Thursday, May 18, 2017

First Line Friday - Picture Book Edition


Happy First Line Friday. I am so very excited for the book I am sharing this week, because though it is not about Eleanor of Aquitaine, it is about another Mighty Girl who I absolutely adore.

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Not only do I adore Ruth Bader Ginsburg - or Notorious RBG, as I like to call her - but here is a book that I can use to introduce her to my own Mighty Girl. Here is the first line(S):

"You could say that Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life has been one disagreement after another...Disagreement with creaky old ideas. With unfairness. With inequality. Ruth has disagreed, disapproved, and differed. She has objected. She has resisted. She has dissented. Disagreeable? No. Determined? Yes. This is how Ruth Bader Ginsburg changed her life - and ours."


Notorious RBG, please live forever.

Let me know what you think of this line, and/or leave a line of your own. Then, visit my fellow First-Liners to see what they have this week.


Rachel - Bookworm Mama




Lauraine - Lauraine's Notes

Andi - Radiant Light


Robin - Robin's Nest


Kathleen - Kathleen Denly



Jeanette - CJaneReads


Molly - Molly's Cafinated Reads (Disclaimer: purposeful misspelling)

Happy Reading!
Sarah

Thursday, May 11, 2017

First Line Friday - YA Edition


Happy First Line Friday!

This week I am doing something waaaaaaay out of the ordinary - sharing a line from a fiction book, and a YA book no less!

I know, I know. Not my usual book. But I found this one to be very entertaining (though I did skim some parts that were too yucky for me. It is a horror/fairy-tail retelling mash-up after all. I can do without the trolls and billy goats. Yeesh.)

I received this book a few weeks ago from the author, Candace Robinson and participated in her cover-reveal last week. It is beautiful, by the way.

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I will have a full review up a some point this week, I hope (end of school year madness is upon us. There is no paperwork like end of the year paperwork. You know, on top of all the regular paperwork.)

Despite my own personal feelings about first person, and especially first person told in PRESENT tense (it bothers me), the story was very twisty and turny. That' a word, I promise. Then I was at nearly 90% wondering how it could possible end and boom, bolt of lightning, an ending I did not quite so coming. It is not a story for the faint of heart though, like myself who is not necessarily a horror fan, but someone who digs fairy tale retellings. Anyway, on to the line. Or paragraph. Whatevs. I do what I want.

"Overwhelmed with boredom, Vale stares down at his fingernails. He can only spend so much time tormenting those he encounters in the afterlife. After making them as miserable as possible, he finds himself needing to search for new prey."

Let me know what you think of this line, and/or leave a line of your own. Then, visit my fellow First-Liners to see what they have this week for you.


Happy Reading!
Sarah

Thursday, May 4, 2017

First Line Friday: Eleanor Edition VI


There is no cover this week, because what I am reading is not a book. Instead, it is a collection of letters. Thanks to this amazing website from Columbia University, Epistolae: Medieval Women's Latin Letters, I now have a treasure trove of goodies - the surviving letters to and from Eleanor in both English AND Latin.

This week's line then comes from one of the many letters Eleanor dictated to the public, dated May 4th, 1199. Almost to the day, this is a letter written 818 years ago, and (for the most part) are the words of a woman I admire greatly:

"Eleanor, by the grace of God, queen of the Angles, duchess of Normandy and Aquitaine, countess of Anjou, to the archbishops, bishops, counts, viscounts, barons, justiciaries, provosts, and all her bailiffs and faithful, and to all the sons, present and future, of the holy mother Church, greetings."

Quite the intro, no?

Let me know what you think of this line, and/or leave a line of your own. Then, visit my fellow First-Liners to see what they have this week for you.


Happy Reading!
Sarah

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Cover Reveal: Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault


Hooray for beautiful covers!

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault

Today is the cover reveal for Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault by Candace Robinson. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The cover is designed by Jenny @ Seedlings Design Studio: http://www.seedlingsonline.com/

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault
By Candace Robinson
Genre: Urban Fantasy/ Horror
Age category: Upper YA
Release Date: May 16, 2017

Some see it...Some don't...

People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline's best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing.  Perrie, along with her friend August, go on a pursuit to search for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault have anything to do with their disappearances?

You can find Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34511974-quinsey-wolfe-s-glass-vault

You can pre-order Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault here:
- Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Quinsey-Wolfes-Glass-Candace-Robinson-ebook/dp/B06XR44W6M/ 


About the Author:



Candace Robinson is just your average hemiplegic migraine sufferer. Her days are spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books. She lives just outside of Houston, Texas, where it feels like the hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather. No, seriously, one day it's 30 degrees and the next it's 70 degrees! She resides with her husband and daughter.

You can find and contact Candace here:


Monday, May 1, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature by The Broke and the Bookish that I LOVE because then I get to interact with other bloggers, even when our reading tastes vary wildly. This week's theme is right up my alley, because I am exactly that person who judges books by their covers. A lot. I know it is not very nice and all that, but sometimes a cover REALLY has to speak to me if it is a topic I am only mildly interested in.

May 2nd: Cover Theme Freebie: Literally anything about covers...top ten covers that scream Spring, ten books with ice cream on the cover, ten books with blue covers, etc.

Naturally, I will stick to what I know best, and that is the history of the UK - funny, isn't it, since I am exactly 0% Scottish, English, or Irish (and about 90% German with a dash of Swede thrown in for good measure). Also, let's not pretend I would be able to stick anywhere even close to ten. So, without further adieu, I present the top covers (in no particular order) that I desperately love from my most favorite topic, the history of the UK. No explanations, just rows and rows of beautiful covers.

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Just a note, I have read most of the books featured on this list. However, an endorsement of the cover does not necessarily mean an endorsement of the content. There are some beautiful covers that have really done me wrong and you would think I would stop judging them. But I don't.

And here is one more, just for good measure, coming in September:


Now, this is the UK cover, which I love infinitely more than the US one. So, looks like I will be doing a bit of shopping on Amazon.co.uk, won't I?

Let me know what you think of my cover choices and where I can find your list as well.
Happy Reading!
Sarah

Thursday, April 27, 2017

First Line Friday: Thomas Becket Edition


Okay, so sue me, in a not-so-roundabout way this post is ALSO an 'Eleanor Edition'. While I am still in the early chapters of my own book, concerning Eleanor's early life and journey to Paris, Thomas Becket would be a key figure in her life later on.

This week my first line is from this gem:

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And I highly recommend the book. It is FANTASTIC.

"Archbishop Thomas Becket, who for four centuries after his gruesome murder in Canterbury Cathedral would be nicknamed 'lux Londoniarum' (the light of the Londoners), was the only surviving son of Gilbert and Matilda Becket, born very probably when the wreck of the White Ship was still the hottest news in town."

For those unfamiliar with the White Ship and the havoc it played on England in the ensuing years, a recap: Henry I (son of William the Bastard/Conqueror) lost his heir Prince William when the White Ship sank on November 25th, 1120. Only one man survived of an estimated 350 (crew and passengers). William likely would have survived, as he was launched out onto the water in a dinghy, but he returned to the wrecked ship to save a half-sister. That very decision, one that cost William his life as the dinghy was swamped, put Henry II - and Eleanor of Aquitaine - on the throne in 1154.

With William gone, Henry I had only one surviving, legitimate child, Matilda. Before his death, he repeatedly made his barons swear an oath of fealty to Matilda and protect her claim as rightful heir. One who swore that oath was Matilda's cousin Stephen, who might be an even worse king than Henry I's great grandson John. Naturally, Stephen stole the throne for himself with Matilda out of the country when her father died. A long, chaotic, brutal civil war followed and was finally put to an end when Stephen agreed for Matilda's son, Henry, to inherit the throne even over his own son Eustace. And thus, the Plantagenet dynasty was born.

Now, you might be wondering what all of that has to do with Thomas Becket. For that I say, please do read the book.

Leave me a comment on your own line this week, or your thoughts about some of my most and least favorite people in history. Then head over to the blogs of my fellow First Liners and see what they have waiting for you this week.


Rachel - Bookworm Mama




Lauraine - Lauraine's Notes

Andi - Radiant Light


Robin - Robin's Nest


Kathleen - Kathleen Denly


Jessica - A Baker's Perspective

And a very happy welcome to the newest participant Trisha at Joy of Reading!

Happy Reading!
Sarah

Thursday, April 20, 2017

First Line Friday: Catherine Howard Edition


This week's line is from a phenomenal book I recently finished on the subject of Catherine Howard, the 5th woman unlucky enough to marry Henry VIII.

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I am fully in awe of the amount of research that went into this one and consider this to be the new must-read in regards to the 5th queen. I may even refer to it as the bible of Catherine Howard. I appreciate when each queen (even the Concubine, Anne Boleyn) gets their fair look because each one of these women, from the first Catherine to the last, had an extremely difficult and unenviable task - keeping Henry happy. Most escaped with their lives, some barely, and others not, yet they all deserve to have their voices heard.

The line I chose this week is from Chapter 1: The Hour of Our Death (but is actually about Cromwell's execution, the day of Catherine and Henry's wedding).

"A benefit of being executed was that one avoided any chance of the dreaded mors improvisa, a sudden death by which a Christian soul might be denied the opportunity to make his peace."

Leave a comment letting me know what you think of my line, or leave a line of your own to share. Then visit the blogs of my fellow First-Liners and see what they have this week as well.


Rachel - Bookworm Mama




Lauraine - Lauraine's Notes

Andi - Radiant Light


Robin - Robin's Nest


Kathleen - Kathleen Denly



Happy Reading, Happy Friday!

Sarah