WWW Wednesday

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws Are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I think it’s been over a year since my last fantasy book and it’s high time to pick one back up considering I’ve been binge playing Dragon’s Dogma and Vindictus lately. My current reads is Dragma’s Keep by Vance Pumphrey.

What did you recently finish reading?

After a massive reading slump, I finally just finished reading my 2nd book of the year just this past Sunday. I’ve been pecking away at The Hands We’re Given by O.E. Tearmann just so that I was at least reading a couple pages a day. It was a pretty good book during a phase where I was obsessed with cyberpunk. It ended up better than when I tried to read Steampunk so I guess I have a bit of a punk subgenre preference?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m hoping one my backlogged TBR or review requests.
Lots and lots of hoping.

That’s it for this week’s WWW Wednesday! How was your reading week?

First Line Friday

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Happy Friday!
Happy Chinese New Year!
It’s been a long long week, but I have a 4 day weekend to look forward too so I’m not complaining 😎

First Lines Friday is a weekly book meme 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!

This Week’s Lines:

Dale and I must choose. Foul weather moving across the Texas plain between Forth Worth and Wichita Falls, faster, more severe than predicted, blows away a warm, sunny morning. Temperatures plummet, the sky darkens, and rain begins to freeze. One hundred miles south are the safety and warmth of our Dallas apartment. Equidistant to the north are the brunt of the storm, Lake Texoma, and a boat.

Like the preview? This book is…

River Queens: Saucy Boat, stout mates, spotted dog, America by Alexander Watson

Goodreads Summary:

Two men and a spotted dog restore a vintage Chris-Craft motor yacht and launch across the American Heartland from Texas to Ohio. The restoration, the people they met along the way, and life in an America which few know exists are the story of River Queens: Saucy boat, stout mates, spotted dog, America.

First Line Friday

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Happy Friday! Rejoice! The weekend is here!

First Lines Friday is a weekly book meme 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!
This week’s lines:

The ancient Humvee rattled as it hit another pothole. On the other side of the vehicle’s window clouds of grit obscured the view, kicked up as they rumbled through the dry soil of the Dust. Tumbleweeds and rabbit-brush crunched like bird bones beneath the tires.

Aidan flipped through his new personnel roster on the holographic screen projected from the tablet in his lap. The nails of his free hand scratched out erratic rhythms against the fabric of his pants.

His eyes skittered over the flickering images for the third time, trying to memorize names and faces. He’d only needed one read-through of the attached disciplinary files. Those he wasn’t going to forget in a hurry.

Like the preview? Well this book iiiss…

The Hands We’re Given by O.E. Tearmann

Goodreads Summary:

Aidan Headly never wanted to be the man giving orders. That’s fine with the Democratic State Force base he’s been assigned to command: they don’t like to take orders. Nicknamed the Wildcards, they used to be the most effective base against the seven Corporations owning the former United States in a war that has lasted over half a century. Now the Wildcards are known for creative insubordination, chaos, and commanders begging to be reassigned. Aidan is their last chance. If he can pull off his assignment as Commander and yank his ragtag crew of dreamers and fighters together, maybe they can get back to doing what they came to do: fighting for a country worth living in.
Life’s a bitch. She deals off the bottom of the deck. But you play the hands you’re given.

Teaser Tuesday 12-15-20

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It’s Teaser Tuesday! A weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker where all you have to do is to grab your current read, pick a random page, and select a non-spoiler sentence or two (from somewhere on that page) to share! If you enjoy the teaser, you might even want to add it to your own TBR!

This Week’s Teaser is…

“He limped up the road to where the little orange beater waited, unlocked the door with unsteady hands, and slid carefully into the driver’s seat, even though he felt more like collapsing. He struggled out of his backpack and placed it on the seat beside him, then took several slow, deep breaths before starting the engine.”

Mordecai’s Ashes by Arlana Crane

If you liked what you just read…

The lines are from Mordecai’s Ashes by Arlana Crane!

GOODREADS SUMMARY

Karl Larsson is an out of work roughneck, home from the oil fields of Alberta and back on the west coast for the first time in years. His wife has left him and his future looks bleak. Becoming a detective is the last thing on his mind, but when Karl learns that he has inherited his estranged grandfather’s agency he decides to take a chance.

He doesn’t expect much action in a city as small as Victoria, BC, but Karl soon finds that Victoria is only the base of operations. His grandfather’s business took him across the length and breadth of Vancouver Island, and the Island is a world unto itself, with a culture all its own.

When a reporter from a national news agency asks him to investigate a drug running operation on the Island, Karl is drawn into a dangerous game. Finding the truth sounds simple in theory, but as Karl delves deeper he begins to realize that more than his life may be at stake.

Goodreads Link >HERE<
Barnes & Nobles Link >HERE<
Amazon Link >HERE<

First Line Friday

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Happy Friday! (It’s finally Friday *sob*)

This long week is nearly over!
I’ve been a bit sparse with posting on social media and on my blog lately (work and life) but I figured I could at least drop in to throw up a quick post to celebrate the upcoming weekend!

For First Line Fridays, all you have to do to participate is to grab a book, find the first line/sentence, and share it with others! Remember to put up the titles and authors so others can find the books too!

For this week’s First Line Friday, we are taking a peek at Red Hail by Jamie Killen! Take a look at the book’s GR page >HERE<

Anza stood at the window and watched her father’s truck bump down the driveway.

Goodreads Summary:

Professor Colin Ayres has spent years researching the strange story of Galina, Arizona, a sleepy border town ripped apart by violence and paranoia after the outbreak of a mysterious illness in 1960. Colin is certain the Galina Incident was simply a case of mass hysteria. But when his partner, Alonzo, starts exhibiting strange symptoms, Colin is shocked to realize they are the same as those that emerged in Galina decades ago.

As Alonzo’s condition worsens, Colin scrambles to piece together what really happened during that terrible summer in the past. He uncovers a story of murder, corruption, and fanaticism. The deeper he digs, the more he becomes convinced that what happened in Galina wasn’t mass hysteria after all.

When others start to develop the same eerie symptoms, Colin must confront the possibility that someone—or something—is driving the plague. Guided by rumors of a person who found a way to stop the plague in the sixties, Colin races to find answers before the disease destroys Alonzo and everyone else it touches.

That’s all for this Friday! I hope you have a lovely weekend with lots of books to keep you company (>*v*)>📘

Teaser Tuesday

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It’s Teaser Tuesday! A weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker where all you have to do is to grab your current read, pick a random page, and select a non-spoiler sentence or two (from somewhere on that page) to share! If you enjoy the teaser, you might even want to add it to your own TBR!

Remember to share the title and author so others can find the book too!

THIS WEEK’S BOOK IS: THE LIGHT IN THE HALLWAY BY AMANDA PROWSE

Nick thought about last year: the house bursting at the seams with relatives, the loud laughter only one decibel away from hysteria, and that same laughter turning to tears at the slightest provocation, all present more than aware of the fact that this was to be the last Christmas they shared with their daughter/sister/niece/cousin/aunt. The whole charade had left both Nick and Kerry quite exhausted, and he had been glad when the last of the revellers had left, paper hats askew, as they trotted down the front path.

First Line Friday

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08.21.2020 > Past, Present, and Future

About a year ago, I was wandering through some Etsy shops and had come across a little shop called FortuneJars that sold jars of origami stars with prompts in the middle. Some jars were daily positive affirmations, some were self-care stars, and there was even a jar of TBR prompts! Well, bored out of my mind, with no books lined up as my next read, and not yet introduced to the book [writers/readers] community (now I have TOO many books I want to read), I was inspired and wanted to start my own little TBR jar. Too bad I didn’t have a jar. So instead, I printed out strips of first line quotes, folded them up, and threw them into a…..ziplock bag :’)

First Line Friday is nothing new, but it’s fun, easy, and anyone can participate. All you have to do is grab a book, find the first line/sentence, and share it with others! Remember to put up the titles and authors so others can find the books too!

This week, I wanted to share three quotes: One for a book I’ve already read, one for a book I’m currently reading, and one for a book that’s in my TBR.

Past: Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan

Adamat wore his coat tight, top buttons fastened against a wet night air that seemed to want to drown him.

Present: The Eye of The World by Robert Jordan

The palace still shook occasionally as the earth rumbled in memory, groaned as if it would deny what had happened.

Future: Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

The stains of rust seemed to map blood seas on the black, pocked surface of Mock’s Vane.

Teaser Tuesday

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8.18.20 > The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva

It’s Teaser Tuesday! A weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker where all you have to do is to grab your current read, pick a random page, and select a non-spoiler sentence or two (from somewhere on that page) to share! If you enjoy the teaser, you might even want to add it to your own TBR!

Remember to share the title and author so others can find the book too!

This Week’s Book is The Existence of Amy by Lana Grace Riva!!

((Siri! QUICK! HELP me Pick a Random Number Between 1 and 281!))
The Existence Of Amy
Cover from Goodreads. Link to book description is >HERE<

Goodreads Summary:

Amy has a normal life. That is, if you were to go by a definition of ‘no immediate obvious indicators of peculiarity’, and you didn’t know her very well. She has good friends, a good job, a nice enough home. This normality, however, is precariously plastered on top of a different life. A life that is Amy’s real life. The only one her brain will let her lead.

Teaser Location: ~33% of the book

“Think nice thoughts. Think nice thoughts. Don’t think about the chair. Think nice thoughts. Don’t think about the chair. Think nice thoughts. Think nice thoughts.”
I eventually drift off into a disruptive sleep. Did I make the right decision? Should I have just stayed awake and kept my head protected away from any contact with the chair?

Teaser Tuesday: July 14, 2020

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I was scrolling through twitter like the good ol’ procrastinator I was, and came across an interesting and fun looking book meme and decided that I wanted to try it out myself. Unfortunately…I don’t know who started this meme (do let me know!!).

Anyone can play along as the rules are simple!

Pick up a book, choose a random page, and share a quote or two! I had a random number generator throw a number at me.

The number I got this time was: 456
Book: “The Blade Itself” by Joe Abercrombie

The horseman at the back split in half, all of a sudden, blood spraying everywhere. The Thunderhead had come up from the stream, got round behind them. There’s no armour that could stop a blow like that. The giant roared and swung the great length of bloody metal over his head again. The next in line got his shield up in time, but he might as well not have bothered. The blade hacked a big chunk out of it, tore his head open and hammered him out of the saddle. The blow was that strong it clubbed the horse down too.

😳