Thursday, September 19, 2019

First Line Friday #74


First Line Friday is brought to you by Hoarding Books. Playing along is easy: open the book nearest you and share the first line. Then check out the link to see the other first lines offered up this week.

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"The people who lived these stories are mortal. The force advancing on them is...time. Now, as never before, their stories need to be saved, protected, and moved to a new location: the hearts and minds of people who will carry their legacies and their mission forward."

I cheated a little bit and took this paragraph from the first PAGE of the introduction because it was far more powerful than the first line. I've never been a rule-follower anyway!


Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Happy Reading,
Sarah

Books From The Backlog #12



Books from the Backlog, hosted by Carole's Random Life in Books, is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your shelf unread.

I am featuring books in the order that they were added to my Goodreads To-Read shelf, so sometimes there will be a couple weeks in a row of books on the same topic.

Neglected Book of the Week
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Why did I add Bloody Mary to my TBR?

Because Mary deserves better than she has been given. I feel that the psychological trauma inflicted on her in her youth turned Mary into the queen she became. That doesn't excuse or justify any of the executions that she ordered, but it does put things into perspective.

Have you read this book, or is it somewhere on your TBR? If you've read it, would you recommend it to others?

Monday, September 16, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday | Favorite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading




Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week is a fun book-related topic - favorite things to eat and/or drink while reading.

I used to guzzle Mountain Dew by the 2 liter, until I gave it up cold turkey on account of it being, you know, TERRIBLE for me. I am not a coffee or tea drinker, and while I actually gave up all soda for the most part, I enjoy an occasional Sprite.

Mainly though it is my fave flavors of MiO, because I just can not handle plain old water - black cherry, blue raspberry, fruit punch, and acai berry storm are my faves.

As far as snacking goes, I try not to snack too much as I read - it is really easy to eat a lot and not even know it. BUT, I sometimes enjoy these yummy treats
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What snacks and drinks do you enjoy with a good book? Leave a link to your TTT also and I will be sure to visit.

Happy Reading!
Sarah

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Tackling the TBR | Week 34: Sept 8 - Sept 14, 2019



I am desperately trying to get my TBR under control. I have a huge backlog of books and often end up reading new books that are not even on my list, instead of trying to whittle down the list that continues to balloon up on Goodreads. I am going to use this as a chance to get those books read instead of always grabbing new ones and thus never making a dent in the physical and digital stacks I already have. It will also gives me a chance to take a good look at my list and see if there are ones I'm no longer interested in. I will be posting on the 7th, 14th, 21st, and the last day of the month.


Previous Week's TBR Total: 3,232

Currently Reading: 6

Books Added to TBR: 13

Books Removed from TBR: 0

Books Read: 2

Books DNF-ed: 0

Duplicates Removed: 0

New TBR Total: 3,244


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Stacking the Shelves #60


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature co-hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality. It is a chance to showcase all the goodies you've collected throughout the week, whether they're bought on-line or in-store, an ARC or a final copy, borrowed from a friend or the library, physical or digital, etc.

Library Treasures*
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What did you add to your stash this week?

Happy Reading!
Sarah

*I went to the library to get the Nazi/Serial Killer book and that was supposed to be all. The others jumped into my arms before I could leave.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

First Line Friday #73


First Line Friday is brought to you by Hoarding Books. Playing along is easy: open the book nearest you and share the first line. Then check out the link to see the other first lines offered up this week..

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"The identification, about 180 years ago, of a 'Viking Age' in Scandinavia, fired the creative imaginations of novelists and painters alike."

Definitely one of my favorite ages to read about. 
Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Happy Reading,
Sarah

Books From The Backlog #11



Books from the Backlog, hosted by Carole's Random Life in Books, is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your shelf unread.

I am featuring books in the order that they were added to my Goodreads To-Read shelf, so sometimes there will be a couple weeks in a row of books on the same topic.

Neglected Book of the Week
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Why did I add Life at the Marmont to my TBR?

The pull of Hollywood - and even more so the days of  Hollywoodland - is strong. I love reading about the early days of Old Hollywood and the glamour that went along with it.

Have you read this book, or is it somewhere on your TBR? If you've read it, would you recommend it to others?