First Line Friday

First Line is my favorite weekly post! Booklovers can share the first line or two of the book you are currently reading…💗

Here I go..

My best friend shops for a wedding dress

My nightmare started like this.

I was standing on a deserted street in some little beach town. It was the middle of the night. A storm was blowing. Wind and rain ripped at the palm trees along the sidewalk. Pink and yellow stucco buildings lined the streets, their windows boarded up.

Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians II, The Sea of Monsters873062E7-8D8E-4A74-9069-86DC611EF9DC

Genre: Middle Grade

Author: Rick Riordan

Pub Date: 2006

Pages: 279


I am finishing up Flora and Ulysses, Cinder and about to start another book so I thought I would use my son’s book for First Line Friday.

Joey is 11, he has a hard time reading on his own so he has been listening to the audiobook and following along in the book. He loves this series and hopes to finish this book over the weekend.

Any thoughts or suggestions on a young person struggling with reading? He has been diagnosed with ADHD, but Im not sure if this is the cause of his reading troubles. He says he can’t envision the story when he reads it himself, but the audio makes all the difference for him. Do you have any similar experiences with your kiddos?

What are you reading this Friday afternoon? Have you read this Percy Jackson series? Do you have a favorite? I’ve only read the first one, but I suppose I’ll be reading this one too when Joe is done.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and read your First Line…

Happy Friday friends & Happy Reading!💗



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18 replies »

  1. I love Rick Riordan. The only series I couldn’t get into was Magnus Chase.

    Today I am reading Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton. It’s opening line is: Jack stands in the dark on the landing of the old house, and looks at his feet.

    It is a collection of short stories and so far it’s ho-hum, but we’ll see.

    • Awesome! Thanks for sharing the opening line… I’ve only read one of his books so I look forward to finishing this series with Joe. 😊

      • The book series was great…skip the two movies. If you like Egyptian mythology, The Kane Chronicles are fantastic. The Magnus Chase series is about Norse mythology. Now, Rick has an imprint and the first book he chose for that is Aru Shah and the End of Time which is Indian (from India) mythology. I have not found Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee (Korean mythology) or Storm Runner by Jennifer Cervantes (Mayan mythology) yet, but they are also in his imprint.

      • You always have so much knowledge about middle grade books! I love it! I have Dragon Pearl to read from NetGalley, I’m hoping to read it this weekend! The cover of Storm Runner is really cool! I tried to get that copy but wasn’t able to. I’ll have to write down Kane Chronicles, Joey is studying Egypt soon.

      • Out of everything Riordan has written, I think my top 3 are Kane Chronicles, Percy Jackson and The Olympians (didn’t really care too much for The Heroes of Olympus), and Trials of Apollo.

      • I think I have Heroes of Olympus at home too… if I remember right they are pretty thick books! But I haven’t read them yet.

      • I think I picked them up in my end of the year Scholastics order last spring. Maybe Joe and I will read them this winter… I hate buying books and not reading them!🙄 but they are so big, Joey is afraid of them. Lol

      • Mine is still that way with some books lol. If he makes it through the Percy Jackson series, he can make it through those ones, but be warned that the Gods have opposite (sort of) personalities in Roman mythology than they do in Greek.

      • Fun! Ok.. cool. Ya he is feeling pretty good about himself. He is a struggling reader, but loves Percy!

  2. I am not reading anything at the moment except the kids books… with their home work. Your site looks nice and neat. Audio is a great way to promote reading. Once he would get familiar with words, he would start picking up and read quick, it would also be helpful with his listening skills. Flash cards are the other best way. You can make flash cards out of the book for the words are most difficult to read for him. God Bless you and Joey both, stay connected.

  3. “There was a heavy snowfall that had started the night before as Brigitte Nicholson sat at her desk in the admissions office of Boston University, meticulously going over applications.”

    Legacy by Danielle Steel

    • Thanks for sharing Jan. You know what’s funny, I’ve never read a Danielle Steel book before.. lol for no reason either, I just never have.

  4. My mom says Danielle Steel has given up her old style and become a real writer (her words, not mine, lol).

    I just bought myself, recommended by my friend and it starts like this:

    “Seeing, in the finest and broadest sees, means using your senses, your intellect, and your emotions. It means encountering your subject matter with your whole being. It means looking beyond the labels of things and discovering the remarkable world around you.”

    “Photography and the Art of Seeing” by Freeman Patterson.

    Apparently Patterson is a self-taught photographer. My friend thought I might be interested. So far I’m very excited by what I’ve read.

  5. ‘Not feeling very well again and had rather a restless night,’ wrote Queen Victoria in her journal on 17 October 1841. She was heavily pregnant with her second child.

    I’m reading (or rather listening to) Bertie: a Life of Edward VII by Jane Ridley. I love listening to audiobooks in the car and can get through a lot with my job taking me all over the country.

    • That’s awesome… I love audiobooks in the car too! Ryan thinks I’m a nerd for it, but I think it’s the best!😊 thanks for sharing with me…

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