November 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.

Haven by Mary Lindsey
A strangled scream accompanied the gratifying crunch of breaking bones.”

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeny
” As the rest of the guest wandered the deck of the beach club under an early-evening midsummer sky, taking pinched, appraising sips of their cocktails to gauge if the bartenders were using the top-shelf and balancing tiny crab cakes on paper napkins while saying appripriate things about how they’d really lucked out with the weather because the humidity would be back tomorrow, or murmuring inappropriate things about the bride’s snug satin dress, wondering if the spilling cleavage was due to bad tailoring or poor taste (a look as their own daughters might say) or an unexpected weight gain, winking and making tired jokes about exchanging toasters for diapers, Leo Plumb left his cousin’s wedding with one of the waitresses.” (thats a long one)

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
“All the best things in my life have started with a Dolly Parton song. “

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
“It weren’t no secret Pa owned the best plot of land ‘long Granite Creek, and I reckon that’s why they killed him.”

Looking For Alaska by John Green
“The week before I left my family and Florida anf the rest of my minor life to go to boarding school in Alabama, my mother insisted on throwing me a going-away party.”

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
“Top three awful moments of my life:
Meeting my biological father at ten
Breaking my arm in three spots at nine
Falling into a hole and being trapped there overnight with a dead body at eight
Other than that, I love my life. “

 

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Top Ten Tuesday| Top Books On My Winter TBR

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten  Books on My Winter TBR ! Winter is the time to cuddle up and dive into those huge book and some with heavy topics or complicated world building! It is the time of year I usually go for historical fiction and fantasy books! It is also filled with Books I am embarrassed I haven’t read yet.

♣ The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 

♣ Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling 

 

♣ City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett 

♣ Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

♣ Half A King by Joe Abercrombie 

♣ The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden 

♣ The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern 

♣ NOS4A2 by Joe Hill 

♣ Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor 

♣ A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

What are some books you have on your Winter TBR?

October 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.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
“Dimple couldn’t stop smiling.”

Night Film by Marisha Pessl
“Everyone has a Cordova story, whether they like it or not.”

Yesternight by Cat Winters
“I disembarked a train at the little log depot at Gordon Bay, Oregon, and a sudden force- a charging bull – immediately slammed me to the ground.”

The Uninvited by Cat Winters
“I admit, I had seen a ghost or two.”

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
“The greased-slicked hair us a dead giveaway- no pun intended.”

 

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.”

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.