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Teaser Tuesday: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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This week for Teaser Tuesday I am sharing my thoughts on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (what a peculiar name!). This novel became on my radar because of the Tim Burton film that is coming out this week. I have been off the Tim Burton train for some time but this story caught my interest. I will watch the movie this weekend and post my review on my movie blog at http://54disneyreviews.com so keep an eye out for it!

The premise of this book reminded me of Tim Burton matched with the X-Men. I’m a huge X-Men fan if you didn’t know. At their heart they aren’t just superhero movies but are something better. They are a metaphor of class, racism and how we treat people who are different. I really didn’t like the latest X-Men Apocalypse because I felt they lost this metaphor in return for a generic, boring superhero movie. It really bummed me out.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is about a boy named Jacob who stumbles upon an orphanage for children with special powers or gifts much like Xavier’s school in X-Men. It takes a while to get going but it was an okay read.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page (or I like to do the page I’m currently reading)
• 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 participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

This week my sentence is on 3 hr 55 min  of the audiobook:

“These days fewer and fewer people believe in those things. Fairies and goblins and all such nonsense and thus common folks no longer make the attempt to seek us out. Ghosts stories and scary old houses have served us well too. Though not apparently in your case. Lion heartedness must run in your family….”

It’s a quick read and I think if you like YA novels you will enjoy this one. I hope Tim Burton does a good job with it and the movie. It feels a little forgettable but a decent read. I don’t know how involved I was with Jacob or any of the other peculiar children but it’s creative enough to entertain.

Teaser Tuesdays: Huckleberry Finn

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This week’s Teaser Tuesdays s another classic I’m enjoying reading all over again.  It’s Mark Twain’s seminal work Huckleberry Finn. In some ways on this read-through I am reminded a lot of To Kill a Mockingbird.  Both books are dependent upon their narrator for tone, humor and spiritual insight.  Both have very similar narrators in  a way- Southern kids who are skeptical about the world.

On this read-through I’m reminded how funny Huck can be and what a likable character he is.  I particularly like the way he see’s Jim- as just another person.  He doesn’t seem to grasp the danger of his situation until later in the story and there is something refreshing about that naivety.  What’s great about Mark Twain is he manages to carry important messages while not taking things too seriously.  It’s like he tricks you into thinking profound thoughts! This is particularly true later on in the novel in the scenes between the Grangerfords and Shepherdsons. Its considered by many to be the great American novel and I can see why!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page (or I like to do the page I’m currently reading)
• 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 participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

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This week my sentence is on page 25 of Huckleberry Finn: (Jim is reading Huck’s fortune from his hairball)

“You gwyne to have considerable trouble in yo’ life, en considerable joy.  Sometimes you gwyne to git hurt, en sometimes you gwyne to git sick; but every time you’s gwyne to git well ag’in.  Dye’s two gals flyin’ bout you in yo life.  One uv ’em’s light en t’other one is dark.  One is rich en t’other is po’. You gwyne to marry de po’ one fust en de rich one by en by”

Do you like Huckleberry Finn or do you think it is an overrated classic?  Which do you prefer Huckleberry Finn or Tom Sawyer?   It’s surprising there has never been a great movie version of Huckleberry Finn.  Maybe Hollywood is afraid of the racial contexts but that hasn’t stopped them with other material.  I would be curious to see what African American director Steve McQueen would do with it (he directed 12 Years a Slave).

Teaser Tuesdays: Smile

This week’s Teaser Tuesdays is a book called Smile by Raina Telgemeier.  I haven’t had much luck with graphic novels in the past.  I find them too busy and it is hard for me to get absorbed in the story.  It’s like my brain doesn’t know where to focus and I just get frustrated.  Well, the search is over because I have found a graphic novel I LOVE!  This is the first Teaser Tuesday I have done on a book I have finished.  I loved it so much I read it in one sitting.  I couldn’t put it down last night (it’s an easy read but still). It’s just great!

It tells the story of Raina’s childhood through the lens of her extreme dental work.  She is just a hair older than me but I related so much to everything she shared.  It feels very real.  Everything from her losing and getting new friends, to loving Little Mermaid and discovering what she wants to do in life, to having crushes on boys.  It was just completely delightful.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

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 participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

Since Smile is a graphic novel I will share an image with my sentence.  I hope it gives you feel for the book page 39 :

smile6My sister said my niece just rereads this book over and over again and I can see why.  I LOVED it and I don’t love books that often.  It was funny, sweet, honest and heartfelt.  I loved the illustrations and would honestly love to see it made into a TV series.  It’s just great! I can’t say enough good things about it.

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 Have you read Smile?  Let me know in comments section.

Teaser Tuesdays: All the Light We Cannot See

This week’s Teaser Tuesdays is a book called All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  I am very excited to say I am reading it for book club! My little book club is back up and running (along with my book club with Suey’s Books, which I love).  This time we are just doing it small with 3 of my best friends. Its been over a year since we last met so I’m very excited.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

light we cannot see

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 participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

I’ve been listening to All the Light We Cannot See.  My quote is from 4 hr 39 min in :

“Please PaPa can’t I go out?’ ‘Soon little dove’ but he was distracted.  He smoked so much it was as if he was turning into ash..Rather than comforting her his movements and smells make her more anxious

So far I’m about a 1/3rd through the book and it’s fine. I like Marie-Laure as a character.  She is a blind girl and her father works at a museum.  To help her survive he builds models of the street and neighborhood.  There is also a famous diamond at the museum which has a curse that I am sure will come more into play.

There is a dual story of a boy named Werner who I am less engaged with.  He is getting training from the Nazzi’s but seems more interested in tinkering with radios than anything Hitler Youth is trying to teach him.  I think I may grow to love his character but so far I think he is so-so.
I’m not LOVING the book so far but I am enjoying it.  Maybe I’m not really in the mood for a WW2 book and perhaps I was hoping it would be a bit more like The Book Thief than it really is.  But I am enjoying it and curious to see what happens to Werner and Marie-Laure.
Have you read All the Light We Cannot See?  Let me know in comments section.

Teaser Tuesday: How Star Wars Conquered the Universe

This week is all about Star Wars in my life including my reading (or audiobook listening). I’ve always been someone that has enjoyed non-fiction, particularly books that analyze trends and the odd behavior of groups.  The Big Sort, The Great Good Place and Bowling Alone are 3 of my favorites.  And as my last post said– nothing is a bigger trend or has more hype than Star Wars!

That’s why I decided to read Chris Taylor’s book ‘How Star Wars Conquered the Universe’.  I just started it but am finding it very interesting.  He starts  trying to find someone who has never heard of Star Wars before.   Follow me on Goodreads to find out what I thought of the book in the end.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

Taylor-How Star PBAnyone 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.

For mine I am listening to it in audiobook so I don’t have the page number but have the timecode.

Here’s my teaser from 2hr:34m of How Star Wars Conquered the Universe by Chris Taylor

“Space soldiers in their Tommy Tomorrow and Flash Gordon guises were far from the only obsession in young Lucas’ life.  Soon they weren’t even the central one. In his teens Lucas’ attention shifted from drawing and comics to cameras and cars.  An auto accident, the most important turning point in Lucas’ entire creative history led him to rethink his approach to school. He discovered the study of humanity and became fascinated by photography.  Only then belatedly did he fall into film”

So far I am really enjoying the book.  It’s more about Lucas and his history making Star Wars than I thought it would.  As a fan of Star Wars and movies in general it is fascinating to learn about.

What non-fiction do you like?

Teaser Tuesday (on Wednesday): Throne of Glass

I’m a day late getting this book update up on the blog.  Sorry. Yesterday ended up being crazy busy.  The book I am reading this week is Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas.  I am reading it for book club and didn’t have high expectations but am kind of enjoying it.  It’s a rip off of many other stories from Hunger Games to Game of Thrones (even though I haven’t read or seen them I can just tell).  It even says on the cover “fans of Game of Thrones and Hunger Games will love it!”.

I feel like it is saved by not taking itself too seriously.  It embraces the camp value of the story and I’m enjoying it much more than I expected too.  I should finish it today so we will see if I like the ending.  Follow me on Goodreads to find out what I thought of the book in the end.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

throne of glass

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.

For mine I am listening to it in audiobook so I don’t have the page number but have the timecode.

Here’s my teaser from 8hr:47m of Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

“Irritated but slightly curious he grabbed her arm. Her turquoise eyes glittered as she stared at his hand and his heart quickened when her gaze rose to his face. Yes, sweaty as she was, she was beautiful”

That’s actually a really great quote to show you the fun, silly feel of this book. It’s not great literature but I’m having a good time reading it.
Here’s the publisher’s summary if you are wondering what it is about:
“In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.”

Doesn’t that sound fun? It really is a fun, silly, easy read.