So. Memorable first lines. They are memorable because, well, they have to be. They are the very first impression we get of an author. I don’t know about you, but if I’m planning on spending several hours with somebody else’s thoughts, they better hold my attention from the very start. But second lines? We don’t necessarily remember those. So here’s a little challenge for you. See if you can ID these famous books by their second lines. For more reading, check out Scarlett Archer’s new book, 1001 First Lines: It was the best of lines, it was the worst of lines. It’s not in the consortium yet, so if you’re interested, ask a librarian to order it for you.