Teaser Tuesdays – I’ll Seize the Day Tomorrow (Sept 30)

teasertuesdays2014eTeaser 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!

Here are my teasers for this week:

ill seize the day tomorrowEveryone has a hidden talent for something. The lucky ones discover theirs before it’s too late.

From page 19 of I’ll Seize the Day Tomorrow by Jonathan Goldstein.

Bookmark Monday – Coffee (Sept 29)

bookmark-mondayBookmark Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Aloi from guiltless reading. Take a picture of one of your favourite bookmarks, post it on your blog, and head over to guiltless reading to share a link to your post.

Today is International Coffee Day, although it would be fair in saying that every day is coffee day for me. So, in honour of my favorite choice of beverage, here are some coffee themed bookmarks I found online:

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Saturday Snapshot – John Rae (Sept 27)

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by West Metro Mommy. Go there to see how you can participate.

This week I’m sharing a few more photos from our trip to Orkney this past summer. They are pictures of a statue of John Rae that stands in Stromness, Orkney. I’m sharing these now because John Rae is finally being officially recognised next Tuesday at a ceremony and plaque unveiling in Westminster Abbey. This restoration of his reputation is long overdue and will please many people who over the years have worked hard to see this happen, especially the Canadian writer, Ken McGoogan, who told Rae’s story in his book, Fatal Passage.

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Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – Nineteen Eight-Four (Sept 26)

Although it is not currently common practice in Canada to ban books, I thought that I’d choose a commonly challenged book for my Friday meme combo this week in honour of it being Banned Books Week. The book I chose is one of the ones I actually enjoyed in high school (and still do) – George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Among other things it was challenged as being pro-communist, but I would still recommend it as a classic worth reading. The following description comes from the back cover of the edition that I own:

pp.101Ð150.inddNewspeak, Doublethink, Big Brother, the Thought Police – George Orwell’s world-famous satire coined new and potent words of warning for us all.

In 1984 the world is divided into three parts, Oceania, Eastasia and Eurasia, all perpetually at war. In Oceania, the Party has created a totalitarian state that annihilates all opposition. In the forefront of the Party stands Big Brother, a figure of almost mythical power.

The story of Winston Smith’s rebellion against the Party, of his hatred of Big Brother, and of the thoughtcrime which must result in his destruction was first published in 1949. Now in the eighties – our present and Orwell’s brilliantly imagined future – his vision of brutalized and manipulated humanity is still gripping and still supremely relevant.

Now for this week’s excerpts:

book beginningsBook Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post.  If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’

The beginning of Nineteen Eighty-Four:

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

This doesn’t seem like a very exciting beginning. There is the oddness of clocks striking thirteen, but not much else. Having said this, however, it’s a beginning that I like, probably because I am in anticipation of what is to follow.

Friday 56The Friday 56 is a book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice and the rules are as follows:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It’s that simple.

From page 56 of Nineteen Eighty-Four:

For some reason Winston suddenly found himself thinking of Mrs. Parsons, with her wispy hair and the dust in the creases of her face. Within two years those children would be denouncing her to the Thought Police. Mrs. Parsons would be vaporized. Syme would be vaporized. Winston would be vaporized.

This doesn’t seem like a very good place to exist and there seems to be a pattern developing. I haven’t read this for a few years, so maybe I should put it on my winter TBR list. I think it would be good to be reacquainted with it again.

Booking Through Thursday – Shakespeare (Sept 25)

btt2This week Booking Through Thursday poses the following questions:

Okay, show of hands … who has read Shakespeare OUTSIDE of school required reading? Do you watch the plays? How about movies? Do you love him? Think he’s overrated?

I haven’t read very much Shakespeare outside of what I read at school, although I do have the obligatory one volume Complete Works of Shakespeare on my bookshelf. I have never seen any of the plays live, although I would like to take the opportunity at some time. I have watched and enjoyed some of the movies and have a couple of them in my collection. I don’t think he is over-rated, but I can’t say that reading him is high up on my list of priorities right now, either. I have been enjoying the recent series of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars books, but that probably doesn’t really count :)

WWW Wednesdays (Sept 24)

www_wednesdays43To play along with this weekly book event, hosted by Should Be Reading, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Here are my answers for this week:

madame jeanne guyonWhat are you currently reading? Among other things, I am still reading Madame Jeanne Guyon: Her Autobiography (Condensed and Modernized by Jan Johnson) for the Renovaré Book Club. I am finding it quite enjoyable so far and am slowly starting to get into some of the group discussions. There are still four weeks of reading left with this book before moving onto the next book in the group.

amulet 6What did you recently finish reading? The only book I finished this week was an ARC of Amulet, Vol. 6: Escape from Lucien by Kazu Kibuishi. It was a while since I had read the first 5 books in the series, so it took me some time to work out what was going on, but I got there eventually! The book had an open ending, so I guess that Vol. 7 is on the way. It has been a decent series of graphic novels so far.

risen empireWhat do you think you’ll read next? With Sci-Fi Month not far away now, I need to get into some of the Sci-Fi books on my shelf that I haven’t got round to reading yet. So I may make a start on The Risen Empire by Scott Westerfeld. It is the first book of two in his Succession series and looks like it should be a good read.