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First Sentences Virtual Bookbox-Round 14 CLOSED


The First Sentences Virtual Bookbox is on the last few people for round 13 before it comes back to me, so I've started a new thread for round 14.

For a refresher, here's a link to the previous thread:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/539165

Here's how it works (thanks to wubbaducky, who originally dreamed up the idea of this VBB, for most of the text):

I'll PM the list to participant 1, who picks their choices and replaces them with their own. They'll PM the list back to me. I'll make a note of which books have been added by participant 1 and then PM the list to participant 2, who'll pick their choices and replace and PM back to me the updated list. Etc etc etc. So I'll be keeping tabs on who's contributed what and who's chosen what.

The catch is, you DON'T put down book titles, authors or genres. All you put on the email is the First Sentence of the book. So, for example, if books I was including on the list were Pride and Prejudice, Moby Dick and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone, the virtual list would read:

1. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a
good fortune must be in want of a wife.

2. Call me Ishmael.

3. Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.

Then you would email me back saying you were taking out numbers 1 and 3 and replacing them with:

4. First sentence of new book

5. First sentence of other new book

Whenever the list comes back to me, I'll then PM you with the first sentence(s) you chose and the screen name(s) of the person who owns the book(s). You will then need to PM them to ask them for that first sentence book.

Please don't tell the recipient what the book is before they receive it- it's all meant to be a mysterious surprise...

Please PM me back the list ASAP- it shouldn't take you more than two weeks to make your choices and replace them and PM me back with the updates.

There should always be 14 books in the virtual bookbox. If you take out five, please replace with five, etc.

Genre doesn't matter so long as the first sentence is interesting (you define interesting). No author's notes/acknowledgements, please. Just the first sentence of the book. I will make one exception in this case: if a book has a prologue, you may choose between the prologue's first sentence and the first chapter's first sentence.

Please update this thread with the first sentence(s) you've chosen to take out and later, please let us know what book(s) they turned out to belong to- we all want to share in your fun too! And of course, don't forget to journal the books themselves later...

Please mail your books out to the people who have chosen your books as quickly as possible- within a month is preferable.

You must be willing to mail internationally, as this is an international bookbox and I can't guarantee who's going to choose your contributions.

You are responsible for contacting the person who owns your first sentence book(s).

Please post here if you are interested. No PMs, please.

Participant order:
Icila
Clairby11xxx
jlautner
Bookworm-lady
keeta1
mcsar
sedna5213
Mankyi
greenbadger
Meekachu07
bookworm76
chawoso
Bluezwuzl
Soozreader
lilith89
Rhythmbiscuit
BooksNBeer
Tsjara
mysteriousmummy
kizmiaz
Delphi_Reader
Annimanni
VintageVanguard—LIST IS HERE
Ann1244
booklady331
teuffi

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The First Sentences Virtual Bookbox is on the last few people for round 13 before it comes back to me, so I've started a new thread for round 14.

For a refresher, here's a link to the previous thread:
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/539165

Here's how it works (thanks to wubbaducky, who originally dreamed up the idea of this VBB, for most of the text):

I'll PM the list to participant 1, who picks their choices and replaces them with their own. They'll PM the list back to me. I'll make a note of which books have been added by participant 1 and then PM the list to participant 2, who'll pick their choices and replace and PM back to me the updated list. Etc etc etc. So I'll be keeping tabs on who's contributed what and who's chosen what.

The catch is, you DON'T put down book titles, authors or genres. All you put on the email is the First Sentence of the book. So, for example, if books I was including on the list were Pride and Prejudice, Moby Dick and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone, the virtual list would read:

1. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a
good fortune must be in want of a wife.

2. Call me Ishmael.

3. Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.

Then you would email me back saying you were taking out numbers 1 and 3 and replacing them with:

4. First sentence of new book

5. First sentence of other new book

Whenever the list comes back to me, I'll then PM you with the first sentence(s) you chose and the screen name(s) of the person who owns the book(s). You will then need to PM them to ask them for that first sentence book.

Please don't tell the recipient what the book is before they receive it- it's all meant to be a mysterious surprise...

Please PM me back the list ASAP- it shouldn't take you more than two weeks to make your choices and replace them and PM me back with the updates.

There should always be 14 books in the virtual bookbox. If you take out five, please replace with five, etc.

Genre doesn't matter so long as the first sentence is interesting (you define interesting). No author's notes/acknowledgements, please. Just the first sentence of the book. I will make one exception in this case: if a book has a prologue, you may choose between the prologue's first sentence and the first chapter's first sentence.

Please update this thread with the first sentence(s) you've chosen to take out and later, please let us know what book(s) they turned out to belong to- we all want to share in your fun too! And of course, don't forget to journal the books themselves later...

Please mail your books out to the people who have chosen your books as quickly as possible- within a month is preferable.

You must be willing to mail internationally, as this is an international bookbox and I can't guarantee who's going to choose your contributions.

You are responsible for contacting the person who owns your first sentence book(s).

Please post here if you are interested. No PMs, please.

Participant order:
Icila
Clairby11xxx
jlautner
Bookworm-lady
keeta1
mcsar
sedna5213
Mankyi
greenbadger
Meekachu07
bookworm76
chawoso
Bluezwuzl
Soozreader
lilith89
Rhythmbiscuit
BooksNBeer
Tsjara
mysteriousmummy
kizmiaz
Delphi_Reader
Annimanni
VintageVanguard—LIST IS HERE
Ann1244
booklady331
teuffi
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I'm in again.
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I'm in, I'll have more time to make a choice now I'm not wedding planning!
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Count me in again... :)
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Yes please :)

Thanks for the reminder.
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Yes, Yes, Yes.

Please add me.
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In again!

Thanks a lot for the reminder!
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Thanks for the PM. I have moved some suitable books to the top of TBR. :)
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Truly enjoy this box
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I am in again.
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Oh yes!

Please add me, too.
Thanks for the reminding PM!
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Thank you for the PM!:)
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Yey!

I would love too, but I am still having trouble... Is there a pm thing on this webbsite cuz I can not find one 😥
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PM

Lilith89,

I sent you a PM with instructions for finding the PM link. I hope it helps you.
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I'm in for this round! Thanks.
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Hope you got my PM
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Hope you got my PM

Yes I did.
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Yes please

Thanks for the reminder :)
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Thanks for the PM
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can I?

Haven't done one of these in a while.
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I see you mentioned no PMs, so not sure what all those PMs are about.... Do you need some seed books from everyone to get this started? If so, how many? When does this start?
Sorry, newbie here, too many questions!
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No seed books needed. I originally started with 10 books, but over the years a few people have thrown in extras, hence the 14 we have now. You just need to find as many books as sentences you choose when it's your turn.

We start tonight, after I make my choices and replacements.
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Thanks for adding me!
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Thanks for the help with understanding how the PM works :D I want to join again, it has been great fun! thank you for organizing this <3
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Just a note ... I see my name twice in the list ^^ : *
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I'm picking out :

10. You know, Doc, you're not the first shrink I've seen since I got back.
11. I'm not the pretty sister.
13. "Just behave."

I replace them with :
- On the morning Vera died I woke up very early.
- Ann can feel the acid churning in her stomach and creeping up her throat; her head is swimming.
- Some towns inspire.
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I will take out:
12. The wagon came out of the sun with its attendant din of iron rims turning on flinty shale, its worn silvergray fired orange by the malefic light flaring behind it, the driver disdaining the road for the shortcut down the steep incline, erect now and sawing the lines,, riding the brake onehanded until the wheels locked and skidded, then releasing it so that wagon and team and man moved in a constantly varying cacophony of shrieks and rattles and creaks and underlying it all the perpetual skirling of steel on stone.

And replace this with:
"They were not railway children to begin with."
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That is one long sentence! 😱
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12. The wagon came out of the sun with its attendant din of iron rims turning on flinty shale, its worn silvergray fired orange by the malefic light flaring behind it, the driver disdaining the road for the shortcut down the steep incline, erect now and sawing the lines,, riding the brake onehanded until the wheels locked and skidded, then releasing it so that wagon and team and man moved in a constantly varying cacophony of shrieks and rattles and creaks and underlying it all the perpetual skirling of steel on stone.”


This turned out to be Twilight by William Gay!
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I haven't ventured beyond the Finnish forum for quite a while but now I think it's time to be a little more adventurous again :)
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I chose:

10. On the morning Vera died I woke up very early.

My replacement:

Small trees had attacked my parents' house at the foundation.

collectorkerri tells me that my choice belongs to icila. I will pm her and later let you all know what book it is.

Thanks!

Judy
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The book is Dark-Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell) - one of my favorite authors![

[I chose:

10. On the morning Vera died I woke up very early.

My replacement:

Small trees had attacked my parents' house at the foundation.

collectorkerri tells me that my choice belongs to icila. I will pm her and later let you all know what book it is.

Thanks!

Judy
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To join?
If so, I would love to join this round. Sounds like great fun!
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if still taking participants I would like to be in
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My choices:

1. She was dead the minute she answered the 'link.

And of course:

I believe in ghosts.

My replacements:

"She sat on the edge of the bed in the darkness, by the open window, enjoying the play of the moonlight on her breasts and the long line of her thighs."

And

"Everything would have been different if the stranger hadn't come into our midst."

Thanks for setting this up... and now, for the surprises!...
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My choices are:

1. I could smell him—or rather the booze on his breath—before he even opened the door, but my sense of smell is pretty good, probably better than yours.
2. Small trees had attacked my parents' house at the foundation.

and my replacements are:

1. “Are you going to wear white?” Sherry Carter asked.
2. One night when I was seven I watched a man die.

Thanks collectorkerri for the VBB :)
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Keeta1,

Your first choice, "I could smell..." is in my possession. PM me with your address, and I'll mail it to you. Thanks!
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You know, Doc, you're not the first shrink I've seen since I got back.
Turned to be : Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

I'm not the pretty sister.
Turned to be : Very Valentine by Adriana Trigani

"Just behave."
This one is Fade Away by Harlan Coben

As a matter of fact there were all collectorkerri's so I received a big box from U.S.A. ( 4 books in fact with my wishbook from keeta's sweepstake.)

Thank you very much !
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I am picking one book this time:

9. Everything would have been different if the stranger hadn't come into our midst.

and replacing with

A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door, kept repeating over and over:
"Allez vous-en! Allez vous-en! Sapristi! That's all right!"
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I am picking one book this time:

9. Everything would have been different if the stranger hadn't come into our midst.



This one is mine; I already have your address, so the book will be on its way to you shortly. :)

Edited to say I have mailed it today. Enjoy!! :)
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My choice

I'm taking out:

2. My first sight of England was on a foggy March night in 1973 when I arrived on the midnight ferry from Calais.

and I'm putting in:

"It wasn't every day a middle-aged woman wearing a neat bun and a purple polyester suit directed you to lift your skirt."

Thank you collectorkerri!
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My turn!:)

I'll pick:

13. Some towns inspire.

and replace it with

"On a rainy night in December 1982, a retired New England professor of anthropology named Charles Hapgood stepped off the pavement without looking left and was hit by an oncoming car."

Thank you for running this VBB!:)
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Not at all. I'll add you to the end of the list.
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My turn

I will take out please:
3. In the middle of nowhere, a whirlwind spins like a sorceress flinging out her skirts in a macabre dance; yet not even this hysteria serves to blow the dust off the calcified palm trees thrust against the sky like beseeching arms.
and
14.When the lights went off the accompanist kissed her.

(I put 14 in in the last round, taking it out as it's not been chosen.)

Putting in:
Bells.
and
She sits, this odd trophy of war, as neat as an obedient child, on a small stool in the corner of her cell.

Thanks very much for organising this again, collectorkerri!
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"I believe in ghosts" turned out to be:

"Orphan Train", by Christina Baker Kline
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13448350/

Quite intriguing; I am looking forward to reading it! :)
And thanks for the lovely heart-decorated envelope, which made me smile.
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I could smell him—or rather the booze on his breath—before he even opened the door, but my sense of smell is pretty good, probably better than yours.

This is "Dog On It" by Spencer Quinn and looks to be a fun read.
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Thank you very much, Icila!

The book is "Travels with Boogie" by Mark Wallington

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13613770

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"Everything would have been different if the stranger hadn't come into our midst." turns out o be Sleep, My Love by Elizabeth Norman. It looks like a nice thrill.

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14821245
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"She was dead the minute she answered the 'link" turned out to be:

"Promises in Death", by J.D. Robb
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14805430/

This will be my first novel by this writer, so I am really interested.
Thanks for the cute Hello card and cat bookmark too! :)
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My turn

Here are my selections:

6. There once was a young man who wished to gain his heart's desire.

13. On a rainy night in December 1982, a retired New England professor of anthropology named Charles Hapgood stepped off the pavement without looking left and was hit by an oncoming car.

Replacing with the following:

"Mark and Karen Breakstone got married a little late in life."
and
"He made the mistake of telling a lie."

Thanks to Collectorkerri for arranging.
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My sentence was: She sits, this odd trophy of war, as neat as an obedient child, on a small stool in the corner of her cell.

which is from "The Lady of the Rivers" by Phillipa Gregory
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but I had a very busy week.

For now I will try: 14. August is a terrible time to be born.

and replace: They say a story loses something with each telling.
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"On a rainy night in December 1982, a retired New England professor of anthropology named Charles Hapgood stepped off the pavement without looking left and was hit by an oncoming car." was The Atlantis Blueprint.

It definitely looks interesting!

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Small trees had attacked my parents' house at the foundation.

This is The Round House by Louise Erdrich.

Thanks jlautner :)
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... I've received your PM, but I can't open it right now. I'll try again later and hopefully send my choices and replacements tomorrow.
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Hi collectorkerri, could I please join this virtual bookbox? I love this idea!
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... here, at last are my choices. From the list of very interesting sentences I chose:
Nr. 9: A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door, kept repeating over and over: "Allez vous-en! Allez vous-en! Sapristi! That's all right!"
Nr. 12: They were not railway children to begnin with.

My replacements are:
- "The way my sister Mary Alice got us arrested was simple enough; she hit the president of the bank over the head with my umbrella."
- "He couldn't stay below decks, it was too stomach-churning with the ceiling apparently remaining still while his head and belly told him it was swaying violently to and fro, whirling wildly through the roiling waters."
[and another one just for the fun of it, if you want ;-)
- "It was far too high to see Old Broad Street down below, but the windows that traveled all the way around the lozenge-shaped room gave as great a view of London as he 'd ever seen."]

I'm very curious now, which will be the books I have chosen...
Thanks to collectorkerri and all participants!
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edit: I have finally found the right thread now - sorry for the delay. And I have the adresses of the owners of my choices. (thanks to collectorkerri and mcsar for directing me.)
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I chose the following sentences:

9. The way my sister Mary Alice got us arrested was simple enough; she hit the president of the bank over the head with my umbrella.

15. It was far too high to see Old Broad Street down below, but the windows that traveled all the way around the lozenge-shaped room gave as great a view of London as he 'd ever seen.

And I will replace them with:

9. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.

and

15. Jonathan could hardly remember the time before the lightning.

Thank you!
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My choices

I'll take out nr

7. It took more than a day to explain it all to Georgiana.
(this one is mine but my husband sent it away yesterday by accident so now I longer have it)

I would also love to read;

13. He made the mistake of telling a lie.

and

14. They say a story loses something with each telling.

I replace them with

7. The early - morning mist hung low over the broad river, blanketing it in gauze.

13. A mother`s instinct to protect her child - the most powerful force on the planet.

14. The red geraniums fluorescing on the terrace, the wind swaying the daisis, the baby´s milk - fed eyes focusing for the first time on a double row of beloved teeth - what is there to report?

Thank you everyone for making this work :)
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I'll take out nr

14. They say a story loses something with each telling.


This book is living with me. I can sent it out if I will get your address during the weekend. Afterwards you have to wait until May when I will back from France.
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13. He made the mistake of telling a lie.



This one is mine. Please PM me your address.
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and turned out as "The Middle Place" by KELLY CORRIGAN. I think it isn't really my cup of tea, but I will give it a try.

Thank you, Meecatchu76!
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I received the list and after a little deliberation, I choose:


11. Ann can feel the acid churning in her stomach and creeping up her throat; her head is swimming.
15. Jonathan could hardly remember the time before the lightning.

I will replace them with:

1. I first met Perkus Tooth in an office.
2. Aida Palmer’s tense fingers gripped the gold locket around her neck as the streetcar came to a stop near Gris-Gris.

Thanks
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8. Patty Jane kept a drawer full of cotton bandanas spritzed with dimestore perfume--Tabu and Evening in Paris and, occasionally, My Sin, which I thought was as chic as chic could get.

And:

15. Aida Palmer’s tense fingers gripped the gold locket around her neck as the streetcar came to a stop near Gris-Gris

I will replace them with:

- They said later that he rode into the village on a horse the color of buttermilk, but I saw him walk out of the wood.

- Now that the years have passed and everything's been forgotten, and now that I've received a terse e-mail from Scotland with the sad news of Seldom's death, I feel I can break my silence (which he never asked for anyway) and tell the truth about events that reached the British papers in the summer of '93 with macabre and sensationalist headlines, but to which Seldom and I always referred - perhaps due to the mathematical connotation - simply as the series, or the Oxford series.

Thanks! :)
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and have chosen the books I want, however I just need to sort out some suitable replacements, will try to do tomorrow evening.
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Okay I will choose the following;
3. Bells.

This Book was Sharp Through the Hawthorn by Sybil Marshall

8. They said later that he rode into the village on a horse the color of buttermilk, but I saw him walk out of the wood.

This book was Winter Rose by Patricia A McKillip

14. The red geraniums fluorescing on the terrace, the wind swaying the daisis, the baby´s milk - fed eyes focusing for the first time on a double row of beloved teeth - what is there to report?

This book was Good Bones by Margaret Atwood

And replace them with

1. London, and the library of my club, towards the end of an afternoon in late November, that bleak, dispiriting time of the year when the golden Indian summer days that lingered on through October seem long gone, and it is yet too early to feel the approaching cheer of Christmas

2. This is a story about memory.

3. Night comes late to Spitalfields Market, across the dump at the back used by the traders for the detritus of old vegetables and splintered crates.

I’m looking forward to receiving my choices
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The 1st sentence books have arrived:

"The way my sister Mary Alice got us arrested was simple enough; she hit the president of the bank over the head with my umbrella." turned out to be Murder shoots the bull by Anne George

"It was far too high to see Old Broad Street down below, but the windows that traveled all the way around the lozenge-shaped room gave as great a view of London as he 'd ever seen." turned out to be Vertigo 42 by Martha Grimes

Thank you!
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my picks

9 - There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.
10 - One night when I was seven I watched a man die.
15 - Now that the years have passed and everything's been forgotten, and now that I've received a terse e-mail from Scotland with the sad news of Seldom's death, I feel I can break my silence (which he never asked for anyway) and tell the truth about events that reached the British papers in the summer of '93 with macabre and sensationalist headlines, but to which Seldom and I always referred - perhaps due to the mathematical connotation - simply as the series, or the Oxford series.

leaving in their place:
- "In the week before their departure to Arrakis, when all the final scurrying about had reached a nearly unbearable frenzy, an old crone came to visit the mother of the boy, Paul"

- "Spencer Arrowood drove the patrol car into the cemetery and took a a sharp turn into the past"

- "I am an invisible man."
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My first sentence was:

Ann can feel the acid churning in her stomach and creeping up her throat; her head is swimming. It turned out to be "The Couple Next Door" by Shari Lapena.

It looks to be an interesting Thiller.
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I was tempted to chose and replace everything out of curiosity, but I finally restrained my self to four books.

I would like to take out:

3. London, and the library of my club, towards the end of an afternoon in late November, that bleak, dispiriting time of the year when the golden Indian summer days that lingered on through October seem long gone, and it is yet too early to feel the approaching cheer of Christmas.

5. “Are you going to wear white?” Sherry Carter asked.

9. In the week before their departure to Arrakis, when all the final scurrying about had reached a nearly unbearable frenzy, an old crone came to visit the mother of the boy, Paul.

15. I am an invisible man.

I'll replace them with:

a) When old King Prudentius realized that he had little time left to live, he summoned his son, young Witless, and said to him:

b) She didn’t want to be a beauty queen, but as luck would have it, she was about to become one.

c) I start the year with a throbbing head and shaking limbs, owing to the excessive amounts of alcohol I was forced to drink at my mother’s party last night.

d) As Omar Yussef came along the passage, the flies left the flooded toilets to examine him.


I can't wait to find out what I chose! Thank you collectorkerri for organising this and everyone for making it so interesting.
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The Sentence:
Patty Jane kept a drawer full of cotton bandanas spritzed with dimestore perfume--Tabu and Evening in Paris and, occasionally, My Sin, which I thought was as chic as chic could get.

Belongs to this book: Patty Jane's House of Curl by Lorna Landvik.

Sounds like a nice read, thank you collectorkerri!
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"There is no lake at Camp Green Lake" turned out to belong to Holes by Louis Sachar http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11604107
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Thanks! What an interesting list of first sentences! After some contemplation, I've chosen the following three:

8. This is a story about memory.

10. Spencer Arrowood drove the patrol car into the cemetery and took a a sharp turn into the past.

14. Night comes late to Spitalfields Market, across the dump at the back used by the traders for the detritus of old vegetables and splintered crates.

Here are my replacements:

* The toilets in the motorway service station at Leicester Forest East stank of disinfectant.

* Two o'clock in the morning, a Thursday morning, the first bit of water broke through the ground of George Clatterbuck's back pasture in Habit, Kentucy, and not a living soul saw it.

* It happens that I'm going through a period of great unhappiness and loss just now.

Thank you!
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"One night when I was seven I watched a man die" turned out to be
Love in the Present Tense by Catherine Ryan Hyde
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/15045391
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and another.

" Now that the years have passed and everything's been forgotten, and now that I've received a terse e-mail from Scotland with the sad news of Seldom's death, I feel I can break my silence (which he never asked for anyway) and tell the truth about events that reached the British papers in the summer of '93 with macabre and sensationalist headlines, but to which Seldom and I always referred - perhaps due to the mathematical connotation - simply as the series, or the Oxford series"
is from The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martínez
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13566450
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The sentence: Aida Palmer’s tense fingers gripped the gold locket around her neck as the streetcar came to a stop near Gris-Gris.

And the book: Bitter Spirits by Jenn Bennet.

Sounds like a fun read. Thank you BooksnBeer!
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Both sent by kizmiaz. Thank you very much! I'm curious, those are both new authors to me.

" In the week before their departure to Arrakis, when all the final scurrying about had reached a nearly unbearable frenzy, an old crone came to visit the mother of the boy, Paul."
is the first sentence of Dune by Frank Herbert
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14315602
and
"I am an invisible man." is the starting sentence of
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13418852

This is a great BookBox! First time taking part and it won't be the last : )))

Two more choices to arrive, I can't wait to see what else I'll get!
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Another new author for me and the book seems a good, light read!
keeta1 sent an amazing parcel (see journal entry), thank you so much!

“Are you going to wear white?” Sherry Carter asked.
is the first sentence of With This Puzzle, I Thee Kill: A Puzzle Lady Mystery by Parnell Hall.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13283016
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Thank you for letting me take part in this VBB. It was very hard to decide! But here are my picks:

3. When old King Prudentius realized that he had little time left to live, he summoned his son, young Witless, and said to him:

5. She didn’t want to be a beauty queen, but as luck would have it, she was about to become one.

10. Two o'clock in the morning, a Thursday morning, the first bit of water broke through the ground of George Clatterbuck's back pasture in Habit, Kentucky, and not a living soul saw it.

And my replacements are:

* Novalee Nation, seventeen, seven months pregnant, thirty-seven pounds overweight - and superstitious about sevens - shifts uncomfortably in the seat of the old Plymouth and ran her hands down the curve of her belly.

* “Why don't you find yourself a new wife, Pops?“

* I was the one who found Mrs. Stein's body two weeks ago.
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3. When old King Prudentius realized that he had little time left to live, he summoned his son, young Witless, and said to him:

5. She didn’t want to be a beauty queen, but as luck would have it, she was about to become one.


Those two are mine : ) Please PM me your address and I can send them over on Monday.
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And I'm really happy about my picks :)

“When old King Prudentius realized that he had little time left to live, he summoned his son, young Witless, and said to him:“
Is A Tale Without A Name by Penelope S. Delta
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14900665
I haven't read anything by a Greek author yet, so I'm really happy I can remedy that now!

“She didn’t want to be a beauty queen, but as luck would have it, she was about to become one.“
Is Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14783209
I really like the Swinging Sixties so this book is a great match.

Thank you for sending them so fast!
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"Spencer Arrowood drove the patrol car into the cemetery and took a a sharp turn into the past."

This turned out to be the first sentence of If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O by Sharyn McCrumb. Thanks, kizmiaz!

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14861690

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