First Line Fridays: “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han

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Hey! Congratulations! We’ve reached another Friday!

I actually debated whether or not I will be joining today’s FLF since this week has been a slow one for reading-wise. The good news is, I finally finished that damned annual health report and ready to submit it to HR, so they, in turn, could submit it to the Department of Labor and Employment. That out of the way, I’m expecting more reading time for myself. So, yay, for me! 😊

Today I’m going to be sharing the first couple of lines of a book I plan to read this month as part of the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge. If you haven’t yet, go check out Shealea’s post about it and sign up. There are very cute badges for every reading milestone. Plus, you get to immerse yourself into more Asian reads by Asian authors. Ain’t that fun?

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Josh is Margot’s boyfriend, but you could say my whole family is a little in love with him. It’s hard to say who most of all. Before he was Margot’s boyfriend, he was just Josh. He was always there. I say always, but I guess that’s not true. He moved next door five years ago but it feels like always.

 

 

 

I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I haven’t read any of Jenny Han’s books even though one of my friends, Lhea, has been pushing me forever to get her titles (starting with Burn for Burn because she’s just so in-love with that series.) I got around to buying the whole To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy in 2017, and it has been languishing on my shelves since then. (I swear my pile of unread books curse me every time I come home with a paper bag from the bookstore.) But its Netflix movie adaptation, which I loved,  reminded me about these books so I’m doing myself service and am picking them up now (kinda fitting too since it’s February.)

Anyway, that’s it for me today. I swear I’ll be working on my blog extra hard in the next week or so to compensate for the lack of posts the last couple of months. Here’s me wishing all of you a great weekend ahead. May it be filled with equally great books that make your hearts happy.

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First Line Fridays: “The Last Romantics” by Tara Conklin

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Welcome to another installment of First Line Fridays this first Friday of February. I’m going to be sharing the first couple of lines from a book I’m currently reading, The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin.

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Year 2079

At first I believed the girl to be an apparition. A ghost. She rose from the crowd in the auditorium and walked to the microphone.

I remained very still. For the past ninety minutes, I had been seated onstage to discuss my body of work. As much as I dread large crowds, the event had been a success. The audience was respectful, intelligent, curious. I’d even made them laugh. That joke about the frog, of all things. We heard the sirens only once, a brief wail during which I paused my reading. We all waited, the thousand here in the auditorium and the thousands more watching via satellite and DTR. We waited, and then the sirens quieted, and I resumed with my                                                            poem.

I’m only close to 50% of this book. Work is still busy with all the annual reports I have to write so reading has taken a temporary backseat. But this book has really piqued me.  It’s a story about family and siblings, about love and how much you could only do to help someone. I have a feeling that by the end of this book I’ll be a mess.

The Last Romantics releases on February 5.

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First Line Fridays: “The Warrior Maiden” by Melanie Dickerson

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Happy Friday! I hope all of you are doing well. Today I’m going to be featuring the first couple of lines from a book I recently finished.

The Warrior Maiden - Melanie Dickerson

Galloping her horse past the big oak tree, Mulan pulled the bowstring with one eye closed and sent the arrow flying toward the target. It struck the tree but missed the knothole.


“Don’t shoot behind you!” Andrei flailed his skinny arms. “Keep the target in front of you.” Shooting from a moving horse was much more difficult than when standing still, but she was improving. At least she’d escaped, for the moment, the cooking and cleaning chores. And practicing war skills kept her from facing the uncertain future – and her mother’s grief. Her stomach churned.

 

I enjoyed this Mulan re-telling and how the author incorporated it into her Hagenheim series. This is my first Melanie Dickerson book and I must admit it piqued my interest, makes me want to check out the rest of the books from this series.

The Warrior Maiden releases on February 5. I’m part of The Fantastic Flying Book Club‘s blog tour for this lovely book. Check out the blog schedule below and check out the rest of the participating book bloggers.

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January 30th

January 31st

A Backwards Story – Review
Book Briefs – Review

February 1st

Nay’s Pink Bookshelf – Review + Favourite Quotes
Mythical Books – Review
Susan Heim on Writing – Promotional Post

February 2nd

Curiouser & Curiouser – Interview
Life at 17 – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Reading Corner for All – Review + Dream Cast + Playlist
808bookdr – Review + Favourite Quotes

February 3rd

The Book Raven – Review + Dream Cast + Favourite Quotes
Heidi Reads… – Review
Savings in Seconds – Review + Favourite Quotes
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post

February 4th

Fyrekatz Blog – Review
Hauntedbybook – Review + Favourite Quotes
100 Pages A Day – Review

February 5th

Oh Hey! Books. – Guest Post
In Between Book Pages – Review + Favourite Quotes
the Bibliophagist – Review + Favourite Quotes
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Stay safe and keep yourselves healthy!

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First Line Fridays: “The Gilded Wolves” by Roshani Chokshi

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Happy Friday! I hope you are all doing well. My week has been busy at work, but life at home has been good. We have three new puppies! All of them plus mama dog are doing fine, and we couldn’t be any happier. It’ll be another two to three weeks before their eyelids start to open, but I’m really excited to have them start seeing their new world, start to run and play around the house.

Book-wise it’s been slow. I was able to finish Emma Rous’ The Au Pair but haven’t yet started a new read. So, this week I’ll be sharing the first few lines of a recent read that’s coming out soon.

The Gilded Wolves

Fléctere si néqueo súperos Acheronta movebo.
If I cannot move heaven, I will raise hell.
– Virgil

Once, there were four Houses of France.
Like all the other Houses within the Order of Babel, the French faction swore to safeguard the location of their Babel Fragment, the source of all Forging power.
Forging was a power of creation rivaled only by the work of God.
But one House fell.
And another House’s line died without an heir. PNow all that is left is a secret.

 

I know I’ve said it before, but I am sooooo in love with The Gilded WolvesThis beauty’s coming out next week and I couldn’t be more excited. I already got the notification from Book Depository that my pre-order has been dispatched from their UK warehouse. I waited almost a year for this book and I’ll finally have this lovely next week.

The Gilded Wolves comes out January 15 published by Wednesday Books. You can still pre-order it. Trust me on this, you need this book!

Pre-order links:

IndieBound | Book Depository | Barnes and Noble | Amazon | Kobo | iBooks

Another thing…

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The Gilded Wolves PH Blog Tour, hosted by Wanderer in Neverland and The Royal Polar Bear Reads, starts on January 14. My blog tour stop is on the 18th, but you can check out the other blog stops and read the raves of other awesome book bloggers for this book. You can see the blog tour schedule here.

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First Line Fridays: “The Au Pair” by Emma Rous

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Hey! Would you look at that. It’s already the first Friday of 2019, which means the first of First Line Fridays!

Today I’m going to be sharing the first line of my first read for this year.

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We have no photographs of our early days, Danny and I. A ix-month gap yawns in the Mayes family album after we were born. No first-day-at-school pictures for Edwin, no means of telling which of us two looked more like him at the beginning. An empty double page marks the overwhelming grief that followed our arrival.”

 

 

 

The Au Pair is a very interesting domestic mystery. I’m not yet sure if it’s a thriller because I’m only about 40% in, but it sure does puzzle a whole lot. I’ve practically written question after question, suspicion after suspicion after every chapter. I can’t wait to finally find out what’s what.

The Au Pair is Emma Rous’ debut novel. It comes out on January 8 published by Berkley Books.

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First Line Fridays: “Before We Were Strangers” by Brenda Novak

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Hey there, you! Happy Friday!

I know I haven’t been around much the past handful of weeks. I have no other reason than life just generally kicking me in the behind, making it necessary for me to ease off of blogging in the meantime so I can go trade back punches.

That analogy aside, I’m happy to say that I haven’t stopped reading. I slowed down, yes, but I never stopped reading. It kept me sane.

I recently finished Elizabeth Tammi’s Outrun the Wind, a story inspired by the Greek myth of Atalanta. Today though, I will be sharing the first line of my brand new read.
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Bayside Cemetery
Queens, New York

As far back as Sloan McBride could remember, she’d been told she was an ice queen. Even the people closest to her, especially the people closest to her, complained about her reserve. Her height, her physical appearance and her vocation didn’t make her any more approachable, so what served her well professionally worked against her personally. She heard people mutter words like stuck-up, aloof or distant – and knew they were referring to her. No one seemed to understand that she hadn’t chosen to be standoffish. That was simply a byproduct of what she’d been through.

I love mystery and suspense stories. Throw in a bit of romance in there, and I’m sold. Brenda Novak’s Before We Were Strangers is right up my alley. I’m enjoying it so far. I read 3 chapters in one sitting (well, technically I was standing in line waiting for a ride home during rush hour traffic in Manila and if you work or live in the city, you’ll know how long that could take.) It was that good! I’m excited to get to know all these characters and to find out if a certain flame could be rekindled again (I know the book has been out for a few weeks now, but please don’t spoil it for me.)

If you read this book, come talk to me in a few days. You’ll know when because I’ll probably be a mess on Twitter. If you haven’t started it yet, come on and read it with me.

I know this season could be really crazy – extended family visiting, asking totally invasive and inappropriate questions, never-ending dinners, last minute gift hunting – so, here’ s me telling you to hold on. The relatives are bound to go home eventually (haha!) I’m just here if you want an ear to listen to you.

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First Line Fridays: “Outrun the Wind” by Elizabeth Tammi

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Happy Friday everyone! We made it another week!

I just finished Gina Apostol’s Insurrecto yesterday, and while I’m still working on my review for that one, let me share with you the first couple of lines of my next read.

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Atalanta

“The trees tremble, and it is not from the wind.

I clench my fist so my fingers don’t follow the trees’ example, and reach behind my back, pulling out an arrow and nocking it in a motion so practiced that I don’t need to take my eyes off the treeline. Sunlight glimmers like a jewel through the shifting leaves.”

 

Outrun the Wind sounds really interesting, being inspired by the goddess of the hunt, Artemis. I’m going to be starting on it today and I’m pretty excited to see how the story goes.

Outrun the Wind releases on November 27.

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First Line Fridays: “Insurrecto” by Gina Apostol

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Hello there! Happy Friday!

Today I’m going to be featuring the first couple of lines from my current read, Insurecto by Gina Apostol.

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Cubao, Quezon City; and Punta, Santa Ana district, Manila

The Insoluble Puzzle at the Heart of the Labyrinth

For the mystery writer, it is not enough to mourn the dead. One must also study the exit wounds invite the coroner to tea, cloud the mind with ulterior motives.

The translator and mystery writer Magsalin has undertaken (yes, no pun) some of the above at previous incidents. But the insoluble puzzle at the heart of the labyrinth, the secret within the secret, is not hers to bemoan. That is up to the dead man’s kin, who are, fortunately or not, also dead.

I’ve been excited for this one since I got approved for its ARC a couple of months ago. I mean, it’s a book written by a Filipino that touches some of issues, both current and past, that concerns the Philippines. Why wouldn’t I look forward to do this book?!?

I’m only about 25% into the book since I don’t have a lot of time in my hands these days. But so far, so good, though some parts of the story due to the way POVs switch can be confusing. Hopefully I get to finish it within the weekend.

Insurrecto comes out in November 13.

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First Line Fridays: “A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts” by Therese Anne Fowler

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Hello there! Happy Friday!

I’m running behind my October TBR, having only read one book out of the five I have set myself to read. It’s not yet quite a slump, and I have promised myself that I won’t be too hard on myself if I don’t get to fulfill by TBR, so I’m trying my hardest not to stress it out.

Anyway, I will be sharing the first few lines of my current read. It’s sort of like a fictional biography of sorts and I’m into deep with it right now.

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WHEN THEY ASKED her about the Vanderbilts and Belmonts, about their celebrations and depredations, the mansions and balls, the lawsuits, the betrayals, the rifts – when they asked why she did the extreme things she’d done, Alva said it all began quite simply: Once there was a desperate young woman whose mother was dead and whose father was dying almost as quickly as his money was running out. It was 1874. Summertime. She was twenty-one years old, ripened unpicked fruit rotting on the branch.

 

 

I’m roughly at 41% into this book, I’m not exactly sure what page that would be equivalent to. It’s interesting – all the high society intrigued and all during the Gilded Age, kind of like the Great Gatsby.

A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts is releasing on October 16.

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First Line Fridays: “Broken Things” by Lauren Oliver

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Oh, hey, look it’s Friday!

You don’t know how happy I am to say that. This week wasn’t at all busy, but I was sick for half of it, sick and still going to work, and it was just so tiring. I put in for a couple of days off work even though I’m already on the mend. I’m actually going on a trip (just a weekender) with a couple of my friends, and I still need to pack, so this FLF will be a quick one.

This week I’ll be featuring a couple of lines from a book I just finished today. I definitely have things to say about this one (though if you follow or if we’re friend on Goodreads, you have an idea how I feel about this one) but writing the review would have to wait ’til I get back home this Sunday evening.

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Before we were the Monsters of Brickhouse Lane – before everyone from Connecticut to California knew us by that tagline, and blogs ran pictures of our faces, and searching out names led to sites that crashed from all the traffic – we were just girls, and there were only two of us.

 

I finished reading this one earlier today and I’m still gathering my thoughts about it, but I sure as hell have opinions about this one. I have Tana French’s The Witch Elm to read next. I’ll be bringing my Kindle to the beach though, so I’m not sure how much reading I could do there.

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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