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8
The Long Walk
4.11
really liked it
First sentence: “An old blue Ford pulled into the guarded parking lot that morning, looking like a small, tired dog after a hard run.”

P. 99: ” This ti
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Apr 10, 2011
Dec 30, 2010
 
19
Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable
4.29
liked it
First sentence: "I am in my mother's room."

P. 99: "That we thought of ourselves as members of a vast organization was doubtless also due to the all to
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Oct 03, 2011
May 26, 2011
 
15
Mrs Dalloway
3.78
really liked it
I enjoyed this book immensely. And though I must have read it before (in high-school), I didn't remember anything about it.
The book follows Clarissa
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Jul 29, 2012
not set
not set
Jun 19, 2011
 
34
The Dunwich Horror
3.83
did not like it
First sentence: "Gorgons and Hydras, and Chimaeras - dire stories of Celaeno and the Harpies - may reproduce themselves in the brain of superstition - ...more
Dec 29, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
 
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2666
4.20
really liked it
First sentence:”The first time that Jean-Claude Pelletier read Benno von Archimboldi was Christmas 1980, in Paris, when he was nineteen years old and ...more
Mar 31, 2011
Mar 11, 2011
 
23
The Woman in White
3.98
really liked it
First sentence: "This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what a Man's resolution can achieve."

P. 99: "I doubted for a moment whet
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Nov 14, 2011
Oct 15, 2011
 
9
The White Tiger
3.71
really liked it
First sentence: “His Excellency Wen Jiabao, The Premier’s Office, Beijing, Capital of the Freedom-Loving Nation of China.”

P. 99: “The landlords brough
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May 12, 2011
Feb 10, 2011
 
29
A Christmas Tree
2.81
did not like it
First sentence: "I have been looking on, this evening, at a merry company of children assembled round that pretty German toy, a Christmas Tree."

Last s
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Dec 25, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
 
35
The Alchemist
3.41
liked it
The Alchemist, was written when Lovecraft was only 18 or 19.

Summary taken from Wikipedia:

The story is recounted by the protagonist, Count Antoine de
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Dec 30, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
 
30
The Battle of Life
3.17
it was ok
First sentence: "Once upon a time, it matters little when, and in stalwart England, it matters little where, a fierce battle was fought."

Last sentence
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Dec 26, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
 
38
The Outsider
4.06
did not like it
First sentence: "Unhappy is he to whom the memories of childhood bring only fear and sadness."

Last sentence: "This I have known ever since I stretched
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Dec 31, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
 
31
Bleak House
4.00
really liked it
First sentence: "London. Michaelmas term lately over, and the Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln's Inn Hall."

P. 99: "I could not help it; I tried very
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May 06, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
 
37
The Haunter of the Dark
3.76
did not like it
First sentence: "Cautious investigators will hesitate to challenge the common belief that Robert Blake was killed by lightning, or by some profound ne ...more
Dec 30, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
 
6
Northanger Abbey
3.80
liked it
First sentence: "No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be a heroine.

P. 99: "The two youngest Miss
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Mar 07, 2011
Feb 16, 2011
 
10
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
3.80
liked it
First sentence: “You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain’t no matter.”

P. 99: “S
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May 27, 2011
May 17, 2011
 
2
Jo's Boys (Little Women, #3)
3.81
it was ok
First sentence: “If anyone had told me what wonderful changes were to take place here in ten years, I wouldn’t have believed it, said Mrs. Jo to Mrs. ...more
Jan 20, 2011
Jan 12, 2011
 
25
Middlemarch
3.93
liked it
First sentence: "Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress."

P. 99: "'I am not ungrateful, sir, I never me
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Dec 20, 2011
Nov 12, 2011
 
5
Skippy Dies
3.72
it was amazing
First sentence: “Skippy and Ruprecht are having a doughnut-eating race one evening when Skippy turns purple and falls off his chair.”

P. 99: “Carl says
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Feb 16, 2011
Jan 08, 2011
 
21
Talking About Detective Fiction
3.74
it was amazing
I had heard an interview with P.D. James a while ago where she was asked about the fact that she said that books of Jane Austen could be seen as detec ...more
Oct 31, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
 
1
Little Women (Little Women, #1)
4.04
really liked it
First Sentence: "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents", grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.

P. 99: "The garden had to be put in order, and each
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Jan 09, 2011
Dec 20, 2009
 
24
John Thorndyke's Cases
3.95
liked it
R. Austin Freeman, John Thorndyke's Cases (1909).

First sentence: "There are, I suppose, few places even on the east coast of England more lonely and r
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Dec 04, 2011
Nov 18, 2011
 
17
The Merchant of Venice
3.79
liked it
The first play by Shakespeare I ever read....
From Wikipedia: In the 16th century, the city of Venice in Italy was one of the richest of the world. Am
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Aug 10, 2011
Aug 01, 2011
 
11
Room
4.03
it was amazing
First sentence: "Today I'm five."

P. 99 (101): "I'm trying to fit her stem back together."

Last sentence: "Then we go out the door."

This is a great book
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Jun 04, 2011
Dec 22, 2010
 
36
The Whisperer in the Darkness
4.06
really liked it
First sentence: "Bear in mind closely that I did not see any actual visual horror at the end."

Last sentence: "For the things in the chair, perfect to
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Dec 30, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
 
39
The Art of Fiction: Illustrated from Classic and Modern Texts
3.94
really liked it
First sentence: "When does a novel begin?"

P. 99: "Intertextuality, in short, is entwined in the roots of the English novel, while at the other end of
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Dec 30, 2011
Nov 07, 2011
 
28
A Christmas Carol
4.02
it was amazing
First sentence: “Marley was dead: to begin with.”

P. 99: “After it had passed away, they were ten times merrier than before, from the mere relief of Sc
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Dec 25, 2011
Nov 07, 2011
 
33
The Call of Cthulhu
4.05
liked it
I rather enjoyed this story...

Summary taken form Wikipedia:
The story is presented as a manuscript "found among the papers of the late Francis Wayland
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Dec 30, 2011
Nov 07, 2011
 
18
An Object of Beauty
3.58
it was amazing
First sentence: "I am tired, so very tired of thinking about Lacey Yeager, yet worry that unless I write her story down, and see it bound and tidy on ...more
Sep 16, 2011
Jun 06, 2011
 
13
The Book Thief
4.36
it was amazing
Jun 20, 2011
Dec 30, 2010
 
20
Dancing in the Shadows of Love
3.74
really liked it
This is a book in a genre that I normally wouldn't read (sort of spiritual literary fiction), but I had won it in a give-away from the author herself ...more
Oct 28, 2011
Oct 17, 2011
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