I'll call this the "First Line Game"-- I'll list the first lines of a number of books, and see how well-read you all are. *winkwink*
I'll try to mix up the difficulty level--some fairly well-known books, and some less-talked about books.
*in Capricorn's voice* Let's give it a whirl.
#1: "In that pleasant district of merry England which is watered by the river Don, there extended in ancient times a large forest, covering the greater part of the beautiful hills and valleys which lie between Sheffield and the pleasant town of Doncaster."
#2. "There was no possibility of taking a walk that day."
#3. "First the colors. Then the humans." (Okay, for that one I did the first two lines, because--well, for obvious reasons.)
#4. "All children, except one, grow up."
#5. "This story begins within the walls of a castle, with the birth of a mouse."
#6. "In the year 1815 Monseigneur Charles-François-Bienvenu Myriel was Bishop of Digne."
#7. "The year that [blank] was born, the most beautiful woman in the world was a French scullery maid named Annette."
#8. "London. Michaelmas term lately over, and The Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln's Inn Hall." (Same issue as with #3.)
#9. "The morning sun shone brightly on the canvas of the covered wagon, promising an unseasonably warm day for mid-October."
#10. "When he was thirteen, my brother [blank] got his arm badly broken at the elbow."
Hope you guys like it and will participate!