Saturday, October 10, 2009

Read-a-thon Pile Again

I'm going to do the 24-hour-read-a-thon again, and I have an ENORMOUS pile! Obviously I'm not going to read ALL of these, so I wanted you to help me decide. I will post the first sentence of each book, and you are going to decide which sentences sound most interesting to you and which ones would keep you reading. If you know what book a sentence is from,  don't judge based on the book, judge based on the sentence please!

1. Let me tell ye about the guard.

2. Once, not so long ago, inside an ordinary middle school in an ordinary city in an ordinary state in the middle of an ordinary country, a small readheaded eighth grader was doing something very ordinary indeed.

3. On the day Claire became a member of the Glass House, somebody stole her laundry.

4. Dear Leo, I love beginnings.

5. She ran.

6. I do solemnly promise to write in this diary given to me by my tutor, Abbe de Vermond, if not every day, at least every week, even though writing is not easy for me.

7. He's calling.

8. "Dad!"

9. "Oh, Nicky."

10. "I'm tired of remembering," Hannah said to her mother as she climbed into the car.

11. I, Frankie Landau-Banks, hereby confess that I was the sole mastermind behind the mal-doings of the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds.

12. Outside, rain drummed against the window.

13. I want to not ride the bus to school every day, but that would be a waste of a really big want--it'll take care of itself eventually.

14. There.

15. "Eh, Tree-Ear!"

16. A tree branch slapped John Craig across the face, scraping his skin, but he kept on running and ignored the stabbing of pine needles on his bare feet.

17. How many times I have wondered what my fate might have been had I accompanied my parents that rainy spring morning.

18. "You're not going to give me an allowance for two months?!"

19. I wore a green tie-dyed T-shirt and jeans.

20. "Wow!!"

23. There are things in life you can predict, and then there's my mother.

24. People like to say that things come in threes, but the way Martine looked at it, that all depends on when you start counting and when you stop.

25. Vulpes, the Red Fox, was born in a den in Maryland.

26. It's amazing how much dying can do for a girl's popularity.

27. Around the middle of the twenty-first century, when it seemed that a great catastrophe was about to engulf the word, an underground city was built as a last refuge for the human race.

28. Julie picked up a scrap of shoelace.

29. The sunlight, for a brief moment, seemed to flare upon the meadow, casting an orange glow about the pale brown grasses.

30. My sister Cass ran away the morning of my sixteenth birthday.

31. Moonlight washed over us, washed over Lucas and me.

32. The big cat crouched low in the tall grass.

33. When I'm running I can almost feel my dad at my side.

34. He was lost when he came to us, and I fear the silver spoons he stole from us didn't save him when he ran away and went up into the high domains.

35. "They're coming, they're coming!"

36. They're always the same.

37. All I've ever wanted is for Juli Baker to leave me alone.

38. If he weren't already dead, I swear I would kill Stephen Wills.

39. Many moons ago, the forest was a wilderness, untamed by territories.

40. Why is it that when you don't want to think about something, you can't stop thinking about it?

41. I was born on the night of Samhain, when the barrier between the worlds is whisper thin and when magic, old magic, sings its heady and sweet song to anyone who cares to hear it.

42. We were born at the exact same time, Gabe and I.

43. "Are you crying?"

44. Aerial shot.

Well, that's it! Have fun!

13 comments:

Debi said...

I'm going to say #5, #16, #17, #23, #27, #38, #40.

Sorry to pick so many, I really did weed out a bunch already. ;) Can't wait to see what makes the cut.

Love, Mom

Rich said...

Annie, you've got so many interesting ones here...it was hard to narrow it down. I'll go with:

2,5,8,13,25,29, and 35

Happy Reading,

Your Loving Father

Amanda said...

Alright, my choices are going to be 9, 16, 23, and 27.

Okay, spooky, I see your mom picked three of those, too...

alisonwonderland said...

#10, #30, #37, and #40.

I'm starting to create my read-a-thon pile too. Happy reading!

Amanda said...

I'm going to say #4 (because the line grabbed me right away) and #11 because I've read that book and LOVED it!

Brittanie said...

Okay so I might not be much help. I vote for
2, 4, 6, 10, 11,17, 23, 24, 27, 29, 30, 31, 33, 39, 40, 41 and 42. :)

Jean said...

5, 17, 40, which is not to say that I think you'll only read three books during the read-a-thon. I was just selective in my choices. :-)

Good luck! I'll be thinking about you that day. I won't be participating because that would make me pretty useless on Sunday morning when I typically practice kendo for anywhere from 3 to 4 hours. With a black belt to test for in 39 days, I can't miss a Sunday right now.

kreed said...

2, 5, 23 and 38.

Ya'll have fun doing the read-a-thon. I keep telling your mom that one of these years we need to have a girls weekend getaway and do the read-a-thon together!

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