Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jen at Books and A Beat. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share two sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers!
As you may or may not have noticed, it’s been f o r e v e r since I posted something. And by f o r e v e r I mean two weeks. I’ve been busy in real life and prioritising stuff I don’t like much, but that’s life I guess. I have been reading loads still (always time for that on the train) and I thought I’d share some teaser sentences from one of my current reads.
I made a spur of the moment decision to go see the philosopher Julian Baggini at the Sydney Writer’s Festival and I’m really glad I did (even though listening to/talking about philosophy first thing on a Sunday morning is a bit muddling for the brain). I picked up a couple of his books afterwards and got them signed, and I had a chat to him without making a complete fool of myself which was nice. For the last few weeks I’ve been dipping in and out of his book, Should You Judge This Book by Its Cover?: 100 Fresh Takes on Familiar Sayings and Quotations.
Basically it’s Baggini looking at familiar sayings and their origins, and applying them to modern times. It’s interesting to see how some sayings have been completely bastardised (like many things) and how completely irrelevant some of them are these days. Yet we persist with them. It’s been a fun book to read and one that is great for reading in little bits, as each saying only has two pages dedicated to it and there’s no plot to follow; so you can put it down for a couple of weeks and pick it up again with no troubles. I highly recommend it. Now here are the sentences: