First Lines Friday #27

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!


Hello, reader!

Happy day after American Thanksgiving, Black Friday, or just plain Friday to you! I spent yesterday working, napping, and then stuffing myself with my yearly portion of turkey, among other things. It was a pretty awesome Thanksgiving spent with people I love and I know how lucky I am to have that ❤ But the eating is done, I gotta work today (yay, healthcare!), and it’s time for First Lines Friday!

I didn’t have a specific book in mind for today’s post, so I decided to pick at random for the many stacks that surround my computer desk. Let’s see if the first few lines can make me move it up my TBR.


The Line(s):

“The Hunduns were coming. A whole herd of them, rumbling across the wilds, stirring up a dark storm of dust through the night. Their rotund, faceless bodies, made of spirit metal, glinted under the silver half-moon and sky full of glittering stars.”


The Hints:

This is a recent YA science fiction release.

It features gundams (aka giant robots).

And a kickass female pilot bent on revenge.


The Reveal:

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WWW Wednesday: Nov 24, 2021

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.


Current Reads

  • Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch: I’m deep into the Rivers of London series and am still loving it! It’s taking me forever to read this one, though. It’s definitely not the book’s fault. I’m loving this chapter in the life of Peter Grant. There’s a lot in this book that really shows how much he has grown as a character! I’m just in a weird reading funk.
  • BBNYA Finalist #1: Probably because I am still reading my first book for the last round of BBNYA! And it’s not like it’s a bad book. I’m actually really enjoying it! I think I’m reaching another e-book burnout (it happens periodically) but I’m trying to push through. So far, though, it’s an incredible story. I can’t tell you much more than that for now!
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#5OnMyTBR – New (to you) Author

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!


Hello, reader!

It’s the start of American Thanksgiving week and time for another 5 On My TBR! This week’s theme is new to you authors and there are plenty books that fit this category on my Want to Read shelf. I’ve managed to pick five that I’m eager to read sooner rather than later. Though, with how slow I’ve been reading this month, it might be later 😅

Be that as it may, let’s see what I’ve picked for my list!


#1. Dear Martin by Nic Stone

I’ve wanted to read a Nic Stone book for quite some time. Where better to start than the book that first brought her name to my attention? This is a short book but I feel like it’s gonna pack a punch. And there’s a sequel out there for me to snag if I love this one! Fingers crossed that I do.

#2. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

This middle grade novel has been on my TBR for ages! It sounds so whimsical, which is what I love to find in my middle grade reads. I’m also being promised “mind-bending tests” which absolutely piques my interest. I can’t wait to get to this one!

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Book Blogger Hop: Nov 19 – 25

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!


This Week’s Question

Image created by Coffee Addicted Writer

Do you use Goodreads as the main website to keep track of what you have read? If not, please share what you use.

Submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews.

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First Lines Friday #26

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!


Hello, reader!

We’ve made it to the end of the week and I’m particularly excited because I don’t have to work this weekend! I’m planning a couple of days of rest, relaxation, and reading. Speaking of, one of the books on my potential weekend TBR is my feature for this First Lines Friday! This one might be fairly easy to guess as it’s the first book in a very popular series.

Let’s see if the first line is as compelling as the rest of the story!


The Line:

“The servants called them malenchki, little ghosts, because they were the smallest and the youngest, and because they haunted the Duke’s house like giggling phantoms, darting in and out of rooms, hiding in cupboards to eavesdrop, sneaking into the kitchen to steal the last of the summer peaches.”


The Hints:

This popular YA series was recently adapted for the screen.

It’s the beginning of a trilogy set in large universe.

The author has written a number of other books in this universe, as well.


The Reveal:

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Down the TBR Hole #18

It’s time for a new round of Down the TBR Hole! This is where I go through my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf and do a bit of cleaning up. If you want to see the full description of what this post is all about, check out my first round HERE.


Hello, reader!

Let’s get the cat out of the bag before we even get into this Down the TBR Hole post. When I was looking for a book to feature yesterday for Can’t Wait Wednesday, I may have gone on a little book adding spree. Which means my Want to Read shelf on Goodreads that was at 640 books the last time I did this is now sitting at… 657 books 😬 Look, there’s a lot of incredible sounding books coming out in 2022!

That being said, let’s get into this round to see if I can at least trim a few off my newly inflated TBR.


Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle

I remember adding this book because I wanted to read it for a challenge. Clearly, that never happened 😂 Now that it’s been so long I can’t even remember what challenge I added this for, I think it’s time to part ways. It sounds mildly interesting… evil Cinderella and all that. But there’s not enough in the synopsis to convince me to let it stay.

Verdict: Remove


Something Missing by Matthew Dicks

First of all, I’m a child and fully giggled when I read the author’s name. This is who I am as a person. Second of all, this book sounds so interesting. It follows a thief who meticulously plans his crimes and, also, the lives of his victims. I’m definitely intrigued by the premise, so I guess it gets to stay!

Verdict: Keep


The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza

For a thriller/crime drama, the synopsis made this sound aggressively boring. It also doesn’t seem like this book is doing anything new within the genre. Not that all books have to do that, but nothing about this synopsis is appealing to me in the slightest. And I love thrillers! Ah well… can’t read ’em all anyways.

Verdict: Remove

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Can’t Wait Wednesday: Nov 17, 2021

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a meme where you get to flail about whatever upcoming book you’re excited to read. Though it is generally a new release, it certainly can be any book that’s on your TBR! This meme is currently hosted by Wishful Endings and it’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Hello, reader!

Welcome to the middle of the week and another Can’t Wait Wednesday post! It’s time to start looking forward to 2022. I honestly haven’t been delving too deeply into what will be releasing in the new year, but there are a couple that have found there way to my TBR. I’ll be featuring one of those today!

The book I’ve chosen is by one of my favorite authors. She has written the gambit of fantasy books, from middle grade to adult, and I’ve loved everything she’s ever written. I’m still working on reading books of her backlist, but that’s not what we’re here for! We’re here for her newest release, a fantasy novel that plays with other dimensions. In this book, there will be:

  • A shadow realm that closely mirrors ours
  • A young woman forced to make a choice
  • And, if the book comparisons are to be believed, all the gothic vibes!

The book I’ve chosen for Can’t Wait Wednesday is…

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Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag

Hello, reader!

Welcome to another Tuesday! Today, I thought it would be fun to do another book tag. And I figured it would especially fun to do one that focuses on my favorite genre. It’s the Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag and I’m excited to participate! This was created by The Bookworm Dreamer and it looks like a lot of fun.

Before I jump in, I wanted to thank Dini @ Dini Panda Reads for tagging me! I love her blog and she has one of the cutest headers I’ve ever seen ❤ If you’re looking for a new, fun book blog to follow, I highly recommend checking her out.

Alright, let’s get into this tag!


The Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
  • Link to the creator’s blog (thebookwormdreamer.wordpress.com) in your post
  • Answer the prompts below – all fantasy books!
  • Tag 5 others to take part
  • Enjoy!

The Prompts:

5 STAR BOOK

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

I have so many 5 star fantasy books, so I thought I’d go with a more recent one. I feel like I don’t talk about it nearly enough because I absolutely adored this book! It was a cinematic masterpiece in book form and I loved every second of it. The world-building was lush and vivid, the characters were compelling, and the plot was perfectly paced. I’m super eager to get my hands on the sequel coming out next year!


ALWAYS GOING TO RECOMMEND

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

And here we have the reason why I never talk about other fantasy books. It’s because I’m always talking about this one 😂 What can I say? The Raybearer duology is just stunning. I wish I could meet Tarisai, that’s how much I love her character. I loved the world of Aritsar. And I loved the found family aspect and discussions of how emotional abuse can affect someone. It’s a beautiful book and I will recommend it until everyone has read it.


OWN IT BUT HAVEN’T READ IT YET

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

Hahaha, THERE ARE SO MANY! But one I recently required and am desperate to read is The Jasmine Throne. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from reviewers I trust. And my Illumicrate edition is extra pretty. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover buuuut… a pretty cover does get me 😂 I’m hoping to pick this one up soon!

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#5OnMyTBR – Family

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!


Hello, reader!

It’s time for another 5 On My TBR! This week’s theme is pretty broad. We’re talking about books about family. There are so many books on my TBR that could fit this category! I’ve decided to go with books that really focus on family drama or family dynamics. There were still a ton of those to choose from, but I’ve finally narrowed it down to five I want to feature.

With that being said, let’s jump in!


#1. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

This family drama featuring two Black sisters has been on my TBR since it was released. I don’t read a lot of literary fiction, but this sounds like something I could love. It also sounds like it might break my heart… we shall see! It’s the story of sisters who lead very different lives. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book, so I hope to get to it soon!

#2. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Spoiler alert: all the books on this post are literary/historical fiction. For someone who doesn’t read from those genres a lot, I certainly have a lot on my TBR 😂 This is a book that I got solely because I loved another book by this author. It does sound interesting, though. It follows a family surviving off the grid in Alaska. I can only imagine there will be plenty of drama involved.

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Down the TBR Hole #17

It’s time for a new round of Down the TBR Hole! This is where I go through my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf and do a bit of cleaning up. If you want to see the full description of what this post is all about, check out my first round HERE.


Hello, reader!

It’s been an eventful weekend, so this post is coming to you a little later in the day. My best friend took me to see Hadestown and now I’m kind of obsessed 👀 It was incredible! And then I had to go into work today and I am a tired bean. But not too tired to do another round of Down the TBR Hole!

Let’s see… last round, we ended with 643 books on my Want to Read shelf. Currently, I’m sitting at… the exact same number! How am I accomplishing this feat of self-restraint?! And can I apply this to other aspects of my life? That aside, let’s see if I can pare down this number even more.


A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Even though I’ve yet to read any Sherlock Holmes, this reimagining sounds like something I could love. We’re following the great-great-granddaughter of Holmes himself as she does some detective work of her own. It sounds intriguing, and I actually own a copy, so it definitely gets to stay.

Verdict: Keep


Hanover House by Brenda Novak

I’m fairly certain this isn’t the only Brenda Novak novel on my Want to Read shelf. Having read the synopsis, let’s hope the other one can capture my interest more. I mean, this sounds like a decent thriller, but it doesn’t sound like my cup of tea. Better luck next time!

Verdict: Remove


The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

I remember adding this book because it was a friend’s favorite childhood book series. And then I found out there was a magical pig involved. It’s frankly shocking that I haven’t already read this! This is an older fantasy series, so who knows how it’s held up to time, but I’m certainly still intrigued.

Verdict: Keep

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