September 2017 Reads | First Lines

I decided that it would be fun to start a new feature to add the the wrap up of books I read every month. For me most of the time I pick up and look at books in the store it is the first lines that capture my attention and draw me in. It has always been intriguing to me the amount of thought that must go into those first words the author decides to but as the introduction to their work. The first lines are your first impression of the book.

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
“I didn’t realize he was a werewolf at first.”

Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs
” The wind was chill and the cold froze the ends of her toes.”

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
“No one knew better than Walter Rice that the only safe place was away from other people.”

Never Apart by Romily Bernard
“I’m going to die again.”

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Top Ten Tuesday| Top Characters That Are Great Role Models For Young Women

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is Top Ten Characters That Are Great Role Models For Young Women. I am a strong believer that so much media and publication create unreachable expectations for young girls and women. With impossible expectation set for all women it results in low confidence and women settling for less than they deserve. I have found many great role model in literary works that showcase strong and confident women who go after what they deserve and don’t let men or other women degrade them.

 

Alanna from Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce-  Alanna goes against the norm and switches places with her twin brother so she can be trained to be a knight. She is brave and confident, going after what she wants regardless of what she is told women are allowed to do.

Mercy Thompson from Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs- Mercy is a female mechanic and a very good one. She is confident and doesn’t let the men in her life control her and she goes after saving herself.

Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead- I absolutely adore Rose. She is sassy and one badass female. She is confident, a fighter and doesn’t need a man to save her.

Mare and Denna in Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst- I think both of these young women have amazing qualities that are inspiring to young women. Mare is going after her passion and not letting herself get stuck in what a “princess” should be. She is a tomboy and would rather be outside and riding horses. Then there is Denna is who intelligent and knows about politics while she is a princess and not taken seriously.

Dimple from When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon- Dimple is into coding and developing apps. She is intelligent and very independent. She doesn’t let what her parents believe she should be stop her from going after her passions.

Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer- Considered a mistake and a burden by society, Cinder does not let that stop her from being an amazing mechanic. She is intelligent and doesn’t let anything stop her.

Blue from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater- Blue is unique and marches to the beat of her own drum. She doesn’t hid who she is and I think that is so admirable.

Katniss from The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins- I love that she never lets anyone change her. She is true to herself and is skilled and strong.

Hermione Granger from Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling- How could I not add her to this list. She is seen as weird at the beginning, but she is intelligent and strong. She saves the boys countless times and is a bookworm.

Who are some strong, confident females that you believe are great role models for young women?

Top Ten Tuesday| Top Books On My Fall TBR


This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR! I have been putting a lot of books aside waiting for fall/winter. Fall books are those that are either fantasy/paranormal or thrillers!

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

I have been meaning to read this book for a long time. I have heard such good things and really want to pick it up!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling

I know, how have I not read this yet. Life has gotten in the way the past few years and I never picked them up when I was younger, but it is time.

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawerence

Because dark fantasy series are best read in the fall!

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

This has been on my radar for awhile. It looks like a good fantasy!

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

This is about boarding schools. I thought it gave that real fall vibe with the back to school.

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

I just feel like reading a YA Western is appropriate in the fall. I have never read anything like this and cant wait to pick it up!

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Because I started this series and I am already hooked. It is a great urban fantasy that not only has a great cast of characters but an interesting plot and overall story.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

I think this would be a good thriller going into the halloween season!

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I have picked this book up multiple time in order to start it and haven’t actually gotten around to it. It seemed like a good book to read in the fall.

The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

Fall is the time to read weird and creepy books.

What are some books you plan/ want to read this fall? 

Top Ten Tuesday| Top Ten Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is Top Ten Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog. It seems like so long ago. And not that my reading has changed so much from then, but I have definitely broadened my reading horizons.

 

♥  Divergent by Veronica Roth

 

 

♥ Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 

 

♥ Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

♥ Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

♥ Looking For Alaska by John Green 

♥ Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson 

♥ City of Bones by Cassandra Clare 

 

What are some of the top books you read during your first year of your blog?

Top Ten Tuesday| Top Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is Top Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving . I find this is usually the case with fantasies for me. The are so slow to start because of the world development and building and setting the stage, but then I get hooked and fall in love with the books. I could not come up with 10 though.

♦ City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett 

♦ Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie 

♦ The Seventh Friend by Tim Stead

♦ Half A King by Joe Abercrombie 

 

What are some of the best books you have struggled to read, but ended up loving?

August 2017 Reads | First Lines

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I decided that it would be fun to start a new feature to add the the wrap up of books I read every month. For me most of the time I pick up and look at books in the store it is the first lines that capture my attention and draw me in. It has always been intriguing to me the amount of thought that must go into those first words the author decides to but as the introduction to their work. The first lines are your first impression of the book.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
“The body lay naked and facedown, a deadly gray, spatters of blood staining the snow around it.”

Lover Awakened by J.R Ward
“Goddamn it, Zsadist! Don’t jump—”

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
“I love Thursday nights.”

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy
“I want something of hers”

Black Bird of the Gallow by Meg Kassel
“Somewhere in this house is a set of binoculars.”

June/July 2017 Reads | First Lines

I decided that it would be fun to start a new feature to add the the wrap up of books I read every month. For me most of the time I pick up and look at books in the store it is the first lines that capture my attention and draw me in. It has always been intriguing to me the amount of thought that must go into those first words the author decides to but as the introduction to their work. The first lines are your first impression of the book.

Odd & True by Cat Winters
“Tell me the story again,” I urged my sister in the nighttime blackness of our attic bedroom.

On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
History does not repeat, but it does instruct.

Lover Eternal by J.R Ward
“Ah, hell, V, you’re killing me. ” Butch O’Neal mined through his sock drawer, looking for black silk, finding white cotton.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
The fans scream for her, but they don’t really know the girl on the magazine covers- the girl with the guitar and the easy smile.

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
No one wears white wedding dresses anymore.

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday| Top Books Read So Far 2017

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten Books Read So Far in 2017. I have not read that many books so far this year so my list will not have 10 books listed. This was hard for me to do because there have been really good books I have read so far, but I really havent come across that “AMAZING” book(s) yet.

♥ Soulless by Gail Carriger 

 

♣ Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

 

♣ Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell 

 

♣ Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

 

♣ Roseblood by A.G Howard

 

What are some of the best books you have read so far this year?

May 2017 Reads | First Lines


I decided that it would be fun to start a new feature to add the the wrap up of books I read every month. For me most of the time I pick up and look at books in the store it is the first lines that capture my attention and draw me in. It has always been intriguing to me the amount of thought that must go into those first words the author decides to but as the introduction to their work. The first lines are your first impression of the book.

Anthem by Ayn Rand
It is a sin to write this.

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Most people would find being led into an underground bunker on a stormy night scary.

Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle Melton
A few years ago, strange things started happening to me at church.

Top Ten Tuesday|Top Ten Beach Reads for Non Contemporary Readers

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten Beach Reads for Non Contemporary Readers. I figured everyone does post for the summer about the top summery reads and they always contain contemporaries. I know for some contemporaries are not for everyone, even I have a hard time with them. So I wanted to make a post about some good engaging reads to take with you this summer that are “easier”reads then epic fantasies. I recently also post some top summery reads for Top 5 Wednesday.

♦ Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (or really anything by Flynn)

♦ The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 

♦ The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

♦ The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater 

♦ Cinder by Marissa Meyers (or really any of the Lunar Chronicles)

♦ A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J Maas

♦ Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas 

♦ The Martian by Andy Weir

What are some of your top summer reads?