The beginning of weekends brings along fresh burst of energy. People plan to utilize their weekends in the way they love the most. What more do you expect from a voracious reader than to start a new book. And that’s the point of my bookish meme.

First on Fridays is a weekly bookish meme, created and hosted byPreeti’s Panorama. Everyone is welcome to join.

The rules are very simple:

  • Every Friday, grab a book [can be an e-read or paperback].
  • Share its first two or three paragraphs along with the book’s title and cover.
  • On the basis of the paragraphs/excerpt, just tell whether you would like to read it or not? One or two sentences will be enough. If you want to explain more, it would be lovely!!

I just request that you link back to ‘Preeti’s Panorama’ on your own ‘First on Fridays’ post. You can share your comments if you do not have a blog. 

Have fun with it and enjoy the world of books.


Text of a historical letter, the original of which is kept under glass in the Great Library of Alexandria and listed under the Core Collection.

From the scribe of Pharaoh Ptolemy II to his most excellent servant Callimachus, Archivist of the Great Library, in the third year of his glorious reign;

Great King Ptolemy, Light of Egypt has considered your counsel to make copies of the most important works of the Library to be housed in daughter libraries, hereinafter to be called Serapeum, for the access and enrichment of all men. Pharaoh, who is as wide as the Nile in his divine wisdom, agrees to this proposal.

You shall therefore survey the contents of the Great Library and create for him a listing of all works housed therein, which shall serve everafter as the accounting of this great storehouse of the knowledge of the world.

You shall then consult with the Library’s Editor to make exact copies of items suitable for the use of Serapeum, being mindful of the need to provide works that elevate and educate.

By these means shall we further preserve the knowledge we have gathered and hold in trust from ancient times to be preserved for the future of all who come after.

Pharaoh has also heard your words regarding the unaccompanied admission of females to this sacred space of Serapeum, and in his divine wisdom refuses this argument, for women must be instructed by the more developed minds of men to ensure they do not wrongly interpret the riches that the library offers. For a perversion of knowledge is surely worse than a lack of it.

Pharaoh and the gods will grand eternal favour and protection to this great work.

A handwritten annotation to the letter, in the hand of Callimachus.

His divine wisdom can kiss my common arse. We blind and hobble half of the world through such ignorance, and I will not have it. Women shall study at the Serapeum as they might be inclined. Let him execute me if he wishes, but I have seen enough minds wasted in this world. I have a daughter.

My daughter will learn.

Do these lines entice you enough to make the book to be your First on Friday or not?

I found this book while discovering the new releases. The sequel for this book has been released recently. But it is this book which needs to be devoured first to understand the whole plot. So, I had to go searching for this one. The lines above completely blew my mind. I couldn’t possibly leave this book. These lines definitely suggest the plot having books in its center. The story revolves around books – What more can any reader want, other than such a subject 🙂

Not only this, ‘the annotation’ part gives a very strong inclination of a rebellious story-line.

Taking all this into consideration, it is definitely First on Friday for me!!! sure

You can grab your copies from : AMAZON.COM or AMAZON.CO.UK

as well as

add it to your TBR list in: GOODREADS 

Do not forget to check out the recently released sequel…


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Reg @ She Latitude · July 15, 2016 at 8:35 am

I’ve wondered about this series a lot, especially since I found out it involves the library! I’m not sure if I like the writing style from the paragraph you’ve included – it’s a bit… formal, and kind of confusing, but I guess it’ll all be explained later on. I hope you like the book when you get to it!

    Preeti's Panorama · July 15, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Actually it is a letter from a Pharaoh to a librarian of Alexandria… Hence, the language 🙂
    But yes, I am looking forward to reading the book

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