First Line Friday

First Line Friday – February 15, 2019 Edition

Not only is it the first day of a new month, it’s a Friday, which means it’s time for another First Line! Each Friday, I pluck a book from my shelf and share the first line or so. They might be quotes from my TBR pile or an old favorite or even a book I’m not particularly fond of.

This week’s section comes from a book I wish was available when I was in high school.

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Goodness, Grace and Me by Julie Houston

Harriet Westmoreland is anxious. In the middle of a recession, her husband, Nick, casts aside a great job to invest in a new business. Making things more tense, one of his business associates is Amanda, a former classmate and enemy, who just might be trying to seduce Nick. All signs point to an impending disaster … And that’s before Harriet’s best friend, Grace, falls in love with Amanda’s son.Toss in recalcitrant teens, an unruly classroom, and a secret or two and— well, it’s just another day for Harriet.

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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday – 02/13/2019 Edition

I missed last week, but it’s Wednesday again, so that means it’s time for WWW Wednesday. Like the name suggests, it’s all about the three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

If you feel like joining in, head over to Taking on a World of Words, drop a link to your own post, and take a look at some of the other blogs participating. Just don’t be surprised if your TBR pile grows a bit.

Here’s what’s going on with my reading this week.

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Paperback Throwback

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus

Welcome to Paperback Throwback. Each week, I highlight a book from my ever-growing collection of older paperbacks, ‘90s and prior. Come check out everything from Zebra’s line of horror to Scholastic’s preteen Apple Paperbacks, and everything in between— you’ll know them by their stylishly cheesy covers, flashy plots, and cheap prices.

Join me on this stroll down Literary Memory Lane. Stops include Sweet Valley High, Fear Street, and anywhere else mass market paperbacks may be lurking.

For today’s selection, the B stands for Beatrice.

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The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O’Meara

Milicent Patrick was one of the most remarkable women working in Hollywood. After being one of Disney’s earliest female animators, she moved her talents onscreen, working primarily as a background extra in many films. She should best be known as the designer of the titular monster in the movie Creature from the Black Lagoon. Yet her contributions have gone largely unknown, stripped from cinema history by a male colleague with an ego. Her life went so underreported that when filmmaker Mallory O’Meara set out to write a biography of Patrick, she wasn’t even sure that she was deceased.

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