Wine, shoes and boys. In no particular order.

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Inspired by roisinaine, here are 12 random first lines. I don't actually have that many books here as most are at my parents still but there are more than enough for a meme! A mixture of GO and some other favourites - I imagine some are a lot easier than others!

ETA - only one left to get although I'm not sure that I would get it if I didn't know what it was...

1. It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - morganmuffle

2. 'I won't! I won't go! And if you ask her to have me, I'll run away!' The New Abbey Girls by EJO - dozydormouse

3. Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress. Middlemarch by George Eliot - teaandbooks

4. The Nellie, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor without a flutter of the sails, and was at rest. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad - dozydormouse

5. Even when the last of the medicine bottles was cleared away and she was supposed to have 'had' convalescence, Harriet did not get well. White Boots by Noel Streatfield - teaandbooks

6. The Rue du Coq d'Or, Paris, seven in the morning. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell - morganmuffle

7. Through the frayed curtain at my window a wan glow announces the break of day.

8. I was sitting in the meadows one day, not long ago, at a place where there was a very small brook. What Katy Did - dozydormouse

9. The intense interest aroused in the public by what was known at the time as 'The Styles Case' has now somewhat subsided. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie - dozydormouse

10. I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton - dozydormouse

11. The three women got off the train at Lauterbrunnen and asked Axel, the cab driver, for the Chalet Hotel. Chalet Girls Grow Up - dozydormouse

12. I am always drawn back to the places where I have loved, the houses and their neighbourhoods. Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote - morganmuffle

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1. The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath

6. Down and Out in Paris and London- George Orwell

12. Breakfast at Tiffanys- Truman Capote

(and I recognise the Chalets but I never get individual books right!)

Correct on all three counts!

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Oh dear, I feel so ignorant...

1 sounds like Catcher in the Rye (but I'm sure it's not...)
2 could be a Chalet book - Carola? Or maybe a Lorna Hill - Veronica?


I think the others got in with the more obvious ones...Sarah got 1 (The Bell Jar). For 2, you are the right genre (ie GO) but wrong's not the most helpful of lines I realise! I *think* you have also read 4 recently-ish although I could be mis-remembering that.

I might well be wrong about 4...8 you definitely have read though! That probably doesn't help much though does it? :D

I'm going to completely change the subject and tell you that I made clementine and cocoa cupcakes tonight, that they are DIVINE, that I have photos that I will show tomorrow and that I'm going to retreat into one now with a cup of tea *g*

Oooh they do sound very yummy indeed; that sounds like a perfect combination!

Father Christmas gave me a book of 500 cupcake and muffin recipes which I need to start working my way through. I really want to try the sticky toffee pudding cupcakes and maybe the lavender and honey ones. Ooh and I've just found a recipe for rhubarb and ginger cupcakes...

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Having looked at the recipe, you don't actually put the rhubarb in the cupcakes - you bake plain cupcakes and then make a hollow and fill it with cooked rhubarb. The ginger then comes in the icing (although I think I would probably put it in the cake mixture). I guess it's one way to get round the sinking rhubarb problem...

I am so envious of your book *le sigh* Those sound like amazing recipes!

My mother has a gift for finding random cookery books - last christmas it was an entire book devoted to brownie recipes!

2. The New Abbey Girls EJO
11. The Chalet Girls Grow Up aka Plas Gwyn

THANK you. Those were really annoying me! So familiar but I just couldn't think where I had read them ... *g*

9. Is it Te Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie

It is indeed and obviously the first two were correct as well :D

Oh dear. I am getting a few more. Why can I remember huge chunks from books but not useful things like what's on my shopping list?

4. heart of Darkness
8. What Katy Did
10. Ethan Frome

I'll stop now. In case I am making a fool of me...

Lol...yup, all completely right. I wasn't sure if anyone would get Ethan Frome because although I did it for A-level English, I hardly ever come across anyone who has read it!

Back in the Dark Ages I did the S level course and Wharton figured heavily.

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