Teaser Tuesdays: Cast in Honor

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “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!)

—> Now on to the main event!

There were too many good lines in this book, so I included a few of my favs!

Cast in Honor (Chronicles of Elantra, #11) by Michelle Sagara

Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Mira
Release Date: November 24, 2015
ISBN# 9780778318590
Page(s): …

“I just told you–” Kaylin caught up. “You’re telling me me they’re significant in the Aerie.”

“I’m trying to tell you that, yes.” To Teela, he said, “Did you have these issues when you introduced Kaylin to the High Halls?”

“Not these specific ones, no. The Barrani Halls are slightly simpler. Everyone you meet is going to try to kill you at one point or another; she only had to try to avoid the ones who were going to do so immediately.” (95)

Mandoran entered the dining room, as well. “No,” he told everyone, “I am not staying behind.” He looked at Kaylin as he spoke.

She held up both hands. “Don’t look at me like that — I wasn’t even going to suggest it.”

“Teela did.”

“Then glare at Teela. I don’t even like the fiefs.” (143)

 “Did she mention our latest investigation?”

“Yes. She also extended an invitation to dinner. Do not stand in the library gawking. If you have something to say, say it while we walk.”    …

Kaylin’s biggest question, as she followed the Arkon’s impatient lead, was Yes, but are you going to accept? (175)

“Are they always like this?” Kattea whispered.

“Yes. And they can hear you two rooms away, even if you whisper.”

“Oh. I don’t like him.”

“Mandoran?”

“Is that his name?”

“It’s the polite version.”

“What’s the rude version?” (257)

Hah! I LOVE this series. This book has many more great lines/scenes but I’ll stop with these.

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Teaser Tuesdays: Stars of Fortune and The Immortal Heights

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “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!)

—> Now on to the main event!

Yay for two books I recently got from the library. This one I just finished…

Stars of Fortune (The Guardians Trilogy, #1) by Nora Roberts

Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
ISBN# 9780425280102
Page: 233 – 234

She kept up, well enough, but squats, lunges, jumping jacks with Annika smiling, even letting out an occasional laugh, as she herself struggled through them — without even a single hit of coffee — made Sasha want to try out her right jab on her friend’s beautiful face…

“I hate you.” She could barely pant it out. “Especially Doyle, but all of you.”

“That’s a start. Who’s on breakfast detail?” Doyle asked.

“The chart’s in my room. Someone who can still walk should go get it.”

“I’ll get it.” Annika, barely winded, dashed off.

From her prone position, Sasha bared her teeth. “Maybe I hate her even more than Doyle.”

(LOL, that is so me when exercising!) Now, this one I just started!!

The Immortal Heights (Elemental Trilogy, #3) by Sherry Thomas

Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
Release Date: October 13th, 2015
ISBN# 9780062207357
Page: 30

Behind them, Kashkari had set up a spectacle: a dozen carpets floated end to end in midair, and several rebels made tumbling passes across the length of this makeshift stage.

“I’m tempted to neglect my task and watch that instead,” said Fairfax. “And my life is on the line here.”

 

Reading Goals for the Rest of the Year

So, I’m a total slacker in many ways. Over the past year, fluctuations in my work schedule and in trying to have a life, I definitely let my blog fall off by the wayside. I give many kudos to the people who post every day, with how creative your topics have been, and cheers to you all for giving me ideas on what I can write about. In the last few weeks I’ve been trying to be better, and write more. And I’m making it a new blogging/writing goal to not just post as part of the memes I participate in. But to actually put my thoughts and opinions out there to the world.

2014 Reading Challenge CompletedTo start off , I’m going to chat a bit today about my reading goals for this year. While I haven’t been writing much, I am still reading. I’ve actually been doing lots, and lots of reading. At the start of the year, I wasn’t sure how ambitious I wanted to be. In 2014 I met my goal for the first time, reading 156 books (an average of 3 a week). I thought that was a pretty solid, ambitious goal. I also tried not to include too many picture books because that felt, to me, like cheating. So I thought maybe I would relax my goals this year and just read whatever appealed, maybe do less books and give myself more time and increase the amount if/when I reached those goals…

Yeah, that definitely didn’t happen.

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Kerry (The Roaming Librarian) has read 200 books toward her goal of 300 books.
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As you can see from the challenge widget up above, I somehow wound up giving myself a goal of 300 books for the year, which is slightly less than double what I did last year. How did I manage to give myself a goal this ridiculously high in comparison to my past reading efforts, you might wonder? Well, let’s just say I blame GoodReads. I can’t remember if I was at work or at home when I was setting this goal, but I had a huge problem updating it in either January or February. I would input a larger number (I think I was attempting to go from 150 to 200 books for the year) and it wouldn’t accept my changes. So of course, I got frustrated. I started inputting random numbers and hitting enter and refresh a bunch of times until I finally gave up and left the site.

Cut to a couple days later and I go back for some reason or other (I can’t remember anymore) and low and behold but the number that is now my official reading challenge goal is 300. Somehow, that’s the number that stuck. And of course, several friends on the site have “liked” my goal. (I’m assuming they were very impressed with my faux-ambition.)  And now I’m stuck.

Well, technically, yes, I suppose I’m not stuck and could change it at any point in time as I had planned to do, and I would have but but for the social pressure that exists only in my head. Here’s where you realize I’m probably a little crazy. My brain goes off in several directions. I could on the one hand, ignore all outside influences and imaginary people who are clearly watching my reading goals and change it. I could consider how much reading I really think I’m going to do and set a more reasonable amount. Or I could keep the goal and really go all-in, just power through as many books as I can and see if I can really make this happen. It seems impossible, but I could still strive for that, right? No one will really care besides me whether I make it or not. And even if they do care for some weird reason, it’s not like I have any responsibility to them. And this goes on and on, with my brain firing at all synapses to leave it or change it, to consider social implications or ignore them, to question myself on what I’m doing and how sane it is that I’m thinking this much about it… (This is quite the insight into my mind, isn’t it? Reading this you may believe I need to stop over-thinking such a small piece of my life. To that I say, yes. I’m quite aware of just how nutty I am.)

So, I kept my goal. I’m actually not doing as badly as I thought I would. This time around there are many more picture books on the list, and it doesn’t feel like cheating anymore! I just hit the 200 mark too (which is the most books I’ve ever read in a year, whoo hoo!!) Only 100 more to go.

For the rest of the year, I think I’m going to focus on a couple areas of reading. The first includes series that I discovered this year. They’re not new by any means, but I’d never gotten around to reading them before. The first is the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. I’m four books in and really digging the stories so far. This is very urban fantasy with a dash of romantic subplots a la Kate Daniels (or any series by Ilona Andrews really). I’m also going to try to get caught up with the rest of the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh which is sort of the reverse in that it’s a paranormal romance series with some really great fantasy elements. There’s at least 5 more books in each series for me to get caught up with, but they’re pretty fast reads. The second area is to get more books read from all the YA titles that I said I was going to read at the start of the year. There are quite a few I just never got around to, or I put them off to prolong the agony of them being over. (Plus, this way if they do continue a series I will have less time to wait for the next one to come out.) But I need to get ’em done. I also am trying to delve deeper into the comic book scene, so there’s plenty of graphic novels and superheroes on my horizon.

Wish me luck, and we’ll see how close I get to making my goal!

Teaser Tuesdays: Bone Crossed

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “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!)

—> Now on to the main event!

Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, #4) by Patricia Briggs

Paperback, 287 pages
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: January 26th, 2010
ISBN# 9780441018369
Page: 5-6

I hadn’t thought myself particularly closemouthed. Actually, I’d been accused of having a smart mouth. Samuel had told me more than once that I’d probably live longer if I learned to bite my tongue occasionally.

Teaser Tuesdays: Magic Shifts

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “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!)

—> Now on to the main event!

Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8) by Ilona Andrews

Hardcover, 342 pages
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: August 4th, 2015
ISBN# 9780441018369
Page: 9

Cuddles ignored me and the vampire, defiantly clopping passed it. The bloodsucker turned smoothly and fell into step next to me. “Where is your… significant other?”

“He’s around.” He was never too far. “Why, are you worried he’ll find out about this romantic rendezvous?”

The vampire froze for a second. “What?”

“You’re meeting me in secret on a lonely street in the middle of the night…”

Ghastek’s voice was so sharp, if it were a knife, I would have been sliced to ribbons. “I find your attempts at humor greatly distressing.”

Hee-hee.

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #40

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This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: Who would you take to the Yule Ball?

Okay, this was a pretty easy question for me to answer. And as much as I love my guy Harry, he was totally at that age where he wasn’t ready for a formal dance. You only have to look at this to see…

Harry and Ron Yule BallNo offense to anyone who loves these boys (I do too) but they were total Debbie-Downers just because they couldn’t go with their ideal date. Um, welcome to teenage-dom boys. They could have made an effort to have a good time, but they didn’t. So, much as I adore them, nope. At this stage of the game, they’re not for me.

weasley twins ball weasley twins ball 2So, who would I pick? One of these two boys of course.

A. They’re hilarious.

B. They’re older so there’s bound to be less emo-drama, due to more maturity… sort of.

And C. Look at them! They’re adorable and clearly intend to have themselves some FUN! That’s exactly what I would want in my date to a dance like this. Someone who is bound and determined to have fun.

I really don’t see how I could make any other choice. Unless, perhaps I decided to go with their friend Jordan, who I’m also guessing would want to have a good time. Perhaps we would all hang out together, and maybe get kicked out when one of them attempts a practical joke, or spikes the punch.

Any way you look at it, I bet I’d have a good night.

Fred_george_dancing

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on who you’d want to go to the Yule Ball with in the comments below!

Teaser Tuesdays: Shadow Study and Rising Darkness

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “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!)

—> Now on to the main event!

So I love Yelena and Valek, I really do. But seriously, I get the most excited for the other two guys in this teaser. They are so much fun!

Shadow Study (Soulfinder, #1) by Maria V. Snyder

Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Mira
Release Date: February 24th, 2015
ISBN# 9780778317401
Page: 29

“He told me about it later, Valek,” Ari said. “Nothing I could do about it at that point.” His long-suffering tone said more than his words.

“Your prank failed to work.” Valek ladeled stew into a deep bowl.

“Oh?” Janco didn’t sound convinced.

“Captain Broghan recognized you from your basic-training days.”

Janco stabbed his fork in the air. “I knew he looked familiar, didn’t I, Ari?”

“You said her resembled your second-cousin.”

LOL! And here’s one from a series I just started, but I’m already getting into it. It’s not what I was expecting!

Rising Darkness (Game of Shadows, #1) by Thea Harrison

Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: April 2nd, 2013
ISBN# 9780425248454
Page: 13

Early on that bright spring morning, Mary continued with obvious reluctance toward her ex-husband as he stood in front of her house.

“Oh that’s flattering of you,” Justin said with a grin. “Good thing my ego is so preened and shiny. Good morning, and screw you too.”

Teaser Tuesdays: Angels’ Flight and Archangel’s Shadows

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “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!)

—> Now on to the main event!

Here are a couple teasers from a new series (well, new to me) that I’ve fallen in love with: The Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh!

Angels’ Flight (Guild Hunter, #0.4, 0.5, 0.6, and 3.5) by Nalini Singh

Mass Market Paperback, 345 pages
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: February 28th, 2012
ISBN# 9780425246818
Page: 43

This teaser comes from the 1st of the 4 short stories in the collection: Angels’ Pawn…

Janvier shifted up a gear as they raced over Callan’s manicured lawns and crashing their way through a hedge or three.

Ashwini used the chance to reload her gun and twist her head around to check if Monique was still alive. The blonde vampire stared at her with eyes so round, the whites showed on every side. “You’re both insane.”

 

And here’s some more fun with Ashwini and Janvier, who get more viewing time in this latest novel of the series…

Archangel’s Shadows (Guild Hunter, #7) by Nalini Singh

Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: October 28th, 2014
ISBN# 9780425251171
Page: 20

Ashwini met the angel’s gaze. “Shall I plug my ears?” Hunters had fought alongside immortals in the battle to hold their city, would do so again should the situation call for it, but when it came to everyday existence, getting involved in Tower business could be perilous to a mortal’s health. “Or I can jump on the subway,” she offered, taking her hand of Janvier’s shoulder.

“No,” he said, at the same time that Illium spoke the word.

“There, cher,” Janvier added. “You would not break both our hearts, would you?”

Teaser Tuesdays: I Work at a Public Library

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “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!)

—> Now on to the main event!

Okay, so I work at a public library and can attest that these stories (while they may seem too impossible to be true) are extremely accurate to how life really is for someone who works on the front lines in a library. Enjoy!

I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Stories from the Stacks by Gina Sheridan

Paperback, 157 pages
Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
Release Date: July 4th, 2014
ISBN#9781440576249
Page: 13

 Rude, How

A woman approached the interior book return slot.

Woman: [peering in] Hello?

Me: Hi!

Woman: I was talking to the person at the other book drop but he was ignoring me, how rude!

Me: I’m so sorry, there is no one manning the outside book drop. Is there anything I can help you with?

Woman: Oh dear. Well I was just asking him the difference between DVDs and CDs and could they all go in the same slot. Anyway, are DVDs those iPaddy things?

Me: Well, DVDs are movies. CDs are music or books to listen to. iPads are different.

Woman: How confusing! No wonder the fellow at the other book drop ignored me!

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #29

HPMOTW (2)

This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: Best Hogwarts teacher

This probably should be harder than it actually is. But I’m incredibly biased towards one teacher in particular:

Minerva McGonagall, aka the Sass-Mistress of Hogwarts

McGonagall and Hedwig

There are many reasons why I think she’s an incredible teacher. Aside from her obvious general brilliance as a witch, she’s a master of her chosen subject, Transfiguration (although, so are most of the other teachers at Hogwarts.)

“Transfiguration is some of the most complex and dangerous magic you will learn at Hogwarts,” she said. “Anyone messing around in my class will leave and not come back. You have been warned.” (Sorcerer’s Stone, Chapter 8)

mcgonagall cat transfiguration

She’s incredibly fair. (Some Gryffindor students might suggest a little too fair!) She doesn’t consider a students house when it comes to following or breaking the rules. She is able to maintain a sense of neutrality when awarding points or punishing infractions. She puts the wellfare of her students first, and she uses her iron will to force other around her to do the same. McGonagall Sheer Dumb LuckMcGonagall and the ferret

I think one of the things that sets her apart from other teachers is that she is able to get to know and understand exactly who her students are and uses that to bring out the best in them. Or at the very least she helps them get to a place where they realize she cares about their well-being, even though it might not look like it on the surface.

 She’s strong, she’s compassionate, and she goes above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that her students have a safe place where they can learn their craft. She doesn’t let anyone, child or adult, push her around.

“Really, Severus,” said Professor McGonagall sharply. “I see no reason to stop the boy playing Quidditch. This cat wasn’t hit over the head with a broomstick. There is no evidence at all that Potter has done anything wrong.” (Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 9)

McGonagall obviouslyMcGonagall teachingAnd as a bonus, she’s a complete Sassy-Mc-Sasspants!

“Well, usually when a person shakes their head,” said McGonagall coldly, “they mean ‘no’. So unless Miss Edgecombe is using a form of sign-language as yet unknown to humans –” (Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 27)

“My grandmother thinks Charms is a soft option,” mumbled Neville.
“Take Charms,” said Professor McGonagall, “and I shall drop Augusta a line reminding her that just because she failed her Charms O.W.L., the subject is not necessarily worthless.” (Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 9)

So Professor McGonagall. I say you’re the best Hogwarts teacher. What do you have to say for yourself??

McGonagall comforting Trelawney

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on who you think the best Hogwarts teacher is/was in the comments below!