Teaser Tuesday – March 7, 2017

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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.

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Teaser Tuesday – February 21, 2017

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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.

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Teaser Tuesday – February 14, 2017

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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.

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Teaser Tuesday – January 31, 2017

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• 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.

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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.

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Teaser Tuesday – January 10th, 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!

Everywhere I turn, all I see is black. My vision drowns in cascading waves of darkness. I tread on something soft and slippery. There’s the smell of sweat and drying mud in the air. I hear distant footsteps marching but I see nothing. That’s good, I think. It means they can’t see me either.

~ The Plantation by Stella Samiotou Fitzsimons

I haven’t actually started this one yet, but I will probably do so as soon as I can finish The Hobbit – that one’s taking a while yet. I don’t know much about this book, but this first bit sounds pretty exciting! Has anyone else read this?

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Teaser Tuesday – January 3rd, 2017

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Sigh.

It’s one thing to say you are going to try to blog every day. It’s another thing to actually remember to post the blog instead of saving it as a draft. Back dating this one and then moving on!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted now 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! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

“You had better wait here,” said the wizard to the dwarves; “and when I call or whistle begin to come after me – you will see the way I go – but only in pairs, mind, about five minutes between each pair of you. Bombur is fattest and will do for two, he had better come alone and last. Come on Mr. Baggins! There is a gate somewhere round this way.”

~~ The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

So, confession time. I am a big fan of The Lord of the Rings, however I was introduced to the story not from the books, but from the movies that came out back in 2001-2003 (holy crap that was 15 years ago!! where has the time gone!!!). And believe me, I was OBSESSED with those movies. Bought the extended special edition DVDs and watched ALL the extras, all the actor interviews, all the stuff on the creative team and how they built this world. I wanted to move to New Zealand.

I have only read the trilogy of books once, right before the last movie came out, because I was so worried that Frodo was going to die and wanted to be prepared if that were the case. I may have read them a second time at some point in the years between, but I don’t think I have. I am currently going back through the books reviewed on Mark Reads and reading the books and the reviews together, just because it’s fun, and he read the trilogy, but started with The Hobbit.

I confess that I really didn’t like The Hobbit the first time I read it, which was right after finishing The Return of the King. I think it was because after reading about this big, epic fight to save mankind and all of Middle Earth, reading about a bunch of dwarves who just wanted their gold back seemed a little silly. There’s more to it than that, of course, and I think seeing The Hobbit movies in recent years has helped me build that world a bit more. So we’ll see if I appreciate it more this go around.