Teaser Tuesday: Peony in Love

teaser-tuesdayTeaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should be Reading.

  • 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 this week comes from Peony in Love, by Lisa See.

peonyinlove1For daughters, marrying out is a little like dying.  We say goodbye to our parents, our aunts and uncles, our cousins, and the servants who cared for us, and go into an entirely new life, where we live with our true families, where our names will be listed in our in-laws’ ancestral hall.  In this way, marriage is like experiencing death and rebirth without having to travel to the afterworld.  These are morbid thoughts for any bride, I know, but mine were compounded by my unhappy situation.

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Teaser Tuesday: The Woman in White

teasertuesdays31 Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should 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 this week is from The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins, which I am reading for the Classics Circuit.

6a00c225290bfe604a00fad6b0ba6b0005-500piWe set our faces towards London, and walked on together in the first still hour of the new day–I, and this woman, whose name, whose character, whose story, whose objects in life, whose very presence by my side, at that moment, were fathomless mysteries to me.  It was like a dream.  Was I Walter Hartright? Was this the well-known, uneventful road, where holiday people strolled on Sundays?

-page 18

Teaser Tuesday: The Stone Gods

teaser-tuesdayTeaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Miz B of Should Be Reading.

My teaser this week comes from The Stone Gods, by Jeannette Winterson.

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Book synopsis from Publisher’s Weekly:

Prize-winning Brit Winterson applies her fantastical touch to a sci-fi, postapocalyptic setting. Heroine Billie Crusoe appears in three different end-of-the-world scenarios, allowing Winterson to explore the repetitive and destructive nature of human history and an inability (or unwillingness) of people to learn from previous mistakes. In the first section, inhabitants of the pollution-choked planet Orbus have discovered Planet Blue (Earth), and soon set about launching an asteroid at it to kill the dinosaurs that would prevent them from colonizing the planet. The second and third sections are set on Earth in 1774 and then in the Post-3 War era. Though passionate condemnations of global warming and war appear frequently, the book also contains a triptych love story: Billie meets Spike, a female Robo sapien capable of emotion and evolution, and falls (reluctantly) in love with her. In each of the scenarios, Billie and Spike (or versions of them) fall in love anew while encroaching annihilation looms in the background. Winterson’s lapses into polemic can be tedious, but her prose—as stunning, lyrical and evocative as ever—and intelligence easily carry the book.

Teaser:

And so, while we were all arguing about whether is was Christian or Pagan, Democratic or Conservative to save the planet, and whether technology would solve all of our problems, and whether we should fly less, drive less, eat less, weight less, consume less, dump less, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose to 550 parts per million, the ice caps melted, and Iran launched a nuclear attack on the USA.

The policy wonks had miscalculated.  We got blown up.

Teaser Tuesday: Twilight

teasertuesdays31 Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should 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!

This week I’m reading Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer, for one of my book clubs.  I only started it last night, so I’m no more than 50 pages in.

From page 41

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But, aside from the laughter and playfulness, there was something different, and I couldn’t quite pinpoint what that difference was.  I examined Edward the most carefully.  His skin was less pale, I decided–flushed from the snow fight maybe–the circles under his eyes much less noticeable.  But there was something more.  I pondered, staring, trying to isolate the change.

Teaser Tuesday: College Girl

teaser-tuesdayTeaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Miz B at Should be Reading.

  • 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!

From page 53 of College Girl, by Patricia Weitz

I flinched.  I had tried to answer him from the heart and he had mocked me.  A lump formed in my throat.  I couldn’t locate words to express my convictions.  I focused on the window behind Anderson; its black ebony borders, a smudge marking the glass.  Bits of fallen leaves sat on the windowsill outside, gently moving with the breeze.  I felt a need to go to the window, to wipe away the smudge.

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Teaser Tuesday: Her Fearful Symmetry

teaser-tuesday Teaser Tuesday is a meme hosted by Miz B at Should be Reading.

Grab your current read.

Let the book fall open to a random page.

Share with us two (2) “teaser” 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!

Please avoid spoilers!

My teaser this week is from Her Fearful Symmetry, by Audrey Niffenegger.

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She pushed her hands into him and and he gasped.  You’re so warm, she thought, and knew what he must feel; her immaterial coldness must be the opposite of his hot, liquid body.  She took her hands away.  She could still feel his warmth in her hands.  She looked at them, expecting them to glow a bit.

Anyone else want to share their teaser?

Teaser Tuesday: East of the Sun

teasertuesdays31Grab your current read.

Let the book fall open to a random page.

Share with us two (2) “teaser” 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!

Please avoid spoilers!

That was the rub.  If he had a soul (which he sometimes seriously doubted) it had been, in a hundred thousand ways, forged differently from hers.

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