Tuesday Teasers and Top Tens – July 16th

Happy Tuesday everyone! Welcome to my favorite blogging day of the week!

Teaser Tuesday

First up is Teaser Tuesday, hosted by MizB at “Should Be Reading.” Here are the rules if you want to play along!

• 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!

Is my teaser from a Harry Potter book this week? Why, yes. Yes, it is. 🙂

Katie was removed to St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries the following day, by which time the news that she had been cursed had spread all over the school, though the details were confused and nobody other than Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Leanne seemed to know that Katie herself had not been the intended target.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

By the way, did everyone hear that J.K. Rowling had published a new crime novel under a pseudonym? It’s called The Cuckoo’s Calling and she published it under the name Robert Galbraith back in April. Isn’t that wild? She was quoted saying how nice it was to write something without a lot of hype and attention drawn to it. Less pressure. I can only imagine.

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Next up is Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by “The Broke and the Bookish.” This week’s topic was interesting, because there are several books on my shelf that I never see anyone else talk about. Maybe it’s just me, but I thought these people deserved a mention. Here we go!

Top Ten (or Six) Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

1. Obert Skye – I love the Leven Thumps books, even if they are aimed at a much younger audience. They are funny, creative, crazy, and one of the most imaginative stories I’ve ever read. If you need a smile, go pick these up.

2. Guy Gavriel Kay – Die hard fantasy fans will recognize this name, but many people won’t. I first read Kay’s work for a book club. We read Tigana, which is now one of my favorite fantasy stories. His works are epic and romantic, but have a dark undercurrent that draws you in. And the writing is beautiful.

3. Susan Kay – Another Kay, although I don’t think they’re related. Susan Kay wrote another of my favorite books: Phantom, in which she wrote essentially the back story to the character we know as the Phantom of the Opera. Other than rabid fans of the musical, I don’t hear people talk about this one either. I just found out she had a book before Phantom called Legacy, about Queen Elizabeth I. Might have to check that out.

4. Jennifer Estep – I was introduced to the Mythos Academy books at the end of last year, and I really enjoyed them. A fun twist on mythology, adding on to the popular boarding school trope, with a dash of romance and mystery thrown in. These books are a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to read the next one – she likes to give us cliffhangers!

5. Jonathan Stroud – This is another one that I got introduced to via the book club over at “The Mallorean Tavern.” I read the first book in the Bartimaeus series and it is absolutely delightful. Full of magic and a lot of humor – who doesn’t like a really snarky demon? – these books are aimed at middle grade readers, but I just loved them. Well, the first one anyway. I do plan on reading the others soon.

6. Mira Grant/Seanan Maguire – Most of you who follow my blog know that I was head over heels about Mira Grant’s Newsflesh trilogy – Feed, Deadline and Blackout. These books were such a roller coaster ride, they made me love books about zombies, even when I didn’t like zombies.

That’s all I can think of at the moment. Please share your teasers and top ten lists in the comments!

Also, if you’re on GoodReads, be sure to look me up! You can find me here.

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8 thoughts on “Tuesday Teasers and Top Tens – July 16th

  1. Seanan Maguire/Mira Grant rocks! I love the Newsflesh books. I’ve gifted the first book in the series to my sister and coerced a friend into buying it as well. I’ve also started Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series and love it so far. Mythos Academy is in my TBR as we speak.

    • I just discovered the Newsflesh books this past year. I had no idea! Like I said, I don’t usually like zombie stuff, but those books were so much more than that. And after what happened at the end of Feed (you know what I mean), I was so stunned, I had to keep going. They are brilliant.

      I’ve never read the Elemental Assassin series, but I do mean to someday. The Mythos Academy books were a lot of fun.

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