Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

IT WORKS LIKE THIS:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford, #1)

I think this was back when I thought Charles Todd was a good author. Now? Nah.

Verdict: GO!


Carved in Bone (Body Farm, #1)

I’d rather read about actual body farms and the things they’re finding.

Verdict: GO!


The Magician

Doesn’t sound that interesting tbh.

Verdict: GO!


Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery

I love Eric Ives. He did an amazing biography of Anne Boleyn so I know that I’ll be checking this book out at some point.

Verdict: Keep


The Children Act

This sounds like McEwan before he got really weird with his last couple of books.

Verdict: Keep


A Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud & Sabina Spielrein

I’ve tried to read this multiple times and I just don’t think that it’s going to happen.

Verdict: GO!


What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1)

This still sounds absolutely amazing tbh.

Verdict: Keep


A Burnable Book (John Gower, #1)

Historical fiction written by a historian???? Sign me tf up.

Verdict: Keep


Consumption

I don’t know? It doesn’t look like I can get it anywhere but I’m still mildly interested in it.

Verdict: GO! (to my maybe shelf)


Fateful

Okay so some kind of paranormal romance set on the Titanic? Nah, man.

Verdict: GO!


Last TBR: 1580

Books kept: 4

Books removed: 6

Current TBR: 1560

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Let’s just keep it going down!


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Top Ten Tuesday – Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!

Oh my. Do I have many? Yes. Hold on because I’ll probably upset you with at least one of them.


  • Schwab is a pretty sub-par author.

First unpopular opinion and I’m playing with the big boys now.

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If you don’t get this gif, we can’t be friends.

But, seriously. When I look back on when Chantel and I read A Darker Shade of Magic (our joint review is here), I rated it higher than I should have. It was fine, but it wasn’t that great. Then, I finished that series and hated it. I’ve also read City of Ghosts and, well, hated it.

The thing is, she had great ideas, but I hate how she carries them out.

  • JKR is a horrible person.

I’ve majorly had to separate myself from her as a person and an author. I will not read anything new she comes out with. Those Harry Potter “textbooks” she’s doing? Not buying them. I won’t read another Cormoran Strike novel. I won’t go see her damned pointless movies, Broadway show, or anything else.

I think she’s a horrible person, one I can’t endorse. She’s not a human rights advocate when she blocks and lets her rabid fans attack people from cultures outside her own for not representing them correctly. Not to mention queerbaiting and transphobia.

  • Authors can ship whatever the hell they want to.

For a while, Chantel (who does our Twitter) was lurking and reading the threads that popped up about authors and slamming them for shipping incest in books or TV shows. I’m pretty sure this was more around Game of Thrones (which is 100000% incest last I checked).

But, I don’t give a shit what authors ship. Whatever they want to ship is fine. Shipping doesn’t denote what they really believe about the issues at hand. I’m chill with incest ships, but that doesn’t mean I advocate for people to have incestuous relationships.

  • I don’t like Six of Crows.

I just can’t with it. I think it’s the YA aspect of it because I love adult books that have heists and a gang of unlikely people teaming up. But, it just was so boring and I couldn’t bring myself to finish it.

  • The Illuminae Files series is pretty meh.

I swear I’m going to go back one day and re-rate this series on Goodreads. I gave all of the books four stars but, when I think back at them, I’m like “they were just okay, not really good”. The plots are basically the same in all the books. The characters are all the same. I honestly don’t remember much of them and I have no plans to read them again or read anything else those two authors colab on.

  • Lila Bard is insufferable.

Yeah, I hate her. I think she’s just dumb. I know I’ve seen arguments about if male characters did what she did we wouldn’t feel that way about them. But, no. Stupid is stupid.

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I don’t care if the person is man, woman, or another identity. If they’re doing stupid, impulsive things I’m going to think they’re dumb.

  • Same with Sirius Black.

I hate Sirius. Well, I don’t know if I’d go that far. I just don’t like him. When he died in the books, I never felt sorry for him. I felt for Harry. But Sirius was a shitty person. I know it’s because he was emotionally stunted at the age of 20ish from spending years in jail. He never had a chance to mature. But, I still don’t like him. He’s as bad as Snape.

  • I have major side-eye for people who think Snape is a redeemable character.

I just don’t get it??? He bullied children. He physically harmed them. He tried to kill people. He was a Death Eater.

But, suddenly, when he’s ~~in looooveee~~ with Harry’s mom and was a double agent the whole time, that’s forgiven???? Sorry, but no. I think Snape is a shitty person. And his love? Jesus Christ that’s not love. Imagine you have a friend who was best friends with someone else. This person hangs out with the wrong crowd, insults them, and bullies people. Would you tell your friend to get with them and that they’re just some misunderstood creature? I sure as hell wouldn’t. I’d be telling my friend to watch their back.

  • I’m tired of forced romances (i.e. The Gilded Wolves, Spin the Dawn, Six of Crows, etc.) rather than keep characters friends.

Ugh. Romance is so overrated. It gets in the way of epic fantasies/heists/gang of people. I love books like IT where romance is kinda there but it’s literally not that important. All of those books I listed had forced romances and they just made no sense to me.

  • Overall, I wish there was less romance in YA period.

I know that relationships and fitting in is a huge part of the teen years. I know Erikson’s theory about identity v. role confusion. And, for a lot of people, testing identity goes hand in hand with relationships. However, I think most romance is pointless in YA. I’m fine with it when it’s done well, but most of the time it destroys the plot and then there’s love triangles (when I’ve never seen one IRL). Also, I start skimming and miss things in the book because I don’t want romance.


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Do we share any?

First Lines Friday

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!

By the time Jesse realized where they were heading, it was too late to object.


Yet again, I’m only choosing the first line of this book. I felt like it was enough to leave it there at that.

So, this book is horror. It’s by, basically, my favorite horror author who has never let me down. The author is a woman (who is amazing!).

It is…

If You See Her

I haven’t started this yet, but I’m super hyped for it because I’ve been wanting some good horror recently! Sometimes I just crave it. I’m just trying to decide where I’m going to squeeze it into my reading schedule. I have a feeling this book will need to be read in one or two sittings.

The first line in the prologue definitely caught me. Too late for what? What is Jesse objecting over? Makes me super curious about what’s going to happen next!


Talk to me!
Would you read this based on the first line?
Do you have a favorite horror author?

Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Hello all!

I was tagged in this by the always amazing Laura! Spring cleaning is one of my favorite things, although I rarely do it in the spring since that’s when shit hits the fan in my school life. I usually wait until summer. I know it’s not technically summer, but I’m on my summer break so I count it. Thank you for tagging me, Laura!


THE STRUGGLE OF GETTING STARTED: A BOOK OR SERIES YOU STRUGGLE TO BEGIN BECAUSE OF ITS SIZE

Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)

This series was very hard for me to start because I had never read Sanderson and there are so many books with interconnected worlds. Now I’ve finished this, but it was hard at first because I had no idea where to start. (My review.)

CLEANING OUT THE CLOSET: A BOOK OR SERIES YOU WANT TO UNHAUL

The Memoirs of Cleopatra

I love Cleopatra and have since I was a kid. Yet, I don’t love Margaret George. I read one book by her — The Confessions of a Young Nero — but I tried to pick up other books by her only to find that the main character’s voice in the books was pretty similar and it felt like they were all the same. So, I don’t want my lovely Cleopatra’s name tarnished.

OPENING THE WINDOW AND LETTING FRESH AIR IN: A BOOK THAT WAS REFRESHING

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1)

I don’t usually read YA mystery, but when I have I typically am amazed. This book was very refreshing! I was very hesitant about this book, but I thought that it handled rape, drug addiction, and PTSD very well. That was refreshing because I never felt like I was being smacked over the head with things or it was forgotten about for a while then, suddenly, the author remembered and put it in. (My review.)

WASHING OUT THE SHEETS: A SCENE THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD REWRITE

The Picture of Dorian Gray

It’s not a scene so much as a whole chapter. While this is one of my all-time favorites, there’s one chapter that bores me to death every time. I think anyone who has read this will know the one. It’s the one where Wilde goes over in painstaking detail all the things that Dorian got interested in. Paintings. Gems. Fabric. Books. God, I want it to stop every time I reread it. Needed major editing. (My review.)

THROWING OUT UNNECESSARY KNICK-KNACKS: A BOOK IN A SERIES YOU DIDN’T THINK WAS NECESSARY

I honestly cannot think of a book! Maybe that’s because I think that all books in series are needed in some way. Maybe that’s because I really did block out the book from my memory. Either are very good possibilities.

POLISHING DOORKNOBS: A BOOK THAT HAD A CLEAN FINISH

The Escape Room

My review for this will be up next week, but it had a very clean finish to it. It was wonderful and I always appreciate books that chop it clean in a way that didn’t feel too abrupt. Perfect stand-alone thriller.

REACHING TO DUST THE FAN: A BOOK THAT TRIED TOO HARD TO RELAY A CERTAIN MESSAGE

Crime and Punishment

This was one classic that I hated. Yes, I plan on rereading it at some point, but when I read it in high school I hated it. I thought that it beat me over the head with the message that all crime is punished, whether by the law or guilt eating a person up inside. Whenever I think about this book, I cringe a little bit to this day.

THE TIRING YET SATISFYING FINISH: A SERIES THAT WAS TIRING BUT SATISFYING TO GET THROUGH

The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3)

Okay. I gave this book five stars, but oh my god I didn’t like it until I got to 100 pages left. I thought it was going to end on a dud and it was a bore to get through for me. I’m very glad that I’ve read it and I can’t wait to move onto book four, but it was a slog. (My review.)


I tag:

Lori | Kayla | Elise | Evelyn | Sara

Top Ten Tuesday – Books From My Favorite Genre

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!

I’m one of those people who reads basically anything. So, that means, I have a lot of genres I read and genuinely enjoy. Usually, though, I fall back pretty heavily on fantasy or sci-fi. I like being transported away, that’s for sure!


The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)

First book because it’s at the forefront of my mind thanks to my buddy read! It’s just got so much going for it, tbh. History, fantasy, amazing characters. Just a great read and I’m glad that I picked it up.

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)

I definitely think that this is more NA than YA, but the book is still fantastic. I love the world that it’s immersed in and the plot is just spectacular. I’ve loved the direction of the series, but this book genuinely slayed me.

It

Yes, this is more horror but it also has elements of fantasy that I can’t help but pay attention to. I love the group of kids that it follows and the lore behind it is just super interesting. I really want to dive back into this sometime soon!

The Priory of the Orange Tree

Definitely my favorite adult fantasy in 2019! Like with the other books, I loved the characters and plot. I also loved that this is a standalone fantasy novel. That’s so rare and I love that it’s completely done.

The Terror

Like with It, this is very much a horror novel, but it blends in Inuit folklore. Definitely not a book for everyone, but it was damn good. I highly recommend the mini-series that AMC did, too! Which is now on Hulu!

Foundryside (Founders, #1)

Looking for a fantasy heist? Look no further! Jackson wove a wonderful world out of this. And there’s also a budding sapphic romance that will (fingers crossed) be explored more in the sequel! I was totally breathless thanks to this book.

The Anomaly (The Anomaly Files, #1)

Cross together Expedition Unknown and Destination Truth (with the MC like our beloved Josh Gates) and you have this book. I read it in one day, completely entranced by it. It’s more realistic fantasy — and is very blended with horror — but it’s amazing.

American Gods

This book is obviously fantasy. And I love it. It’s one of those books that I think everyone should try, but I know that not everyone will love it. A good portion of people I know don’t like it, but I love it and it’s solidly fantasy.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

This is like a classical fantasy. It’s relatively recent, but it reads like a classic. And I love it. I’ve read it a couple of times and it never fails to capture my attention.

The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3)

Ugh, this was such a satisfying conclusion to this series. I’ll never get over the ending that it gave and I honestly can’t wait to continue on with it.


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Top Ten Tuesday – Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!

I wasn’t a fan of the prompt this week, so I decided to go back in time with books that have my favorite color on them!


Radio Silence

I’m finally reading this book and, let me tell you, it’s really good. I’m finally on the Alice Oseman train! I love that it’s hella diverse.


The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War, #2)

Guess who’s hyped for this book? Meeee! I also have an ARC so I’m just fucking excited to dig into it. After I reread the first book, that is.


Needful Things

This is one of those Stephen King books that no one talks about, but I really liked. And, well, it has my favorite color on it. Hopefully y’all are starting to figure out which it is.


1536 by Suzannah Lipscomb

I can’t go without putting a Tudor history book on here, can I? But, this is a fantastic book. An easy five stars for me because it truly explored a single year that had a lot of stuff happen in it.


American Gods

If anyone doesn’t know that I love American Gods, you must be very new to this blog. (If so, hello and welcome!) But, seriously. I love this book. And it features my favorite color.


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

Unpopular opinion, but this is definitely one of my favorite HP books. Maybe my favorite, but it’s so hard to concretely nail this one down. Part of me wonders if it’s influenced by the color of the book…


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)

I love the illustrated edition of this. I gleefully hoard them and I’m starting to get worried about running out of room on my shelf since I own so many copies of the books. But, I will find a way to make them all fit.


The Witch Elm

I don’t talk about Tana French enough, I think. This one isn’t my favorite by her, but I feel so blessed that the publisher gave me an e-ARC and that I had the chance to read it early. Plus, you know, it has my favorite color on it.


A Woman Is No Man

I was reading this, then I had to pause it because life happened. I fully intend to pick it up again, though!


Early Riser

I was going to read this book this month, but I picked it up and wasn’t in the mood for an epic sci-fi with footnotes. I’ll definitely be reading this when I’m in that kind of mood!


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Have you guessed my favorite color?
What’s your favorite color?
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Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

IT WORKS LIKE THIS:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Because She Loves Me

I’ve been wanting to read this forever, but I’ve never gotten around to it. Reading the description still has me very interested in it!

Verdict: Keep


The Dying Game: A Curious History of Death

I’ve already read Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach and I had a practicum in hospice. So I don’t really know how much more I can learn about the history of death and the things that happen to bodies.

Verdict: GO!


Trainspotting

You know what? I’ve just not interested in this book.

Verdict: GO!


A Journal of the Plague Year

This is one of those books I want to read because it’s a first-hand account of plague. Yet, I also know that it’s going to be super boring and detailed and my eyes might start bleeding while I read.

Verdict: GO!


The Haunted Hotel: A Mystery of Modern Venice

Eh. I dunno. It doesn’t sound that interesting to me.

Verdict: GO!


Mystic River

I’ve wanted to read this book forever, but I know that it’s very hard to read and will probably scar me emotionally. So, I’ve been saving it for the right time. That time just hasn’t come yet.

Verdict: Keep


Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood, #1)

While I really like the cover, I don’t think I’d like the book.

Verdict: GO!


Third Girl

It’s Poirot, so I’m going to read it.

Verdict: Keep


The Palace Job (Rogues of the Republic, #1)

A heist book? You know I’m going to read it. I just need to find a copy.

Verdict: Keep


Parade's End

I think I wanted to read this because of the miniseries. Years later, I’ve never watched the miniseries or read this book.

Verdict: GO!


Last TBR: 1593

Books kept: 4

Books removed: 6

Current TBR: 1580

The count continues to go down! I’m doing my best to read books off my TBR, so I think that really helps. Or when someone likes my “review” for a book and I don’t recognize the title, I go to see what the book is. Usually I remove it from my TBR!


Talk to me!
Have you read any of these?
Did I make the wrong choice with any?

30 Interesting Questions

Another day, another tag! A huge thanks to the ever wonderful Sara for tagging me in this! It looks like it’s going to be super fun, although it’ll definitely be long.


1. What are your nicknames? What do you prefer to be called?

My boss calls me Cai because he likes one syllable names. So, Caidyn gets shortened to Cai. I prefer to be called Caidyn, but that’s what they call me Cai at work!

2. How often do you doodle? What do your doodles look like?

I’m not a doodler. It’s never been my thing!

3. What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep? Toss and turn? Try to get up and do something productive?

I usually toss and turn until I get comfortable. But, if it’s just going on forever and I know I won’t be able to sleep, I usually reach for my phone to read a book until I get sleepy. I know reading on your phone doesn’t help much, but it’s what I do.

4. Do people consider you to be talkative or quiet?

I’m quiet at first, then I don’t shut up. A few weeks ago, I was told by a classmate that she thought I was an extrovert! Shocked the hell out of me.

5. What makes you cry?

Sad things? Usually, TV shows make me cry. I’m not a crier on my own and I need to see someone else cry to get me to cry. Also, super weird things make me cry. Like when Archie (Harry and Meghan’s kid) was born, I got super emotional. Also her mother’s day post made me tear up.

6. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Just one thing?? I hate it when people talk and can’t realize when I don’t want to hear what they have to say. Like, my mom and a coworker just talk and talk and talk. But they need you to make noises and comments so that means I get distracted from what I’m doing.

7. How many times a day do you look at yourself in the mirror?

A few times. Morning and night. Then anytime I use the bathroom. But, I don’t check myself all the time.

8. What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?

When I was a kid, I legitimately thought that babies were born out of people’s butts. I was convinced that was how birth worked.

9. What is the guilty pleasure you enjoy too much to give up?

Eh, I don’t know? I don’t really consider any of my pleasures guilty. I like what I like and that isn’t necessarily what other people like.

10. Who performs the most random acts of kindness out of everyone you know?

Definitely my mom. We’re tight on cash in my house — lots of financial stuff has happened over the last two years — but she always gives me money when I need it and she can spare a bit.

11. How often do you read the newspaper? Which sections?

I only read Google News. And, I got so burnt out on news during the 2016 and 2017 news cycle. If I’m reading the news, I’m usually reading about TV shows, celebrities, and other things like that.

12. Which animal scares you the most?

Spiders. Hate those things.

13. Are you more likely to avoid conflict or engage with it?

Engage! I’m very comfortable with conflict and I have no problem getting into it with someone. If I have a problem, 9/10 I’ll be telling you.

14. What is the most recent compliment you’ve received?

I think it was my mom telling me how grateful she is that I pull my own weight and then some in the house. My dad’s having knee surgery today (!!!) so I’m having to step up even more to make sure that what he does around the house is covered.

15. What question are you tired of hearing?

I don’t think I’m tired of hearing any questions. At least, none immediately pop into mind!

16. What is the strangest thing you have eaten?

When I was 13ish, my dad let me eat pâté. I’ll never forgive him for it.

17. Do you have a whole lot of acquaintances or just a few very close friends?

A mixture of both? I have Chantel, who is definitely my best friend. Then I have two other friends I’ve known from childhood and I’m still close with. Another close friend is in my master’s program with me. But, then I have a whole lot of acquaintances from the blog, bookstagram, Goodreads, etc.

18. Do you have a catchphrase?

Nope. Not that I know of.

19. What’s your all-time favourite town or city? Why?

London! I just have great memories of being there. Funny ones, too. But, I just love that city with all of my heart. I’ll definitely be going back one day.

20. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?

Been there, done that. Given that I’m trans, I’ve already gone through a legal name change once. I’ve considered doing it again — I got rid of my old middle name but I regret it and wish I had kept it so I had two middle names; the old and the new — but I don’t need the expense and the hassle.

21. When was the last time you lied?

No clue. I do my best not to lie.

22. What’s something that amazes you?

Tbh, how ignorant some people can be.

23. Would you rather be the first person to explore a planet or be the inventor of a drug that cures a deadly disease?

Hmm. Inventor of a drug that cures a deadly disease. Maybe in my field, I’d like to be the creator of a therapy that helps people in a very applicable way.

24. What is your favourite amateur activity?

I really enjoy bookstagram! I have no interest in being a photographer, but I really enjoy taking pictures and editing them.

25. What was your first thought when you got up this morning?

“Is it six already?” Usually, I wake up at 5 or 5:30. When the day this posts, I’ll probably be swearing about it being 4am or something. My dad has to be at the hospital for his surgery by 6:15.

26. What is your favourite song (at least at the moment)?

Right now, I’m really into pop. So, I’d think Sucker by The Jonas Brothers.

27. List someone you know and describe them in five words.

I’m gonna do Chantel. Funny, sweet, hella gay, awkward.

28. You can select one person from history and have them truthfully answer one question. Who would you select and what would the question be?

I’d want to meet Anne Boleyn and ask her why she became queen. I want to know if she was the pursuer or if she was pursued and ugh. I have so many questions that I would want to ask her, though!

29. Which celebrity or artist do you resemble the most?

I have no clue. I don’t think I really resemble anyone famous!

30. What do you want me to know?

I want you to know that I love you and you’re awesome!


Wow, lots of questions there!

I’m going to tag:

Sam | Virginia | Laura

But that list isn’t exhaustive! As always, if you want to do this, feel free to! Just please link it back to me so I can read your answers.

Top Ten Tuesday – Books That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!

Admittedly, I don’t really have books that I wouldn’t let people touch. I would let them touch them, but I’d caution them to take care and to not do anything stupid. And that can be a tall order.

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First Lines Friday

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!

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