Teaser Tuesday: Jan 8

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

Changing gears with this one a little bit, and I am torn whether I want to write an actual book review on it as it’s exploring the human mind, non-fiction book. I’m not even sure how I would go about reviewing it, as I don’t have much to compare it to. Might just be a quick review, or no review!

So far I am really enjoying it, however it is a bit of a challenging read as to get the most out of it, it feels like I need to read it slowly, and underline and go back through and re-read previous concepts discussed to follow along. Hope that you enjoy the extract below!

” The various causes of ease and strain have interchangeable effects. When you are in a state of cognitive ease, you are probably in a good mood, like what you see, believe what you hear, trust your intuitions, and feel that the current situation is comfortably familiar. You are also likely to be relatively casual and superficial in your thinking. When you feel strained, you are more likely to be vigilant and suspicious, invest more effort in what you are doing, feel less comfortable, make fewer errors, but you also are less intuitive and less creative than usual.” (60)

Teaser Tuesday: Jan 8

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

This is a book that I received from my Secret Santa from work last year, and have been meaning to get through for a little while, reading bits here an there as I’ve had time. I’ve heard this book was a little different in writing style and genre (historical fiction vibes) then I have read recently, and in the last year, so I thought I would give it a go.

So far it’s an intriguing read, but does require a bit of attentiveness, not really an adventure book that you can just blitz through. So far, I am enjoying it so look out for the review of this one soon!

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” ‘I thank you for your advice,’ said Fritz. ‘I think, indeed, that women have a better grasp on the whole business of life than we men have. We are morally better than they are, but they can reach perfection, we can’t. And that is in spite of the fact that they particularise, we generalise.’ ” (126)

Teaser Tuesday: Dec 25

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

First and foremost – hope that you are having a very Merry Christmas and got spoiled with lots of new books! Today’s Teaser Tuesday has nothing to do with Christmas at all, isn’t that a relief? I bet you are all Christmas-ed out by now! 😉

This book is actually on my list for once, since, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’ve liked straying from the list a little bit this year. This book was meant to have been read for September but hey-ho, just getting around to it now!

So far so AMAZING! Thoroughly repulsed and fascinated is where I am at with this novel. I already can’t wait to review it!

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” ‘Life is a very wonderful thing,’ said Dr. Branom in a very like holy goloss. ‘The prices of life, the make-up of the human organisms, who can really understand these miracles? Dr Brodsky is, of course, a remarkable man. What is happening to you now is what should happen to any normal healthy human organism contemplating the actions of the forces of evil, the workings of the principle of destruction. You are  being made sane, you are being made healthy.’ ” (119)

Teaser Tuesday: Dec 11

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

When my boyfriend found out that Mortal Engines was being released in a few weeks, he gave me strict instructions to read the book (which he happened to have in his possession) before we went to see it on opening night of course! So I had about 3 days to whizz through it all before our reserved time at the cinema. Here’s a little teaser for you before I write out a full review next week!

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“‘Tom felt a big, gentle hand on his shoulder and then – he was never quite sure how it happened – a twist, a shove, and he was pitching over the handrail and falling, just as Hester Shaw had fallen, flailing wildly for a hold on the smooth metal at the brim of the waste chute. He pushed me! he thought, and it was more amazement that he felt than fear as the black throat swallowed him down into the dark. ” (28)

Teaser Tuesday: Nov 6

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

My boyfriend saw me looking through some books on Amazon and when he noticed this one asked me if I had read it. I actually did read this maybe like 10 years ago and honestly didn’t remember it super fondly, but his enthusiasm for the book made me want to pick it up and give it another go – a decade later 😛

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“‘Tricia McMillan?’ he said. ‘What are you doing here?’

‘Same as you,’ she said, ‘I hitched a lift. After all with a degree in maths and another in astrophysics what else was there to do? It was either that or the dole queue again on Monday.’ ” (93)

Teaser Tuesday: Oct 23

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

Finally reading a book that I am meant to from my yearly list! I just had a look through and it would appear that I have managed to take a little detour from my initial reading list, sadly. But I still have a few more months to go, so thought I would start with this one!

So far it’s a complete gripping book that I can’t put down. Love the multiple different little stories that the author has going on, and I am interested to see how they all come together at the end!

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“When the kids were little she saw so many other parents lose control in the stands at the rink, and she couldn’t understand them, but now she does. The children’s hobbies aren’t only the children’s hobbies – the parents put just as many hours into them, year after year, sacrificing so much, paying out such huge amounts of money, that their significance eats its way even into adult brains. They start to symbolise other things, compensating for or reinforcing the parents’ own failures.” (129)

Teaser Tuesday: Oct 9

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I found this book in the discount section of Waterstones and I just had to have it. This is because the last time I came across and read this book was when I was about 11 years old and much of it I had forgotten, but I did remember feeling a little confused after reading it. This might have been because at that age I wasn’t familiar with the style of writing (published in 1908), but I remember enjoying it so I thought I would give it another go!

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“Marilla felt helpless that all this should be sternly reported, but she was hampered by the undeniable fact that some of the things Anne had said, especially about the minister’s sermons and Mr Bell’s prayers, were what she herself had really thought deep down in her heart for years, but had never given expression to. It almost seemed to her that those secret, unuttered, critical thoughts had suddenly taken visible and accusing shape and form in the person of this outspoken morsel of neglected humanity.” (85)

Teaser Tuesday: Sept 4

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

Moving on from the magic and fantasy of Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicles was quite tough, as I am sure you could tell from my reviews of it, but I can’t stress how engaging and interesting this non-fiction book has been so far! Such a fascinating and relevant theme in the current political climate!

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“Individual leaders, ideas, technology and other factors all play a role in shaping events, but they are temporary. Each new generation will still face the physical obstructions created by the Hindu Kush and the Himalayas; the challenges created by the rainy season; and the disadvantages of limited access to natural minerals or food sources.” (xi)

Teaser Tuesday: Aug 14

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I have been recommended this series by my boyfriend and have read the first book maybe a year ago now. Not sure why it took me a year to start the second book, seeing as I loved the first one. Check out the little teaser for The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss.

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“‘No man is brave that has never walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leverer, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass.  A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of  quiet introspection.” (847)

Teaser Tuesday: July 3rd

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

So I decided to go away from magic and dystopia, and instead educate myself a little bit with this read 🤓 Don’t mind if I do! I find that many non-fiction novels can be very poorly written, and just a bombardment of names, dates and time. But I am loving already about this book is there is a clear structure that Matthew Kneale follows. Each chapter has three parts: introduction to the enemy that is about to sack Rome at different points in it’s life, then part 2 talks about what the enemies would see in Rome at that period, followed by the conclusion of the sacking and how it took place. So far so good!

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“What kind of Rome awaited Henry IV and his army? Of the seven incarnations of the city that will be examined in this book, that of 1081 was certainly the strangest. It was a kind of Gulliver’s Travels town, where tiny houses existed among the ruins. Many Romans lived actually inside the ruins, which they called cryptae, making their homes in the broken remains of thousand-year-old apartment blocks, in long dry baths, and in the storerooms and corridors of abandoned theatres and stadiums. The Colosseum was now the city’s largest housing complex.'” (123-4)