1st Line/1st Paragraph

May 21, 2019

1st Line/1st Paragraph

I’m linking up today with Vicki @ I’d Rather Be At The Beach who hosts a meme every Tuesday to share the First Chapter/First Paragraph of the book you are currently reading.

First Paragraph

I’m pleased to share the first line and first paragraph of On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (Young Adult). I’ve read a few great reviews, and I’m eager to bring you my full review soon. If you read The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas, you might appreciate this new release!

From Amazon: Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.

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On the Come Up

Genre/Categories: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Music, Poverty, Homelessness, Racism, Prejudice

1st Line/1st Paragraph:

I might have to kill somebody tonight.

It could be somebody I know. It could be a stranger. It could be somebody who’s never battled before. It could be somebody who’s a pro at it. It doesn’t matter how many punch lines they spit or how nice their flow is. I’ll have to kill them.

This first paragraph sounds dire and extreme, and I might jump to conclusions that the character is literally speaking of murder. However, Brianna’s actually thinking about her chance to prove herself at a neighborhood rap contest tonight. This might be her big chance.

I’ve read Chapter One, and I’m eager to continue the story and trust Angie Thomas that On The Come Up will be gritty, relevant, and thought-provoking.



QOTD: Are you intrigued? Have you read The Hate You Give?

Here is my full review of The Hate You Give.



Looking Ahead:

Come back Friday for my review of The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister, one of my favorite reads of the year so far!

The Scent Keeper



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Paper Hearts: A Review

May 21, 2019

Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott

Paper Hearts Review

Genre/Categories: WW11, Holocaust, Jewish, Young Adult, Poetry, Friendship, Survival

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Summary:

In Paper Hearts, two unforgettable girls find themselves tragically imprisoned at Auschwitz during the Holocaust and become friends. Through the bonds of friendship and a bit of defiance, Zlatka and Fania find bits of hope and a will to live. In this true story, Zlatka, along with the help of a few other girls, masterminds making a surprise birthday card for Fania. A secret project that would be a crime punishable by death if caught, each girl signed the paper hearts card with her hopes and wishes for happiness, love, and freedom. This heart is a symbol of defiance and is one of the few artifacts created in Auschwitz that has survived and can be seen today in the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre in Canada. (see an article link and image below)

My Thoughts:

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Ask Again, Yes: A Review

May 17, 2019

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Ask Again Yes Review

Genre/Categories: Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction, Family Drama

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Summary:

Beautifully written, Ask Again, Yes introduces us to two families who live next door to each other. Behind closed doors, the families deal with complicated issues. Meanwhile, two of their children, born six months apart, grow up as each other’s constant and best playmate and develop a deep friendship as they hang out after school. Just as Kate and Peter grow old enough to discover they might be attracted to each other, a tragic event happens that changes everything for the two families. One family moves away and the children’s friendship is torn apart.

The remainder of the story involves the children, who are now grown, coming to terms with what happened and figuring out what this means for their relationship, their families, and their future.

My Thoughts:

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A Book You’ll Love, Mom!

May 10, 2019

Here’s a book recommendation I think you’ll love, Mom!

The Gown
by Jennifer Robson

The Gown Review

Genre/Categories: Historical Fiction, Royal Wedding, 1940s England

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Summary:

The Gown is, in part, a behind-the-scenes story of the making of Princess (Queen) Elizabeth’s wedding gown. As the people of England endure a harsh winter and post-war shortages and rationing, news of a Royal wedding brightens the country’s spirit. Told from two perspectives, we hear the imagined story of two young women who work for the famous fashion house of Norman Hartnell. Although the girls are accustomed to working on exclusive gowns for high profile clients and the Royal family, the newest assignment of a wedding gown for Princess (Queen) Elizabeth brings extraordinary pressure and excitement. A third perspective (and modern timeline) follows one of their granddaughters who travels to London a half-century later to unravel her grandmother’s mysterious and secret past. There’s more to the story than the dress as the author gives us an idea of what life was like in 1940s London, and explores themes of friendship, family, and love.

Amazon Rating:  4.6 Stars

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Mental Health Awareness Month

May 2, 2019

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

 

 

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, I have a book recommendation for you!

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Today’s post is inspired by Silver’s Reviews: Have You Heard of This Book?

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Last year I was honored to read and review A Way Out: A Memoir of Conquering Depression and Social Anxiety by Michele Balge. Thank you to @michellebalge @michelle_balge for my free e copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

A Way Out is a gritty, completely transparent, and inspiring first-person account of Michelle’s early childhood, eventual diagnosis, and her young adult day-to-day life. In addition, she includes valuable tips and resources. If someone you love is dealing with these challenges or if you work with persons struggling with mental illness, I think you will appreciate the read. *Trigger warnings for thoughts and discussion of suicide.
Find my full review here.

A Way Out

A Way Out Information



 

The Gown: A Review

April 26. 2019

The Gown by Jennifer Robson

The Gown Review

Genre/Categories: Historical Fiction, Royal Wedding, 1940s England

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Summary:

The Gown is, in part, a behind-the-scenes story of the making of Princess (Queen) Elizabeth’s wedding gown. As the people of England endure a harsh winter and post war shortages and rationing, news of a Royal wedding brightens the country’s spirit. Told from two perspectives, we hear the imagined story of two young women who work for the famous fashion house of Norman Hartnell. Although the girls are accustomed to working on exclusive gowns for high profile clients and the Royal family, the newest assignment of a wedding gown for Princess (Queen) Elizabeth brings extraordinary pressure and excitement. A third perspective and modern timeline follows one of their granddaughters who travels to London a half century later to unravel her grandmother’s mysterious and secret past. There’s more to the story than the dress as the author gives us an idea of what life was like in 1940s London, and explores themes of friendship, family, and love.

Amazon Rating:  4.6 Stars

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A Fall of Marigolds: A Review

April 19, 2019

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

A Fall of Marigolds Review

Genre/Categories: Historical Fiction, Family Drama, Tragic Events

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Summary:

A beautiful scarf with a marigold design connects two women who experience traumatic and personally devastating events almost one hundred years apart. Clara witnesses the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 in Manhattan while Taryn witnesses the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. Both young women suffer loss and experience the effects of PTSD. This is a story of their healing journey and their decision to risk love again.

Amazon Rating:  4.5 Stars

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We Love Authors

April 15, 2019

We Love Authors!

We Love Authors

authors spotlightIf you love historical fiction like me, then you will understand my excitement in taking a break from reviewing today to share a special event with you! Last Saturday I attended a Historical Fiction Author Brunch with four fabulous histfic authors! Not only was the author panel spectacular, but four instagramers (bookstagramers) who had never met in real life, engineered a meet up!

Heartfelt thanks to Friends of the Corona Public Library for sponsoring, planning, and hosting this event. Readers in attendance enjoyed a delicious brunch and inspiring talks by three historical fiction authors. We loved hearing some behind the scenes stories about their research and writing process. Meeting an author always endears you to their work!

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These are the four historical fiction authors we met (book titles are Amazon links and an * for the ones I’ve read):

Kate Quinn

The Alice Network (my review)
The Huntress
The Empress of Rome Series
The Borgias Chronicles Series

Susan Meissner

The Last Year of the War (my review)
As Bright As Heaven (my review)
A Fall of Marigolds *
Secrets of a Charmed Life *
The Shape of Mercy
and many many more!

Kristina McMorris

Sold on a Monday(my review)
The Edge of Lost
Letters From Home
and many more!

Marie Benedict

The Only Woman in the Room
The Other Einstein
Carnegie’s Maid

Add a book to your TBR!

 

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The Panel (l to r): Kristina McMorris, Marie Benedict, Kate Quinn, Susan Meissner

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Book Signing (Tina @ readingbetweenthepagesblog and Jaymi @ orangecountyreadersblog)

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Book Signing (Amanda @ Instagram and Tina @ readingbetweenthepagesblog)

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Group Photo:
Instagramers in the Back Row (l to r): Jaymi (OrangeCountyReadersBlog, Instagram); Tina (ReadingBetweenthePagesBlog, Instagram); Myself; Amanda (Instagram)
Authors Seated (l to r): Marie Benedict (Instagram); Kate Quinn (Instagram); Kristina McMorris (Instagram); and Susan Meissner (Instagram)



Event Rating: 5 Stars!

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This is a link to last year’s event at the same location with different authors. Susan Meissner was the moderator of this year’s panel, and she was a guest author at last year’s event.



Let’s Discuss!

Have you read a book by any of these authors? What author events have you attended? Which author event was your favorite? If you could attend any author event, which one would you most like to attend?

I’d like to attend a Fredrik Backman or Louise Penney author event.



Happy Reading Book Worms!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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Book Cover and author photo are credited to Amazon or an author’s (or publisher’s) website.

Brown Girl Dreaming: A Review

April 10, 2019

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming Review

  • Genre/Categories: Non Fiction, Poetry, Memoir, Middle Grade, Racism, Prejudice, African-American, Family Life

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Summary:

In free verse, Jaqueline Woodson shares her experience as an African-American growing up in South Carolina and New York during the 60s and 70s. An award-winning book, Brown Girl Dreaming is a poignant and inspiring story of a girl finding her voice and her place in the world. Even though she struggled with reading in childhood, she loved stories and blank writing paper as she held her dream of writing close to her heart.

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The Library of Lost and Found: A Review

April 5, 2019

The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick

The Library of Lost and Found Review

Genre/Categories: Contemporary Fiction, Books About Books, Family Life, Sisters

Thanks to #NetGalley #HarlequinBooks for a free e copy of #TheLibraryofLostandFound by #phaedrapatrick in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

Summary:

Martha Storm volunteers at the library, and she spends much of her free time selflessly helping others. In fact, she keeps meticulous lists of her projects in a Wonder Woman themed notebook (which we might call a bullet journal). Even though many people depend on her to help them out with small projects, Martha doesn’t have many friends and feels “invisible.” Her routine at the library and hours of service to others take a dramatic turn when a mysterious book arrives for her and Martha is determined to solve a family mystery that surrounds the book.

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