Teaser Tuesdays #2

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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!

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‘Being tough isn’t of itself a bad thing. Looking back on it, though, I can see I was used to being too strong, and never tried to understand those who were weak…All I could think about was becoming a world-class pianist, and deviating from that path was not an option. Something was missing in me, but by the time I noticed that gap, it was too late.’

– page 174, ‘Sputnik Sweetheart’ by Haruki Murakami

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WWW Wednesdays #2

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I’m finally starting my Top Ten To-Read List with Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. I really enjoyed Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist which he co-wrote with Rachel Cohen and I’m hoping this will be just as good.

 

 

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished Before I Die by Jenny Downham. I bought this book about five years ago, began it but never finished it. I’m really glad I went back to it, I love Downham’s writing style and the atmosphere she creates. It’s definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year.

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman keeps catching my eye but so does Paper Towns by John Green. I absolutely love John Green but I haven’t read anything by Neil Gaiman yet despite hearing great things about him. I guess it’ll just depend on my mood at the time.

My Top Ten Favourite Book Quotes.

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My most favourite part of reading is that feeling you get when your eyes fall to a passage, a paragraph or even just a sentence, that seems as though it was written just for you. And you read those same words over and over, and you want to rip out the page to hug them close because you didn’t think anyone would ever put your feelings into print.

There are lots of good books and fewer great books and even fewer books with passages that draw out this feeling. When I first decided to compile a list of my favourite book quotes to celebrate the very best bits of books, I thought it’d be easy.

But I soon realised that some of my favourite books, despite how much I love them, don’t contain this mythical mixture of good writing, truth and a dash of relevance to my life. They’re good books, great books even, but their pages work best as one whole, not as individual pieces. Then there are the books that I don’t consider great or even good but hold words that have stayed with me, long after I slid them back onto my bookshelf.

I’ve found it’s rare, incredibly rare, to find a favourite book that also contains a favourite passage.

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What University Has Taught Me.

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My graduation was on Monday.

I am officially no longer a student, I’ll have to get a “proper” job and I can’t use “But I’m a student!” as an excuse for multiple Italian takeaways, bottles of vodka and bars of chocolate. In the words of my boyfriend, I have officially become a “real” person. (Apparently, before Monday I was a pseudo-person but now I’ve been upgraded to ‘full-on human being’ status.)

When I look back at the three years I’ve spent as a student I realise that under the University of Hull’s watchful eye I have changed in ways I never could have anticipated. It has taught me a lot of lessons (not just of the scholastic kind) and has given me swift kicks up the bum and a stern talking to when I needed it most. For this, I will be forever grateful.

But the most important lesson University has taught me is the value of independence.

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WWW Wednesdays #1

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

 

• What are you currently reading?

I’m about 50 pages into An Abundance of Katherines by John Green but I’m also reading Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I wanted a bit of a break between Hunger Games books after Catching Fire but I picked up Mockingjay and didn’t want to put it down.

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Teaser Tuesdays #1

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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 don’t think you can ever fill the empty space with the thing you lost… I don’t think your missing pieces ever fit inside you again once they go missing.

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My top ten to-read list.

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While I was at University, I found it hard to read books that were just for me and not for my course. A lot of this was due to a lack of time but a lot more of it was due to my laziness. Over the last three years I have read shockingly little for a book lover and English student.

My bookshelf would wink at me from from the wall opposite my bed and my eyes would fall on spine after spine of books. I wanted to read, I did. I wanted that satisfying feeling of sliding a book out from between others and turning over the first page. 

But I hardly ever gave in.

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How not to write a novel (Or, Why I Will Never Be a Novelist).

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Ever since I was little I wanted to be a novelist.

Knowing this, my Dad would let me borrow his laptop on the weekends when he was home from work so I could write about an Aztec called Fred who bought slaves with coco beans and carried them around in his slave bag (we were learning about the Aztecs at school). I’d then whip out my floppy-disk and save this new story alongside my expanding collection.

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The perils of book quotes.

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I have a secret. Actually, it’s not-so-secret since I started my tumblr blog and began posting them. I love quotes. Especially book quotes.

In fact, I’m scared that some of the time I love a quote from a book far more than I love the book itself. An isolated quote without the context of its book in the way means I can mould my own meaning out of it, apply the words to my own thoughts and experiences until they fit so snugly they could be my own.

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