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First Line Fridays - 5/19/17 - A Surprise Classic

Friday, May 19, 2017

Every once in awhile my nerd girl heart bursts through and I have to share a line from a book that makes me giggle like a schoolgirl. This week I am sharing with you a VERY special book to me (although I have yet to read it.) A couple weeks ago my Granny sent me a few (like 8) boxes FULL of books...OLD books! Randomly I will share different books that are now in my possession. Today's book was published in 1904 (as best I can figure, since there is no date in the book itself). Here is the cover..........

I hope you can tell who that is...(see I was sneaky and didn't put the title of the book in the post title muahahaha)

If not...You shall be forgiven...Here is the spine...

In case you can't read it...It says...

Conan Doyle's Best Books 
VOL. 1

Stories of Sherlock Holmes

Oh yes...My first line comes from A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle...

In the year 1878 I took my degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University of London, and proceeded to Netley to go through the course prescribed for surgeons in the army.

Amazon (yes you can purchase this edition for a reasonable price)

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  1. I love Sir Conan Doyle and also enjoyed A Study in Scarlet! Great introduction to the icon duo Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

    Here's my first line:

    Garvin Poole slipped out of bed, got his lighter off the fireplace mantel, and walked in his underwear through the dark house to the kitchen, where he took a joint out of a sugar jar, then continued to the garden door. ~Golden Prey by John Sandford.

    Dinh @Arlene's Book Club

  2. How cool to get all those books!

    A shiver rippled across Juanita Hoyt’s shoulders, an involuntary spasm induced by the cold metal encircling her wrists.

    Signs of Life by Valerie Banfield

  3. Awesome! I love old books! I thought I’d share something different here than the book featured on my blog today. This book is one my son is reading.
    “Betsey Maxwell wearily trailed behind Loren as her brother dodged the muddy puddles, horse manure, and piles of crates in the narrow London street.”
    - The Thieves of Tyburn Square by: Dave & Neta Jackson
    The Trailblazer Books - Bethany House Publisher 1995

    1. I love these books your son is reading! Yay for bookish family hehe!

  4. Eight boxes?! Wow. Lucky you!

    I have the first line from Erynn Newman's debut release 'Out of Darkness' on my blog, but here I'm going to share the first line from Johnnie Alexander's latest release, 'What Hope Remembers':

    "The June sun beat on Gabe Kendall's bare head and tapped into his childhood memories of the horse farm."

    Happy Friday!

  5. I have a huge collection of old books!
    Happy Friday! My first line is: “My heart beat as if it was trying to build up speed and erupt from my chest.” From Warfare:Life After Book 2 by Julie Hall. Coming out June 13th.

  6. I love Sherlock Holmes! Victorian literature at its finest. :) Happy Friday!

  7. Oh I LOVE old books! And I just read my first Sherlock Holmes short story the other day (Haven't gotten around to any more yet).

  8. How wonderful!

    My first line is from TURTLES IN THE ROAD, a humorous romance from mother/daughter duo Rhonda Rhea and Kaley Rhea. The book arrived yesterday, and I didn't get to crack it open until 1:00 AM...but I just HAD to start it before bed! The first chapter is hilarious...and Piper is my new BF! -- "Normally a nice long solo drive had a calming effect on Piper."

  9. Would your Granny adopt me?! Enjoy your treasures!

    It's a Regency weekend for me. Today I've started reading Carrie Turansky's Edwardian Brides series.

    October 1911
    Berkshire, England

    Julia Foster lifted her gaze to the clear October sky as a lark swooped past.


  10. I kinda thought it was Sherlock Holmes. I remember when my folks gave me my old books, I was in heaven!
    Have a great weekend and enjoy some great reading!

  11. Love Sherlock Holmes. Great adaptations were the ones with Jeremy Brett for PBS. And we like the Sherlock new PBS with Benedict Cumberbatch. So clever. But Conan Doyle was clever. There is also a story about Conan Doyle's life from PBS, too.
    First line is from The Loyal Heat by Shelley Shepherd Gray: They were digging another grave.

  12. “Fiddle-dee-dee!”
    The real question – at least for me – wasn’t where Chandra Morrisey had found the elegant white lace fan she swept back and forth in front of her face when the exclamation oozed our of her, but where on earth her exaggerated Southern drawl has come from.
    Gone With The Twins
    by Kylie Logan

  13. Wow! That's a lot of old books! What a treasure!

    “New York City
    June 1857

    Elise Neumann stared out the cracked third-story window to the muddy street below, watching the omnibuses and carriages slog their way through the muck.”

    ~With You Always by Jody Hedlund

    Happy Friday! 🙂

  14. Nice!!!

    I'm sharing the first line from True to You by Becky Wade. "Finding oneself at the mercy of a crazed gunman isn't all fun and games."

  15. What wonderful treasures!!! I love poking around in the basement of our library to see what gems I can find. And I have a 1937 publication of an Eleanor of Aquitaine book - the smell is the best, all that ink and mildew ;)

  16. Oh, you are an amazing gal for using Sherlock! Seems like mysteries were a theme this week. This is the book I have just started to read; Mrs. Odboddy: Undercover Courier. By Elaine Faber ” Lighting flashed and thunder rattled the windows of Wilkey’s Market where Agnes pushed a little metal cart through the crowded aisle.”

  17. That is awesome!! What a sweet grandma you have :) I hope you enjoy reading all these old books!

  18. This one was really interesting! Thanks for sharing it!


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