Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Teaser Tuesday

It's Tuesday again - soon comes around doesn't it?

But I made the effort to finish the book I was on last week to bring you something new (when I say new the book was written in 1927 but you get what I mean... don't you?)

Anyway all you have to do is:

  • 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!
Then go over to Should Be Reading and add your link to the comments for that weeks Teaser Tuesday  post.

Here's my teasers for the week:

      'Inspector Sugg rang up, my lord, and left this message, and said would you be good enough to give him a call as soon as you came in.'
      'Oh did he - well, just get him for me, would you?'

Pg 13, Unnatural Death - Dorothy L. Sayers

And this particular book counts towards the Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenge on Book Chick City.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Random Quote #68

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

Jane Goodall

Friday, 27 January 2012

Random Thought #36 - Zombie Apocalypse

I discovered this a month or two ago and I have to say that it looks as though it would be incredibly fun at the same time as being totally and utterly terrifying.

Zombie Boot Camp from Ram Training on Vimeo.

It's Zombie Training Camp!

I think there is only one in the UK at the moment and I get the feeling that I'd either be incredibly good at it or you'd find me in the foetal position whimpering in a corner!

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Teaser Tuesday - A Weekly Book Meme

I've been reading the Should Be Reading blog for a while now... and been thinking about taking part in this weekly book meme for about as long.

And seen as I'm taking part in a number of reading challenges this year I figured I might as well start taking part in Teaser Tuesday!

So it is a very simple thing to take part in - all you have to do is:

"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!"

And then go and post your link on the Should Be Reading blog for all to see. 

Now it says 'open to a random page'... but so I don't spoil the story for myself I will open to a random page that I've read already (that might be a given - I'm not sure).

Then I also figured (there was lots of figuring involved) that whilst I was teasing you on a Tuesday I could also tell you if the book in question counts towards any of the reading challenges I'm doing. 

So my first ever 'teasers':

"The warmth of her affection for Edward startled her. She had forgotten that she like Edward so much."

Page 59 - The Hollow by Agatha Christie

And this book counts towards The Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenge as hosted by Book Chick City.

So until next week... don't be surprised though if I'm still on the same book. Some weeks I read really quickly, other weeks not so much. But if I am on the same book I should be a bit further along so there will be more random pages to be had!

Monday, 23 January 2012

Random Quote #67

Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn! You bury it in the ground and it explodes into an oak! Bury a sheep, and nothing happens but decay.

George Bernard Shaw

Friday, 20 January 2012

I've Got To Post Something

I sat down to write a blog post... and couldn't think of anything that I wanted to post about just now. But I felt that I should post something...

So behold the World's Most Boring Blog Post!

Top that! :)

Not good enough?

Oh okay - I don't know how long this video has been around (it could be days or it could be years!) but I've only just come across it so I thought I'd share (this is the first I found on Youtube but other people have uploaded it as well).

And the above video made me think of this next one.

Happy now?

Monday, 16 January 2012

Random Quote #66

In awe I watched the waxing moon ride across the zenith of the heavens like an ambered chariot towards the ebony void of infinite space wherein the tethered belts of Jupiter and Mars hang forever festooned in their orbital majesty. And as I looked at all this I thought... I must put a roof on this lavatory.

Les Dawson

Monday, 9 January 2012

Random Quote #65

The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.

Ayn Rand

Friday, 6 January 2012

Random Thought #35 - Why... Just Why?

Dear TV Programme People

Why, oh why do you insist on putting half a season of a programme on TV and then suddenly stop showing it?

I was enjoying Pan Am season 1, The Mentalist season 4, The Rachel Zoe Project season 3, to name a few. (Granted all of season 3 of Rachel Zoe was shown sometime last year but that's no excuse.)

I don't know who you are trying to please by doing this but it certainly isn't me! In fact it's not just in recent times that you done this. I remember you doing this a couple of years ago with a season of Desperate Housewives AND with a previous season of The Mentalist.

Just show the whole season!!!

Monday, 2 January 2012

Random Quote #64

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

Neil Gaiman

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Reading Challenges 2012

This time last year I declared that I would challenge myself to read 52 books in a year.

Well I didn't quite make it (I partially blame NaNoWriMo). I managed to read 40.5 books (I had one book that I started in 2010)

However this failed attempt has encouraged me to take part in some more official reading challenges... four in fact. Although some books will fall under more than one reading challenge which is a good thing. I have since seen loads of different reading challenges around the blogosphere. And even though some of the other challenges would overlap with others I have decided to draw the line at four - to avoid getting confused!

The first three are Book Chick City reading challenges. Book Chick City is hosting five reading challenges in total.

The first one is the Mystery & Suspense Reading Challenge 2012. There are two levels to this challenge. Level 1 is twelve books and level 2 is twenty-four. I think I'll probably go for level 1. I reckon I could read more than twelve but I don't want to commit to twenty-four when I read 40.5 books in 2011 and I have four reading challenges to complete - we'll just have to see I suppose.

Next up is the Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2012. Again there are two levels - level 1 which is twenty-four books and level 2 which is forty-eight. Again I'm opting for level 1 (which is another reason why I'm only going for level 1 in the Mystery and Suspense Challenge).

And the last Book Chick City challenge I am going to sign up for is the Zombie Challenge 2012. This challenge has four levels - One Chomp (6 books), Two Chomps (12 books), Three Chomps (18 books), Four Chomps (24 books). I'm going to go for One Chomp, and luckily any books I read for the Zombie Challenge should count towards my total for the Horror & Urban Fantasy Challenge.

And the last challenge I'm going to take part in is hosted by Literary Escapism. This challenge is the New Author Challenge 2012. The authors you choose do not have to be debut authors they just have to be ones that you have never read before. Again there are levels - 15, 25 or 50. I've signed up to read at least 15 new authors... and hopefully some of them should also count towards the other three challenges I'm taking part in.

Now even though I'm taking part in the above challenges my first book of 2012 does not count towards any of them... my sister got me the autobiography of comedian Lee Evans - The Life of Lee - for Christmas. So I thought I'd kick start with that. Well I suppose it could count towards the New Author Challenge... but I think it would be slightly cheating as Lee Evans isn't strictly an author. And I think it's more about fiction than non-fiction.

Happy New Year!