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Book Sale Quiz & Giveaway – closed

On Saturday I made my yearly trip to the Case Western Reserve University Book Sale.  I usually spend hours and hours looking over the thousands of books filling the auditorium, but I had to be quick since my father-in-law was on his way.  So, I picked up the first books I saw that were on my extensive wish list.  Here’s a view of the fiction section of the sale.  I left as soon as my arms were full, which was at 14 books.

So, here’s the quiz ad giveaway…I chose 10 first lines from 10 of these novels and all you need to do is tell me which line belongs to which book.  No googling, no matter how tempting.  I know this will mainly be educated guessing so to make it more fun I’m offering the person who guesses the most correct (and first) will get to choose a book from the stack for free!  You have until noon Friday to submit your answers.

No cheating.  No Googling, researching, or looking at other commenter answers.  Yes, we’re going by the honor system    Your first answers will be the only ones accepted.  Play every week or just one time, you are always welcome   It only takes once to be eligible for a prize.

Current Leaderboard here.  Last week’s April Showers Quiz here.

1. The sheets are dirty.  An Indian Health Service hospital in the late sixties.  Indian Killer

2. As Corradino Manin looked on the lights of San Marco for the last time, Venice from the lagoon seemed to him a golden constellation in the dark blue velvet dusk.  The Glassblower of Murano

3. “Jorg, expect $7 million from Credit Parisien in the No.2 account by 6 pm tonight, Central European time, and place it with first-class banks and triple A commercial names.”  Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less

4. The final dying sounds of their dress rehearsal left the Laurel Players with nothing to do but stand there, silent and helpless, blinking out over the footlights of an empty auditorium.  Revolutionary Road

5. The rain kept falling, swelling the creek until it lifted the girl into its muddy flood.  Turning Angel

6. On the banks of the mighty Columbia River, in this icy season when every breath became visible, the orchard called Belye Nochi was quiet.  Winter Garden

7. Midnight in the garden of the dead.  The Devil’s Punchbowl

8. In early May, the summer came, at last, to Scotland.  September

9. How lucky were they?  A heat wave in the middle of the school holidays, exactly where it belonged.  Case Histories

10. Maggie an Ira Moran had to go to a funeral in Deer Lick, Pennsylvania.  Breathing Lessons

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May 24, 2011 - Posted by | FREE, Quizzes

20 Comments »

  1. More like uneducated guessing…

    1. Indian Killer
    2. The Glassblower of Murano
    3. 24 Hours
    4. Ordinary Life
    5. By the Pricking of My Thumbs
    6. Breathing Lessons
    7. The Devil’s Punchbowl
    8. September
    9. Revolutionary Road
    10. Winter Garden
    8.

    Comment by softdrink | May 24, 2011 | Reply

    • 40 points is better than not playing at all :)

      Comment by stacybuckeye | May 27, 2011 | Reply

  2. Except 2, I’ve read all of them. So hopefully I will be able to guess correctly.
    1. Indian Killer
    2. The Glassblower of Murano
    3. Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less
    4. Revolutionary Road
    5. Turning Angel ??
    6. Winter Garden
    7. 24 hours
    8. September
    9. Case Histories
    10. Breathing Lessons

    Comment by Misha | May 24, 2011 | Reply

    • 90 points is better than I expected anyone to do!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | May 27, 2011 | Reply

  3. Awesome idea — tough as hell, but fun – here are my total guesses as I haven’t read or seen any of them
    1 Indian Killer
    2 The Glassblower of Murano
    3 24 Hours
    4 Revolutionary Road
    5 By the Pricking of my thumb
    6 Winter Garden
    7 The Devil’s Punchbowl
    8 September (has to be right sounds just like Pilcher)
    9 Breathing Lessons
    10 Ordinary Life

    So do you like Greg Iles?

    Comment by Jennifer Rayment | May 24, 2011 | Reply

    • 60 points is pretty impressive!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | May 27, 2011 | Reply

  4. 1. Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie
    2. The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato
    3. Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less by Jeffrey Archer
    4. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
    5. Turning Angel by Greg Iles
    6. Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
    7. The Devil’s Punchbowl by Greg Iles
    8. By the Pricking of my Thumbs by Agatha Christie
    9. September by Pilcher
    10. Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler

    Comment by Word Lily | May 24, 2011 | Reply

    • Wow! 80 points! You guys are kicking butt this week.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | May 27, 2011 | Reply

  5. 1. Indian Killer
    2. The Glassblower of Murano
    3. Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less
    4. By the Pricking of My Thumbs
    5. Turning Angel
    6. Winter Garden
    7. 24 Hours
    8. September
    9. Breathing Lessons
    10. Ordinary Life

    Not sure at all here. And I’m actually read SEPTEMBER, BY THE PRICKING OF MY THUMBS, and TURNING ANGEL. Can’t remember hot they started though. :-)

    Comment by Kay | May 24, 2011 | Reply

    • 60 points is awesome! You got 2 of the 3 you read :)

      Comment by stacybuckeye | May 27, 2011 | Reply

  6. 3. Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less
    5. Turning Angel
    6. Winter Garden
    9. Case Histories

    I know these are right. The rest would only be guesses.

    Comment by Carol M | May 24, 2011 | Reply

    • 40 points! C’mon, guessing is fun :) I expected them all to be guesses this week, so I’m impressed with everyone.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | May 27, 2011 | Reply

  7. I’m not even going to try because it will be an epic fail for me. I want to go to this book sale…love your stack!

    Comment by Staci | May 24, 2011 | Reply

    • It’s always the last or next to last weekend in May. You are cordially invite to come next year and stay as Casa Gage.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | May 27, 2011 | Reply

  8. I want to be honest and let you know that I looked at the titles I own for confirmation. If that is considered researching, please disregard my answers.

    1. Indian Killer
    2. The Glass Blower of Murano
    3. Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less
    4. Revolutionary Road
    5. Turning Angel
    6. Winter Garden
    7. The Devil’s Punchbowl
    8. September
    9. Ordinary Life
    10. Breathing Lessons

    Comment by Nise' | May 24, 2011 | Reply

    • 90 awesome points! I’ve always said whatever you have on hand is fair game, although I should probably make that clearer.
      What a surprise that you have a lot of the same books I just bought (not).

      Comment by stacybuckeye | May 27, 2011 | Reply

  9. Ahhh! I haven’t read any of these :(

    Comment by StephanieD | May 25, 2011 | Reply

    • I’ve read Breathing Lessons and highly recommend it.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | May 27, 2011 | Reply

  10. 1. Indian Killer
    2. The Glassblower of Murano
    3. Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less
    4. Revolutionary Road (saw the movie)
    5. Turning Angel
    6. Winter Garden
    7. The Devil’s Punchbowl
    8. September
    9. Case Histories
    10. Breathing Lessons

    Comment by Mariska | May 26, 2011 | Reply

    • Last one in and the first and only perfect score. I am beyond impressed. You guys are awesome at this.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | May 27, 2011 | Reply


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