34 Compelling Opening Lines – Infographic

34 Compelling First LInes from Famous Books

Every good book has that hook — the opening line or scene that draws a reader in and keeps them engaged through the whole story.  I know if I can’t really get into something in the first few pages, I have trouble sticking with it.  Today’s infographic looks at 34 famous books or book series and shares their great first lines. How many have you read or will end up on your “to read” pile? [VIA]

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On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 14, 2020!

APRIL 14, 2020

Today is:

International Be Nice to Lawyers Day — They’re often the butt of jokes, but for one day hold off on the name-calling and be nice to one today!

International Moment of Laughter Day — Today is that day to chuckle, laugh, giggle, guffaw… no matter what the reason, spread a little joy and happiness where you can by sharing an amusing moment with someone.

National Dolphin Day — With a curved jaw that gives them a permanent smile, what’s not to love about dolphins?  These amazing creatures deserve recognition today.

National Pecan Day — Did you know that the pecan tree is the only nut tree native to North America?  Celebrate them today by cracking a few open, or even better — having some pecan pie!




ANNE SULLIVAN (1866-1936 — American educator.  Best known as the lifelong instructor and companion of Helen Keller.
LORETTA LYNN (1932) — American country music singer-songwriter with over 60  albums in her career.
PETE ROSE (1941) — American baseball player and manager.  All-time hits leader (4,256)
PETER CAPALDI  (1958) — Scottish actor, writer, and director (Doctor Who – 12th Doctor; The Thick of It).
ROB McELHENNEY  (1977) — American actor, director, producer, & screenwriter (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)




1775 – The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage is organized in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.
This is the first abolitionist society in North America.
1828 – Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary.
1865– President Abraham Lincoln is shot in Ford’s Theater in Washington DC by John Wilkes Booth.  He will die the next day.
1902 – James Cash Penney (J.C. Penney) opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming — The Golden Rule Store.
1912 – The RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40pm and will sink at approximately 2:20am the next morning.
1939 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is first published by Viking Press.
1958 – The Soviet Satellite Sputnik 2 falls from orbit after 162 days.  It carried the first living thing into space, a female dog names Laika
1981 – The first operational space shuttle, Columbia, completes its first test flight in mission STS-1.
2003 – The Human Genome Project is considered complete with 99% of the human genome mapped to 99.999% accuracy.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 10, 2020!

APRIL 10, 2020

Today is:

Encourage a Young Writer Day — If you have a student always with an idea in their head, or a story in mind, today is the day to have them put pen to paper and write it down!

Global Work From Home Day — Seems like that’s everyday now!

National Hug Your Dog Day — For many of us, not having our furry companions right now would make things a lot harder.  Show them your appreciation today.  Even if you can’t, give a pup a virtual hug!

Siblings Day — Today’s the day to reach out and get in touch with your siblings.  Just make sure you don’t need mom or day to separate you or turn the car around!




COMMODORE MATTHEW PERRY (1794-1858) — American naval officer.  Most famous for opening trade relations between the West and Japan.
LEW WALLACE (1827-1905) — American lawyer, politician, Union General and author (Ben-Hur)
JOSEPH PULITZER  (1847-1911) — Hungarian-American publisher, journalist, and politician.  Founder of Pulitzer, Inc. and namesake of the Pulitzer Prize.
JOHN MADDEN  (1936) — American football player, Hall of fame coach, and sportscaster.
JUAN WILLIAMS (1954) — Panamanian-American author, journalist, and political analyst (Fox News & NPR)
MANDY MOORE (1984) — American singer-songwriter and actress (Tangled, Midway, This is Us)



837Halley’s Comet makes its closest ever approach to Earth at a distance of 3.2 million miles.
1866 – The American Society for the Prevention of  Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York City.
1912 – The RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton, England on her maiden (and only) voyage.
1925 – F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is first published by Charles Scribner’s Sons Publishers.
1970 – Paul McCartney announces that for personal and professional reasons, he is leaving The Beatles,  beginning  the “break up” of the band.
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Moby Dick Big Read Project

Moby Dick — Big Read

I came across this site through Open Culture which is a fantastic repository of all kinds of great free history and pop culture.  The Moby Dick Big Read Project was an enormous undertaking to record all 135 chapters of the novel into an audiobook format with each of the chapters read by a different voice.  Combining the voices of the known and unknown but all important this project has injected new live into one of the greatest American novels.

You can listen to the audio on the Big Read site itself, through iTunes, or through SoundCloud.

H/T to both Open Culture for the original post and Book Riot for pointing me their way.