Teasers & Top Tens – 9/10/19


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by 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 Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins:

I had no idea what time it was, but my body told me it was roughly “Ouch, This Is Way Too Early” o’clock. I’d only gotten a few hours of sleep. After Dad’s announcement that I’d be heading to the freaking Underworld the next day, no one had really been in the sleeping mood.

Hmm. I probably wouldn’t be in a sleeping mood either, Sophie.

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

Top Ten Books On My TBR That I’m Avoiding

In all fairness, I don’t think that I avoid books all that much. It’s more that I’m just easily distracted by the next shiny thing, combined with scatterbrained enough that I have no idea what’s going on from day to day. I actually did finally read one of the books I was sort of avoiding – Brave New World. So yay! I think I will instead go through my GoodReads TBR and see what has been on there the longest.

  1. Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier – I had started Marillier’s Sevenwaters series, although I haven’t finished it yet (it’s on the list!). This is not from that series, but is another one. Her style is so beautiful, so this one will get read eventually.
  2. Beauty Sleep: A Retelling of Sleeping Beauty by Cameron Dokey – I went through a major fairy tale retelling phase a few years ago. This author was recommended to me and I immediately put all of her retellings on my TBR – and then never read them. Sigh.
  3. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George – Another one of those fairy tale retellings I never got too. This was the first book in a trilogy based off of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. One day maybe.
  4. Tiger Lily by Jody Lynn Anderson – Yet another retelling (I told you I wen through quite the phase!), this time a retelling of Peter Pan, but from Tiger Lily’s perspective.
  5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – I fell in love with this one when I first saw the title and then just never tracked it down. I’ve heard many good things about it, but I do worry that it won’t live up to the hype.
  6. The Golem’s Eye by Jonathan Stroud – This is the second book in Stroud’s Bartimaeus series. I read the first one. I even own a copy of the second one. Still haven’t read it. Not sure why.
  7. Perdido Street Station by China Miéville – Another one that I own and haven’t read yet. I saw this book on a list of best books of science-fiction a while back and picked it up at the used book store.
  8. Arrow’s Flight by Mercedes Lackey – This is another book where I read the first book in the series, but stalled on book two. This is why the “Complete the Series” challenge was created – I’m really bad at this! This is the second book in the Heralds of Valdemar trilogy, the gateway into the larger Valdemar collection as a whole, and there are over 40 of them. Maybe that’s what I find so daunting?
  9. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein – This is a book that really made the rounds around the blogosphere several years ago that I never got around to reading. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, so I should probably pick it up sometime soon.
  10. Legend by Marie Lu – I first found out about Marie Lu when I saw her speak at YallFest. I picked up a copy of this book at the festival but then . . . you guessed it, I never read it. I’m really bad about that!

That’s it for teasers and top tens this week. Please leave yours in comments!

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16 replies

  1. I haven’t read Legend yet either. Really need to do that sometime. But you’re not alone there!

    My TTT.

  2. I read Code Name Verity a couple years ago and it was a pretty quick read! I totally buy books with the intention to read and then never get around to them too though haha 😅

    My TTT: https://dogearedpgs.wordpress.com/2019/09/10/top-ten-tuesday-tbr-books-im-avoiding/

    • I have so many of those. The problem is that a good portion of the books I own that I haven’t read are ebooks on my Kindle, so it’s not like they’re sitting on a shelf staring at me. Out of sight, out of mind, until I flip through my Kindle or GoodReads. 😀

  3. I had reservations about picking up Aristotle and Dante, too, especially since I’m really not a huge fan of contemporary romance. But it was SO GOOD. I loved it. If this is a genre you normally read, highly recommend you pick it up and give it a try soon, because even though it’s a genre I’m not normally a fan of I still really enjoyed it. And I say this having gone in with extreme reservations because I’ve read another book by Saenz and thought it was just okay at best.

    I keep meaning to pick up the Bartimaeus series, and I’ve had the first book on my Kindle for an eternity, but I’m not sure why I haven’t picked it up, either, even though it’s something I’m pretty sure I’ll love.

    Here’s my TTT post.

  4. I bought Tiger Lily when I was going through a Peter Pan retelling phase and I haven’t read any of them! I want to though.

  5. I know that time well!! Yes, read Code Name Verity, it was excellent.

  6. I probably wouldn’t have slept like the girl in the teaser either. And nice list. My Teaser

  7. I just read Aristotle & Dante a few weeks ago — I was also worried about its hype, and it didn’t blow me away, but I still liked it. One positive is that it’s really easy to get into, with short chapters.

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