Teaser Tuesday – November 21, 2017

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by “The Purple Booker.” 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! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

Even if Balthazar’s human body crumbled away and his spirit went back to sleep, Voulo would start locking me away again. And next time, I doubted Voulo would want to wait for me to die of natural causes before he stuffed me into the marionette case – permanently.

~ Music Box by Anya Allyn

This is the final book in the Dark Carousel series, which means I will get to cross off another series finished off of my list!

Please leave your teasers in comments!

Advertisements

Teasers and Top Tens – November 14, 2017

Teaser-Tuesdays-Purple

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by “The Purple Booker.” 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!

The words used to describe it – despair, fear, anxiety, obsession – do so little to communicate it. Maybe we invented metaphor as a response to pain. Maybe we needed to give shape to the opaque, deep-down pain that evades both sense and senses.

~ Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

It has taken me a while to get into this book, not because it isn’t good, but because of the reading slump I’ve been in for the past several months. Getting over that now, because this book is pretty remarkable.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by “The Broke and the Bookish,” which still remains one of my favorite blog titles. Each week, a new topic is introduced and bloggers add their top ten lists accordingly. This week’s topic:

 Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read

Well, I already have children, so this will be both hypothetical and true to life. And if my kids have already outgrown these books, which they probably already have in some cases, then I will foist them on my grandkids, if I ever have any. Most of these books are special to me because they helped shape my own childhood. The rest are just awesome.

1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – I mean, come on. Every human should read those books, even if just to be aware of their cultural impact. Both of my kids have read these, so I feel like I’m doing good parenting-wise, at least in that respect.

2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – This was one of my favorite books as a kid, and was probably part of what made me such a big fantasy/sci-if fan as an adult. It’s a perfect blend of the two and draws you in. The whole series is great, but there’s something about that first one that is special.

3. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White -When I was a kid, this book was my jam! I think it was one of the first books I owned that I needed multiple copies because they kept falling apart because I read it so much.

4. The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White – Giving E.B. White all the love on this post. I can’t help it – he was a big part of my childhood. While most people have at least heard of Charlotte’s Web, I don’t know if this one gets as much attention. it should. It’s a beautiful book.

5. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell – The first book that made me cry. This is another beautiful story, full of discoveries, bravery and the resilience of the human spirit. So good!

6. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – I know that I should have all of the Narnia books on this list, but I have special feelings for this one. My 3rd grade teacher read it out loud to our class, a chapter a day, and we were completely enthralled. Best part of our day. And if it leads kids to read the other books, that’s just icing on the cake.

7. The Fear Street series by R.L. Stein – I loved these books as a kid. Definitely for an older audience than the Goosebumps books are (and I never got into those), Fear Street was my introduction to spooky, scary stories that loved to play with your mind. So much fun!

8. The Whitney Cousins series by Jean Thesman – This series is about three cousins and how their lives intersect. The characters are fun, but they also deal with some heavy issues, which I think I important for kids to read.

9.  Any book by John Green – Moving on to the teenage years. I absolutely adore John Green and feel like his books would have really impacted me if I had read them as a teen instead of as an adult. His characters are engaging and complex and he doesn’t shy away from difficult topics.

10. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – Another book for a teen audience, this book is amazing. It both inspired me and completely destroyed me. In a good way, of course.

There is my Top Ten list for this week! Please share your list in comments so I can check it out!

Teaser Tuesday – March 7, 2017

Teaser-Tuesdays-Purple

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Purple Booker. Here are the rules if you would like 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!

The winding white gravel path led us through the palace grounds, past the rolling lawns and follies, and the high walls of the hedge maze. Tolya, ordinarily so still and silent, squirmed in his saddle, his mouth set in a sullen line.

~ Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

I really love this series. I enjoyed the first book, although it’s been several months since I read it. I didn’t re-read it before starting book #2, but I think I remember enough about it that I’m good. Usually that isn’t the case – I like to have the story fresh in my mind – but I didn’t want to take the time to re-read it right now, although I probably will once I finish the series.

Please leave your teasers in comments!

Teaser Tuesday – February 21, 2017

Teaser-Tuesdays-Purple

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Purple Booker. 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!

Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give that to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends.

~ Gandalf, The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

I love this quote. It appears in this book, but also in The Fellowship of the Ring, where it was originally spoken.

This book is taking a very long time, I know, but Tolkien is something that tends to go slowly. I do want to try and finish this one this week though.

Please leave your teasers in comments!

Teaser Tuesday – February 14, 2017

Teaser-Tuesdays-Purple

Happy Tuesday and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Purple Booker. 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!

Where now are the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?
Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?
Where is the harp on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing?
Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing?
They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow;
The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow.
Who shall gather the smoke of the deadwood burning,
Or behold the flowing years from the Sea returning?

~ The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

Yep, still working through The Lord of the Rings. Slow going, but such beautiful, beautiful language.

Please leave your teasers in comments!

Teaser Tuesday – January 31, 2017

Teaser-Tuesdays-PurpleTeaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Purple Booker. 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!

“Regiments of black crows are flying over all the land between the Mountains and the Grayflood,” he said, “and they have passed over Hollin. They are not natives here; they are crebain out of Fangorn and Dunland. I do not know what they are about: possibly there is some trouble away south from which they are fleeing; but I think they are spying out the land. I have also glimpsed many hawks flying high in the sky. I think we ought to move again this evening. Hollin is no longer wholesome for us: it is being watched.”

~ The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

It’s been a really long time since I’ve read The Lord of the Rings. I am very much enjoying it.

Please leave your teasers in comments!

Teaser Tuesday – January 17, 2017

Teaser-Tuesdays-PurpleTeaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Purple Booker. Here are the rules if you would like 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!

“You should stay here,” Cornelia persists, looking almost wretched. Nella turns to breathe the air of the outdoors, away from the smoky scent of the candles, her watchful face. “Wherever it is, you shouldn’t go alone,” the maid murmurs, more gently this time, putting a hand on Nella’s arm. “I’m only -”

“Unlike you, Cornelia, I can go wherever I want.”

~ The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

So this quote is from my current read. Yes, I know, it was nowhere on my WWW post last week. These things happen sometimes. I picked this one up at Barnes & Noble knowing absolutely nothing about it, but loving the cover art. I like doing that sometimes at bookstores – finding a book that just speaks to me for some reason, even if I’ve never heard of the book or the author. This one is really interesting so far and the writing is beautiful. I’ll let y’all know how it is when I finish it.

Please leave your teasers in comments!