Teaser Tuesday


Despite what my blogging schedule would imply, I’ve got a stack of books to review. But work got crazy (A promotion! More work than hours in the day!) and life got busy. I’d still like to share what I’m reading though, and see what you all are reading too!

The rules for Teaser Tuesday, hosted by Miz B of Should Be Reading, are simple:

  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two “teaser” sentences from that page (without spoiling the book!)
  4. Include the title and author so others can find the book if they enjoyed your teaser

This weeks teaser:

“Miles supposed eight developed planets and an equal fringe of allied and puppet dependencies qualified as sprawl in any sane person’s lexicon. Not that the Cetagandan ghem-lords wouldn’t like to sprawl a little further, at their neighbors’ expense, if they could.”

~Miles, Mystery & Mayhem, by Lois McMaster Bujold

Powell’s has one again proven itself the best bookstore ever–they host Brandon Sanderson, one of my favorite fantasy authors, every time he does a book tour. And this time, since he’s promoting the last Wheel of Time book, Harriet, Robert Jordan’s wife, was on tour with him! Makes for a very exciting Monday night in this introverted book worm’s world.

Me, with Brandon Sanderson and Harriet

Me, with Brandon Sanderson and Harriet

I’ve already finished A Memory of Light (review pending, but I’m happy with how it all ended), but I’d still like to share it for Teaser Tuesday this week. Has anyone else read the book? I’d love to know what you thought, so please leave a comment!

The rules for Teaser Tuesday are simple:

  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two “teaser” sentences from that page (without spoiling the book!)
  4. Include the title and author so others can find the book if they enjoyed your teaser

This week’s teaser:

“There are no endings, and never will be endings, to the turning of the Wheel of Time.

But it was an ending.”

~A Memory of Light: Book 14 in the Wheel of Time series, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, page 908

This week is my first full week at work since Christmas, and I may have given myself a concussion Sunday–should be a long week! But I’m really enjoying my at-work book, so I’ve chosen a teaser from Cordelia’s Honor to share with you today.

The rules for Teaser Tuesday, hosted by Miz B of Should Be Reading, are simple:

  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two “teaser” sentences from that page (without spoiling the book!)
  4. Include the title and author so others can find the book if they enjoyed your teaser

This weeks teaser:

“She pictured herself opening a conversation, Hey you, Vor-guy–. She clutched Aral more firmly and tried to look mysterious and exotic rather than tongue-tied and mislaid.”

~Cordelia’s Honor, by Lois McMaster Bujold, page 325

After an unintentional (but much needed break-since the last time I posed I got married!), I’m back with a still larger pile of books to be reviewed. I’m also leaving on a trip soon, so I’m building a collection of new books on my Kindle to go with the two new hardback books I’ll be packing in my suitcase. I find it incredibly hard to commit to a single book or two when I’m traveling, so right now I’m theoretically taking 9 new books on a trip that’s not even two weeks long. And there is always the chance I’ll buy more books while out of town if I find a good bookstore. Makes total sense, right…?

The rules for Teaser Tuesday, hosted by Miz B of Should Be Reading, are simple:

  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two “teaser” sentences from that page (without spoiling the book!)
  4. Include the title and author so others can find the book if they enjoyed your teaser

This weeks teaser:

“This was a eureka moment: I realized that the tasks we had chosen for study were exceptionally effortful. An image came to mind: mental life–today I would speak of the life of System 2–is normally conducted at the pace of a comfortable walk, sometimes interrupted by episodes of jogging and on rare occcasions by a frantic sprint.”

~Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, page 34

Not much to share today, but I am working on a holiday shopping guide for those of your with book lovers on your lists this year. Look for it later this week!

The rules for Teaser Tuesday, hosted by Miz B of Should Be Reading, are simple:

  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two “teaser” sentences from that page (without spoiling the book!)
  4. Include the title and author so others can find the book if they enjoyed your teaser

This weeks teaser:

“Tavi wondered if he was about to make a very large, very humiliating, potentially fatal mistake.

He frowned, and spoke to that doubting part of himself in a firm tone of thought: If you didn’t want to take big chances, you shouldn’t have started screaming about who your father was.”

~First Lord’s Fury: Book Six of the Codex Alera, by Jim Butcher, page 265

Took an unplanned break there for a bit! Between the holidays, wedding planning (just over two weeks!), and my daunting pile of pending reviews, book blogging has taken a back seat in my life right now. Still reading though, which only adds to my to-review list…

The rules for Teaser Tuesday, hosted by Miz B of Should Be Reading, are simple:

  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two “teaser” sentences from that page (without spoiling the book!)
  4. Include the title and author so others can find the book if they enjoyed your teaser

This weeks teaser:

“Oh, it wasn’t a grin. In fact, one could hardly tell it was a smile at all. But Tavi could definitely see it in some subtle shift of the muscles in his face, in the scarcely noticeable deepening of the lines at the corners of his eyes. He looked…content. He looked like a man who had made his peace.”

~First Lord’s Fury: Book Six of the Codex Alera, by Jim Butcher, page 216

As it gets closer to the holidays I’m finding myself reading more cookbooks. I’m currently looking for a fool-proof pie crust recipe, because my fiance’s favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is the homemade pumpkin and chocolate pies…and my family always does store-bought pie. If I wasn’t in the market for a traditional recipe, however, I would jump on the Marbled Pumpkin Gingersnap Tart from the new Smitten Kitchen Cookbook (last year I made a pumpkin caramel cheesecake–I clearly work hard to avoid anything with a real crust).

Of course, pumpkin pie has nothing to do with my teaser this week. I just want to get everyone obsessed with Smitten’s cookbook! My teaser this week is actually from a book I picked up on vacation in Seattle a few weeks ago, and hopefully I’ll have my review of the store ready to go soon because that bookstore (and the Experience Music Project) may have been my favorite part of the trip.

The rules for Teaser Tuesday, hosted by Miz B of Should Be Reading, are simple:

  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two “teaser” sentences from that page (without spoiling the book!)
  4. Include the title and author so others can find the book if they enjoyed your teaser

This weeks teaser:

“Fromm found this astonishing–that someone could be so ignorant of the new realities of Germany as to think that a mere baptism could restore one’s status as an Aryan.

‘Poor old fool!’ Fromm wrote in her diary.”

~In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, by Eric Larson, page 193

I went to the book signing for Deb Perelman’s cookbook, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, last night at Powell’s. The event was great (they sold out of books and filled the room to capacity!) and Deb a total blast to hear speak. And her cookbook is every bit as awesome as her blog, which is important to someone who reads cookbooks like they are normal books and appreciates a good page into to every recipe.

The rules for Teaser Tuesday, hosted by Miz B of Should Be Reading, are simple:

  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two “teaser” sentences from that page (without spoiling the book!)
  4. Include the title and author so others can find the book if they enjoyed your teaser

This weeks teaser:

“On the flip side, what I secretly hope when I read a cake recipe that asks me to use three different bowls is: Did this recipe’s creator compare the results of this cake with one bowl, two bowls, and three bowls and find that the three-bowl method was clearly the winning cake? Or did they just ask me to use three bowls before that’s the way it’s always been done?”

~The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, by Deb Perelman, introduction

I’m back from my Seattle mini-vacation and I’ve added two book reviews, a bookstore review, and I’ve got some thoughts to share on my Kindle. Apparently even on vacation I find more work for myself!

The rules for Teaser Tuesday, hosted by Miz B of Should Be Reading, are simple:

  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two “teaser” sentences from that page (without spoiling the book!)
  4. Include the title and author so others can find the book if they enjoyed your teaser

This weeks teaser:

“If you are a woman and you bought this book for practical tips on how to make it in a male-dominated workplace, here they are. No pigtails, no tube tops. Cry sparingly (some people say ‘Never let them see you cry.’ I say, if you’re so mad you could just cry, then cry. It terrifies everyone).”

~Bossypants, by Tine Fey (reading on my Kindle so no page numbers, but it’s at 2%)

So I finally did–I broke down and bought a Kindle over the weekend! I’ve already read one book and put 20 or so on it. Next week I’m taking a quick trip up to Seattle on the train, so the true test will determine if it’s truly better than my purse full of books for travel!

The rules for Teaser Tuesday, hosted by Miz B of Should Be Reading, are simple:

  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two “teaser” sentences from that page (without spoiling the book!)
  4. Include the title and author so others can find the book if they enjoyed your teaser

This weeks teaser:

“Lararl turned to face them. ‘You will go with these guards, or you will die, here and now. Choose.’ “

~Princeps’ Fury: Book Five of the Codex Alera, by Jim Butcher, page 144

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