Teaser Tuesday 10/14/2014

 

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!

 

“She breathed deeply of the scent of decaying fiction, disintegrating history, and forgotten verse, and she observed for the first time that a room full of books smelled like dessert:  a sweet snack made of figs, vanilla, glue and cleverness.”

–Joe Hill, NOS4A2

Love this Quote

My quote for today didn’t come from a book, but I’ve written it in my journal repeatedly. Every time I see it–on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter–I am compelled to write it down, as a reminder to let go of the prejudices that plague our society. I’ve seen another post making it’s rounds that tells us that the first thought we have when we look at someone is the conditioning we’ve been given to think about someone. “They are fat, they are gay, they are psycho.” You know those thoughts. It’s what you think secondly that matters. “They are beautiful, they are in love, they look hurt and maybe I could help.” We can change our thinking, and we should do our best to move away from the hate. There’s way too much of it out there, in my opinion.

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“Each of us bears a responsibility to reject hate whatever its form, whatever its justification. A soul filled with hate can devastate a community. A nation filled with hate can devastate a people. It must start and end with each of us.”

–George Takei

Teaser Tuesday 10/7/2014

 

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!

 

“Why is it that this form of ambition–curiosity-which entered into the temptation of our first parent, is so specially hart to resist? Knowledge is power–and power of one sort or another is the secret lust of human souls; and here is, beside the sense of exploration, the undefinable interest of a story, and above all, something forbidden, to stimulate the contumacious appetite.”

–Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Uncle Silas

 

This is a long and slow going book…I’m about halfway through it, so be patient with my blogging this week. Hopefully I can make it through in the next few days and can commence more active posts!

Quote

Even though I didn’t care much overall for The Name of the Rose, it was filled with little golden nuggets of wisdom.

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If you can’t read my handwriting, this says:  “Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn’t ask ourselves what it says, but what it means.”

In other words, don’t just take everything you read at face value. Question everything. Research further. Investigate.

Nothing written can ever be truly objective. Humans write this stuff, remember? And humans have opinions and bias. They also cannot see everything. Try to find out for yourself what the world around you looks like.

This Gives Me Feels

I know I know. This post is supposed to be about books that make you cry, like The Fault in our Stars. But when have I ever done a post correctly?

Or, even read a book “correctly”…

It always infuriates me when people use that quote, “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” Generally, it’s used in a mushy, lovestruck way. You see it on pretty, flowery Pinterest posters all the time.

Taken out of context, sure it sounds lovely.

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But, contrary to everyone’s believe, Wuthering Heights is NOT a lovely book. It’s NOT a romance novel from long ago. Quite the opposite really.

Catherine and Heathcliff were terrible people. They lived to tear everyone in their world apart. The feels I feel for this book? Anger, obviously. Hatred, yes. Despair, certainly.

And yet, I want to read it again. Because that’s the point of literature. To make you feel something so strongly, that even if it’s a horrible feeling…you must feel it again, just to understand it. You must have it make sense.

And Wuthering Heights does not make sense to me yet.

Teaser Tuesday 9/16/2014

 

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!

 

“Why can men never find things around the house? (Because they have a narrow field of vision, useful in tracking prey.) Why can women find things so easily? (Because in protecting the next they were used to scanning a wide field.)”

–Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

 

This quote really isn’t what the book is about, but I thought this section was hysterical.

Teaser Tuesday 9/9/2014

 

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!

 

 

“The redhead cleared her throat and tried again, haltingly, her voice scratchy and fat droplets still running down her cheeks:

‘Has…has anyone here seen Julia Roberts?'”

 

–Kate Jacobs, The Friday Night Knitting Club

Teaser Tuesday 7/15/2014

 

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!

 

“‘I’m calling it ‘The Girlfriend’s-Going-to-Juilliard-Leaving-My-Punk-Heart-in-Shreds Blues,'” he said, singing the title in an exaggeratedly twangy voice. Then he smiled that goofy shy smile that I felt like came from the truest part of him.”

–Gayle Foreman, If I Stay

Teaser Tuesday 6/24/2014

 

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!

 

“Like the ground to a falling man, it would come rushing up and hit him all at once–the place, the company, her words; one implication would lead to another and shatter him–but around that intake of breath the world hung silent and bright, so bright, and Akiva knew only this one thing, and held on to it and wanted to live inside of it and stay there forever.

Karou was alive.”

–Laini Taylor, Days of Blood and Starlight

 

(I know this sounds like a spoiler, but it’s not. You know before this that she is…This is just the moment Akiva finds out.)