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Teaser Tuesday

28 May

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

Rules
  • 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!

Teaser

Book: I’m taking forever to read A Fine Balance! Still loving it, but I feel like I haven’t had enough time lately to enjoy reading properly. I’m travelling for work soon so will read lots on the plane! I’m up to page 321, and my teaser is from page 417.

Then, abruptly, the sound of his voice became the faraway echo of another – a voice that had once named the chessmen thus, for him, in the college hostel. He stopped, unable to proceed with explaining the game.

A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

Would love to read your teasers, so please share the link below and I’ll read them!

-H-

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Teaser Tuesday

21 May

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

Rules
  • 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!

Teaser

Book: I’m still going with A Fine Balance, and am really enjoying it except have been really busy so haven’t had as much reading time as I’d like. I’m up to page 209, and my teaser is from page 336.

How much Dina Aunty relished her memories. Mummy and Daddy were the same, talking about their yesterdays and smiling in that sad-happy way while selecting each picture, each frame from the past, examining it lovingly before it vanished away in the mist.

A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

Would love to read your teasers, so please share the link below and I’ll read them!

-H-

Liebster Blogging Award

17 May

Lieber award

Thank you so much to The Obsessive Reader for the nomination for the Liebster Award. It is an award passed on by bloggers to new blogs worth reading (blogs with less than 200 followers).

Note: I didn’t do blogs with less than 200 followers, because I don’t know how to find that out, and also I just wanted to choose blogs I read. I’ve also only chosen Book Review blogs because that’s what I’m here for! I read a whole range of types of  blogs but will stick to book blogs for this.

Recipients of the Liebster Award must:

  1. LIST 11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT YOU.
  2. ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THAT WERE ASKED OF YOU (BY THE BLOGGER THAT NOMINATED YOU).
  3. NOMINATE 11 OTHER BLOGS FOR THE LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD AND LINK TO THEIR BLOGS.
  4. NOTIFY THE BLOGGERS OF THEIR AWARD.
  5. ASK THE AWARD WINNERS 11 QUESTIONS TO ANSWER ONCE THEY ACCEPT THE AWARD.
11 Facts About Me:
  1. I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia and haven’t lived anywhere else.
  2. I have 3 cats; two of them are British Blue Shorthairs, and the other is a stray we got from the Cat Protection Society. They’re named Saffy, Barney and Missy.
  3. I have a phobia of whales. I don’t know why but they freak me out.
  4. I have 2 half brothers and a half sister, although I don’t think of them as ‘halves’.
  5. I have a few weird, old-lady hobbies including cross stitching and doing puzzles.
  6. I love watching all types of sport, but i’m terrible at actually playing sport.
  7. I’m probably the clumsiest person in the world.
  8. I was born on my due date (apparently this is pretty rare).
  9. I want to have 4 children when I become a parent – boy, girl, girl, then boy.
  10. Carl Barron is my favourite comedian, and when I watched one of his videos on the plane I was laughing so loud I got asked to be quieter by the flight attendant.
  11. I will read any genre of book, except erotica, and I refuse to ever read 50 Shades of Grey.
Answers to Questions Asked by The Obsessive Reader:
  1. What is your favorite quote or saying? (And where’s it from/who said it?) And those who were seen dancing were considered insane by those who could not hear the music’ Friedrich Nietzsche. 
  2. If you could travel back in time, which year would you travel back to (and why)? If you mean a year I’ve already lived through, I’d probably go back to 2005 when I was in year 10 at high-school, because it was so much fun! If it’s any year, I’d choose some time in the 20’s just after the war when everything was fun and people let loose! 
  3. What was your big dream as a child? It’s weird because I just realised I don’t think I ever had any big dreams. 
  4. What was your biggest fear as a child? My family leaving me or dying
  5. Which book would you really want to experience on the big screen? A Thousand Splendid Suns, or The Bronze Horseman
  6. If you were an animal, which animal would you be? A cat that is looked after by a good owner. So I could just sleep all day
  7. Disney Channel or News Channel? News
  8. Tell us something really weird and random that has stuck to your memory? I had this dream once when I was about 8 or 9 of all these basketball hoops that were really close to the ground (about 20cms or so) and a basketball just kept bouncing in and out of them endlessly. 
  9. My weirdest habit is… bouncing my leg up and down constantly without realising i’m doing it!
  10. What is your favorite book? I have no favourite book. I love so many
  11. Approximately, how many hours a day do you spend on Facebook/Twitter etc. ? I work in Digital Marketing which involves a lot of social media, so I actually spend my entire work day on Twitter, about an hour of it on Facebook. Then when I come home i’d probably spend about 30 mins on Facebook. 
11 Questions For My Nominees:
  1. What is your favourite memory of your life?
  2. If you had to move country and live in another one, where would you pick?
  3. When is your birthday and do you like the time of year your birthday is in?
  4. What’s your favourite TV show?
  5. What’s your middle name?
  6. Do you prefer actual books or e-books?
  7. What’s your favourite book that you’ve reviewed on your blog, and can you share the link?
  8. What’s your favourite weekly book blog meme?
  9. If you could only eat sweet food or savoury food for the rest of your life, what would you pick?
  10. What food that most people like, do you hate?
  11. What do you do for work?
My Nominations:
  1. Melissa’s Bookshelf
  2. The Obsessive Reader
  3. Bibliobeth
  4. 1 girl 2 many books
  5. Book Shelves and Window Seats
  6. The Book Musings
  7. Chrissi Reads
  8. Lucybird’s Books
  9. Sam Still Reading
  10. Rather Be Reading
  11. Books, Biscuits, and Tea

-H-

WWW Wednesday

15 May

W…W…W…Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should be Reading. 

TO PLAY ALONG, JUST ANSWER THE FOLLOWING THREE (3) QUESTIONS:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

_________________________________________________________________________________

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, which was recommended by my boss as it’s her favourite book, and she gave it to me for my birthday in January. It’s about a whole lot of people’s stories in India and how they intertwine. I’m not very far into it, but am enjoying it so far.

A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

What did you recently finish reading? 

The last book I finished was A Clash of Kings by George R R Martin. You’ll find my review here.

A Clash of Kings - George R R Martin

A Clash of Kings – George R R Martin

What do you think you’ll read next?

The next book on my list is A Judgement in Stone  by Ruth Rendell. I’m looking forward to it, although don’t know much about it!

A Judgement in Stone - Ruth Rendell

A Judgement in Stone – Ruth Rendell

I would love to hear your thoughts on any of these books, although no spoilers please for the ones I haven’t read yet!

-H-

Teaser Tuesday

14 May

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

Rules
  • 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!

Teaser

Book: I’m still reading A Fine Balance, and am now up to page 102, and my teaser is from page 206.

The shop’s casual approach to commerce made it the favourite with locals as well as with the neighbouring settlements. If someone could not afford a full packet of, say, biscuits, Mrs. Kohlah would think nothing of tearing it open and sharing half; she had faith that someone else would come along for the other half.

A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

-H-

Teaser Tuesday

7 May

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

Rules
  • 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!

Teaser

Book: I’ve just started A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, which was given to me for my birthday by my boss as it’s her favourite book ever. I’m currently up to page 58, and my teaser is from page 123.

But the stories kept multiplying: someone had been knifed in the bazaar in town; a sadhu hacked to death at the bus station; a settlement razed to the ground. The tension spread through the entire district.

A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

-H-

#21 A Clash of Kings – George R R Martin

5 May

A Song of Ice & Fire – Book 2 of 7

A Clash of Kings - George R R Martin

A Clash of Kings – George R R Martin

Goodreads rating: 4.37 (208,000+ ratings)

My rating: 7/10

Why it’s on the list: I finished the first book last year, and want to continue the series and finish this book before I watch Season 2 of the TV show.

First published: November 16th, 1998 by Bantan Spectra

Genre: Fantasy/Epic

Following immediately on from A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings is revolved around a Civil War within Westeros, with multiple Kings in battle for ‘The Iron Throne’ – Joffrey Baratheon, current King of the Iron Throne; Stannis Baratheon, King in Dragonstone; Renly Baratheon, King in Highgarden; Robb Stark, the King in the North; and Balon Greyjoy, King of the Iron Islands. Unbeknownst to these men, there is a 6th person vying for power – Daenerys Targaryen, The Queen in the East who is the last Dragonborn, who has 3 dragons, and wishes to  her team of warriors across The Narrow Sea to conquer Westeros.

Whilst all these houses are battling for power – whether it be in war, or with damaging words – the men of the Night’s Watch are protecting Westeros on the Wall from the terrible creatures who live North of it.

It sounds confusing – and there’s no doubt it can be – however, like the first book, it’s told in chapters from the perspectives of 9 different characters:

  • Tyrion Lannister, the uncle of King Joffrey, and also the Hand of the King, a treacherous position to be in since previous Hands have been killed.
  • Lady Catelyn Stark, King Robb’s mother
  • Ser Davos Seaworth, loyal knight to King Stannis
  • Sansa Stark, eldest daughter of Catelyn, sister of Robb, and is currently betrothed to King Joffrey
  • Arya Stark, daughter of Catelyn and sister of Robb, escaped from the clutches of King Joffrey’s mother Cersei, and is presumed dead
  • Bran Stark, son of Catelyn, brother of Robb, current Lord of Winterfell and crippled
  • Theon Greyjoy, son of King Balon, and formerly in service to the Starks
  • Jon Snow, King Robb’s bastard brother, part of the Night’s Watch
  • Daenerys Targaryen, Queen in the East

Also like the last one, there is an extensive list of all the different Houses and characters at the back of the book, and how they’re all related, which is also confusing given the amount of incest in this book! It’s full of what you’d want in an epic fantasy novel – love, murder, betrayal, humour, violence, revenge, and sex.

The other great thing about this novel, was the new sides you get to see of the characters. In the first book I hated Tyrion Lannister, and thought he was vile, but I love him in this book, and as you’ll see below, he has some fantastic quotes. On the flip side, I had no issues with Theon Greyjoy in the first book, but now I hate him!

It’s a great story, and a good follow-up book to A Game of Thrones, however I don’t think enough happens in it, but it’s definitely worth reading. I’ve read some things that you don’t need to have read the first book to understand the second, but that’s 100% wrong. I believe if you don’t read the first book, you’ll be completely lost and you would’ve missed out on some really important facts.

Notable quotes

“Those are brave men. Let’s go kill them” – Tyrion Lannister

Did Ned Stark dress you like that? Was it his pleasure to garb you in velvets and silks and make you his own sweet daughter?” – Balon Greyjoy to his son Theon

“I won’t cry. I won’t do that. I’m a Stark of Winterfell, our sigil is the direwolf, direwolves don’t cry.” – Arya Stark

“She wore a gown of pale purple silk and a moonstone hairnet that had been a gift from Joffrey. The gown had long sleeves to hide the bruises on her arms. Those were Joffrey’s gifts as well” – Sansa Stark

“His lips look like two worms fucking” – Theon Greyjoy

“I’m sorry for your loss as well, Joffrey.
“What loss?”
“Your royal father? A large fierce man with a black beard; you’ll recall him if you try. He was king before you.”
– Tyrion Lannister to Joffrey

“Did you think I was as blind as Father? Who you lie with is no matter to me… although it doesn’t seem quite just that you should open your legs for one brother and not the other. Be gentle, Cersei, I’m only jesting with you. If truth be told, I’d sooner have a nice whore. I never understood what Jaime saw in you, apart from his own reflection.” – Tyrion Lannister

“When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.” – Tyrion Lannister

“Tears are not a woman’s only weapon. You’ve got another one between your legs and you’d best learn to use it. You’ll find men use their swords freely enough. Both kinds of swords.” Cersei Lannister

“He speaks more gently than Joffrey, she thought, but the queen spoke to me gently too. He’s still a Lannister, her brother and Joff’s uncle, and no friend. Once she had loved Prince Joffrey with all her heart, and admired and trusted his mother, the queen. They had repaid her love and trust with her father’s head. Sansa would never make that mistake again.”  Sansa Stark

“Tell me, at what moment during all of this do you stop to BLOW YOUR FUCKING HORN?” – Theon Greyjoy

“Jaime reached for the flagon to refill his cup. “So many vows… They make you swear and swear. Defend the king. Obey the king. Keep his secrets. Do his bidding. Your life for his. But obey your father. Love your sister. Protect the innocent. Defend the weak. Respect the gods. Obey the laws. It’s too much. No matter what you do, you’re forsaking one vow or the other.” – Jaime Lannister

-H-

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