Teasers and Top Ten Lists

Welcome to another Tuesday! Today I have another Teaser, thanks to MizB at “Should Be Reading,” and another Top Ten List, thanks to the lovely folks at “The Broke and the Bookish.”

Teaser Tuesday

For Teaser Tuesday, the rules are simple:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here’s my teaser for the week:

“The first time she set foot in the Haven, she was a slave, wasting away from starvation and abuse . . . the next time Cora set foot in the Haven, she, too, was a Queen.”

Shadow’s Fall by Dianne Sylvan

These two phrases aren’t right next to each other like this, but I love the contrast between the two and how they simply, yet fully explain Cora’s character. I love this series so much, although I’m barely skimming over the first three in order to get my hands on book 4.

 

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On to Top Ten Tuesday.This week’s list is a bit difficult for me. It’s all about what draws you to a book, what will make you pick it up out of a whole shelf of others. The short answer for me – almost anything. I’m not very picky about what I read. I’ll give anything a go. Here are a few things that I do notice.

Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly

Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book

1. haunted – What can I say? I like me a good ghost story.

2. ancient – I’ve read a few books set in an ancient time period, like the Roman Empire or Ancient Greece, and really enjoyed them.

3. King Arthur or Merlin – I am a sucker for a good Arthurian legend, especially if it’s a different retelling of some sort.

4. teenagers – As most of you know, I love reading Young Adult literature. I love reading about people with a different coming-of-age experience than mine. Helps me relive my youth.

5. fairies – If you believe in fairies, clap your hands! I’m especially fond of retellings of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but any fairy story will do.

6. magic – If you like fantasy like I do, you have to like magic. I love reading stories with an interesting and different magic system.

7. strong female character – Gone are the days when we stepped aside for our male betters. Give me a good heroine who kicks butt any day!

8. Europe – I love books set in other places, and since I really want to explore the great cities of Europe one day (London, Paris, Rome, sigh), I love reading about them as well.

That’s all I can think of at the moment, although I’m sure there’s more.

 

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23 thoughts on “Teasers and Top Ten Lists

    • Thanks! The funny thing – I think a lot of people thought that Cora is the main character, but she’s not. She’s a pretty minor character actually, just with a really tragic yet triumphant story.

    • King Arthur/Merlin books are probably my favorites. If you haven’t read The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, you need to. Soooo good. There are others too – a classic would be the Merlin series by Mary Stewart. There’s also the Pendragon series by Stephen Lawhead. And probably a whole lot more, but those are my favorites. 😉

    • It’s a really cool story line, even if it isn’t the main plot. Actually the main character goes through a similar experience. She wasn’t a slave, but she was pretty down trodden, and now she’s a Queen vampire. I love this series so much, can you tell? 😉

    • Even better – strong female characters who live in Europe! Who do magic and . . . is half fairy? I’m sure there’s at least one book out there like that. 😉

    • Thanks! A lot of people seem to like it, which I find funny since it isn’t even about a main character. That’s one of the things I like about these books – even the side characters have rich stories.

    • Hey, nothing wrong with Venice! I was going to put Paris and London, but then I figured I ought to just list Europe and be done with it. So much culture and history . . . I couldn’t limit myself to just one city!

      Hope you have a great week as well!

    • I’m pretty much the same way. I’ll read just about anything, or at least give it a try. That’s why this week’s topic was so hard. What will make me pick up a book? Um, it’s a book. If it’s in front of me, I’ll read it. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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