First Lines Friday- November 26th

It’s Black Friday peoples! This means I’m going to be busy sitting at home reading and eating leftovers for the most part. I’m sure if the deal on the books is good enough I will venture forth. Because books! But alas, I might not go anywhere but my couch.

I’m more of a Cyber Monday person anyway.

On top of it being Black Friday, it’s also First Lines Friday.

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?

  • 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!

The Lines:

“Come on,” Mingzha begged. “Please, I want to see.”

Nezha seized his brother by his chubby wrist and pulled him back from the shallows. “We’re not allowed to go past the lily pads.”

“But don’t you want to know?” Mingzha whined.

Intrigued?

The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

The war is over.

The war has just begun.

Three times throughout its history, Nikan has fought for its survival in the bloody Poppy Wars. Though the third battle has just ended, shaman and warrior Rin cannot forget the atrocity she committed to save her people. Now she is on the run from her guilt, the opium addiction that holds her like a vice, and the murderous commands of the fiery Phoenix—the vengeful god who has blessed Rin with her fearsome power.

Though she does not want to live, she refuses to die until she avenges the traitorous Empress who betrayed Rin’s homeland to its enemies. Her only hope is to join forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who plots to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new republic.

But neither the Empress nor the Dragon Warlord are what they seem. The more Rin witnesses, the more she fears her love for Nikan will force her to use the Phoenix’s deadly power once more.

Because there is nothing Rin won’t sacrifice to save her country . . . and exact her vengeance.

I’m embarrassed to say that this book has been on my TBR for two years and I haven’t picked it up yet. Heck, it’s been on there longer since I got the ARC for free from a bookstore. I really need to buckle down and finish this series. There are just way too many books out in the world.

Have you read The Dragon Republic? What did you think?

First Lines Friday- November 19th

Hello beautiful humans! And how is everyone doing today? This post is up a little late today because yesterday was crazy and I didn’t have time to write it and this morning got completely away from me. Unfortunately, life happens.

But I did have a book picked out for First Lines Friday!

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?

  • 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!

The Lines:

“The palace still shook occasionally as the earth rumbled in memory, grumbled as it would deny what had happened. Bars of sunlight cast through rents in the walls made motes of dust glitter where they yet hung in the air. Scorch-marks marred the walls, the floors, the ceilings. Broad black smears crossed the blistered paints and gilt of once-bright murals, soot overlaying crumbling friezes of men and animals which seemed to have attempted to walk before the madness grew quiet.”

Intrigued?

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

This book has been on my TBR forever. It frustrates me to no end that I can’t seem to finish it. I think the problem is that I am listening to it. The audiobook is great. I just put it down, so to speak, and can’t seem to pick it back up. I will finish it eventually! It will happen.

Also, the show just so happens to have been released today, so how could I not do this book! Me and probably everybody else is doing this book.

Have fun watching Wheel of Time on Amazon Prime!

First Lines Friday-November 12th

Hello beautiful humans! How are y’all doing today? Me, I’m doing great. A little behind on my reading, unfortunately. My currently reading stack sits at four and my completed reads stack sits at zero. This is bad because it’s the 12th and I feel like I’ve barely gotten started on the month.

I blame Animal Crossing and TikTok.

I’ll do better, I think.

On to First Lines Friday!

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?

  • 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!

The Lines:

“Sarah Huff needed a gun. A gun of her own. She wouldn’t tell her mom about it. She wouldn’t tell Anna about it. If they knew she had a gun, they would just freak out and make the whole situation worse. She went to a strung-out 22-year-old named Bryce, who loitered around the same abandoned corner in the free zones of Rockville every day, selling black market shit to anyone who needed it.”

Intruiged?

Point B by Drew Magary

When the corporate monolith PortSys brought porting to the masses, CEO Emilia Kirsch and her son Jason accomplished what every other startup company had failed to deliver. They really did change the world. They reversed climate change. They created a multitrillion-dollar industry out of thin air, curing economic woes across the globe. They made it so that anyone could be anywhere simply by touching a screen…

…including the man who murdered Sarah Huff.

Now Sarah’s 17year-old sister, Anna, is determined to hunt the bastard down. But there are a few problems. She doesn’t know who the killer is, or where in the world he may be at any given moment. Also, she’s stuck at prestigious Druskin Academy, where PortPhones are banned and any student who attempts to port off-campus is immediately expelled.

It gets stickier. Anna’s also fallen in love with her dazzling new roommate, who just so happens to be Emilia Kirsch’s daughter, Lara. The dean of students wants Anna dead, perhaps literally. And she has only two friends to confide in: one a reckless alcoholic and the other a bizarre fussbudget. Oh, and now she also needs to find Lara, who has mysteriously disappeared from campus.

I read The Postmortal by this author and gave it 4 stars. But I also read The Hike and DNF’d it. So this book sits kinda middle ground on my TBR pile, which is terrible, because it means I don’t want to get to it anytime soon, but I still want to read it. The burdens we bear as book readers. Do you have a book you’re worried that will disappoint you?

First Lines Friday- November 5th, 2021

If you’re reading this, I am hip-deep in the newly released DLC for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. If I miss a post or don’t read as much this month, this is why. This is a game that I have managed to play almost every day for over a year and a half, and I still haven’t put as many hours into the game as some people I know. It’s crazy. I do be loving Lucky, though. He’s my favorite villager. Well, him and Raymond.

Anyway, you didn’t come here for a treatise on AC: NH. You came here for First Lines Friday!

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?

  • 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!

The Lines:

“I haul my sister’s luggage down the stairs, letting the suitcase strike every step. The noise reverberates into the house and joins with the echoes of thunder in a foreboding rhythm. Nevertheless, I feel a sliver of pleasure whenever I drop the wheels onto the undeserving hardwood.”

Intrigued?

That Way Madness Lies: 15 of Shakespeare’s Most Notable Works Reimagined Edited by Dahlia Adler

West Side Story. 10 Things I Hate About You. Kiss Me, Kate. Contemporary audiences have always craved reimaginings of Shakespeare’s most beloved works. Now, some of today’s best writers for teens take on the Bard in these 15 whip-smart and original retellings!

Contributors include Dahlia Adler (reimagining The Merchant of Venice), Kayla Ancrum (The Taming of the Shrew), Lily Anderson (All’s Well That Ends Well), Melissa Bashardoust (A Winter’s Tale), Patrice Caldwell (Hamlet), A.R. Capetta and Cory McCarthy (Much Ado About Nothing), Brittany Cavallaro (Sonnet 147), Joy McCullough (King Lear), Anna-Marie McLemore (Midsummer Night’s Dream), Samantha Mabry (Macbeth), Tochi Onyebuchi (Coriolanus), Mark Oshiro (Twelfth Night), Lindsay Smith (Julius Caesar), Kiersten White (Romeo and Juliet), and Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka (The Tempest).

Apparently, I just like short story collections. You can’t tell me, or my pocketbook, otherwise. Is this book on my TBR for this month? Nope. Do I want to read it? Absolutely. Sigh. The things I do to myself.

First Lines Friday-October 29th

Happy Friday folks! How was your week? Did you take care of yourself? Drink lots of water?

I forgot to drink all the water. Oops.

Friday means it’s First Lines Friday!

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?

  • 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!

The Lines:

People who move to New York always make the same mistake. They can’t see the place. This is true of Manhattan, but even the outer boroughs, too, be it Flushing Meadows in Queens or Red Hook in Brooklyn. They come looking for magic, whether evil or good, and nothing will convince them it isn’t here.

Intrigued?

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn’t there.

Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father’s head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping.

A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?

I’m on a novella kick for First Lines Friday it seems. This book is on my TBR for October, but the question is, will I get to it?

First Lines Friday-October 22, 2021

Hooray! It’s Friday! The end of the week!

Wait? Why am I so excited? I’m a homemaker! Every day is Friday for me should I so choose.

I usually don’t choose. I have stuff to do, okay! This house doesn’t clean itself.

I liked doing First Lines Friday last week, so I decided to keep on doing it.

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?

  • 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!

The Lines:

“The scene at the front door was seared into Khild’s mind: a child, hanging by a chain from the second story window, his swollen, bloody face confronting her as she approached the manor. Protocol was to leave the location of the crime untainted for as long as possible. Khlid had nonetheless ordered a beat cop to remove the horrid sight-the boy, no older than ten, deserved his dignity-but the chain was thick and the officer was still sawing away.”

Intrigued?

Breach of Peace by Daniel B. Greene

An imperial family is found butchered. Officers of God are called to investigate. Evidence points to a rebel group trying to seed fear into the very heart of the empire itself. Inspector Khlid takes the case and begins a harrowing hunt for those responsible. But when a larger conspiracy comes to light, will Inspector Khlid be able to trust those working within her own precinct?

This novella is a first offering from YouTuber Daniel Green. I don’t usually pick up YouTuber books, but this one caught my eye. I had a great time reading this detective story meets fantasy world. It was great. And as for wanting more in the world, well, there is a sequel coming out soon.

First Lines Friday-October 17, 2021

Hello Internets! I have decided to try my hand at the First Lines Friday meme.

What is First Lines Friday, you may be asking?

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?

  • 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!

Chosen First Lines for Today:

“She was born breach, in the deep of the night. The midwife, Martha, had to seize her by the ankles and drag her from the womb. She slipped out easy, dropped limp into Martha’s arms, and lay still as a stone.”

So, do you want to know?

In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law, Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy. Her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity, like all the other women in the settlement.

But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood.

Fascinated by the secrets in the diary, Immanuelle finds herself struggling to understand how her mother could have consorted with the witches. But when she begins to learn grim truths about the Church and its history, she realizes the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness. And she starts to understand that if Bethel is to change, it must begin with her.

I’m only about a third of the way through this one and have to finish it by tomorrow! It’s my book club’s book for the month! Of course it would have helped if I hadn’t of read another book after I started this one.

My bad.

As far as current thought’s for the book go, it’s kind of meh so far. I’m hoping it’s gets better, but I’ll finish it even if it doesn’t.