For a moment she felt utterly dislocated. She did not know where she was; she was not entirely sure who she was. It is astonishing just how much of what we are can be tied to the beds we wake up in in the morning, and it is astonishing how fragile that can be.

– Neil Gaiman, Coraline, page 67

Version:
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by HarperCollins Publishers

 

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First Lines Fridays: August 10, 2018

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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!

First Lines:

Shadow had done three years in prison. He was big enough, and looked don’t-fuck-with-me enough that his biggest problem was killing time.

Did the quote pique your interest? View this book on Goodreads!

 

Five of them lay on or sprawled over or curled around the various rocks and columns that filled the huge cave where Cimorene stood. Each of the males (there were three) had two short, stubby, sharp-looking horns on either side of their heads; the female dragon had three, one on each side and one in the center of her forehead. The last dragon was apparently still too young to have made up its mind which sex it wanted to be; it didn’t have any horns at all.

– Patricia C. Wrede, Dealing with Dragons, pages 15-16

Version:
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published September 18th 1990 by HMH Books for Young Readers

July 2018 Reading Wrap-Up

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Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Rating:  ★★★☆☆ – liked it
Review:  No
Format:  eBook
Reading Dates:  June 26 – July 1
Read Count:  2
Favorite Thing:  Halley being like “she has my eyes” to that completely unrelated-to-her baby. Perfect.
Least Favorite Thing:  Pushy boyfriend is pushy…

I’m actually starting to worry that I don’t like these books as much as I used to. Not that they aren’t the same quality, just that I think I’ve aged out of them.

My Posts About Someone Like You


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Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
Rating:  ★★★★☆ – really liked it
Review:  No
Format:  Print
Reading Dates:  July 2 – 3
Read Count:  3
Favorite Thing:  Norman’s art cave.
Least Favorite Thing:  Mark, obviously.

Oh I’m so relieved that I still liked this book. After the first two of my Sarah Dessen reread that I didn’t like as much, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to enjoy any of them as much as I used to. I’d say I can see some differences by being older when I reread this one, but it was just as good as it used to be. Plus there was a whole nostalgia factor.

My Posts About Keeping the Moon


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Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
Rating:  ★★★★☆ – really liked it
Review:  No
Format:  eBook
Reading Dates:  July 3 – 9
Read Count:  3
Favorite Thing:  The fact that no one ever blames Caitlin or questions that she needs professional help after what happens to her.
Least Favorite Thing:  I mean, I should probably say Rogerson, but honestly it’s the mean girls on the cheerleading squad…

So far so good on the Dessen Reread front! I am relieved to find I still like this one as well. Once again I found myself seeing things from a different perspective now that I’m older and have more life experience.

My Posts About Dreamland


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This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Rating:  ★★★☆☆ – liked it
Review:  No
Format:  eBook
Reading Dates:  July 9 – July 14
Read Count:  3
Favorite Thing:  Remy’s constant planning and sorting things out was somehow fun to experience.
Least Favorite Thing:  A weird amount of fat shaming in this book…

I think I like this one a little less than I used to. Not the story itself, that’s pretty much the same as I remember, but because of the constant fat shaming. The second anyone was the least bit bigger in this book there was some weird comment about it.

My Posts About This Lullaby


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Locked in Time by Lois Duncan
Rating:  ★★☆☆☆ – it was ok
Review:  No
Format:  Print
Reading Dates:  July 23 – 28
Read Count:  1
Favorite Thing:  There’s a little bit at the end that I like but it’s majorly spoilery…
Least Favorite Thing:  Oblivious Protagonist Syndrome

My problem with this book wasn’t so much that it was bad, just that it was a little boring to me. I think it’s just not my style. And as with all Duncan’s books it’s a little slow till three quarters through then it all wraps up quite quickly.

My Posts About Locked in Time


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Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
(Enchanted Forest Chronicles, book 1)
Rating:  ★★★★★ – loved it
Review:  No
Format:  Print
Reading Dates:  July 28 – 31
Read Count:  1
Favorite Thing:  HOW CAN I PICK JUST ONE, no I’m lying it’s the female friendships in this book.
Least Favorite Thing:  Um…. There is no least favorite thing. I loved this book.

Oh man guys I loved this book so much! Thank you, tumblr, for recommending this to me! I can’t wait to get the next book!

My Posts About Dealing with Dragons


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“I didn’t ask what you’d said about it,” the frog snapped. “I asked what you’re going to do. Nine times out of ten, talking is a way of avoiding doing things.”

– Patricia C. Wrede, Dealing with Dragons, page 10

Version:
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published September 18th 1990 by HMH Books for Young Readers

July 2018

Non-Reading Stuff

Hahahahaha things have not even remotely settled down. I am the busiest bee. Which isn’t helped by the fact that I have low energy, but whatever. Other than being really busy and tired I think I’m doing quite well. The new place is wonderful and I’m doing better than I have in years.

Reading Stuff

I finished 6 books in July!
Check out my list of books and my fave/least fave things about them.

I feel like I didn’t do all that well this month, but I think it’s just because I’m reading so many books at one time and it makes me feel like I’m falling behind. And I think I’ll do better next month because I’ve been motivated to read recently.

Blogging Stuff

I’ve been working on blogging more, and specifically on remembering to do bookstagrams. I think I’m still getting the hang of it. I love my little daily quote posts though, they make me happy. SO that’s something.

Is there anything y’all would like to see more of on the blog? Let me know!

Musing Monday: August 6, 2018

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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme, hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker, that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ____, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Have you ever had an argument over a book?


I’m currently reading… So many books lol
I’m still occasionally reading chapters of Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell, but not as much as I ought to be. Then there’s The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen which I started as part of my Dessen Reread then realized I needed a break from YA Contemporary. With my friend Ono I am reading They Never Came Back (Caroline B. Cooney) so that one will take a little while since we are going a few chapters at a time. There’s a similar situation with Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, since my mother wanted to read it with me and stopped me at chapter 3. Mainly I’m reading Searching for Dragons, the second novel in Patricia C. Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles. I’m loving it almost as much as the first one so I’ll probably move on to the third one soon.

Have you ever had an argument over a book?
I can’t really think of one? I mean, I have had a few men try to “teach” me about the classics and such and those conversations certainly had the antagonistic feeling of arguments, but they weren’t really. I guess the readers I know are pretty laid back.

The closest I’ve come to a real argument, I guess, was convincing my mother to let me read Harry Potter in middle school. She was afraid it would make me turn to witchcraft or something because some church ladies told her inaccurate things about the series.