I found this fun tag over at Polished Page Turners! I’m starting to do a lot of these, but they interesting so why not.
Q1: Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
I usually do most of my reading sitting on my bed with pillows supporting my back, but there are a few times I read at my desk even though it’s not as comfortable as the bed.
Q2: Bookmark or a random piece of paper?
A bookmark, but if I didn’t have one I would still use a random piece of paper.
Q3: Can you stop reading anytime you want or do you have to stop at a certain page, chapter, part, ect.?
I usually stop at certain points. Pages like 50, 100, 15o, and so on are good places to stop for me.
Q4: Do you eat or drink while reading?
Sometimes I might have a snack while reading, but mostly I don’t eat while I read. Of course, I do have to have something to drink.
Q5: Can you read while listening to music/watching TV?
No. I find all the noise too distracting to concentrate fully on the story. I would have to reread lines and it slows everything down.
Q6: One book at a time, or several at once?
There have been occasions where I had two books to read at once, but I tend read one at a time.
Q7: Reading at home or everywhere?
Mostly at home because I always forget to take a book with me.
Q8: Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Q9: Do you read ahead or skip pages?
Yes, sometimes I’ll read the last page and skim forward. Spoilers don’t bother me at all.
Q10: Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
I try to keep it as new as possible, even if I have to hold the book awkwardly to read it.
Q11: Do you write in books?
No, I don’t. If I saw something important I would write it down elsewhere.
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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a meme hosted by bibliophilebythesea, sharing the first paragraph of our current or soon to be reads.
Helen of Sparta by Amalia Carosella
Long before she ran away with Paris to Troy, Helen of Sparta was haunted by nightmares of a burning city under siege. These dreams foretold impending war—a war that only Helen has the power to avert. To do so, she must defy her family and betray her betrothed by fleeing the palace in the dead of night. In need of protection, she finds shelter and comfort in the arms of Theseus, son of Poseidon. With Theseus at her side, she believes she can escape her destiny. But at every turn, new dangers—violence, betrayal, extortion, threat of war—thwart Helen’s plans and bar her path. Still, she refuses to bend to the will of the gods.
A new take on an ancient myth, Helen of Sparta is the story of one woman determined to decide her own fate.
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I gasped for breath, but my head was already beneath the water again, hard fingers digging into the back of my neck and holding me down. I tried to force my body to relax and willed myself not to struggle while my lungs burned for new air. My scalp stung. It must have been bleeding.
My Best Friend's Exorcism
by Grady Hendrix Published by Quirk Books
on May 17th 2016 Genres: Coming of Age
, Thrillers Pages:
A heartwarming story of friendship and demonic possession. The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act…different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby. Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries—and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil? Like an unholy hybrid of Beaches and The Exorcist, My Best Friend’s Exorcism blends teen angst, adolescent drama, unspeakable horrors, and a mix of ’80s pop songs into a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism follows the friendship of two girls named Abby and Gretchen who are navigating through life’s ups and downs of high school in the 1980s. During a night of bad decisions, something of a sinister nature happens to Gretchen. A possession leading to the ruination of their reputations and fellow peers.
I feel bad for not liking or loving this book very much. It’s basically just a high school contemporary with a small pinch of demon possession. So for me, I was let done by that because it takes a lot for me to want to read contemporary. The characters beyond Abby and Gretchen, save for the exorcist, were like cardboard stereotypes.
The demon element was interesting, but not really explored that much and it takes a while to even get to that point. The book primarily is about friendship and the importance of being there for your friends even when they are controlled by whatever unseen demons or what have you. The ending was anticlimactic. And while it was meant to come off as sweet, I just felt very ‘meh’ about it.