Teaser Tuesdays 6.28.11

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • 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!

My teaser:

“I was beginning to understand why Mother and Father and everyone else was so careful not to allow young men and women next to each other. Beginning to understand how quickly feelings of excitement or longing could get the better of me.” ~ (Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury)

Follow Friday and Book Blogger Hop 5.27.11

Follow Friday is a weekly hop hosted at Parajunkee’s View. Link up to find new reads and bookish blogs.

This week’s question: How many books do you read a week? In what format do you read them or listen to them?

My answer: I read about one book a week. In the winter I read more; in the summer I read less. I read traditional print editions. I just love physical books…the covers, the smell of the paper, the way they look on my shelves.

The Book Blogger Hop is hosted at Crazy-for-Books.

This week’s question: What book-to-movie adaptation have you most liked? Which have you disliked?

My answer:

My favorite book-to-movie adaptation is The Princess Bride. Yes, there are some differences between the book and screenplay, but both are absolutely wonderful.

I’m not sure I can pick my least favorite adaptation. Recently, I was a little disappointed with the Percy Jackson movie. I missed all of the book scenes with Ares.

Follow Friday 5.13.11

Follow Friday is a weekly hop hosted at Parajunkee’s View. Link up to find new reads and bookish blogs!

This week’s question:

What is the most emotional scene in a book that you have read lately?

I recently finished Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks. This novel is filled with emotional scenes! There is one death of a child that had me in tears. I can’t write more without including a spoiler alert.

Top Ten Tuesdays 5.3.11

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s list:

The Top Ten Books I’m So Happy Were Recommended to Me

  1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. My mom gave me her lovely hardcover edition many years ago. She is largely responsible for sparking my love for reading.
  2. The Idiot by Fydor Dostoyevsky. My Russian best friend Julia recommended this novel. The characterization in this novel is amazing.
  3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This book was also recommended to me by Julia. In my opinion, this novel is a mix of genres: fable, self-help and fiction. It resonated with me at the time I read it.
  4. All of Juliet Marillier’s books. Thanks Krista! I love them.
  5. Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer. My library coworkers introduced me to this awesome series.
  6. Airborn by Kenneth Oppel. My coworker Sam recommended this book. I think I started falling in love with steampunk while reading it.
  7. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby. A library patron recommended this book to me when she returned it. This is an amazing memoir about the power of communication. I read this book when my father was sick with a terminal illness which made it more bittersweet.
  8. The Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. This novel is one my officemate’s favorites. What dark but beautiful prose.
  9. Wolf Hunt by Gillian Bradshaw. This novel was also recommended by my officemate Beverly.   I love Gillian Bradshaw’s historical fiction. She chooses time periods that haven’t been overexposed instead of setting her novels in the “trendy” eras.
  10. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende. Again, this was recommended by Beverly. Allende’s writing is so captivating that she deserves not only to be read, but to be studied.

Follow Friday and Book Blogger Hop 4.22.11

Follow Friday is a weekly hop hosted at Parajunkee’s View. Link up to find new books and bookish blogs.

This week’s question:  What is on your current playlist right now?

My answer: Here’s a few…

  1. MGMT- Electric Feel
  2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Cold Night
  3. Johnny Cash-Hurt
  4. Pixies-Tame
  5. Gogol Bordello-60 Revolutions

The Book Blogger Hop is hosted weekly at Crazy-For-Books.

This week’s question if from The Paperback Princesses (I love their blog):

If you find a book you love, do you hunt down others by the same author?

Yes. When I find a new favorite author, I have to find out what else they have written. Sometimes, I am surprised to discover that I am not reading a debut novel, but the first of that author’s novels that was released by a big publisher. A little research can unearth many hidden gems! 

Top Ten Tuesday (Rewind) 4.19.11

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week: Pick a past Top Ten Tuesday that we’ve done that you didn’t get a chance to participate in.

TTT# 3: Top Ten Most Hilarious Book Titles You Have Come Across

Note: I haven’t had the pleasure of reading most of these. I’ve discovered them while working in a public library.

  1. Hold Me Closer, Necromancerby Lish MCBride. (Elton John is singing in my head.)
  2. Killer Pancake by Diana Mott Davidson. (An aside: The next time you hear someone complain about video games being violent, remember that the emergence and popularity of the subgenres of recipe, cat and knitting murder mysteries are proof that sweet-looking older women also escape into worlds filled with blood and guts. Think Arsenic and Old Lace.)
  3. Tall, Dark and Texan by Jodi Thomas. (Romance or Horror? Choose your own adventure.)
  4. Crazy Aunt Purl’s Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair: The True-Life Misadventures of a 30 Something who Learned to Knit After He Split by Laurie Perry
  5. No Choice but Seduction by Johanna Lindsay. (I won’t begin to imagine the plot contrivances necessary to reach that point.)
  6. Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs. (Say it aloud. Then picture Stallone delivering this line after the kill.)  
  7. The Unbearable Lightness of Scones by Alexander McCall Smith. (Sometimes a pastry is just that good!)
  8. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by David Eggers. (How modest!)   
  9. Cooking with Pooh (As in Winnie the Pooh)
  10. The Day My Butt Went Psycho: Based on a True Story by Andy Griffiths.

Teaser Tuesdays 3.22.11

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To join the fun:

  • 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!

My Teaser:

“Duels to the death tend to end that way.” Puck grinned, but it was a savage thing, grim and frightening.”
(Pg. 213, The Iron King by Julie Kagawa).
I’ve been reading this book for a long time! I love the description and pacing in this novel, and I’m glad that most of it takes place in the faerie realm of NeverNever.  I just haven’t been able to find enough time to read these past two weeks. Hopefully, life gets less busy soon.