this magazine says about you?

I think my tastes in magazines says that I like to research before purchasing any expensive items, I like to know the quality of items, but I also like to know when I’m getting a deal, or when I’m overpaying. I like to stay up to date with the latest trends, but I don’t necessarily run my life by what a magazine says is “in” for that month.

5. How long have you been reading this magazine?

I’ve been subscribing to Consumer Reports for about 2 years, but the rest of the magazines I’ve been reading for the past few years.

6. Is there any unique or quirky aspect to the magazine that keeps you reading?

In Consumer Reports, usually on the inside of the back cover, there is a section of advertising goofs and misleading propaganda that is always good for a laugh.

Weekly Geek #9 Wrap-Up

This week’s topic for Weekly Geek is challenges. In all my months of blogging, I’ve seen too many banners and buttons for challenges on the Internet. This week’s topic finally gave me the push to start investigating all these reading challenges and find a few that I would want to participate in.

Since Monday, I have joined the July Book Blowout. I will try to read 13 books, 1 more than what I read for June.

The Classics Challenge 6 classics in 6 months (July 1st – December 1st)

The Graphic Novel Challenge 6 graphic novels from January 01 to December 31.

This should help me get to my end goal of 100 books by the end of the year. I’m already almost halfway there with 43 books under my belt. These challenges, plus books for fun and books sent me to for reviews should make for a well-rounded selection of reading materials.