Tuesday Teaser is hosted by The Purple Booker and asks participants to copy a sentence or two from where they are currently reading in hopes of teasing other readers to read the same book.

My teaser today is from one of my Books about Books challenge, Charlie Lovett’s The Bookman’s Tale.

“In a box in the dusty back room of a local antique shop, Peter discovered an early edition of George McDonald’s fantasy novel, At the Back of the North Wind. The book was illustrated by the Pre-Raphaelite follower, Arthur Hughes…This would be the first book Peter would give Amanda…a perfect candidate for rebinding.”

I am following Peter, an introverted book collector and binder who meets the love of his life, Amanda, only to lose her later in the book. There is mystery, romance, and bibliophilic devotion involved in this 2013 novel.


Today’s Tuesday Teaser is from City of Girls.city of g.jpg

Elizabeth Gilbert has been known as a writer of non-fiction for some time, but this novel she has written is one I am really enjoying. I am choosing to copy some sentences from the part I am currently reading on page 55. Vivian, a Vassar graduate without “prospects,” is brand new to New York and to the Lily Playhouse, a small theater that provided rooms on the upper floors for struggling actors and models run by her eccentric Aunt Peg.  Celia is the show-stopping chorus girl, jaded and gorgeous, whom Vivian has never seen the likes of and greatly admires. Vivian speaks:

“Well, then, I guess I had a roommate now. (That was fine with me, though. I was just honored that she’d chosen me.) I wanted this strange, exotic moment to last as long as possible, so I dared to make conversation…Celia settled back into the bed, lit a smoke, and told me all about her night.”

Since I will be seeing NYC in all its glory this coming March, I am sure I’m going to enjoy this tale from its past.


TUESDAY TEASER, hosted by The Purple Booker asks participants to copy a couple of lines from a current read at random, give the title and author, and post it on their blog (or in the Reply area below if you do not have a blog.) I am always interested in what you are reading, and I often add to my TBR list to be looked into.

Here is my TT for Tuesday, December 17,2019. It is from Jo Knowles’ Where the Heart Is:

“Ivy peeks her head through my bedroom door. ‘Did  you hear that?’ she asks.

‘The sound, not the words,’ I say.

‘They’re fighting about money again.’

‘What else is new?’ I asked .

‘I hate it,’she says.

‘They’re just stressed–don’t worry. They still love each other.’

‘They sure don’t s sound like it,’ she says. They sound like they hate each other.'”

This conversation could take place in the bedroom of any pair of sisters in the USA, unfortunately enough. How kids cope with quarreling, financially-stressed-out parents is only one of the issues this Cybils book contender presents. So far, ALL of the books I have read which target students in grades 5-8 have dealt with relevant issues of kids today. All of these books have been recommended by school librarians, who wish to recognize good writing and helpful advice on the part of the authors competing. I have felt so honored to be a first level reader and help pick the five to seven finalists for the Cybils awards.Cybils Logo 2018 - Master


Hosted by the Purple Booker, this “game” allows us to tease each other into extending our already l-o-n-g TBR Lists. Give your current read’s title and author and then copy a couple of sentences at random. Do not copy something that would spoil your book for another reader .

My Tuesday Teaser for this week is from a middle grades book, Lucy Strange’s Our Castle by the Sea:

“There was a very odd moment of calm. The moon was visible–large and low–and its pale light made the parachute into a ghost. The sounds were slower, the skies were silent, and the parachute floated down through the smoke, the silver sea.”

This book’s poetic style is worth reading for the words alone. But it is also a “haunting war time tale” concerning the bravery of an 11 year old girl. It is an amazing read so far.


Tuesday  is not officially over here for another two hours and eight minutes, so here is my Tuesday Teaser for December 3, 2019:

“April 21, 1911   Terrell Mott rode to the Alamo in a Buick touring car, creeping along behind a procession of horse-drawn victorias, and tallyhos. Like the carriages, the gasoline car had been covered with flowers, barely leaving space on the door panels for a sign signifying the white-whiskered relic who rode inside…”

Thus opens Stephen Harrigan’s The Gates of the Alamo, “an imagined novel about the siege and fall of the Alamo in 1836, an event that formed the consciousness of Texas and that resonates through American history.”

If you would like to share, copy a few lines of a book you’re currently reading in the Reply/Comments box below. Be sure to mention title and author but no spoilers, please. This opportunity was started by The Purple Booker and has the participation of several of my blogging friends.



The idea of the Tuesday Teaser is to tease another reader into looking into your current read as a possibility for their TBR list. Mine today is from Jennifer A. Nielsen’s Words on Fire, categorized as a Middle-Grades Read.

“My name is Audra. In my language, Lithuanian, it means storm. But my language had become illegal. If the soldiers we passed on the road heard us speaking it, we could be whipped on the spot and arrested. Or in some cases, we might disappear. That happened sometimes.”

And so we enter the world of Russian Cossacks, underground book smugglers, and rigorous political control as we enter this outstanding YA historical novel. It promises to be an exciting, emotional read.


Tuesday Teaser, hosted by The Purple Booker, asks readers to copy at random a sentence or so from a current read. This provides a sneak peek at a book one might want to add to their TBR list. My Tuesday Teaser for 11/5/19 is from a middle grades novel, Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya. The selection begins after an especially contentious school board meeting where the adults were fighting redrawing the lines for school distribution because they didn’t want “those people”/riff-raff attending school with their children. Often times, the children have the “best” perspective on things and here is what Emilia Rosa, the main character says,

“I read at the library about how towns used to be divided by train tracks…Living on one side could mean a person was ‘on the wrong side of the tracks.’ Like they weren’t as good as the people living on the ‘right’ side…The only ‘wrong side’ is the side where people don’t care about each other.”

Out of the mouths of babes–or sixth graders!