First Lines Friday | August 14

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? You can view Wandering Words’ post here.

If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above and follow the rules below:

  • 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!

‘Amber Patterson was tired of being invisible. She’d been coming to this gym every day for three months–three long months of watching these women of leisure working at the only thing they cared about ‘.

Any guesses?

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine


Synopsis

Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more—a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted.

To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne—a socialite and philanthropist—and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale.

Amber’s envy could eat her alive . . . if she didn’t have a plan. Amber uses Daphne’s compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family’s life—the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne’s closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces.

With shocking turns and dark secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end, The Last Mrs. Parrish is a fresh, juicy, and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent.

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First Lines Friday | July 31

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? You can view Wandering Words’ post here.

If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above and follow the rules below:

  • 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!

It was the end of my girlhood, though I didn’t know it yet. If I realized what would happen there, would I have followed my mother into that room in the Bottom of the City?’


Any guesses?


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First Lines Friday
Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik
Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35574989-song-of-a-captive-bird?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=BAi8nEDBde&rank=1

Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik
A historical fiction featuring a powerful woman!


Synopsis

A spellbinding debut novel about the trailblazing poet Forugh Farrokhzhad, who defied Iranian society to find her voice and her destiny.

All through her childhood in Tehran, Forugh is told that Iranian daughters should be quiet and modest. She is taught only to obey, but she always finds ways to rebel—gossiping with her sister among the fragrant roses of her mother’s walled garden, venturing to the forbidden rooftop to roughhouse with her three brothers, writing poems to impress her strict, disapproving father, and sneaking out to flirt with a teenage paramour over café glacé. It’s during the summer of 1950 that Forugh’s passion for poetry really takes flight—and that tradition seeks to clip her wings.

Forced into a suffocating marriage, Forugh runs away and falls into an affair that fuels her desire to write and to achieve freedom and independence. Forugh’s poems are considered both scandalous and brilliant; she is heralded by some as a national treasure, vilified by others as a demon influenced by the West. She perseveres, finding love with a notorious filmmaker and living by her own rules—at enormous cost. But the power of her writing grows only stronger amid the upheaval of the Iranian revolution.

Inspired by Forugh Farrokhzad’s verse, letters, films, and interviews—and including original translations of her poems—Jasmin Darznik has written a haunting novel, using the lens of fiction to capture the tenacity, spirit, and conflicting desires of a brave woman who represents the birth of feminism in Iran—and who continues to inspire generations of women around the world.


Would you put Song of a Captive Bird on your TBR? Feel free to share in the comments!



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Friday Reads: May 29

Currently Reading

Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

So far I’m really liking this carefree story! The romance between Pablo and Lee is very endearing, and also complicated!

Planning to Read

Never Turn Back by Christopher Swann

I received ‘Never Turn Back’ through NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books. I can’t wait to start reading this book!

What books are you currently reading? What are you planning to read this weekend?

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Friday Reads: May 22

I began reading the book Inconvenient Daughter by Lauren K. Sharkey. I received this story through NetGalley and Kaylie Jones Books. From what I learned about this book so far, it centers around a young woman struggling to find peace with her identity as an adopted person.

What books are you planning on reading this weekend? Feel free to share!

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Friday Reads: May 15

I have two stories to share:

Beach Read by Emily Henry

I purchased Beach Read through Book of the Month. I loved the premise of a light read with two writers in a friendly competition, leading (possibly) to something more!

Love, Art and Other Obstacles by Sadira Stone

I received a copy of this book from the author! So far it’s a very steamy story, with an ‘enemies-to-lovers’ trope. It has some LGBT action as well!

I guess I’m in a ‘Romance Story’ mood this weekend!

What books are on your Friday Reads list? Feel free to share!

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Friday Reads: May 8

I’m currently reading two books:

A Woman’s Place: Inside the Fight for a Feminist Future by Kylie Cheung

A huge thank you to Edelweiss and North Atlantic Books for providing me this digital copy! Kylie Cheung shares her experiences as a feminist at the forefront of the Fourth Wave. She brings to light the strong presence social media possesses to promote women’s issues, as well as the hurtful effects of mysogyny and miscommunication.

Until I Find You by Rea Frey

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martins Press for this digital copy! Rea Frey’s third novel centers on a young widow searching for her son after he mysteriously vanishes. The fact that this person is also suffering from a degenerative eye condition makes things even more interesting!

What reads do you have today? Feel free to share below!

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Bookish Friday: May 1

Bookish Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Laurie Reads and Niffler Reads. The prompts for February to May can be found here.

This Week’s Prompt: First Lines

Once upon a time, this guy Newton said, “What goes up must come down.”
I can’t stand him.





This Book Is:

Honeybees and Frenemies by Kristi Wientge

It’s the summer before eighth grade and Flor is stuck at home and working at her family’s mattress store, while her best friend goes off to band camp (probably to make new friends). It becomes even worse when she’s asked to compete in the local honey pageant. This means Flor has to spend the summer practicing her talent (recorder) and volunteering (helping a recluse bee-keeper) with Candice, her former friend who’s still bitter about losing the pageant crown to Flor when they were in second grade. And she can’t say no.

Then there’s the possibility that Flor and her family are leaving to move in with her mom’s family in New Jersey. And with how much her mom and dad have been fighting lately, is it possible that her dad may not join them? Flor can’t let that happen. She has a lot of work to do.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday!



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Friday Reads: May 1

Today I’m about a third of the way through Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. I love Elisabeth’s interactions with Nathaniel! She’s broadening her understanding about other magical folk around her while she is fighting to clear her name.

I also began reading ‘Until I Find You’ by Rea Frey. This is Frey’s third novel. I like the journey the main character is undertaking as she faces extreme challenges!

What books are you reading today?



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Friday Reads: April 24

Today I’m starting on Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. I’ve had this on my book shelf forever, so I’m going to start this before the month is over!



I’m also going to be reading Formula for a Perfect Life by Christy Hayes. I received this digital ARC from Prism Book Tours!





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