First Lines from Books Currently on My TBR

I’ve seen a lot of people share the first lines to books they had just read/were reading/wanted to read and I thought I should finally join in on the fun! I think it’s so interesting to reflect on just that first sentence and whether it pulls you in or not. For today, I want to focus on books that I already have at home and plan to read in the near future aka stories that are already on my TBR!

IF WE WERE VILLAINS by M.L. Rio

I sit with my wrists cuffed to the table and I think, But that I am forbid / To tell the secrets of my prison-house, / I could a tale unfold whose lightest word / Would harrow up my soul.

If We Were Villains

That is what I call an intriguing start! Throw in some poetry, people already being cuffed and my interest is definitely being held. I try not to know too much about books before going in, because I like discovering those twists myself, but I do know that a lot of my friends loved this story, so, I’m excited to get to it. There’s definite promise here.

REBECCA by Daphne Du Maurier

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

Rebecca

Okay, Rebecca is my effort of reading at least one classic novel every other year or so. If I hadn’t already seen the movies and enjoyed the Netflix adaptation, I doubt that one sentence would have caught my attention.

THE NATURE OF WITCHES by Rachel Griffin

Everything is burning, so many flames it looks as if we set the sky on fire.

The Nature of Witches

From what I’m understanding this is a novel about witches and climate change, so the first line seems very much on par with it. There was technically a quote preceding it, but I didn’t know if that counted, so I went with this phrase instead. It’s not the most revealing line yet.

THE ATLAS SIX by Olivie Blake

Perhaps it was a tired thing, all the references the world had already made to the Ptolemaic Royal Library of Alexandria.

The Atlas Six (The Atlas Series Book 1)

This is gonna be so packed with references and history. I just know it and that can always go one of two ways, with me 1.) loving the heck out of it or 2.) being completely overwhelmed with factual information that I then tend to ceremoniously skip through.

LEGENDBORN by Tracy Deonn

The police officer’s body goes blurry, then sharpens again.

Legendborn (Legendborn, #1)

Knowing that Legendborn is Fantasy and this is the first line – I am listening! 100%!

THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow

When I was seven, I found a door.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Going by the title, I’m gonna assume we are not in fact talking about a regular door here?

THE FEVER KING by Victoria Lee

Calix,
As I write this, they’re packing up the fighter jets.

The Fever King (Feverwake, #1)

Start a book with a letter and you have my attention. I don’t know if this will be a recurring thing throughout the book or just this once at the beginning, but I adore the incorporation of letters.

QUEEN OF THE CONQUERED by Kacen Callender

My mother kissed my forehead with a smile when I cried, upset that the party would carry on as I was sent away to sleep, and while I lay awake in my bed of lace, huddled beneath my covers and shivering in the cool trade-winds breeze, I heard when the tinkling piano stopped and when the laughter turned to screams.

Queen of the Conquered (Islands of Blood and Storm, #1)

And here I thought I was the queen of run on sentences! Despite this being very long in comparison to all the other examples, I think it definitely peaks my interest. I just want to know what happens next and isn’t that the absolute best outcome you can have with a first sentence?


Have you read any of those books? What do you think of my TBR and their first lines? Let’s talk!

June 2018 Wrap-Up

Can you believe we are wrapping up June already? I have to say, I thought this year would go very differently from the way it did. Anyways, I am actually quite happy with the amount of reading I managed this month. And I am even more happy that the number of books I am behind on my Goodreads challenge is slightly decreasing. Here is what I’ve read:

Jackaby (Jackaby, #1)  The Immortalists  Beastly Bones (Jackaby, #2)  The Song of Achilles  To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

As always, click on the title to get to the review on the blog and on the cover to get re-directed to Goodreads!

I have become increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress in certain areas of my life. I know that I am definitely partially responsible for it, but it isn’t ALL on me and therefore I feel a little stuck. That’s never a nice feeling, so I tried to do as much as possible and to keep as busy as I can and succeeded in doing so. I went to a small film premiere for one of the funniest Austrian movies I have seen in recent years, I also got to go on a set visit for an Austrian TV show that hasn’t even aired yet and went to the monthly board game night one of my friend’s coordinates. In addition to that, I went to the movies with an entire branch of my family, there were several birthdays and I started to go to yoga again. It’s all baby steps, but I will get where I need to go in the end.

I am also really happy to have established a sort of routine for myself, which involves working on Arcadia for at least three days a week. I did publish a new chapter, but I want to hopefully upload more than one per month from here on out. Also, I have come to the conclusion that Arcadia will be a duology and even though there is still a couple chapters left in part one of the series, it will be done rather sooner than later. It took me a while to figure out what was holding me back in writing more, until I gathered that there was just too much I wanted to pack into one book. This will make things a whole lot easier for me! Nonetheless, I could use your motivation more than ever and I just love getting feedback and reactions! Read Arcadia here if you haven’t yet and let me know what you think!!

Lastly, it was my 5-year-blogiversary and I had so much fun answering all YOUR questions! If you missed the posts, I put the links below and if there are still questions you want to ask me, you can do so in the comments. I did a little giveaway and my good friend Marie won and she recently received her gift and I couldn’t be happier that she likes it! Also, Life and Other Disasters now officially has more than 2000 WordPress followers and I am so happy this happened in the blogiversary month.

FAVOURITE THING OF THE MONTH

This is a kind of random segment I just established in this very moment. Basically, I want to showcase a book/show/movie/song that was my absolute favourite thing of the month. For all of you who follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed a short period of time, where my account has basically become a fan account for the movie Set It Up, but I was just so in awe of it! It’s very much in the spirit of older rom-coms (which I have missed SO much) but it is current and has an amazing cast. I watched it several times and have no regrets whatsoever! (The pizza scene is iconic forever!!!)

ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE

I like that this little section has become a fixture in my wrap-up because all of you are creating such great content and I just feel like it needs to be shared.

  • T. Mack is a fellow blogger I feel like I have a lot in common with, so I was extremely delighted to see her spotlight the show Queer Eye. We all need it in our lives and I just hope everyone reads the article and then watches the show! There is no makeover show this impacting anywhere else out there.
  • The Orang-utan Librarian gives us another writing insight post on the difference between showing and telling (something I have personally struggled with)!
  • Sophie tells us all reasons as to why we should participate in Camp NaNo and explains the whole event a little further for people who are unfamiliar with it.
  • Meggy does something unplanned and gets personal and it is beautiful!
  • Lia wrote an amazing post to bring awareness about romance in media and how you apparently can’t find a happy ending if you are not willing to be in a relationship (which is totally not the right way of thinking!!).
  • Lois got to visit Canada this month (guess who was super jealous and wanted to hide in her suitcase?) and has written her first travel diary post! I cannot wait for the rest of it!
  • Nicka wrote this really relatable post about getting lost in your 20s and how it’s okay to not have it all figured out.
  • Lastly, I GOT INTERVIEWED! Deborah was so kind as to ask me some really interesting questions for her Blogger to Blogger series and I’d love it for all of you to check it out and maybe find out something new about me.

MY POSTS

BLOGIVERSARY POSTS

ALL KINDS OF POSTS

MOVIE/TV RELATED

TRAILER POSTS

So, this was my month! What do you think? Let’s chat about all the things that happened!

My Backlisted Books!

So, I’ve already talked about this to some of you, but I am currently on a book buying ban, until I’ve made a dent in my pile of backlisted books. I don’t know how I have amassed so many, but I am a huge mood reader and it has become a problem. This isn’t me announcing that I will officially take part in the Beat the Backlist Challenge, but … I guess unofficially it’s almost as if I am. Anyway, I just wanted to show you what I’ll be working with the next months. I have already been able to tick off 5 books from my list and I made a deal with myself to wait until I have read half of my list before I buy new books. Without further ado, here are my backlisted books!

If you want to know more about the books, click on their respective cover and you’ll be redirected to Goodreads!

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)  King's Cage (Red Queen, #3)  The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl From Everywhere, #2)  Everything, Everything  Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2)  The Hamilton Affair  Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy  Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)  Caraval (Caraval, #1)  Heartless  Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood   Scrappy Little Nobody  Why Not Me?  Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me  Norse Mythology  Before I Fall  S.  The Stone House (A Class Novel)  Joyride  What She Does Next Will Astound You

Have you read any of these? Which ones are you particularly excited for me to read? Which ones do you really hope I write a review for? Let’s chat!

March 2017 TBR (or a random list of books that I own)

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TBRs haven’t really been working for me lately, so, instead of making a fixed decision on what I am going to read, I am just going to show you all the books I currently have at my disposal. Depending on my mood, I will then choose what to read, hopefully taking off some pressure.

  • A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
    I will be reading the final book in the Shades of Magic series alongside Fadwa and Marie! We will jump right in as soon as we all have the book.
  • The Last Beginning by Lauren James
    I wasn’t a real fan of The Next Together, but somehow I wanted to give the series another chance. Even if I won’t like it, it wouldn’t be a disaster, because it was super cheap.
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
    I don’t know why this is taking me so long …
  • Caraval by Stephanie Gerber
    This will hopefully give me Night Circus vibes, because then I will be blissfully happy.
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
    I LOVE Norse Mythology so much!!!
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
    Film covers are my weakness. I’ve heard mixed things about it, but I just want to read it before I watch it.
  • King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
    This better salvage my opinion of the series or I will have to drop it.
  • Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
    Still planning on reading it with Cátia.
  • Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry
    I do like the Thunder Road series, but it’s not calling to me right now.
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
    Trevor Noah is one of most awesome people out there. I’ve heard a lot about his past in interviews or his stand up program, but I cannot wait to read his entire book!
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
    I have not not liked a Nina LaCour book thus far.
  • The Stone House by A.K. Benedict
  • Joyride by Guy Adams
  • What She Will Do Next Will Astound You by James Goss
    Those three are the Class novels … that I still haven’t read … I have no reasons …

And then I also have some eArcs I need to get to, which are the following:

  • Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
  • Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
  • Stealing Candy by Stewart Lewis
  • The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox

Click on the covers to get redirected to Goodreads!

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)  The Last Beginning (The Next Together, #2)  Heartless  Caraval (Caraval, #1)  Norse Mythology  Before I Fall  King's Cage (Red Queen, #3)  Scrappy Little Nobody  Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2)  Born a Crime  We Are Okay  The Stone House (A Class Novel)   Joyride   What She Does Next Will Astound You   Goodbye Days  Girl Out of Water  Stealing Candy  The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase

I have even more books than that, but I know I won’t read those this month no matter what happens. This already gives me plenty of options! What are you reading this month?