nostalgic reads

Nostalgic Reads – Kristy’s Great Idea

Originally I had planned to feature the next Fear Street book today, title The Surprise Party, but unfortunately I am having a hard time finding it. So instead, to mix things up a bit, we’re going to move on to another series that shaped my adolescence: The Baby-Sitters Club.

Nostalgic Reads

Kristy's Great IdeaTitle: Kristy’s Great Idea

Author: Ann M. Martin

Series: The Baby-Sitters Club

Blurb: Kristy thinks the Baby-sitters Club is a great idea. She and her friends Claudia, Stacey, and Mary Anne all love taking care of kids. A club will give them the chance to have lots of fun – and make tons of money.

But nobody counted on crank calls, uncontrollable two-year-olds, wild pets, and parents who don’t always tell the truth. And then there’s Stacey, who’s acting more and more mysterious. Having a baby-sitters club isn’t easy, but Kristy and her friends aren’t giving up until they get it right!

Review: I had forgotten just how good these books really are.

First, a little bit of history, since I did this with the first Sweet Valley High post. The Baby-Sitters Club first came out in 1986. The first 35 books were written by Ann M. Martin, the later books written by ghostwriters. There are 131 books in the original series, with spin-offs like the Super Editions, Mysteries, and the Little Sister series that focuses on Kristy’s stepsister, Karen.

This first book, Kristy’s Great Idea, sets everything up for our series. A group of friends come together to form a club in order to get baby-sitting jobs. Sure, there is the typical 80s thing where each character has their defining characteristic: Kristy is the outgoing tomboy, Mary Anne is the quiet bookworm, Claudia is the artsy fashionista, and Stacey is the fun city girl. Each book is told from the point of view of one of the girls, but we also get some stories from the other girls due to their notebook where they write down the details of their baby-sitting jobs.

So let’s talk about Kristy. She gets in trouble sometimes because she is very outspoken and doesn’t really have a filter. She is going through a but of a tough time. Her parents are divorced, her father is not really in her life, and her mother is dating another man, Watson. Kristy doesn’t want to accept another man in her mom’s life and avoids anything to do with him as much as she can, including refusing to baby-sit for his two kids.

Kristy gets the idea to start the Club after watching her mother try to find a baby-sitter for her little brother, David Michael. She was busy, her two friends Mary Anne and Claudia were also busy, her older brothers were busy, and their other baby-sitter was sick. Kristy felt bad that her mom had to waste time trying to track down someone and also that David Michael had to feel like a burden for her having to do so. The idea, that parents could make one call and reach a group of sitters, was actually a very good one and starts out pretty successful. Sure, they have some hiccups. Prank calls by Kristy’s older brother. Someone calling them for dog-sitting. They ended up at jobs with extra children they didn’t count on, who were all unruly brats.

The book ends with Kristy coming to terms with Watson and his kids, which is good since now Watson and Kristy’s mom are engaged. We also find out that Stacey, who has been acting odd about food all book, actually has diabetes and was afraid to tell anyone. The girls all get in a big fight, but are able to work things out. What I like best about this series is that even though the girls are stereotypes, like I mentioned above, they also feel very real. None of them are perfect, they have definite flaws, but they also sound like kids that I went to middle school with. That’s refreshing.

My plan is to flip back and forth between The Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High ever ten books or so, with some Fear Street thrown in as I can find them. That will keep this feature from getting too stale.

Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly-Wrap Up – 7/19/19

Weekly Wrap-Up

What a week this has been! Let’s see, on top of being super busy at work, it’s also been the last week of rehearsals (lovingly referred to as “tech week”)before the opening of my community theater production of Sister Act. Opening night is tonight, people! I’m also playing Mother Superior, which is exciting and fun, but also nerve wracking because it’s a pretty big part. Our cast and crew is really wonderful and hard-working – theater people are awesome! Now we just got to work through the jitters.

Also, today is my mom’s birthday! Cheers!

My blog did hit 500 followers, which is also very exciting! For anyone who has missed it, I am having a giveaway to celebrate. You can find out the details on this post. Today is the last day to enter – I will be picking a winner sometime tomorrow.

Reading progress for the week:

  • I started Silken Scales by Alex Hayes, the first book in the Chameleon Effect series. So far, I’ve read from the prologue through chapter 33 (some chapters are really short, so this isn’t THAT impressive).
  • I made really good progress on Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas, reading chapters 19 through 37. I’m definitely over halfway through it!
  • I made less progress than I would like on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling. only reading and blogging chapters 10 through 13. I’m blaming tech week.
  • I started Ever Alice by H.J. Ramsey which is my next book to review for NetGalley. I read chapters 1 through 11.

My goal for this weekend is to try and get some rest, as the show is really wiping me out. I’m also planning on spending some time with my aunt and uncle who are in town and maybe, just maybe, working on my other blog project which I haven’t really talked much about here. I’ll give more details once I actually figure them out.

Have a lovely weekend!

Chapter-A-Long · Uncategorized

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 13

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In Chapter 13, we find out just how sinister Dolores Umbridge really is, and it’s super creepy. Let’s go!

As if we couldn’t hate this character more. Ugh!

This chapter starts off in the Great Hall during dinner. The rumor mill of Hogwarts has kicked into overdrive as news spreads of the argument between Harry and Umbridge, and from the sound of things, no one is buying his story. Everyone seems content to think that Harry is an attention-seeking jerk who is making up stories about Voldemort. Harry doesn’t understand why they feel this way, when they all believed him at the end of the last school year. Hermione has her doubts about that.

“Look, you don’t understand what it was like after it happened,” said Hermione quietly. “You arrived back in the middle of the lawn clutching Cedric’s dead body . . . None of us saw what happened in the maze . . . We just had Dumbledore’s word for it that You-Know-Who had come back and killed Cedric and fought you.”

“Which is the truth!” said Harry loudly.

“I know it is, Harry, so will you please stop biting my head off?” said Hermione wearily. “It’s just that before the truth could sink in, everyone went home for the summer, where they spent two months reading about how you’re a nutcase and Dumbledore’s going senile!”

Okay, sure. They had two months of hearing that. But they’ve had four years of going to school with Harry and getting to know what kind of person he is. The one shouldn’t cancel out the other and all the other students are being jerks. Except the nice ones.

They head back to the common room, talking about how their D.A.D.A. teachers have always been a problem, and that it seems like the job is jinxed. Which it is, but that’s not the point. It is pretty bad that they have someone now who isn’t even letting them use spells, especially for their O.W.L. year, and someone who is trying to get the students to spy on Harry and anyone who supports him.

As they sit and work on their homework, Hermione notices Fred and George in the corner of the room with a bunch of first year students. She is none too happy about it, especially when all of the first years fall to the floor.

“That’s enough!” Hermione said forcefully to Fred and George, both of whom looked up in mild surprise.

“Yeah, you’re right,” said George, nodding, “this dosage looks strong enough, doesn’t it?”

The first years are fine. Lee Jordan, who’s also helping the twins, gives them all the other half of the candy and they all wake up. Hermione still gives them a lecture and, when Fred and George brush off any potential punishments she might dole out, she threatens to write to Mrs. Weasley. That sets them straight, or at least makes them stop doing it. Hermione isn’t particularly happy that Ron didn’t back her up, but I don’t think that Ron wants twin trouble in his life right now.

Then Hermione, before she heads up to bed, reveals another plan she has, this time to help house-elves. She learned to knit over the summer and made them some little hats, which she proceeds to hide among some garbage on the table. Her hope is that the house-elves will be freed when they pick up the “clothes.” Would that really work though? Does clothing being their bond of enslavement mean they can’t touch clothes at all? Do they not do laundry? If I ever had a house-elf, you better believe I would command it to do laundry. Laundry is the bane of my existence.

Ron doesn’t like the fact that she’s basically tricking them into freedom, but Hermione doesn’t listen, because why wouldn’t they want to be free? I’m actually with Ron on this one. After she leaves, Ron doesn’t move the hats, but moves all the stuff hiding them so that at least they could make the choice themselves instead of accidentally picking up an item that would lose them their jobs.

The next day, the hats are gone, so Hermione is happy. Maybe some of them wanted freedom after all!

It’s another busy day full of classes giving way too much homework and lecturing the students on how important the O.W.L. tests are, including their first class with Professor Grubbly-Plank. After class, Harry tries to ask her about Hagrid, but she brushes him off. Draco Malfoy, not one to miss an opportunity to be a jerk, decides to get involved.

“Maybe,” said Malfoy in an undertone, so that only Harry could hear him, “the stupid great oaf’s got himself badly injured.”

“Maybe you will if you don’t shut up,” said Harry out of the side of his mouth.

“Maybe he’s been messing with stuff that’s too big for him, if you get my drift.”

Now, this could just be Malfoy being Malfoy, but Harry knows that Malfoy Senior is a Death Eater and could very well have heard information regarding whatever Hagrid was trying to do for Dumbledore. So great. One more thing to worry about.

As they leave class, they pass by Ginny’s fourth year class leaving the greenhouses, which also includes Luna Lovegood. She sees Harry and immediately comes up to him.

Luna took a great breath and then said, without so much as a preliminary hello: “I believe He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is back, and I believe you fought him and escaped from him.”

“Er — right,” said Harry awkwardly. Luna was wearing what looked like a pair of orange radishes for earrings, a fact that Parvati and Lavender seemed to have noticed, as they were both giggling and pointing at her earlobes.

“You can laugh!” Luna said, her voice rising, apparently under the impression that Parvati and Lavender were laughing at what she had said rather than what she was wearing. “But people used to believe there were no such things as the Blibbering Humdinger or the Crumple-Horned Snorkack!”

Okay, so it’s nice that Harry has someone else who believes him, but he’s not sure if Luna is the best spokesperson. He is also interrupted by Ernie Macmillan, who loudly proclaims his support as well. This seems to carry a bit more weight, considering that Ernie is one of the prefects for Hufflepuff and is, well, not a weirdo (sorry Luna). It certainly gets a reaction from Lavender and from Seamus, two Gryffindors who have been skeptical towards Harry so far.

Harry can’t worry about that though. He has his detention with Umbridge to deal with. He arrives at her office, which he had seen before when Lockhart and when Lupin were there, but the place has been completely remade. Lots of lace doilies, lots of flowers, and lots of ornamental plates hanging on the walls with pictures of kittens on them. Basically, it looks like a demented grandma’s sitting room. Harry tries to be polite though, since he wants to ask if he can reschedule one of his detentions due to it conflicting with the new Gryffindor Quidditch tryouts, but Umbridge isn’t about to give him any leeway on, well, anything really.

It’s not even that she’s mean. It’s that she enjoys and thrives on having power over people. There’s part of this scene where Harry is fuming because of the tryouts and Umbridge just smiles at him, knowing that he is completely powerless in front of her and reveling in her amount of control. She’s such a sociopath, it’s sickening. At least the detention doesn’t seem to arduous. No tromping out to the Forbidden Forest or scrubbing out cauldrons. Just writing lines using a special quill. And by “special,” I mean sadistic and evil.

“You haven’t given me any ink,” he said.

“Oh, you won’t need ink,” said Professor Umbridge with the merest suggestion of a laugh in her voice.

Harry placed the point of the quill on the paper and wrote: I must not tell lies.

He let out a gasp of pain. The words had appeared on the parchment in what appeared to be shining red ink. At the same time, the words had appeared on the back of Harry’s right hand, cut into his skin as though traced there by a scalpel — yet even as he stared at the shining cut, the skin healed over again, leaving the place where it had been slightly redder than before but quite smooth.

So yeah. This “special” quill is cutting open Harry’s hand and basically making him write the lines in his own blood. That is dark, Rowling.

The next day, Harry feels so behind in homework, but is slightly comforted by the fact that Ron is also scrabbling to get it done. When asked why he didn’t do it the night before, Ron gives a dodgy answer. So now we have that to worry about. The day of classes does not go well at all, since he isn’t prepared, plus Angelina Johnson is super angry that he won’t be at tryouts to help pick the new Keeper. Ron and Hermione both try to placate Harry by telling him that at least the detention isn’t that bad, that at least it’s only lines. Little do they know.

The second detention hurts even worse, and by the third one, the words won’t disappear from the back of his hand. This crazy woman has permanently scarred the back of Harry’s hand to try and prove her misguided point. It’s sick.

On the way back, he runs into Ron, who is trying to hide is broom behind his back. Turns out the reason he hasn’t been doing homework is because he’s been going out flying to practice for the Quidditch tryouts. Aw Ron! He didn’t want to say anything because he thinks the twins will tease him about it. During their conversation though, Ron catches a glimpse of Harry’s hand and is absolutely horrified, and rightfully so. Harry reluctantly confesses what Umbridge’s detentions have really been like, and Ron wants Harry to go to McGonagall or Dumbledore. Harry doesn’t want to give Umbridge the satisfaction, which I understand, but still. This is abuse. It should be reported. Would anything be done about it? It would depend on how much control the Ministry is trying to exert over Hogwarts and Dumbledore, I guess.

For his final detention, it hurts. Really hurts.

I must not tell lies, Harry wrote. The cut in the back of his right hand opened and began to bleed afresh.

I must not tell lies. The cut dug deeper, stinging and smarting.

I must not tell lies. Blood trickled down his wrist.

Remember, she is enjoying this! Aaaaaaggggghhhhhh!

He tries to see the Quidditch pitch out the window, but even though he can sort of see, it’s hard to make out anything going on. Finally, as she dismisses him, something really weird happens.

“Let’s see if you’ve gotten the message yet, shall we?” said Umbridge’s soft voice half an hour later.

She moved toward him, stretching out her short be-ringed fingers for his arm. And then, as she took hold of him to examine the words now cut into his skin, pain seared, not across the back of his hand, but across the scar on his forehead. At the same time, he had a most peculiar sensation somewhere around his midriff.

Okay Potterphiles. Was this ever explained? What the heck just happened? I don’t remember if this came up again in later books, or if Jo ever said what this all meant. The pain in his scar was usually Voldy related, but Umbridge isn’t connected to Voldy right now, is she? And what’s with the “sensation” in his “midriff?” If anyone knows, please tell me in comments because I am stumped on this one.

After Harry returns to the common room, he finds out that Ron has been selected as the new Gryffindor Keeper! Yay! It’s about time Ron has something good happen for a change. Angelina tells Harry that she didn’t think Ron was the best at tryouts, but he seemed like he would bring less drama and would just fit in better. Hermione, who has dosed off at this point, wakes up and explains that she has been up late making more hats for house-elves, who have been apparently taking them since they keep disappearing. The hats, not the house-elves.

Harry tells Hermione about the scar hurting in Umbridge’s office and they try to figure out what could have happened. Is Umbridge being possessed by Voldemort, like Quirrell was? Is she under the Imperius Curse and that’s why she’s so evil? Hermione wants Harry to tell Dumbledore, but Harry doesn’t want to bother him about something like this, even though I agree with Hermione that Dumbledore would want to know. Harry also wants to write to Sirius, but this isn’t a good thing to put in a letter that could get intercepted. It just leaves Harry to stew about it and try to figure things out on his own.

See you next time for Chapter 14!

 

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday – 7/17/19

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Three questions, three answers. Let’s go!

What are you currently reading?

Still making good progress on Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas. Hoping to maybe finish it by next week, if I keep up the pace. I’m also reading Silken Scales by Alex Hayes for part of a blog tour next month. Also still plugging away at Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling for my Chapter-A-Long project.

What did you recently finish reading?

Just finished Stranger Rituals by Kali Rose Schmidt for a blog tour last week. You can read all about it here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

My plan is to read the sequel to Silken Scales, Perfect Pitch by Alex Hayes, which is also for the blog tour. I will also read Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas once I finish Tower of Dawn.

What are you guys reading right now? Please leave it in comments!

Also, don’t forget that I’m doing a giveaway to celebrate reaching 500 followers! Check out this post to enter to win a book of your choice!

Chapter-A-Long

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Chapter 12

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In Chapter 12, Harry and his friends attend their first day of classes and have their first encounter with Professor Umbridge. Let’s go!

Harry will have to figure out how to deal with the fact that even some of his friends don’t believe him. Seamus won’t even look at him right now. It’s got to be frustrating. Poor kid.

Guess who’s also frustrated: Hermione. The targets of her ire? Fred and George, who have taken to posting advertisements for people willing to test their latest inventions. She wants Ron to join her in talking to them about this, but Ron is understandably hesitant. Hermione also notices that Harry is not happy.

“Seamus reckons Harry’s lying about You-Know-Who,” said Ron succinctly, when Harry did not respond.

Hermione, whom Harry had expected to react angrily on his behalf, sighed.

“Yes, Lavender thinks so too,” she said gloomily.

“Been having a nice little chat with her about whether or not I’m a lying, attention-seeking prat, have you?” Harry said loudly.

“No,” said Hermione calmly, “I told her to keep her big fat mouth shut about you, actually. And it would be quite nice if you stopped jumping down Ron’s and my throats, Harry, because if you haven’t noticed, we’re on your side.”

That’s my girl, Hermione! Harry has every right to be upset, but not to take it out on the people who are trying to help him. He really needs to remember who his true friends are. Hermione reminds him what Dumbledore had said at the end of last year, that Voldemort is good at making people suspicious and untrusting of each other, and that their best way of fighting him is through friendship and trust. Ron can’t believe how much Hermione remembers EVERYTHING. It’s a gift, Ron. Just be grateful you’ve got her around.

They briefly wonder about how long Professor Grubbly-Plank will be staying, but Hermione points out that maybe Dumbledore didn’t bring it up so that there wouldn’t be too much attention drawn to the fact that Hagrid was off doing something super secret. There is also a brief conversation with Angelina Johnson, who has been named Gryffindor Quidditch Captain now that Oliver Wood has graduated. They are having tryouts for a new Keeper for the team.

McGonagall passes out their new class schedules, which makes Ron lament that the twins haven’t started selling their Skiving Snackboxes yet.

“Do mine ears deceive me?” said Fred, arriving with George and squeezing onto the bench beside Harry. “Hogwarts prefects surely don’t wish to skive off lessons?”

“Look what we’ve got today,” said Ron grumpily, shoving his schedule under Fred’s nose. “That’s the worst Monday I’ve ever seen.”

“Fair point, little bro,” said Fred, scanning the column. “You can have a bit of Nosebleed Nougat cheap if you like.”

“Why’s it cheap?” said Ron suspiciously.

“Because you’ll keep bleeding till you shrivel up, we haven’t got an antidote yet,” said George, helping himself to a kipper.

Yeah, there’s a reason why students may not want to sign up to be testers. Hermione brings it up that they can’t advertise on the bulletin boards at school, which they don’t like at all. They tell Hermione that she will want a Snackbox soon, because fifth year means they have to take their O.W.L.s – big tests that could determine what they do next at school. It’s a very stressful time. Fred and George didn’t do terribly well on their exams, but they don’t think it’s important, considering their plans. They didn’t even want to come back to school, but thought their mom would be upset if they dropped out. And they are right. Mrs. Weasley would not be happy about that at all.

The twins leave after giving a rather cryptic answer as to where they are getting the money to start their joke shop. Remember, Harry had given them his Triwizard winnings at the end of last year, but hadn’t told anyone. He’s not ready for any of them to know yet, either. This brings up a discussion about what they want to do after they leave school, since the twins seem to have their future planned. Ron and Harry think they want to be Aurors, but Hermione isn’t sure. She would rather do something along the lines of S.P.E.W.

Their first day continues. A boring class in History of Magic, as usual. Harry gets a chance to talk to Cho, but is interrupted by Ron and Hermione bickering. Snape’s class is a joy as usual, and by “joy” I mean “torturous.” Harry gets his potion wrong and Snape brings it up in front of the whole class, because of course he does. Harry snaps at Ron and Hermione and, later, Ron confronts him about it.

“Hermione and me have stopped arguing,” he said, sitting down beside Harry.

“Good,” grunted Harry.

“But Hermione says she thinks it would be nice if you stopped taking out your temper on us,” said Ron.

“I’m not –”

“I’m just passing on the message,” said Ron, talking over him. “But I reckon she’s right. It’s not our fault how Seamus and Snape treat you.”

Many people don’t like this book because Harry is just angry all the time. They think it isn’t in character. To me, it makes Harry seem more real. Of course he’s angry! He’s been through a lot, and very few people are sticking up for him. It is nice that his friends are still being supportive, while still calling him on his bad behavior.

Divination is next, where they are going to be trying to interpret dreams. Ron and Harry don’t really know what to do, so they just start making stuff up, as per usual. After class, Ron laments about how much homework they already have on the first day. Fred and George were right about fifth year – it’s rough! And it’s about to get rougher.

Defense is next, with their new teacher, Professor Umbridge. She starts off the class basically treating them like little kids. In her opinion, their teaching has been a bit sporadic, and so her class will be a return to basics. Her course aims:

  1. Understanding the principles underlying defensive magic.
  2. Learning to recognize situations in which defensive magic can legally be used.
  3. Placing the use of defensive magic in a context for practical use.

Their only assignment for the day is to read the first chapter, but Hermione quickly raises her hand and points out that Umbridge’s course aims don’t say anything about actually using magic. Which they don’t. Umbridge point blank ignores several of the students’ questions or comments, basically telling them that there is no need to worry about being attacked in her classroom, so there is no reason to actually practice defensive spells. In her opinion, this class has been taught by a myriad of teachers who have led the students to believe they will be attacked at any moment. As long as they learn the theory of the spells, they will have learned enough. Parvati is incredulous that the first time they actually cast their defensive spells will be during their O.W.L.s. Harry is about to lose it.

“And what good’s theory going to be in the real world?” said Harry loudly, his fist in the air again.

Professor Umbridge looked up.

“This is school, Mr. Potter, not the real world,” she said softly.

“So we’re not supposed to be prepared for what’s waiting out there?”

“There is nothing waiting out there, Mr. Potter.”

“Oh yeah?” said Harry. His temper, which seemed to have been bubbling just beneath the surface all day, was reaching boiling point.

“Who do you imagine wants to attack children like yourselves?” inquired Professor Umbridge in a horribly honeyed voice.

“Hmm, let’s think . . .” said Harry in a mock thoughtful voice, “maybe Lord Voldemort?”

Yep. That’s it. Harry has had enough. That’s for sure. And having this teacher being willfully ignorant of the dangers of the outside world is more than he can take. And I will say, although as I said before, she was too pretty for the part, Imelda Staunton plays the role of Umbridge perfectly in the films. Wasn’t quite toad-like enough, but still. Her simpering little voice and self-righteous attitude was just perfect.

Umbridge takes ten points away from Gryffindor for Harry’s outburst, but Harry is not letting this go. He continues to push, to stand up for what he saw and what he did. Umbridge gives him detention and proceeds to address the class to say that the rumors that “a certain Dark wizard” has returned is a flat out lie. She also tells the students that if anyone talks to them about Dark wizards returning, they should come to her straightaway. Harry pulls out the big guns.

“So according to you, Cedric Diggory dropped dead of his own accord, did he?” Harry asked, his voice shaking . . .

“Cedric Diggory’s death was a tragic accident,” she said coldly.

“It was murder,” said Harry. He could feel himself shaking. He had hardly talked to anyone about this, least of all thirty eagerly listening classmates. “Voldemort killed him, and you know it.”

This is so ballsy! And terrifying! I also think it’s sad that Harry hasn’t talked to anyone about this. Do they have therapists in the wizarding world? I’ve been saying it all along, but this boy sure does need one, with everything he’s been through.

Umbridge gives Harry a piece of parchment and sends him to McGonagall. The note basically explains what Harry did in class and says that he has been assigned detention every evening this week.

“Is it true that you shouted at Professor Umbridge?”

“Yes,” said Harry.

“You called her a liar?”

“Yes.”

“You told her He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is back?”

“Yes.”

Professor McGonagall sat down behind her desk, frowning at Harry. Then she said, “Have a biscuit, Potter.”

I love her so much! She can’t interfere with another teacher’s punishment, but she has her own ways of making sure that Harry knows that she’s on his side. By giving him cookies. She also helps Harry realize that this is more than just about whether or not he or Umbridge are telling the truth or telling lies. More than ever, Harry needs to control himself. She asks if he remembers what Umbridge said at the feast, and when Harry sort of answers, McGonagall is grateful that at least Harry listens to Hermione.

We all are, Minerva. We all are.

See you next time for Chapter 13!

Teaser Tuesday · Top Ten Tuesdays

Teasers & Top Tens – 7/16/19

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. Here are the rules if you want to play along:

  • 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!

This week’s teaser comes from Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas.

Nesryn knew.

She knew it hadn’t been mere interest that had prompted Chaol to ask her to talk to him last night, but guilt.

Hmmmm . . . wonder why someone might be feeling guilty? You’ll have to read to find out!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

This one was actually a bit difficult for me, because I don’t buy as many books as I used to. I am very lucky that my local library has a really big ebook selection, which between that and all the review copies I’ve been getting, has kept me pretty busy. Here are a bunch of authors that I enjoy and would typically try to buy as soon as I could.

  1. A.G. Howard – Author of the Splintered series, RoseBlood, and Stain
  2. John Green – Author of Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars, and several others
  3. Hank Green – Author of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
  4. Mark Oshiro – Author of Anger is a Gift
  5. Chuck Wendig – Author of the Miriam Black series, the Heartland series, Wanderers, and several others
  6. Neil Gaiman – Co-Author of Good Omens. Author of American Gods, The Graveyard Book, the Sandman series, and many others.
  7. Cassandra Clare – Author of the Shadowhunters series (multiple series)
  8. Dianne Sylvan – Author of the Shadow World series, as well as several neo-pagan non-fiction books
  9. Maureen Johnson – Author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlet, the Shades of London series, and many others
  10. Erin Morgenstern – Author of The Night Circus and the upcoming The Starless Sea

Those are my teasers and top tens for this week. Please leave yours in comments!

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