This meme used to be sponsored by Becky at Page Turners, but she relinquished the meme to someone else. I like the idea of still doing this every Friday, so here's the opening to "A Journey of the Centre of the Earth," by Jules Verne.
"Looking back to all that has occurred to me since that eventful day, I am scarcely able to believe in the reality of my adventures."
Love it. It's using foreshadowing to get the reader excited to hear about the 'eventful day.' Based on this, it could be anything... but it's an adventure that is so good we may doubt the reality of it. Awesome. I never read any Jules Verne as a kid, so I'm excited to give this one a go.
What do you think about the opening sentence?
(Parenthetically, I really like this portrait and I can't figure out if it's due to the eyes, all the facial hair, or the beautiful shading. Or maybe I just have some sort of man crush on Jules Verne?)