Skip to main content

It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The Worst Of Times.....

Alright fellow Book Geeks, American Book Review has put together a list of the 100 Best First Lines from novels.  It is not clearly stated if the list is an actually top 100 in order, or if it is just a list of 100 great first lines.  I tend to think it may actually be a top one-hundred list because of the classics that appear in the top ten.  It is fun and amusing to browse through the list to see how just how many of the books I have read.  It is also interesting to see if I remember any of these famous "first lines."

Of course, the main reason "100 Best" lists are created is to let readers argue about what is on or left off the list and where the items appear on the list.  I really have no problem with number one on this list, "Call me Ishmael" from Herman Melville's Moby-Dick.  Melville's famous novel frequently appears on top 100 novel lists.  Ishmael is one of the most famous literary characters of all time! 

I'm Number 1, I'm Number 1!

 I believe the opening from A Tale of Two Cities should be ranked a little higher on the list (if this is an actual top 100 list).  For me, that is the opening that is burned into my head more so than any other novel I have read in my lifetime.  It also seems to be referenced often in popular culture, which helps make it stand out in my head.  Check out the list for yourself, how many titles have you read?  Do the opening lines still stand out?  Any first lines/novels you think were left off the list?  


Popular posts from this blog

Your Own Personal Library Catalog

So, how many of you have remember using an old style, card catalog?  You know, you want to find a book in your local library, so you pull out the long drawers flipping through cards.  Well those days are long gone of course (thankfully) and nearly all libraries use an electronic catalog system to keep track of their collections.  Many of the school districts in Wayne County are using a system developed by Follett .  It is a great system for school age children and prepares them for many of the advanced catalogs available in public and university libraries. Catalog software is quite expensive and really impractical for home libraries.  Some book lovers may create their own spreadsheet or database to keep track of their books, however there is a great (free) tool online to not only catalog your books, but also meet and communicate with other book lovers online.  The site is a wonderful site that lets you catalog your own home library.  Think of it as a "Facebook

A Little R & R

I decided to take a little R & R before things get crazy with back to school.  I wanted to spend some time with my family for these final weeks of summer, so I decided a break from writing was in order.  A trip to Kalahari and fun times with friends and family made August fly by.  So, what does school year 2014 bring for me?  Quite a bit, as always: Back to teaching two courses at Wayne County Community College.  Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings I head to Northline Road to teach college level English.  I really love this second job! Tuesday, I start my 17th year at O.A. Carlson High School.  While public education continues to face challenges, there is no other job for me at this time.  I love my co-workers and students.  Gibraltar is a great place to work. I will be running my kids all over as usual.  Gymnastics, religious education, flag football (which I coach as well), and others events "to be determined."  I would not have it any other way.  I love watch

What are Some of Your Favorite Books

I love this question.  Of course, I do not think I could ever answer a question like "what is your favorite book?"  I need to be able to list at least a few titles.  I was speaking with another parent during my son's gymnastic class this past Monday.  We were both reading the same book and we spent much of the time talking about the book we were reading and other books we enjoy.  It was really a great conversation for a book geek like myself.  It was also nice because the individual I was speaking with was a classmate of mine from back in the day at good old Carlson High School.  The question came up as to what were some of my favorite books, and I had to step back and think for a minute.  My taste in books varies all over the place (much like my taste in music, but that is another story).  For the purpose of this entry I throw out five of my favorites (in no particular order) and why I enjoy them.  Of course, a list of favorites could be much longer as I could write fore