Friday, July 13, 2018

First Line Fridays: "If I Live"


Happy Friday! And Happy Christmas Keepsake Week!!! (Which is actually more than a week, but I'm not complaining ...) It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Hallmark movies, and I love the weeks in July when they play Christmas movies. I've watched a couple movies on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries over the last week, as Hallmark's sister station has its Christmas week first. But I definitely prefer the movies that air on Hallmark Channel, and I may have spent a little too much time last night perusing my TV app, adding reminders for all the movies I'd like to catch. I'm sure I won't watch all of them, but Countdown to Christmas will be here before we know it, and I'll get them then 😃.

Also, my favorites of last year's new movies, in case you're wondering? Switched for Christmas, Coming Home for Christmas, and Christmas at Holly Lodge.

I don't really know how to segue from Hallmark Christmas movies to this week's book, so let's just get to it, shall we?

This week, I'm sharing the first line of my current "just for fun" book, Terri Blackstock's If I Live.


"Fried rice isn't worth dying for."

As I expected, If I Live kicks off at breakneck pace, and I can't wait to see how it all turns out! (Note: If you haven't read this series yet, you need to start with book one, as each book builds on the last.)

Check out the book on Amazon & Goodreads.

What are you currently reading? Share the first line in the comments, and then head over to Hoarding Books to see what others are sharing! Also, I'd love to know if you're a fan of Christmas movies in July and which ones are your "must sees!"

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21 comments:

  1. My first line comes from The Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander

    I raised the long, curved bow and with two fingers pulled back its string, all the while resisting the urge to remove one of the silver-shafted arrows nestled in the quiver slung over my shoulder.

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    1. Sounds intriguing, Caryl! I just looked it up on Goodreads and saw that it's part of a series. Will have to see if my library has any of the books!

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  2. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I'm sharing the first line from Melanie Dickerson's novel, The Orphan's Wish. I just started it and I'm loving it so much!

    Here, I will share the first line from chapter 8 (that's where I'm at currently).

    "Aladdin followed Herr Kaufmann around for the first week."

    Hope you have a great weekend full of fun reading!!! ❤📚

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    1. I'm dying to get my hands on that book, Nicole! Glad to hear you're enjoying it. Happy reading!

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  3. Happy Friday! The book I'm featuring on my blog is "My Sister's Intended" by Rachael Anderson. It's been on my TBR list for quite some time now, but I finally read it and am so glad I did. Truly an enjoyable read. I will share the first line from Chapter Eleven here. ""Would you care to go for a stroll with me in the gardens, Miss Gifford?" Brand asked, not sure whether or not he wanted her to accept."

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    1. I've never heard of that one before, Anneliese. I'll have to check it out!

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  4. Happy Friday!

    Switched for Christmas is so fun! The past few Christmases, my roommate and I have made sure to watch Candace Cameron Bure's newest movie.

    I’m reading The Dear Reader by Mary O'Connell right now, so here’s the first line: “Miss Sweeney disappeared on the first day of March, an icy Thursday morning of gloves and boots and veneers of diamondy frost on the windows of Sacred Heart High School.”

    Hallie @ Book by Book

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    1. I think Switched for Christmas is my favorite of hers--so cute!

      I've never heard of that novel, but I just looked it up on Goodreads, and it looks really cute! Happy reading!

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  5. I love Hallmark movies too! And I think I read where they are adding 36 NEW Christmas movies to Hallmark this year!! :) Happy reading!

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    1. I'm so excited! So is my dad, who's a bigger Hallmark fan than I am :-) I will admit that it ends up getting a little overwhelming trying to catch them all, as I don't have a DVR ... but that's why Christmas Keepsake Week is so nice--I can see the ones I missed during the Christmas season!

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  6. Happy Friday! My first line is from La Risposta: The Answer (A Tuscan Legacy book 9) by Autumn Macarthur:

    Prologue: “Instead of returning to her vegetable garden, Teresa Pellegrini rushed into the farmhouse.”

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    1. Sounds intriguing! Happy reading, Becky!

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  7. LOVED the whole If I Run series!
    The book I shared on my blog this week is Her Place in Time by Stephenia H McGee but my next book is going to be The Baker's secret by Stephen P Kiernan so I'll share that first line here: "All through those years of war, the bread tasted of humiliation." Hope you have happy weekend with plenty of reading! :)

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    1. Oh, that first line is quite intriguing! Happy reading!

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  8. I'm sharing from a book that will be out early next month (I won an uncorrected proof on GoodReads) on my blog today, The Daisy Children by Sofia Grant, so here is the second line:

    "It wasn't the fault of the trousers, of course, but it was tempting to blame them nonetheless."

    Happy Reading!

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    1. Sounds interesting, Yvette! Happy reading, and thanks for visiting!

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  9. This was such a great series!

    I'm sharing the first line from More than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer on my blog. I'm a big Karen Witemeyer fan, and this did not disappoint.

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    1. Glad to hear you enjoyed the series, Iola! I haven't read much Witemeyer, but I did love the ones I read. Happy reading!

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  10. This series is AMAZING!!!
    Hope you have a great week :)

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    1. Glad to hear you liked it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. I read "If I Run" last winter and really enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by :)

    Colletta

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