The Book Game

Pick a Book!

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The Book Game

You need:

  • Pencils
  • Identically-sized slips of paper (index cards work great)
  • A bunch of paperback books

Here’s what you do:

1. One player picks a book: He is that round’s designated reader.

Pick a Book!

2. The reader shows the group the book’s cover, reads the book’s description on the back cover and then writes the book’s first sentence onto the slip of paper or index card.

3. Each of the other players gets a few minutes to dream up a first sentence for the book. For example, if it’s a science fiction novel, the sentence could be “Jeremy was surprised that the soil on Mars wasn’t as red as he’d imagined it would be.” Each player writes what they think the sentence should be on the slip of paper and then writes their initials underneath it before handing it to the reader.

Pick the Real First Line

4. The reader reads each slip silently to himself, mixes them up, and then reads each one out loud. Each player then votes which sentence they think is the real first sentence from the actual book.

5. The person who guesses the correct first sentence gets 2 points. If someone guesses the sentence you wrote, then you get 1 point. Keep track of your points! After each player gets a chance to be the reader, the player with the highest score wins.

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