Teaser Tuesdays – May 12, 2009

tuesday-t11Miz B and Teaser Tuesdays asks you to: Grab your current read. Let the book fall open to a random page. Share with us two (2) sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12. You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!


imageDB-2.cgiMy teaser comes from a book I swore I would never read from an author I don’t really like.  Or didn’t like, before this book.  Anyway!   Kids- you should never swear not to do something.  You might change your mind.

The book is Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett, about the author’s friendship with Lucy Grealy, the late author of a book I loved, Autobiography of a Face.  I’m reading this book because I want to feel close to Lucy again, not because I like Ann Patchett.  Because I don’t.  Or didn’t.  (Actually, the jury is still out.  I’ve only read 65 pages.)  But already I’m starting to feel like she’s writing about someone else, not Lucy.  Not the Lucy in my mind, the one I fell in love with in Autobiography of a Face, but someone much more one dimensional and juvenile.  It’s such a different view.  

This teaser is from page 85 of Truth & Beauty: A Friendship:

“Having Lucy in my apartment those weeks was not unlike having a couple of those revved-up cats from the Scottish Cat Protection League.  She ran all over the place, left my clothes tossed over lampshades, wet towels heaped under pillows, bowls of Cream of Wheat minus three bites in whatever spot I was most likely to step in them.”

What are you reading this week?

Oh- please check out our Summer Reading Series!  I have 3 books left to give away to anyone who’d like to participate in the discussion of Beach Trip in June!


Tuesday Teasers 1-6-09

tuesday-tMiz B and Teaser Tuesdays asks you to:

Grab your current read.  Let the book fall open to a random page.  Share with us two (2) sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
imagedbcgiMy teaser comes from The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, my book club’s selection for our February meeting.  It’s interesting how often these ‘teasers’ pertain to something happening in my own life- my oldest will go to sixth grade camp in the spring.

“When she told me I could go on my sixth-grade sleepaway at Bear Mountain and I bought a backpack with my own paper-route money and wrote Bobby Santos notes because he was promising to break into my cabin and kiss me in front of everyone I believed her, and when on the morning of the trip she announced that I wasn’t going and I said, But you promised, and she said, Muchacha del diablo, I promised you nothing, I didn’t throw my backpack at her or pull out my eyes, and when it was Laura Saenz who ended up kissing Bobby Santos, not me, I didn’t say anything, either.  I just lay in my room with stupid Bear-Bear and sang under my breath, imagining where I would run away to when I grew up.”

Yes, that is only 2 sentences!!

What are you reading this week?

Whatcha Reading? Meme

I’m a reader who is always looking for a good book recommendation from friends, neighbors, people on planes, in waiting rooms, at the library.. wherever I happen to be. I find myself saying, “Whatcha reading?” several times a week!

In this meme, I’d like to know 5 things:

1. Whatcha reading?

2. How much of it have you read so far?

3. What’s it about? (in a nutshell! A sentence or two is enough)

4. What does the title refer to?

5. Would you recommend it?


Here are my answers.


1. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander

See the really interesting Kitchen Boy website Here

2. I’ve only read about 45 pages

3. Historical fiction about the murder of the Russian Imperial family in 1918, told by the only survivor decades later.

4. The title refers to the survivor in the palace where the murder took place.. the little kitchen boy.

5. I’m not sure yet if I would recommend it!  I’m not loving it so far.  I’m hoping it picks up.


Please leave your answers in the comments here, or on your own blog with a link in the comments here.

I’m going to tag the following people, but would love to hear from anyone. Please, play along! I need recommendations!

KWJ Writes, Thea at the little bird, Beastmomma, Tara at Books and Cooks, BlogLily, and Patti at Displaced Beachbums… Whatcha reading?

Holiday Survey- Just for Fun


Jolene over at Middling Monettes did this Christmas survey that I thought was fun so I’ll do the same. Play along on your own blog, if you like, and leave a link here.

Here goes……

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

Wrapping paper, for under the tree. Bags for gifts to teachers, scout leaders, etc.

2. Real tree or Artificial?

Real. I love the smell.

3. When do you put up the tree?

2nd weekend in December.

4. When do you take the tree down?

Early January (3rd or 4th)

5. Do you like egg nog?

Oh, YEAH!!

6. Favorite gift received as a child?

I’m not sure. Nothing really stands out.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?


8. Hardest person to buy for?

Grandpa Jack. He doesn’t need or want anything!!

9. Easiest person to buy for?

My kids. They want everything and they make detailed lists.

10. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards?

Mail. Guess I better get going on that.

11 .Worst Christmas gift you ever received?

There are so many!! I can’t possibly choose just one. Last year I got slippers that were 3 sizes too small because “that was the only size they had”. And then there was the “Lady Footlocker Christmas”… 3 pairs of shoes, a hat (why???), lip balm, sweat socks. This might make sense if I was an outdoor runner (I’m not). My husband is not very good at gift-giving. He shops on Christmas Eve, and likes to get everything done in one store, but he doesn’t much care which store that is. Why couldn’t it be a bookstore, or a jewelry store??

12. Favorite Christmas movie?

The Family Man with Nicholas Cage. I love it and watch it every year.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?

November. I always vow to start earlier the next year and never do.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

I have not.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?

Honey Baked Ham on Christmas Eve. Christmas cookies. Almond Rocha.

16. Clear or colored Christmas lights?

Clear outside, colored on the tree.

17. Favorite Christmas song?

Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley.  There’s also a Karen Carpenter song I love (can’t think of the name).  She has such a beautiful voice.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?

We stay home.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeers?

Of course!!

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?

Angel right now, but I am looking for a star. All the stars I have seen look too cheesy.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?

We open one gift on Christmas Eve, and it’s always the same.. new jammies. We put them on and take a picture in front of the tree.

22 . Most annoying thing about this time of year?

Too much to do, not enough time.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color?

I have a bunch of Santa ornaments.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner?

Roast beef. scalloped potatoes, glazed carrots, crescent rolls.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year?

A new camera, books (I have a long list), Peace on Earth


Happy Holidays!

Reading Trouble

Care at Care’s Online Book Club is hosting a meme, so I thought I’d give it a go.

Reading Trouble Meme

1. Have you ever gotten into trouble for reading?

2. Has reading ever SAVED you from getting into trouble?

3. What was the first book you read that you KNEW you would get into trouble reading if caught?

Now, on the tagging part, I prefer to not list anyone specifically. Just know that if you want to play, please do and leave a comment here to I know to go read your blog! If you don’t have a blog, just leave your answers in the comments to this post.


1. Trouble, yes. I used to get in trouble regularly for reading at school. Typically I would be reading when I was supposed to be doing something else, like listening to the teacher explain a math concept. Ugh, how utterly boring to this young bookworm. I got what I deserved, though.. my 10 year old daughter is exactly like I was at her age. She hides her latest book inside her math book, so when her teacher looks up, it appears she is engrossed in her math. Smart, but sneaky.

2. Has reading a book saved me from getting in trouble? Probably. I can’t think of a particular situation, but many times as a teen/young adult I was home reading when I could have been out raising hell.

3. The first book I knew I’d be in trouble for reading if I was caught was a book called Fear of Flying by Erica Jong. Racy stuff. It was in one of my mother’s dresser drawers, beneath her undies and lingerie. I’m not sure how I came across it (why would I have been in her dresser drawers?) but I remember thinking, “I can’t believe my MOTHER is reading this!” I started it on a day when I was home sick from school and my parents were at work. I remember being “sick” the next day, too, just so I could stay home and read more of it. It’s been something like 30 years, and I’m sure she wouldn’t care at this point, but I would still feel funny telling my mother about this!

Hmm.. I think I’ll tag Valentina, Patti, Kim, Mrs. Blogoway, and Mr. Schu.

Rolling – Booking Through Thursday (on Friday)

Rolling November 29, 2007

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Do you get on a roll when you read, so that one book leads to the next, which leads to the next, and so on and so on?

I don’t so much mean something like reading a series from beginning to end, but, say, a string of books that all take place in Paris. Or that have anthropologists as the main character. Or were written in the same year. Something like that… Something that strings them together in your head, and yet, otherwise could be different genres, different authors…


I don’t consciously do this.  Usually after finishing a book, especially a powerful one, I like to read something vastly different.  If I really like an author or get wildly interested in the subject matter, I will seek out other books for future reading, but typically I won’t read them back to back.  I think I need to have that separation of genre, setting, time or place in order to fully appreciate what I’ve read.  If I read too many similar books in a row, they all sort of blur together in my mind into one large indistinguishable lump.  Books should stand alone, not be mentally lumped together.

That said, sometimes it happens without a conscious effort.  Last winter I went through a dysfuntional family/social services phase where I read “The Glass Castle” followed by “Like Family” followed by “Me and Emma” (which I bought for the cover, because it reminded me of my sister as a little girl).  All good books, but it was emotionally exhausting!  I was sooooo ready for something lighthearted after that Sucky Family reading fest.  And I’m sure having read them in quick succession caused me to mix up the details of these three books.

I just finished We Need to Talk About Kevin last night.  Holy crap, it was intense!  I definitely need something a bit more cheery for my next read.  Something that won’t cause me to lose sleep.

What about you.. do you get on a roll?  Or, like me, do you prefer a story to stand alone?

Page 161 Meme

Here’s a fun Book Meme to try. Post your answers here or in a post of your own!

You have to open up the book you’re currently reading to page 161 and read the sixth sentence on the page, then think of 5 bloggers to tag with.

Mine is from “Garlic and Sapphires”. Here it is:

“It makes me feel sort of schizophrenic, like my thoughts are mine, but not mine.”

This quote describes the feelings of Ruth Reichl, the former restaurant critic for the New York Times, as she went around Manhattan in disguises so she wouldn’t be recognized and treated differently by all the fancy places in town.

So, what’s on page 161, 6th sentence down, in the book you’re reading?

I’d love to hear from anyone, but especially: BookMama, Stephanie at The Written Word, Karen at Planet Books (although I think she’s reading the same book!), Mr. Schu at Schu’s Blog of Lit and More, and Tara at Books and Cooks.

Booking Through Thursday

Read with Abandon? October 25, 2007

I hope I did this right. It’s my first time doing a meme. Here goes:

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Today’s suggestion is from Cereal Box Reader

I would enjoy reading a meme about people’s abandoned books. The books that you start but don’t finish say as much about you as the ones you actually read, sometimes because of the books themselves or because of the circumstances that prevent you from finishing. So . . . what books have you abandoned and why?

I’ve abandoned a few books this year.  Here is my list:

1. Bel Canto by Anne Patchett

I can’t for the life of me figure out what anyone sees in this book. I was bored to tears. Every other line is devoted to a flowery description of the central character’s fabulous voice. I get it! She’s amazing! No need to pound me over the head with that fact! I gave it 200 pages to do something for me, and it didn’t.

2. Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult

Now this is an author I like. My Sister’s Keeper was terrific. But there were just too many coincidental things happening here to make it even remotely believable. I didn’t care about the characters. I lost interest and never went back to it.

3. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

This is a classic, written in 1940, and chosen by Oprah for her Book Club. Lots of prose, not plot driven at all. I tried to like it. I may go back to it. Probably not.

4. When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin

Very sappy and predictable. Too manipulative. Would probably do well on the Lifetime channel.

5. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn-

I know, I know. I will give it another try.