First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday (37)

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. Simply share the first paragraph of the first chapter of the book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

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I was getting all set to do this post on Pawn by Aimée Carter, but I got 18 pages in and thought, this is reminding me too much of Legend. I dropped the book. I’m not counting it towards my DNF list because I honestly don’t think I gave it a good enough shot. In the mood I am now though, I just can’t read it. Legend had such a promising start, but book two had middle book syndrome and book three didn’t entirely recover from that mediocrity, in my opinion.

SO, moving onto my next read….

From Sisters’ Fate (Cahill Witch Chronicles #3) by Jessica Spotswood….Currently (about to start) reading *no spoilers!*

Brenna is dancing up the marble steps to the front door, and I’m following her when there’s a sound — flesh smacking against we pavement — and I turn. Finn’s on his hands and knees; he’s tripped over the curb. He picks himself up, pokes his glasses into place, and walks back toward his carriage, but his gait lacks its usual gangly grace. He pauses, examining the carriage, looking as though he’s puzzled by it.

This marks the beginning of the end for the Cahill Witch Chronicles, a series that has, for me, gained momentum as it progresses. An excellent first paragraph since it raises curiosity about characters with whom we’re familiar! So excited to officially begin.

W…W…W…Wednesday (47)

W…W…W…Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB.

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I recently finished reading…: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Man, am I sorry I didn’t read this Gaiman first instead of American Gods. And at the end of last week I finished The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan! I don’t think I’ll be able to wait too long before starting The Mark of Athena.

I’m currently reading…: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. Slow to start, but it feels like it’s steadily improving.

Next, I’m planning to read…: Pawn by Aimee Carter, I think. I’ve heard such mixed reviews about it, though it sounds like my kind of book. I’m interested to see where on my scale it falls!

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday (36)

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. Simply share the first paragraph of the first chapter of the book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

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From Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

I was raised to marry a monster.

The day before the wedding, I could barely breathe. Fear and fury curdled in my stomach. All afternoon I skulked in the library, running my hands over the leather spines of books I would never touch again. I leaned against the shelves and wished I could run, wished I could scream at the people who had made this fate for me.

In all honesty, it took a good 70 pages or so for me to stop questioning whether or not I wanted to DNF, so it takes awhile to get into. I’m officially 188 pages in and glad I didn’t quit! Time to keep going!

TBR Addition Saturday (/Sunday) (18)

TBR-addition Saturday — the day to share with all your followers which books you’ve recently decided to add to your to-be-read list. And, if you so choose, what made you want to add that book to your list, if there’s anything special about it.

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It has been a month since my last one of these — oops! — and yet I’ve only added 11 books to my Goodreads TBR. That might mean some progress, however, since I believe I read more than 11 books in the month. Which leaves the question, what books have I added to my list?

  • Gates of Thread and Stone (#1), by Lori M. Lee. This seems to be getting reviews on the upper side of average and it is a preferred genre of mine.
  • Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy #1), by Mira Grant. I’ve heard that this is the book that makes people like zombie fiction. Zombies really turn me off (no, I never watched Walking Dead) so if I can do this I consider it a plus.
  • Kill Me Softly, by Sarah Cross. Fairy tale retelling!
  • Of Beast and Beauty, by Stacey Jay. Another fairy tale retelling!
  • Doll Bones, by Holly Black. Never read a Holly Black book but this looks unique. Currently waiting for me at the library.
  • Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2), by Gail Carriger. I liked the first book okay, but I think the second will be the telltale sign of whether I should continue the series.
  • Eon (#1), by Allison Goodman. I like the premise, a girl pretending to be a boy so she can complete a special mission. Plus fantasy!
  • Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1), by Melina Marchetta. Again, never read anything by this author, but I love fantasy!
  • Lion Heart (Scarlet #3), by A. C. Gaughen. The first book I loved and I have the second sitting on my bookshelf!
  • Gilt (#1), by Katherine Longshore. Excellent reviews of this one, and I do seem to crave historical fiction more and more.
  • The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton.

Those are my 11! And since it’s a cloudy day (possible rainy, later on) and I have off from work, I’m off to finish The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

What are you guys reading this weekend? Anything new on your TBR lists? Feel free to post a link in the comments (:

The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes (a mini-review)

Details: 390pp, Penguin paperback
Series: N/a
Rating: 10/10

Summary (from Goodreads): It is 1960. When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing-not the tragic car accident that put her there, not her husband, not even who she is. She feels like a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply “B”, asking her to leave her husband.

Years later, in 2003, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper’s archives. She becomes obsessed by the story and hopeful that it can resurrect her faltering career. Perhaps if these lovers had a happy ending she will find one to her own complicated love life, too. Ellie’s search will rewrite history and help her see the truth about her own modern romance. Continue reading

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday (35)

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. Simply share the first paragraph of the first chapter of the book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

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From The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

The snake-haired ladies were starting to annoy Percy.

They should have died three days ago when he dropped a crate of bowling balls on them at the Napa Bargain Mart. They should have died two days ago when he ran over them with a police car in Martinez. They definitely should have died this morning when he cut off their heads in Tilden Park.

Glad to be back on the interwebs! Again, I’m sorry for my absence. Too many hours at work plus sick plus tired. All around yuck. But I am planning on being productive on my day off! Reading this book is one way to do that. Can I just say that the way Mr. Riordan starts his books always gets me laughing. And instantly hooked. I am loving the Heroes of Olympus books!!

W…W…W…Wednesday (46)

W…W…W…Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB.

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I recently finished reading…:  Eleven Doctors, Eleven Stories, a collection of Doctor Who short stories. I would recommend for fans of the show because the fiction is pure fun. Stylistically, several of the authors left something to be desired. I also finished Soulless, the first of the Parasol Protectorate series and only my second serious foray into the world of steampunk! I enjoyed it so much and have already requested the next form my local library.

I am currently reading…: Parallel by Lauren Miller, the second book of hers I’ve read. It’s proving a quick read, but I’m not enjoying it as much as Free to Fall, that’s for sure. Nevertheless, it’s still fun. I also need to pick up Van Gogh again. Someone needs to get on me about that.

Next, I plan on reading…: The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason — I need to read it before it’s due back to the library! I am actually becoming all sorts of excited to see what adventures it holds.