BBW 2011 Teaser Tuesday: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

~~Banned Books Week (BBW) 2011 takes place September 24th-October 1st~~

I just need to hang on long enough for my new skin to graft. Mr. Freeman thinks I need to find my feelings. How can I not find them? They are chewing me alive like an infestation of thoughts, shame, mistakes. I squeeze my eyes shut. Jeans that fit, that’s a good start. I have to stay away from the closet, go to all my classes. I will make myself normal. Forget the rest of it.

~Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, p125

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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 teaser

Teaser Tuesday: The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco

“And what’s your name?”

“Wait, it’s on the tip of my tongue.”

That is how it all began…

I felt as if I had awoke from a long sleep, and yet I was still suspended in a milky gray. Or else I was not awake, but dreaming. It was a strange dream, void of images, crowded with sounds. As if I could not see, but could hear voices that were telling me what I should have been seeing…

~The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco

This is a story about a man, Yambo, who has selective amnesia. He can remember a lot of unimportant facts, information that a lot of people the world over know. But he can’t remember personal memories, things that meant something to him. He rediscovers his past as he spends time at his old family home in Italy.

I’m actually enjoying this book so far. It can be a little boring at times, but I love the narration (it’s an audiobook). Italian accent and everything 🙂 (So glad it’s not British, which is what a lot of Americans like to use instead of real foreign accents.) We’ll see how it turns out!!

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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 teaser

Teaser Tuesday: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

But it was not a shoe, it was a suitcase…It seemed inordinately heavy in relation to its size, but I had no way of telling what was inside. It was fastened with locks in three places. I waited impatiently for the evening, when Four-Eyes would be released from his daily struggle with the buffalo, so that I could ask him what sort of treasure he had so securely hidden away in his secret cache. To my surprise he didn’t answer my question. All the time we were cooking he was unusually quiet…Luo broke the silence. “I expect they’re books,” he said. “The way you keep your suitcase locked up and hidden away is enough to betray your secret: you’ve got a stash of forbidden books.” A flicker of panic showed in our short-sighted friend’s eyes, then vanished behind his glasses as he composed his features into a smiling mask. “You must be dreaming,” he said.

~Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Saijie (p51-2)

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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 teaser

Teaser Tuesday: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

“Do you understand what I mean?” he presses me.

I nod. He means there’s only one future, if I want to keep those I love alive and stay alive myself.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (p44)

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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 teaser

 

Teaser Tuesday: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

He had a laudable care for his own bodily health–kept very early hours, regularly took a walk before breakfast, was vastly particular about warm and dry clothing, had never been known to preach a sermon without previously swallowing a raw egg–albeit he was gift with good lungs and a powerful voice, and was, generally, extremely particular about what he ate and drank, though by no means abstemious, and having a mode of dietary peculiar to himself, being a great despiser of tea and such slops, and a patron of malt liquors, bacon and eggs, ham, hung beef, and other strong meats, which agreed well enough with his digestive organs, and therefore were maintained by him to be good and wholesome for everybody, and confidently recommended to the most delicate convalescents or dyspeptics, who, if they failed to derive the promised benefit from his prescriptions, were told it was because they had not persevered, and if they complained of inconvenient results therefrom, where assured it was all fancy.
p11, Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

I chose this not because it is a great teaser, but because this is ONE SENTENCE! But, at the same time, this is also a paragraph. A 167-word sentence. Move aside, Jane Austen, a new run-on-sentence-writer is here 🙂 Anne Bronte, you are the modern day English teacher’s worst nightmare. Those teachers I had in the past didn’t like it when I wrote run-on sentences, so I wonder what they would say about those past great authors and authoresses who did so. I mean, would a teacher like it if a student wrote a paper in Elizabethan English, a la Shakespeare? I really can’t say. But I can say they don’t like run-ons 😀

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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 teaser

 

Teaser Tuesday

“The training of an apprentice geisha is an arduous path. However, this humble person is filled with admiration for those who are able to recast their suffering and become great artists. Some years ago while visiting Gion, it was my honor to view the spring dances and attend a party afterward at a teahouse, and the experience has left the deepest impression. It gives me some measure of satisfaction to know that a safe place in this world has been found for you, Chiyo, and that you will not be force to suffer through years of uncertainty.”
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (p.119 )

I’m really LOVING this book so far!! And I’ve been looking at some discussion questions as I go through it, to help me get more out of it.

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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 teaser

Teaser Tuesday

“Arabella tasted fear. It rose like bile as the silver sword pressed against what she was fairly sure was an essential part of her neck.”
Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig (p191)

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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 teaser