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First Lines…

I wanted to try something I had seen someone else do:  Give the first line of most of the books I read in September.  This was sort of fun actually.

I got through 30 books:

  • Four graphic novels
  • Twelve audiobooks
  • Fourteen physical books

Since this is my first time doing this, I’m trying to figure out the format.  This month is going to be by star ratings.

Five Stars

Four Stars:


Three Stars:

  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist: “The day begins in the middle of the night.”
  • Juliet Immortal: “Tonight, he could have come through the door – the castello is quiet, even the servants asleep in their beds, and Nurse would have let him in – by he chooses the window, climbing through the tangle of night flowers, carrying petals in on his clothes.”
  • The House I Loved: “My beloved, I can hear them coming up our street.”
  • The Raven Boys: “Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’s been told that she would kill her true love.”
  • The Raven King: “Richard Gansey III had forgettn how many times he had been told he was destined for greatness.”
  • The Other Typist: “They said the typewriter would unsex us.”
  • Everything Everything
  • Must Love Dogs

Two Stars:

  • Sideways:The sun poured bright parallelograms of moot-swirling light through the Venetian blinds of my run down rent controlled house in Santa Monica.”

If any of these sound good, please check them out.  If you’ve read them, leave your comments below and let’s talk about them.

Happy Wednesday!

Listening to:  Nothing at the moment

Reading:  Kitty Goes to War by Carrie Vaughn and Victoria and Abdul by Shrabani Basu

Quote of the day:  “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” ― Abraham Lincoln


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Bookish Nonsense

It’s NaNoWriMo!

Didn’t I say that already at some point?

Well, it is.  And since I’m writing my hot little hands off (I’m really not since I’m truly only spending 90 minutes focused on writing my next great novel), I haven’t been thinking about what to write as far as blog posts go.

Then it hit me:  Books!  I write and you read, or you write and I read?  Lately, when reading, I seem to find myself in a run of books that leave me feeling like I don’t want to really finish them other than to say that I have.

This week, I have run into three of them, one that I had tried before to finish and then two that I’m not quite sold on.  I’m saying this even though it’s the 8th of the month and I’ve already finished five books.  I’m not sure if it’s the writing style of the books or that I’m listening to them or what, but I seem to find myself with a run of mediocre stories.

Part of me wants to tell you what those stories are, but I won’t.  You may have enjoyed them or you may share my same opinion.  Won’t know until Sunday’s Wrap-up video, will we?

While I’m trying to decide if I want to finish books that aren’t grabbing ahold of me and making me sit at my desk and read them, I did find a new series, a great short story, and a new web comic to read.  Also things that I will mention in my weekly wrap-up video.

What about you?  Do you keeping reading books that you aren’t liking or do you move on to something else?

Listening to:  Little One by Highly Suspect.  When I make my playlist for the book I’m working on, that will be one of the few songs there since I’ve steadily had it on repeat since about 6 a.m. this morning, and has been the first song I play almost every morning when I’m sitting down to write.

Reading:  Antigoddess by Kendare Blake and See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

Quote of the Day:  “There’s a certain grace in accepting what your life is and embracing all the good things that have been – but there’s still an expectation of good things to come. Not necessarily what you expected.” ― Emmylou Harris

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