Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB ofShould 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!

My teaser:

The there was the turning of their doorknob, and bits of Daddy began to slip through – first his hand, then his arm, then the word “Dinner” followed by his mouth, his nose, and finally his eyes, eyes that narrowed sharply when he saw his oldest daughter’s painted lips.

“Why, you little Jezebel!” He spit the word as if it were poison. Mary Sarah couldn’t take her eyes off his.”

Kissing Tennessee and Other Stories from the Stardust Dance by Kathi Appelt (pg. 21-22)

Catherine looked up, her eyes wide with fright. Theresa grabbed for her, but it was too late. The limb came crashing down. Catherine’s body crumbled like a rag doll’s, and she tumbled backward into the chasm.

The Book of Spells by Kate Brian (pg. 206)

What are your Tuesday Teasers? What are you reading?

The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir

Title: The Lady Elizabeth

Author: Alison Weir

Summary from Goodreads: 

The early life of Lady Elizabeth, the woman destined to be Queen Elizabeth I, is the subject of Alison Weir’s second historical novel. In Weir’s vivid rendering, the princess by birth emerges as a youthful alert witness to Tudor court intrigues and feuds. As in Innocent Traitor, the novelist peoples her narrative with sharply etched leaders competing for power and personal gain. A singular view of the flowering of a great monarch.

Personal Review:

I have to admit that I went into this novel somewhat timidly. I like historical fiction, but sometimes it can be too heavy. However, this is a novel that held my attention, which is especially remarkable considering that it was on audio and my mind tends to wander during audiobooks.

That being said, I really enjoyed this book. We learn so much about Queen Elizabeth in history classes, but not a lot has to do with her early life. I was happy to learn that this all had to do with her life before she became Queen. It was really interesting watching the relationship between the young Elizabeth and the 20-year old Mary grow and then tragic when it disintegrated. It is always said when you see outside sources tear apart what had once been a great friendship.

I also appreciate that Alison Weir tried to stick as closely to the facts as possible, while also adding some conjectures and sub-plots into the book. I feel so much more educated on who Elizabeth was and what made her into the Queen she became. Because of this book, I actually spent some time researching her early life online.

I don’t want to give anything away that happens in the book but I celebrated with her in her moments of triumph and I mourned with her in her moments of sadness. I can only imagine what it must have been like to live such a public life knowing that people were spying on you and at any moment, the smallest thing you said might be used against you and you might be killed for treason. I can only imagine what it was like to have everything about you held against you because of the sins of your mother.

I had only one critique about this book and that is that at times, it was hard to keep track of how old Elizabeth was and how much time had passed. It would have been nice if something along that line had been at the start of chapters or something. There would be times when it would be like “What? She is 14, I thought she was 10.” and that would be very offsetting. In addition, there would be times when you knew that it had been five years (because that is what history says) but there is no mention how much time had passed and so you are left feeling discombobulated. But overall, it was a great novel and that is only a minor complaint in the grand scheme of things.

If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it. It will change the way you look at the Virgin Queen and it will educate you in what it was truly like to be a royal female in the 1600s.

Rating: 4.5

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Today’s meme is It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey.

Wow, I have read much since my last Monday meme. I will get to what I have read on Wednesday. I am currently listening to The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir. I have two discs left so I should finish that in about two hours. After that, I will start listening to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowlings. I am also listening to Beastly by Alex Finn. I am reading Kissing Tennessee and Other Stories from the Stardust Dance by Kathi Appelt and Book of Spells from Kate Brian. I am also listening to War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy, though it has been a month since I last listened and so I need to keep listening to that again. I admit that I am only continuing to listen to this because I want to say that I have read War & Peace at the end of it.

So, what are you reading this month?

Musing Mondays is a bookish meme hosted by MizB on Should be reading.
This week’s musing asks…
Which do you prefer: Adult -or- Young Adult books? Or, both? Why?

I prefer Young Adult Books. I feel like that don’t try to be all hoity toity in their wording and like they are so above it all. In addition, I like the characters better, in general. I feel like many young adult books don’t have those hidden agendas (feminism, gender, sex, race, etc). I get so annoyed by that in many adult novels. However, when it comes to mysteries, I prefer Adult mysteries. They have the better plot and the answer doesn’t tend to scream at you off of the page. However, when looking around my bookshelves, I see about a 50/50 split between Young Adult and Adult novels.

So what do you prefer? Young Adult or Adult novels?

Don’t Judge a Girl By Her Cover

Title: Don’t Judge a Girl By Her Cover, Gallagher Girls #3

Author: Ally Carter

Summary from Goodreads: 

When Cammie “The Chameleon” Morgan visits her roommate Macey in Boston, she thinks she’s in for an exciting end to her summer break. After all, she’s there to watch Macey’s father accept the nomination for vice president of the United States. But when you go to the world’s best school (for spies), “exciting” and “deadly” are never far apart. Cammie and Macey soon find themselves trapped in a kidnappers’ plot, with only their espionage skills to save them.

As her junior year begins, Cammie can’t shake the memory of what happened in Boston, and even the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women doesn’t feel like the safe haven it once did. Shocking secrets and old flames seem to lurk around every one of the mansion’s corners as Cammie and her friends struggle to answer the questions, Who is after Macey? And how can the Gallagher Girls keep her safe?

Soon Cammie is joining Bex and Liz as Macey’s private security team on the campaign trail. The girls must use their spy training at every turn as the stakes are raised, and Cammie gets closer and closer to the shocking truth.

Personal Review:

This is the third book in an amazing series. Can I just say that I have always had a fascination in boarding schools and books that involve Boarding Schools are my favorite. I guess it is because you remove the element of parents and a whole world of possibilities opens up. But then you combine that with spies and esponiage and it becomes so much better.

What I love about the girls in this novel is that they are there for each other through thick and through thin. I wish that I had friends that I was so close with that they are literally sisters to me. Plus there is the whole spying and secrets thing. I am like any girl and I love secrets. That is what I love about this novel. It is like a big puzzle that you are piecing together one piece at a time, but at the same time, it isn’t as heavy as adult suspense novels can be.

Additionally, the novel is written as if it was a report that is being written after the fact. That means that you are at least assured of the fact that nothing terribly bad is going to happen to the main characters. That is one of the things that I like best about the Young Adult genre… they don’t tend to keep you in too much suspense.

I love the little bit of Romance in this series, but what I love the most about this series is that it is even more about sisterhood and protecting your besties. I am not a feminist by any stretch of the imagination, but too many times in the media we see examples of when best friends stab each other in the back. They sleep with each others boyfriends and they are all out for themselves, so it is nice to come across a series that is entirely about staying loyal to your sisterhood above all else.

The other thing that is great about this series is that unlike in books such as Harry Potter, they treat many things a lot more realistically. Not all fights with the bad guys happen just before the end of the semester (this one happened with at least three weeks left to go in the semester). In addition, their hair doesn’t always look perfect after a fight, when they are battling for their lives, they get concussions and have to spend weeks to fully recover. That is something that I appreciate about this series and this author.

I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. I have it requested at the library and I am only waiting to get the email telling me that they have it on hold for me. Let me just say that if you have not read this series, I highly recommend that you read it. It is definitely one that when I can afford it, I will be buying these books. I have the first one and I cannot wait to get the next three!

Rating: 5

Friday Finds

What great books did you hear about/discover this past week? Share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

Hmm, I found a bunch of great books at the library this week. Here they are:

  • The Lady Elizabeth by Elizabeth Weir (half done)
  • Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn
  • The Sisterhood: Inside the Lives of Mormon Women by Dorothy Allred Solomon
  • Beastly by Alex Flinn
  • Saints by Orson Scott Card

So what new books have you discovered this week? How has your reading been going this week?

 

Booking Through Thursday

This week’s question asks:

All other things being equal–do you prefer used books? Or new books? (The physical speciman, that is, not the title.) Does your preference differentiate between a standard kind of used book, and a pristine, leather-bound copy?
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Hmm, this is an interesting question that I have actually thought about before. I am one of those people that my opinion differs based on the binding. For paperback books, I prefer books that have been read once or twice, but not too many times. I rarely get those books because I have to admit I don’t go t used book stores that often. Anyway, I prefer them read because it isn’t such a struggle to keep the page open or whatever. However, I don’t like them at the point where the binding looks like it is going to break apart. For hardcover books, I like them in any form I can get them in. I know that they are heavier so I have to read them sitting at a table (I have weak wrists) but if I could have every single book in hardcover, I would. I love them. They are more durable. They look better. I just really love hardcover books. But my ultimate favorite, which I don’t even own any books in this form, is hardcover leather bound with gold embossing. I love them. They are the prettiest books in the world. If I could have my entire library that way, I would. I went to visit an old family friend and he had around 100 classics that way on a bookshelf and it was the most elegant, prettiest thing I had ever seen. I really just wanted to read those books and have a library full of books that looked exactly like that.

Anyway, how do you like your books? Happy THURSDAY!

 

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

This week I received:

I have also received an email that the following that are waiting for me at the library on hold:

The following are also in transit, according to my library request account:

I have 23 other books in request. I know, this might seem excessive but some are yet to be released and some I am like 100 on the list so I figured I might as well get on the list as not.

So, what have you checked out from the library lately?