First Lines Friday, Friday 56 and Book Blogger Hop ~ 7 Aug 2020

First Lines Friday

Today’s FIRST LINES are from A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown.

“Abraa! Abraa! Come and gather—a story is about to begin!”

The griot’s voice warbled through the scorching desert air, cutting through the donkey pens and jeweled caravans that populated the tent settlement outside the city-state of Ziran’s Western Gate. On instinct, Malik angled his body toward the storyteller’s call, his grip tightening around the satchel strap slung across his chest.

Roseanne A. Brown, A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

Friday 56 by Freda’s Voice

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to Page 56 or 56% on your ereader.
If you have to improvise, that is okay.
*Find a snippet, short and sweet.
*Post it, and add the url to your post in the Linky below.

My FRIDAY 56 is from 56% of The Stray Cats of Homs by Eva Nour.

Sami’s block was now right in the line of fire. He had tried to ignore the obvious but the black fire clouds kept coming closer. In a short time he had learnt to sleep despite the anxiety. It fired his dreams instead; he would wake up with a jolt and hit the wall..

Eva Nour, The Stray Cats of Homs
Book Blogger Hop

Do you read books by diverse authors or books with diverse characters (such as LGBT, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, etc)? If yes, do you have any book recommendations? Do you visit indie and/or used bookstores? Also, have you ever worked in any? (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

I had never been intentional with reading diversely, but I realized that it means I am missing out on so so much. As an Indian, I have grown up reading books by Indian authors in both English and Hindi, and it has been a matter of convenience rather than intention.

After starting out as a book blogger this year, my reading list has become more and more diverse in terms of cultures, ethnicities, geographies and LGBT rep, and I cannot be more grateful to the bookish community for exposing me to these amazing books. I also wrote a post a few days back on some Stunning New Books by Black Authors that I’ve been wanting to read. I am planning on doing another post on recs for people who want to read diversely, but here are some of my recommendations for now:

I love used bookstores, and a large number of books I buy are used. Unfortunately, I haven’t worked in any bookstore!

What are your current reads? Share the first lines of your current reads in comments!

7 thoughts on “First Lines Friday, Friday 56 and Book Blogger Hop ~ 7 Aug 2020

  1. Hi, it looks like your recommendations are missing 🙂

    I also read more and more diverse, but these books already found their way to my TBR before realising they are actually diverse.

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