The Friday 56, #94: Jane Eyre

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’re been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“As yet I had spoken to no one, nor did anybody seem to take notice of me; I stood lonely enough: but to that feeling of isolation I was accustomed; it did not oppress me much.”

I totally forgot to type up the excerpt I was going to use from The Wolf Wilder for this week’s 56 and when I eventually remembered, I had already returned the book to the library. So this week I’m pulling Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre off the shelves. I really want to reread this book this year. Excerpt begins at the end of page 55. Cover linked to Goodreads. Happy New Year!

 

The Friday 56, #93: The Fill-In Boyfriend

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’re been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“My tongue felt two sizes too big for my mouth. Now was the time when I should come clean, tell them what she could dig up and how stupid I was for lying. That way she’d have nothing on me.”

I don’t read a lot of contemporary books, but every now and then it’s nice to pick up something a little on the light side. Kasie West’s The Fill-In Boyfriend was exactly that. Cover is linked to Goodreads. Oh, yes, and a very Merry Christmas to those celebrating!

From my review:

“Gia has just been dumped in the parking lot right outside her prom. To make matters worse, her friends have never believed her boyfriend Bradley ever existed. Desperate to prove to them she hasn’t been lying, Gia enlists the help of a stranger to play the part of her fill-in boyfriend. When the night ends, Gia is sure she’s gotten away with a little white lie, but when the fake Bradley’s sister insists she return the favor to her brother, Gia’s life gets a little more complicated, especially when she begins to develop feelings for him. Gia’s web of lies starts to unravel with the return of her ex and when the girl who’s always been out to get her becomes convinced Gia is hiding something.” Read my full review here.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Love to See Under the Tree This Christmas

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year.” I’m actually going to take this opportunity to list a few books that I’ve read, but do not own yet. These are books I’ve checked out from the library, really enjoyed, but don’t have a copy of on my shelves. It actually took me quite a while to hunt down enough books for this list, apparently I buy a lot of the library books I really enjoy. I’m also listing a few books I haven’t read yet, but would love to add to my physical TBR. Covers are linked to Goodreads and titles below are linked to my reviews if available.

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1. The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – I really enjoy the Naturals series (I still need to read All In) and this new series is also really good.

2. Seer of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier – I absolutely adore Juliet Marillier and her Sevenwaters series, but I don’t own this own yet. Why don’t I have this one?

3. A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano – This author’s first go at middle grade fiction is a winner. I really liked reading about Pram’s journey and would love to own a copy of this one.

4. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga – This includes the entire trilogy. Even though I read all of these, I don’t own any of the books. I’d also prefer these in hardcover, the books themselves are really gruesome (blood splatter everywhere) and this apparently appeals to me.

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5. Fairest by Marissa Meyer – I love the Lunar Chronicles! I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this little prequel, so I ended up checking it out from the library. It turns out, it was great and I’d really like to own a copy of this one.

6. The Young Elites by Marie Lu – I just finished the sequel for this one and loved it! And because a good sequel can really sway me, I’d love to own both of these books (and the third!).

7. Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell – Unpopular opinion here, I actually really enjoyed this book. What’s not to love about a female serial killer protagonist?

8. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby – This book and I have been playing library tag. I’ve actually already checked it out from the library, but didn’t have a chance to read it before it was due back. And I’ve heard such good things, which makes me want it so badly! Maybe if I own it, I’ll actually get around to reading it.

9. Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente – I confess I haven’t read a single book by this author. This is such a shame because I hear her name praised all the time. I still don’t know which book of hers I’ll pick up first, but this one sounds very interesting.

10. The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon – I think I mentioned this one on a past TBR list. I saw it in the store a couple of months ago and the illustrations inside are so charming. I’ve come very close to just giving in and buying it.

What books do you wish to see under the tree this season? Have you read any of these? Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating the holiday! And as always, be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

The Friday 56, #92: The Wrath and the Dawn

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’re been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“His father died the following year. And because pf that terrible incident with his mother…he was only fourteen when he took the throne. Fourteen and alone. I’m sure you have an idea of what came after.

It took me far too long to pick up Renée Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn, a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights. With a beautiful setting and great characters, this book is sure to please any fantasy fan.

From my review:

“The people of Khorasan live in fear of their caliph, Khalid, a young ruler who marries a new girl every day. And every morning the new bride is found dead. Shahrzad is determined to put an end to the caliph’s reign of terror by ending his life in retribution for the lives he’s taken, including her best friend’s. As Khalid’s newest bride, Sharhzad knows her life will be forfeit by morning, but she is willing to do anything to survive the night and slay the monster. What Sharhzad did not expect was to find a troubled young man behind the caliph’s stone façade, one who is hiding a dark secret that may change everything.” Read my full review here.