Google+ Reading Teen: Second Hand Saturday 10-6-2012

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Second Hand Saturday 10-6-2012

Welcome to Second Hand Saturday!
In an attempt to clear our bookshelves, and pass on great used books to our stalkers followers, we have decided to hold weekly giveaways of some of the books on our bookshelves! Every Saturday, we will post the books available, and the following Saturday, we will announce the winner and our next challenge. The winner will get to choose a book from the list and we will ship it to that lucky person! Each week we will have a different challenge to complete.

This Week's Question:

I've read a lot of books.  A LOT of books.  But my all time favorite opening line comes from one of the first Young Adult books I ever read.  It's called Dream Factory by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler.

"I wasn't at all surprised when Cinderella gave me the finger."
I don't know why, but I just love that opening.  This week, I want to know what your favorite opening line is!  

Just comment below to be entered!

And this week's winner is...


Email me at Readingteen1(at) with your book choice.  Please put "winner" in the subject line.  You have one week to claim your prize!



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  1. I never remember opening lines, I'm much better remembering the last line in a book for some reason, but I the one I remember the very first line in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, maybe because I read it several times:)

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

  2. Dovile: I was deciding between the one you chose, which I love, and this one:

    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
    "There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it."

  3. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
    Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, Chapter 1, first line

    I haven't actually read this book yet but hubby has and he's told me so much about it. I guess I have to be in the mode to read something like this. Tolstoy wrote War and Peace so I'm somewhat intimidated.

    Thanks :)

  4. It is universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife
    I love the Pride and Prejudice opening line it really sets the story that is about to unfold!

  5. Honestly I don't really remember first lines so I am going to have to quote a recent book I read. "Here is everything I know about France: Madeline ans Amelie and Moiling Rouge." This is from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins I just recently read this book and loved it.

  6. The Time Traveler's Wife has always been a favorite of mine, and I find the first line so beautiful:

    "It’s hard being left behind. I wait for Henry, not knowing where he is, wondering if he’s okay. It’s hard to be the one who stays."

  7. I love the opening line of Tolkien's Prologue in 'The Fellowship of the Ring',
    "This book is largely concerned with Hobbits, and from its pages a reader may discover much of their character and a little of their history."

    I love it! Very Tolkien and straight forward.

  8. "It was the best of times. It was the worst of times." (Tale of Two Cities".)

  9. You chose a very hard question for me. I never remember the opening line for a book. I remember the story but the opening line? Not so much.
    So I went to my trusty bookself and flipped through the pages of my books to discover an interesting opening line.
    After careful evaluation, here's what I have decided on:

    "The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit."
    Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

    What a lovely way to start a book XD

  10. My favorite opening to a book was from the outsiders.
    "When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home."

    I loved this book so much!

  11. "Marley was dead, to begin with." A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. :)

  12. "It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die." Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

  13. "Sylvie had an amazing life, but she didn't get to live it very often." A Great Good Thing by Roderick Townley (:

  14. Has to be Clarity by Kim Harrington for me, she pulls you right in!
    "You don't want to kill me," I said.

  15. The only opening line I ever remember is from MOBY DICK. "I am Ishmael."

  16. I can't remember the opening lines of books (sometimes not even the ends!) so this one is from the book I'm starting now, Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin:

    “The morning had dawned clear and cold, with a crispness that hinted at the end of summer.”

    I'm afraid of this book, it's so big!

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  18. "It was a dark and stormy night." I reread A Wrinkle in Time and realized that was how it started. I knew that couldn't be the only book that began that way. Snoopy apparently wrote a story that starts out with that line too.

  19. "The sky was the color of cat vomit." --Uglies, Scott Westerfeld. Hilarious!!!

  20. I was planning on using Harry Potter but Dovile beat me to it! :) I just finished reading The Fault in Our Stars, though (great book!) and it has a great one: "Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death."

  21. Everything in the room screamed that I didn't belong.

    Beautiful Disaster

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  23. I was born with a talent.

    Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

    ERAGON! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  24. It was Wednesday.

    Spellbinder by Helen Stringer

    ERAGON. :)

  25. "In A Hole In A Ground, There Lived A Hobbit."
    -The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien!


  26. Ooh man! Tough question. This was a recent first line that grabbed my attention: “If I had to do it all over again, I would have not chosen this life. Then again, I’m not sure I ever had a choice" - The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen.

  27. “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” — 1984 by George Orwell

    I've never read another opening line that conveys so much with so little words. It encompasses everything about the story in such a clever way.

  28. Harry Potter!!!!!!! XD "Mr. and Mrs.Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much."

  29. My favorite first (2) lines of a book are from Alice Seabold's LOVELY BONES:

    "My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973."

    nicanc63 AT hotmail DOT com

  30. Has to be Harry Potter! "Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much." That hooked me in immedaitely. :D

    kayla3194 at gmail dot com

  31. I don't make a habit of memorizing amazing opening lines, but this one's from an epic book I'm currently reading.

    "As the iron war club scythed toward her head, Yukiko couldn't help wishing she'd listened to her father."
    ~Stormdancer, Jay Kristoff

    It's the first line, and it already has a badass fight in it, plus a hint of father-daughter conflict!

  32. I really don't remember alot of 1st lines but this one really made me think when I first read it. It's from "This Is Not A Test" by Courtney Summers.
    I woke up and the last piece of my heart disappeared. I opened my eyes and felt it go.

    Thanks for having this giveaway, I look forward to it every week.

  33. lol well that one made me smile and I love opening lines like that, they tend to set the pace for the book :) I can't really think of a great opening line, but I definitely want to check out Dream Factory

  34. "Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well." - Daughter of Smoke and Bone.


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