All posts tagged: Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday – ‘The Secret Speech’

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. 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! My teaser this week comes from The Secret Speech, which is the second book in Tom Rob Smith’s ‘Leo Demidov Trilogy’. The last few books I’ve read have been “nice” books, so it feels good to be reading something that may or may not make my stomach turn and give me chills. I’m enjoying it so far, but it didn’t start with the same punch as the first book in the trilogy, Child 44 (my review for that is here). Nonetheless, I can feel myself being set up for a few twists and turns and stabbings (or similar). Anyway, here are my sentences! “For this reason, Leo couldn’t broadcast requests for information or ask witnesses to come forward since such actions would be tantamount to propagandizing the existence of crime. The …

Teaser Tuesday – ‘The Miniaturist’

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. 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! This week’s two sentence teaser comes from a book I’ve been beyond excited to read since I got it into my hot little hands. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton is, aesthetically speaking, glorious. I’ll save my gushing over it for my review when I get to it in a couple of weeks, but I will say that my edition of it is extra super special and I love looking at it. I’ve not read much yet, but I’m enjoying it so far. The writing is lovely and I can’t wait to see how the story develops – from the little I’ve read, I’m expecting nothing less than amazing from the rest of the book. And now for the sentences: “She listens, desolate, a hairline crack of moonlight glinting over painted hare and …

Teaser Tuesday – ‘The Book of Speculation’

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. 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! My teaser this week is from a NetGalley read by Erika Swyler called The Book of Speculation. It’s not released until June 23rd, but I’m going to call it now – everyone will be reading this and raving about it. IT IS THAT GOOD. It’s reminiscent of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, but where I found that book beautiful and whimsical, The Book of Speculation is beautiful and dark. So far I love everything about it. The cover is beautiful (even though I have a Kindle version and it doesn’t have a pretty cover, I still like looking at pictures of it), there are some lovely sketches throughout, and the writing is, in my opinion, perfection. Also, it’s a book about a book, all readers love that. I’ll definitely be …

Teaser Tuesday – ‘The Invisible History of the Human Race’

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. 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! My teaser sentences this week are from a book that’s very different to what I would normally read.  The Invisible History of the Human Race by Christine Kenneally is all about how DNA and history shapes who we are and what we’ll be. I’m not against non-fiction by any means, but generally my non-fiction reading doesn’t extend past reading biographies. But I’ve always been a little interested about how each of us becomes who and what we are, both through societal influences and all the stuff inside us. So when I saw this book I thought I’d check it out, and I’m really glad I did as it’s speaking to that part of me that just needs to know the past and its impact on the future. At the moment this book …

Teaser Tuesday – ‘Child 44 ‘

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. 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! This week’s Teaser Tuesday is from Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. It’s a Cold War thriller,  which is sort of the thing I love to read these days, but rather than being set in England (which is what I’m used to), it’s set in Russia. It’s nice to be on the other side of the Iron Curtain for a change. It’s safe to say I’m completely smitten with the book. The story so far is amazing, the writing is brilliant, and it certainly warrants the film adaptation which is being released soonish (it could already be out where you are – I have no idea of the release date in Australia). And now for the sentences: “He had little doubt that he’d eventually arrest Anatoly Brodsky, he just wanted …

Teaser Tuesday – ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. 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! This week’s Teaser Tuesday sentences come from 2001’s Booker Prize winner, True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey. This is the book that earned Carey his second Booker Prize (after 1988’s Oscar and Lucinda) and I can see why – the writing is interesting and completely unlike anything I’ve read, and I’m finding myself sympathising with Ned Kelly, Australia’s most infamous outlaw. But as with all Booker winners, you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it – there’s very little middle ground. I am firmly in the camp of the former. But I’ll save all of that for my review, and leave you with my sentences for now. FYI the lack of punctuation below is exactly as it is in the book. “I lost my own father at 12 yr. …

Teaser Tuesday – ‘Chavasse: Double VC’

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. 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! I can’t even begin to explain to you how I feel about this book and the man it’s about, without sounding like a complete and utter fangirl. So I’m not going to say much and just write the sentences. I’ll leave the fangirling for my review. What I will say is that this is a biography of perhaps one of the bravest people in history. It’s definitely putting life into perspective and got me thinking about why we idolise the people that we do in modern society. Anyway, here are my sentences: “So Noel signed the leave book at the Royal Southern for the last time, booking himself out from 2 to 16 August, 1914, and set off for Hornby Camp, north Lancashire, with his fellow junior officers. Dr Power, …

Teaser Tuesday – ‘Airmail: Women of Letters’

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. 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! This Teaser Tuesday is another NetGalley read – but this one has a difference. Rather than reading a regular novel, I am instead reading a collection of letters, letters written by some of the best known people in the world, to a variety of recipients on varying topics. This book is the fifth in a series of similar books, and is the result of a movement begun here in Australia to revive the lost art of letter writing, while raising money for charity in the process. This book is the first international collection of letters in the series, and is the first I’ve read, but it’s safe to say I’ll be off to add the rest of them to my book collection pretty soon. The following sentences are from a letter …

Teaser Tuesday – ‘The Wonder Lover’

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. 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! First of all, feast your eyes upon the glory of this cover. Does it not scream Don Draper? It’s so simple and understated, yet speaks volumes about the content of the novel. The Wonder Lover isn’t yet available for purchase (it’s released on May 1st in Australia), but I was lucky enough to win a copy of it from Dymocks Books here in Australia, courtesy of the publishers Allen & Unwin (thanks you guys!). I’m only a couple of chapters in, but I’m already completely hooked.  I’ve not read any of Malcolm Knox’s novels before, but I have just been reading some of his articles in one of my university classes (a weird coincidence I thought). It’s pretty safe to say that I’ll be off to get some more of his …

Teaser Tuesday – ‘Inheritance’

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. 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! I‘m finally up to Inheritance, the last book what I thought was the last book in Christopher Paolini’s ‘Inheritance Cycle’. I found out over the weekend there’s another one it’s way, although there is no indication of when exactly it will be. And after some googling, I’ve learnt that while it is set in the same fictional world as the current series, it won’t necessarily be part of the series – though it will include some old characters, as well as new. So I guess I can live with there being another one coming, if it’s not exactly part of the ‘Cycle’ (and I’m sure Christopher Paolini will sleep better at night, knowing that I’m ok with him writing another book!). I’m really hoping this one moves along at a cracking …