Firsts Lines Fridays

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book

Lines

Curiouser and curiouser. Quoting my favorite line in my favorite book (Hi, Alice) was my first reaction when I came home from school today and saw the new laptop that I’d been heavily hinting at wanting for the last few months, placed carefully in the center of the small desk in my bedroom. Well. My first reaction was actually distrust. Now, I know that a normal reaction to receiving a gift that you’ve wanted for an eternity and a quarter should involve something like clasping your hands on either side of your face, tears of happiness sliding down your cheeks, and a toothy grin followed by a loud exclamation of “Oh, you shouldn’t have!” But gifting at my house doesn’t quite work out that way when you know for a fact that you’re not due to receive said gift for another six to nine months. Not when the only thing your divorced parents agree on is that their sole child should never feel entitled to anything without earning it, no matter what their salaries could provide.

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And The Book Is…

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine
by Maika Moulite , Maritza Moulite

Goodreads Blurb

When a school presentation goes very wrong, Alaine Beauparlant finds herself suspended, shipped off to Haiti and writing the report of a lifetime…

You might ask the obvious question: What do I, a seventeen-year-old Haitian American from Miami with way too little life experience, have to say about anything?

Actually, a lot.

Thanks to “the incident” (don’t ask), I’m spending the next two months doing what my school is calling a “spring volunteer immersion project.” It’s definitely no vacation. I’m toiling away under the ever-watchful eyes of Tati Estelle at her new nonprofit. And my lean-in queen of a mother is even here to make sure I do things right. Or she might just be lying low to dodge the media sharks after a much more public incident of her own…and to hide a rather devastating secret.

All things considered, there are some pretty nice perks…like flirting with Tati’s distractingly cute intern, getting actual face time with my mom and experiencing Haiti for the first time. I’m even exploring my family’s history—which happens to be loaded with betrayals, superstitions and possibly even a family curse.

You know, typical drama. But it’s nothing I can’t handle.

Alex

 

 

 

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Pride Month Post 3: Celebrities That Came Out In 2019

When I did my research, some information was not super clear, and I don’t want to write fake or misleading news. I know how hard it is to come out because it took me 13 years to do it myself and when you do it. It changes your life forever. All I’m asking from you is to respect people who come out on social media because homophobia is a killer and it hurts to see and read so much hate.

Anthony Bowens

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Anthony Bowens is a professional wrestler, who back in 2017 came as bisexual, now in 2019, he came out again as gay in a YouTube video with his boyfriend Michael Pavano right beside him.

Valentina

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Valentina is an actor and drag performer, who was a contestant on the ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars. In 2019 she played the character of Angel Dumott Schunard in Rent: Live last January. In an interview by Out magazine, Valentina spoke about being non-binary.

Matt Pacifici

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The former Major League Soccer player came out as gay together with his boyfriend in a January Instagram post, making him the fifth current or former MLS player to publicly come out as gay. I read about fictional soccer players being gay, glad to see it happening in real life too.

 

Woody Cook

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Woody Cook is British model and son of British DJ and record producer Fatboy Slim came out as bisexual in a January interview with the UK’s Boys by Girls magazine.

Ben Platt

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Ben Platt is an actor and singer, who back in February while in an interview with People Magazine, spoke about being in love with men.

Saying “I’ve been out since I was 12 years old to my family and anyone in my life. I’ve never sort of hidden that or been ashamed by it. It’s just part of me.”

Lilly Singh

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Lilly Singh, a famous Youtuber, came out last February in a casual tweet on her twitter.

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If you enjoyed this post comment and like, and I would do a part two,

Alex

 

Top Five Wednesday

Hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and Lainey @ gingerreadslainey.

May 15th: SFF BFFs -BooktubeSFF Awards Crossover Topic-
— Discuss your favorite friends in Scifi and Fantasy, or characters you’d be BFFs with.

I decided to list five book characters/people that I wish I could be best friends with.

The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith
The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith
(The Universe Has Your Back)
by Gabrielle Bernstein

Gabrielle Bernstein would calm me down when I need it.

The Pi**ed-Off Parents Club
The Pi**ed-Off Parents Club
(Roxy Carmichael Series #1)
by Mink Elliott

I want to be Roxy friend and tell her that everything will be okay in the end.

Anger Is a Gift
Anger Is a Gift
by Mark Oshiro

I want to be Moss friend and listen to what he has to say.

Can't Escape Love (Reluctant Royals, #3.5)
Can’t Escape Love
(Reluctant Royals #3.5)
by Alyssa Cole

Regina and I would have real chat about blogging and disability.

You're Welcome, Universe
You’re Welcome, Universe
by Whitney Gardner

I feel that Julia would like my creative side.

Alex

Will It Ever Be Father And Son?

If you read my last post on the subject, you know that going to my childhood home isn’t the easiest to cope as I said in this post here. Months ago, my mum outed me to my dad, and I guess she was right that was the most straightforward way of doing things and for the truth to come out.

I didn’t know that my dad knew, and I was about to change my name and gender marker. I wanted my dad to know, so I went to my mum and told her that I was worried because I wanted to come out to dad, but I knew he won’t accept me as his son, and my mum said to me that he already knew and didn’t get it.

In the same day when I had my gender clinic appointment, my mum needed to go to Gozo (where my dad and my dogs live), so after the clinic, I went with mum. My dad and I had a head to head conversation, and my dad said some of the most hurtful words I was ever told. To the point where I couldn’t even open out about the week after in therapy.

Guess what the day I’m writing this I’m back in my parent’s home because my mum wanted to come, and I had no choice but to come with them soon my mum is the only one who takes care of me. My dad and I are on speaking terms, but he still views me and thinks of me as his daughter, and before you come for me, I know that these things take time.

I’m willing to wait for things to heal because the saying says time heals everything. However, I’m worried that once I start hormones, my dad will disown me and that will be the end of an already rocky relationship. My relationship with my dad has always been rocky. For me to become my true self, I’m risking losing a parent for my life.

 

Always on the fight to become more me,

Alex

 

A Dog’s Way Home (A Dog’s Way Home) by W. Bruce Cameron

A dog that was born in an abounded building was left alone with a pack of wild cats when a couple of men tried to kill them before the building was demolished. Animal secure saved most of the cats, but when they found this ‘dog’, she went straight away to the only person that gave her food before. With a bit of persuasion, the guy could take the dog home. Later, Bella, her new name figured out that from now on she’ll be living with her ‘new human’ called Lucas and his mother, who’s a PTSD after coming back from war. Being that Bella was also very good at learning commands.

Like magic, Bella would comfort the mother whenever she was suffering from a PTSD attack. Being that Lucas works in a hospital, he started taking her to work with him, and she begins to help the people in there too. However, there was one problem in the apartment where they lived didn’t allow any dogs, causing her to end in the pound. Being that she was mistaken for a pit bull, she was given the three-state system which was a sure kill for her. Lucas stole her from the pound and gave her to his animal rescuer. As soon as Bella found a new home, she ran away to find her Lucas following the smell trail. Hoping that one day she’ll be back with her human friend Lucas.

Will Bella find her forever friend? You’ll have to read the book or watch the movie to get your answer!

Alex

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Writing a poem with song lyrics

 

Chemicals inside my brain

Oh, my love, don’t stop burning gonna send them up in flames

The brightest colours fill my head

I give and you take

When the sharpest wanna cut me down

Time to stop taking this for granted

We’re barely a spark

I wish I could erase it

Every time we say goodbye baby, it hurts

 

 

 

 

 

Songs

 

Gabbie Hanna – Medicate

David Guetta & Sia – Flames

P!nk – A Million Dreams [from The Greatest Showman: Reimagined]

Youngblood – 5 Seconds of Summer

The Greatest Showman – This Is Me

James Arthur – Sermon ft. Shotty Horroh

Ward Thomas – No Filter

Imagine Dragons – Bad Liar

Alex

The Characters Book Tag

Original Creator Books and Coffee

The Questions

1. Who is the best kick-ass character?

Julia from You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner.

You're Welcome, Universe
2. Which character do you most dislike?

Yeong-hye from The Vegetarian by Han Kang.

The Vegetarian
3. If you could date any fictional character who would it be and why?

I think, I would date Riley Cavanaugh from Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin, because I find them pretty unique.

Symptoms of Being Human
4. If you could change a character in any way what would it be?

I would make more characters lgbt+.
5. What character to you made all the wrong choices that didn’t add anything to the book?

Layla Harrison Blacklist (Beautiful Idols #2) by Alyson Noel

Blacklist (Beautiful Idols #2)
6. Out of the five books you have chosen which character was the best villain whom you love to hate?

I chose The Mortal Instruments Series and Valentine Morgenstern.
7. Favorite side-kick character with the most heart?

Ron Weasley in Harry Potter.

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8. What is your favorite fictional romantic relationship?

David and Ryan from Bump by Matthew J. Metzger.

Bump
9. What character did you think was the strongest?

Misha Defonseca from Surviving With Wolves by Misha Defonseca.

Surviving With Wolves
10. Best protagonist?

Sage Singer from The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.

The Storyteller
11. Who do you tag?

Whoever wants to do it.

Alex