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Joined May 2016

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Undesirables by Chad Thumann
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It by Stephen King
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“When I closed my eyes, the scent of the wind wafted up towards me.”
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House of Leaves | Mark Z. Danielewski, Zampan
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“I still get nightmares”
#33of365 #bookcover #openingline

TheFaeWays Greatest opening line ever. 2y
TheFaeWays Greatest opening line ever. So simple, yet poignant. 2y
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House of Leaves | Mark Z. Danielewski, Zampan
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“I still get nightmares”
#33of365 #bookcover #openingline

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A Place Called Winter | Patrick Gale
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I didn't see Gale‘s writing as lyrical or beautiful. If you happen to read this review, Mr Gale, no offense meant! I promise! However, I found Harry Cale beautiful. I could hear the silence of his solitude. My ears were deafened by it. I believe Harry will haunt me for a very long time. I so much want to sit beside him. I want him to know how much I admire his strength and his sense of honor. I want him to know that he is not alone.

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“Nicholas was trying to concentrate on the letter to his mother, a letter that was probably the most important document he would ever write.”
#32of365 #bookcover #piratesockmonkey #openingline

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And the Mountains Echoed | Khaled Hosseini
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The Time Traveler's Wife | Audrey Niffenegger
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“Clare: It‘s hard being left behind.”
#31of365 #openingline #bookcover #piratesockmonkey

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The Wind in the Willows | Kenneth Grahame
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“The mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home.”
#30of365 #bookcover #openingline

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The Wind in the Willows | Kenneth Grahame
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“The mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home.”
#30of365 #bookcover #openingline

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Neverwhere | Neil Gaiman
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“The night before he went to London, Richard Mayhew was not enjoying himself.”
#29of365 #openingline #bookcover #piratesockmonkey

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“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
#28of365 #bookcover #openingline #notpiratesockmonkey #harrypotter4life

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Steve Jobs | Walter Isaacson
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“When Paul Jobs was mustered out of the Coast Guard after World War II, he made a wager with his crewmates.”

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“My sister, Greta, and I were having our portrait painted by our uncle Finn that afternoon because he knew he was dying.”

#26of365 #openingline #bookcover #notpiratesockmonkey

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Mansfield Park | Jane Austen
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“About thirty years ago, Miss Maria Ward, of Huntingdon, with only seven thousand pounds, had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas Bertram, of Mansfield Park, in the county of Northampton, and to be thereby raised to the rank of baronet‘s lady, with all the comforts and consequences of a handsome house and large income.”
#25of365 #openingline #bookcover #piratesockmonkey

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Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts
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“It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured.”
#24of365 #bookcover #openingline #piratesockmonkey

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“Roseto Valfortore lies one hundred miles southeast of Rome in the Apennine foothills of the Italian province of Foggia.”
#23of365 #bookcover #openingline #piratesockmonkey

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“No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man‘s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiple in a drop of water.”
#22of365 #openingline

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“Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins.”
#21of365 #bookcover #openingline #notpiratesockmonkey

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A Garden of Earthly Delights | Joyce Carol Oates
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“For days, I‘d been searching Mexico‘s Sierra Madre for the phantom know as Caballo Blanco—the White Horse.”
#18of365 #bookcover #openingline

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The Lady and the Unicorn | Tracy Chevalier
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“The messenger said I was to come at once.”
#17of365 #bookcover #openingline #notpiratesockmonkey

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Life is Elsewhere | Milan Kundera
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“When the poet‘s mother wondered where the poet had been conceived, there were only three possibilities to consider: a park bench one night, the apartment of a friend of the poet‘s father one afternoon, a romantic spot outside Prague late one morning.”
#16of365 #bookcover #openingline #notpiratesockmonkey

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“My first sight of England was on a foggy March night in 1973 when I arrived on the midnight ferry from Calais.”
#15of365 #openingline #bookcover #notpiratesockmonkey

TiredLibrarian This one was a lot of fun! 2y
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H is for Hawk | Helen Macdonald
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“Forty-five minutes north-east of Cambridge is a landscape I‘ve come to love very much indeed.”
#14of365 #bookcovers #openinglines #piratesockmonkey

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Under the Dome | King, Stephen
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“From two thousand feet, where Claudette Sanders was taking a flying lesson, the town of Chester‘s Mill gleamed in the morning light like something freshly made and just set down.”
#13of365 #openingline #bookcover #notpiratesockmonkey

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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd
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“The monster showed up just after midnight.”

#12of365 #bookcover #openinglines #piratesockmonkey

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Devil's Cub | Georgette Heyer
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“There was only one occupant if the coach, a gentleman who sprawled very much at his ease, with his legs stretched out before him, and his hands dug deep in the capacious pockets of his greatcoat.”
#11of365 #openingline #bookcover #notpiratesockmonkey

jillrhudy Cute old paperback! You do know this is a sequel, right? 2y
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A Crown of Lights | Phil Rickman
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“Betty was determined to keep the lid on the cauldron for as long as possible, which might just - the way she‘d been feeling lately - mean for ever.”
#10of365 #openingline #bookcover #notpiratesockmonkey

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All the Pretty Horses | Cormac McCarthy
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“The candleflame and the image of the the candleflame caught in the pierglass twisted and righted when he entered the hall and again when he shut the door.”
#9of365 #bookcover #openingline #piratesockmonkey

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“I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice - not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother‘s death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.”

#8of365 #bookcover #openingline #piratesockmonkey

KellyHunsakerReads I adore Owen Meany!!! (edited) 2y
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“Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” #7of365 #bookcover #openingline #dumbledwarf

Cathythoughts Just got this one on my kindle for a reread ... ❤️ 2y
Joanne1 A sentiment I completely agree with! 2y
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The Wrong Boy | Willy Russell
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“Dear Morrissey,
I‘m feeling dead depressed and down.”
#6of365 #bookcover #openingline #piratesockmonkey

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“May in Ayemenem is a hot, brooding month.”
#5of365 #bookcover #openingline #notpiratesockmonkey

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Interpreter of Maladies | Jhumpa Lahiri
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“The notice informed them that it was a temporary matter: for five days their electricity would be cut off for one hour, beginning at 8 pm.”
#4of365 #openingline #bookcover #piratesockmonkey

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The Tao of Pooh | Benjamin Hoff, Ernest Howard Shepard
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“‘You see, Pooh,‘ I said, ‘a lot of people don‘t seem to know what Taoism is...‘
#openingline #bookcover #3of365 #winniethepooh #readmore

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“It was a pleasure to burn.”
#openingline #bookcover #2of365 #piratesockmonkey

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The Children's Book | A. S. Byatt
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“Two boys stood in the Prince Consort Gallery, and looked down on a third.”

#openingline #bookcover #1of365 #bookgnome #dumbledwarf

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MeganAnn Love seeing all your books for the year at once like this!! 👏🏻🎉 How did you make it? 2y
Book_Gnome @MeganAnn I just added the photos to photo collage app on my iMac. Guess I was a bit bored this morning 🙈😂 2y
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Men Without Women | Haruki Murakami
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Opening line: “Based in the many times he had ridden in cars driven by women, Kafuku had reached the conclusion that most female drivers fell into one of two categories: either they were a little too aggressive or a little too timid.” #menwothoutwomen #murakami #harukimurakami #harvillsecker #bookgnome #bookcover #firstline #book #instaread

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The Olive Tree | Lucinda Riley
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Opening line: “The house comes into view as I steer the car around the perilous potholes - still not filled in from ten years ago, and growing even deeper, I bump along a little further, then pull to a halt and stare at Pandora, thinking that it‘s really not that pretty, unlike the glossy shots of holiday homes you see on upmarket property websites.” #theolovetree #lucindariley #firstline #openingline #bookgnome #bookcover #panmacmillan

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Opening line: “In the summer of 2012, I was an unemployed grad-school dropout and relatively new to yoga.” #everybodyyoga #jessamynstanley #bookgnome #bookish #book #bookcover #firstline #workmanpublishing

Nebklvr Need this! 2y
Book_Gnome @Nebklvr I really enjoyed reading it! 2y
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Children of Time | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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Wow. Fantastic so far and not at all what I expected!

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Post from Royal Mail this morning. Some steals on eBay #yoga #happyhappy #namaste

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MimiLovesToRead Bob grates on my nerves. 😬 3y
Book_Gnome @MimiLovesToRead why? Too cheesy? Did you see what I did there? Grated cheese. Bwhahahahaha 3y
MimiLovesToRead @A1001Musings 🧀🧀🧀🧀 3y
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The Lake | Banana Yoshimoto, Michael Emmerich
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Opening line: "The first time Nakajima stayed over, I dreamed of my dead mom." #thelake #bananayoshimoto #melvillehousepublishing #bookgnome #bookish #book #bookcover #firstline

LeeRHarry Loved this one! 💕 3y
MimiLovesToRead Banana??? 🍌🍌🍌 3y
Book_Gnome @MimiLovesToRead I believe Ms Banana is quite famous in Japan. I haven't read her yet but my husband is a big fan xx 3y
MimiLovesToRead @A1001Musings Awesome! 🍌🍌🍌 3y
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Arthur and George | Julian Barnes
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charissharpe Sounds like an intriguing book 📚 3y
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Opening line: "In eighteenth-century France there lived a man who was one of the most gifted and abominable personages in an era that knew no lack of gifted and abominable personages." #perfume #patricksüskind #firstline #bookcover #book #bookish #bookgnome #penguinbooks

charissharpe Such an unusual book! Read this years ago now but it's definitely one that sticks in your memory. 3y
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The Time Traveler's Wife | Audrey Niffenegger
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Opening line: "Clair: The library is cool and smells like carpet cleaner, although all I can see is marble." #thetimetravelerswife #audreyniffenegger #vintagebooks #bookgnome #bookish #book #bookcover #firstline

charissharpe Oh I loved this! 3y
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Opening line: "It was the closest kingdom to the queen's, as the crow flies, but not even the crows flew it." #thesleeperandthespindle #neilgaiman #chrisriddell #firstline #bookcover #book #bookish #bookgnome