First Lines Fridays: December 15

 

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?  I’m using this as a way to keep track of what I want to read next. 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!

So here it is:

Richard Gansey III had forgotten how many times he had been told he was destined for greatness

What book is this?

Do y’all know?

Any idea?  Continue reading

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Monday Motivation: Fireblood

Like usual, I stayed up way way way too late last night and am paying for it this morning. Not the best way to start the week. But I’m just going to try my best to power through. But I have some exciting stuff coming up this week to look forward to anyway. My boyfriend is temporarily moving in for a couple days sometime this week, before for real/permanently moving in after the holidays. So that’ll be fun. And I have some holiday parties coming up. The quote this week is from Elly Blake’s Fireblood, and I absolutely love this series. Let me know what you need motivation for this week in the comments!

“You are a flame…and fire can either be free or it will be smothered.”

First Lines Fridays: December 8

 

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?  I’m using this as a way to keep track of what I want to read next. 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!

So here it is:

Had Miss Lydia Whitefiled of Roseberry Hall been of a skittish nature, the sound of a rapidly approaching carriage would have caused considerable anxiety.

What book is this?

Do y’all know?

Any idea?  Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Bookish Things I’m A Grinch About

Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.

This week is top five bookish things you’re a Grinch about. We’re keeping it light, so less serious, more of just petty bookish things you hate. Let me know your top five in the comments!

1. The love triangle

I know we’re all over this one, but it still keeps popping up over and over again. It’s just disappointing because really the triangle part never seems to make sense because one of the guys (or girls, but a lot less common) is usually the good choice everyone is rooting for and the other is eh. And honestly one of the love interests always ends up underdeveloped because who has time for a character that’s obviously not who she’s gonna end up with.

The only time this has worked for me, and maybe this is less triangle-y and more post-breakup, is in series where x couple is introduced in book one, but then have issues and “break-up” and the character ends up being with someone who was in the first book but wasn’t shown as a love interest—aka the Shatter Me and ACOTAR series. Continue reading

Monday Motivation: Crewel

Hey everyone! I had a bit of a rough weekend, where Sunday just ended up in an exhausted tired washout of a day. So, I’m excited for it to be over but also sad that I didn’t really have too much time to relax and enjoy. Because of that, this quote from Gennifer Albin’s Crewel seems super fitting. Let me know what you need motivation for this week in the comments!

“Take the happiness you can, even if it’s only a little.”

First Lines Fridays: December 1

 

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?  I’m using this as a way to keep track of what I want to read next. 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!

So here it is:

We always know before the change comes.

What book is this?

Do y’all know?

Any idea?  Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Author Goals

Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.

This week in honor of NaNo wrapping up and it’s top five authors you wish you wrote like. As a writer (who was going to participate in NaNo but didn’t really), I’m super excited about this because there are so many authors whose styles and worlds just really amaze me. Let me know your top five in the comments!

1. Sarah Dessen

I say this A LOT, but Sarah is one of my young adult contemporary inspirations. You can definitely tell when you’re reading one of her stories as she always has this sort of arc or progression, but really her characters and their struggles and journeys always feel so real and resonate with me so much. She is my contemporary queen, still years after picking up her first novel.

2. Sarah J. Maas

Two Sarahs in a row. Okay so Sarah’s writing isn’t always my favorite, but what amazes me with her is her ability to plot out so much and build such vast worlds. Like I think of the first Throne of Glass book and where we are now and I’m just like OMG, how did she like pre plan all of that and build a world big enough for that, knowing it from the first book.

3. Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh’s style is so unique. The first Shatter Me book has a style I can’t even comprehend. Like the way she knows Juliette so well and with how she writes crossing things out and rephrasing and with the numbers and counting. It’s just brilliant. Continue reading

Monday Motivation: Renegades

Hey everyone! For those of you that celebrated it, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I had a couple days off of work, which were totally needed but also went by too quick. Between family, some Black Friday shopping, and errands I barely got a moment to breathe over break. Now I’m just counting down the days till Christmas break. How about ya’ll? This week’s motivation is the gorgeous Renegades by Marissa Meyer.

“One cannot be brave who has no fear.”