Teaser Tuesday: Beautiful Creatures

Like a car stuck on a roundabout, the Wheel of Time has turned to Teaser Tuesday.

 

Just in case you don’t know, Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share a few sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers!*

*I wish I could take credit for this introduction, but I shamelessly stole it from Heather over at bitsnbooks. To help me make amends, you should go check out her blog.

This week I’m reading Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. I first read the book after watching the movie; as usual, the book was better. Recently, I found paperback editions of the remaining three books in the original tetralogy  in the discount section of a local chain  bookstore. So, to reacquaint myself with the characters and overarching plot, I’m re-reading Beautiful Creatures.

The Goodreads Blurb:

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.


This week, the Truly Random Number Generator sends us to page 339

"Ethan, you want me ta save you the toffees?" Aunt Mary asked. "Ethan?"

I wasn't listening anymore. I was thinking about how to dig up a grave. 

Beautiful Creatures cover

In Retrospect

The Divine Comedy [Inferno | Purgatorio | Paradiso]

Since 2008, I have made reading the Divine Comedy an annual part of my Easter/Lenten observances.

Dante’s epic work is incomparable; it cannot be described, only experienced.

I own three translations of Dante: Longfellow is stuffy, Sinclair has the best notes, but Ciardi’s is the most readable.

Gustave Dore’s illustrations remain without second; there is a Ciardi-Dore edition, but I do not own it . . . yet.

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

By far one of the funniest “celebrity biographies” I’ve read in some time. Literal laugh-out-loud, startle-the-cat moments.

That said, this book may not be for everyone, as Day makes abundantly clear: she is a woman of the internet, and if you don’t “get” the internet (or aren’t a Geek or Nerd), then many of the jokes, allusions, illustrations, and stories can go *woosh* right over your head.

In short, if you already know Day and her work, dig in. Otherwise, watch The Guild before reading.

Oh, who are we kidding? EVERYONE should watch The Guild!

Speaking of Felicia Day . . .

She’s going to be signing near me at the end of April.

Anyone care to spare a dime (or two) to send me and Krystal to see her?

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