First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
- Grab your current read(s).
- Share the first line(s).
- Include the title and author.
I found a great haul of reference and fiction books at the 2017 Bookstock, Michigan's biggest and best used book sale. My goal was to find the missing books in my Jack Reacher and Kinsey Millhone series collection. I also found a few reference books; the first lines are featured below.
Local bookhearts, the last day of 2017 Bookstock is Sunday, April 30. Go!!!
"Learning to read and write was just the beginning. After you had mastered that, you had to study how the language worked and, when you started to write your own stories, how to stay focused, develop content, organize material, maintain a consistent voice and style, and use proper grammar." ~ I Used to Know That by Caroline Taggart
"In the late-1500s, the state of English spelling and the invasion of foreign words was so troubling to scholars and teachers that some of them took it upon themselves to harness the language by compiling dictionaries." ~ My Grammar and I...Or Should That Be Me? by Caroline Taggart & J.A. Wines
"Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November...How many times, perhaps anxiously awaiting payday, have you repeated this saying to yourself?" ~ i before e (except after c) by Judy Parkinson
"Some of the best screenplays are based on historical events." ~ The Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting by Skip Press
"If you're like most people, your biggest investment is your house." ~ House Selling for Dummies by Eric Tyson & Ray Brown
"About 2 percent of the population suffers from some form of bipolar disorder." ~ Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families by Francis Mark Mondimore, M.D.
"This book follows a tradition honored since ancient days. The creators and collectors of wise and witty sayings go back to the biblical times of Solomon about three thousand years ago." ~ 20,000 Quips & Quotes by Evan Esar