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Friday Reads | The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Hello!

Today I’ll be doing another ‘Friday Reads’ with The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. This book was full of mystery and was utterly unpredictable– it’s definitely one that I’d recommend.

Friday Reads was invented by The Candid Cover and is a merge of:

  • Book Beginnings which is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where we share the first sentence(s) of a book.
  • The Friday 56 which is hosted by Freda’s Voice where we share a snippet from page 56 of a book (or 56% on an e-reader).

Bookish Beginnings:

Here are the first sentences of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle:

“I forget everything between footsteps.

‘Anna!’ I finish shouting, snapping my mouth shut in surprise.

My mind has gone blank. I don’t know who Anna is or why I’m calling her name.”

I love these first few sentences because they act as a firm hook to grab the reader’s attention. I remember when I started reading this book I was so confused and had no idea what was going on, which made me curious enough to continue reading!

The Friday 56:

A snippet from 56% of the book:

“A draught greets me at the top of the staircase, twisting and curling in the air, sneaking through the cracked windows and beneath the doors to stir the leaves littering the floor.”

I like how something as simple as a draught is personified in this snippet. It’s amazing how the use of words can create such a vivid reading experience and conjure up worlds in one’s mind.


What are you reading this Friday? Let me know in the comments!

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Friday Reads | The Night Circus

Hello bookdragons!

It’s been a while but I’m finally back from my hiatus with another ‘Friday Reads’! I’m so excited to resume blogging again and I’ve got a lot to catch up on.

Friday Reads was invented by The Candid Cover and is a merge of:

  • Book Beginnings which is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where we share the first sentence(s) of a book.
  • The Friday 56 which is hosted by Freda’s Voice where we share a snippet from page 56 of a book (or 56% on an e-reader).

This Friday, we’ll be looking at The Night Circus by the amazing Erin Morgenstern.

Bookish Beginnings:

The first few lines of The Night Circus:

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”

I think this perfectly captures the essence of the excitement and enchantment that The Night Circus is able to conjure. I love the mystery that surrounds Le Cirque des Rêves and how phantasmagorical it is made to seem. If Le Cirque des Rêves were real, I’d definitely be one of the fans who track its progress and try to guess where it will go next.

The Friday 56:

A snippet from 56% of The Night Circus:

“She [Celia] examines the carvings on the stone and the vines twining around them, but her gaze keeps returning to Marco. Any attempt at subtlety is ruined when he repeatedly catches her eyes with his own.”

Celia and Marco are extremely cute together. It’s adorable watching them fall in love and pretend not to have feelings for each other until they can’t any longer. They make the story seem even more magical.


What are you reading this Friday? Let me know in the comments!

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Friday Reads | The Hobbit

Friday Reads was invented by The Candid Cover and is a merge of:

  • Book Beginnings which is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where we share the first sentence(s) of a book.
  • The Friday 56 which is hosted by Freda’s Voice where we share a snippet from page 56 of a book (or 56% on an e-reader).

Book Beginnings:

The first lines of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein:

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort”

I love these opening lines, in fact, they’re some of my favourite of all time. Whenever I read them I feel warm and fuzzy inside along with an intense surge of nostalgia.

Tolkein is such a legend.

The Friday 56:

A snippet of page 56 of The Hobbit:

“Out jumped the goblins, big goblins, great ugly-looking goblins, lots of goblins, before you could say rocks and blocks. There were six to each dwarf, at least, and two even for Bilbo; and they were all grabbed and carried through the crack before you could say tinder and flint

Tolkein’s writing style is brilliant. I especially like the way he uses repetition and listing for effect. The Hobbit is a book very close to my heart as it is bursting with whimsy and it has such a fantastical mood to it throughout.


What are you reading this Friday? Let me know in the comments!

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Friday Reads | An Enchantment of Ravens

Friday Reads was invented by The Candid Cover and is a merge of:

  • Book Beginnings which is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where we share the first sentence(s) of a book.
  • The Friday 56 which is hosted by Freda’s Voice where we share a snippet from page 56 of a book (or 56% on an e-reader).

Book Beginnings:

The first line of An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson:

“My parlor smelled of linseed oil and spike lavender, and a dab of lead tin yellow glistened on my canvas”

It’s a very quaint and calm first sentence that immediately conjures up distinct smells and colours in the reader’s imagination. I also think this sentence really captures the essence of Rogerson’s writing style.

The Friday 56:

A snippet of page 56 of An Enchantment of Ravens:

“My legs moved in fits and jerks, like a marionette’s legs controlled by a puppeteer. Senseless panic seized me. No matter how fiercely I railed against my body’s betrayal, I couldn’t stop walking.”

An Enchantment of Ravens is about the faerie and it’s annoying how generally, in these types of books, the faerie are so annoyingly entitled around humans and they think just because they’re powerful it’s alright to control and manipulate humans for their own purposes and amusement.


What are you reading this Friday? Let me know in the comments!

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Friday Reads | Muse of Nightmares

Friday Reads was invented by The Candid Cover and is a merge of:

  • Book Beginnings which is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where we share the first sentence(s) of a book.
  • The Friday 56 which is hosted by Freda’s Voice where we share a snippet from page 56 of a book (or 56% on an e-reader).

Bookish Beginnings:

The first lines of Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor:

Kora and Nova had never seen a Mesarthim, but they knew all about them. Everyone did.”

I like how the reader is immediately drawn into the story and Kora and Nova aren’t in Strange the Dreamer so starting the book by introducing them is a good way of capturing the reader’s attention.

The Friday 56:

A snippet of Muse of Nightmares from p56:

“If the kingdom of knowledge was a city, then a swath of Thyon’s had been shaken to the ground, and he was standing knee-deep in rubble both in his thoughts and in reality.”

The reason I love Taylor’s writing so much is because of these imaginative and original similes and metaphors she uses. They really enhance the reading experience.


Look out for my review of Muse of Nightmares that I’m posting tomorrow! What are you reading this Friday?

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Friday Reads- King Of Scars

Friday Reads was invented by The Candid Cover and is a merge of:

  • Book Beginnings which is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where we share the first sentence(s) of a book.
  • The Friday 56 which is hosted by Freda’s Voice where we share a snippet from page 56 of a book (or 56% on an e-reader).

Bookish Beginnings:

The first two lines of King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo:

“Dima heard the barn doors slam before anyone else did. Inside the little farmhouse, the kitchen bubbled like a pot on the stove, its windows shut tight against the storm, the air in the room warm and moist.”

I really like these first lines, especially the way Bardugo immediately gives it the feel of a fairy tale. Someone with no prior knowledge of what the book is about could easily mistake it for a sweet, quaint story but when they read on they would realise it’s much more dark and deep than it seems at first. It’s amazing how she manages to set the scene in just a few lines.

The Friday 56:

A snippet of King of Scars from page 56:

“Ravka was many things to him: a grand lady who required constant courting, a stubborn child unwilling to stand on its own, and most often, a drowning man- the more Nikolai struggled to save it, the harder it fought.”

I like the way Ravka is personified in this quote as it makes Nikolai’s relationship with his country seem more real and it conveys how well he knows it and how much he cares about it. It makes his struggles with ruling really easy to understand.


What are you reading this Friday? Let me know in the comments!