Teaser Tuesday + Summer Challenge Update!

1 Sep

Teaser 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!

My Teaser Tuesday comes from a book I technically haven’t started yet. I finished Pillars of the Earth yesterday and I’m in that limbo between books, where I want to savor the previous book and haven’t yet picked up my next read. Nonetheless, I’m starting Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis today, and I’m super excited because according to my mom it’s quite the sociological study (along with being a fascinating novel). I was a sociology major in college so needless to say, I’m nerding out a bit.

I get up late the next morning to the blare of Duran Duran coming from my mother’s room. The door’s open and my sisters are lying on the large bed, wearing bathing suits, leafing through old issues of GQ, watching some porno film on the Betamax with the sound turned off.

–page 75

How can I not be excited about the heavy 80s vibe in this one? Okay granted, I’m aware that it’s really drug-heavy and really depressing, but after reading Hollywood Wives, I’m not nearly as nervous about it. It’ll be an interesting bookend to that novel, and being able to compare them will be fascinating.

In other news, the Summer Challenge listed on my Challenges page is over as of yesterday, and due to a full day of sitting in my PJs and doing nothing but reading, I was able to finish Pillars of the Earth in the nick of time to squeeze under the deadline. My totals for the Challenge were:

Books: 22

Points: 295

Pages: 8, 247

Apparently that was right about average for all the participants in the Challenge so I feel pretty good with what I was able to get through during what was a hectic summer to say the least. Of course, I was still buying books while this was all going on so I have some great ones to add to the TBR list. I thought about jumping into the Fall Challenge but I’m also starting school again in about a week (!!) so I don’t think I’ll have a whole lot of time to dedicate to completing a challenge — not like the Summer anyway. You’ll still see a lot of my challenge books here because, well, I never really unpacked any other book boxes when I moved in July.

As for school, I’m starting a Graduate Certificate online through Penn State in Children’s Literature. Can you say that you’re buying textbooks when they include things like Yertle the Turtle and Maniac Magee? Didn’t think so :). I’m taking two classes this Fall: Myth and Fantasy in Children’s Literature and Studies in Children’s Literature. I’m super excited — oh, how I’ve missed school (and buying school supplies!) — and I’ll be posting here about the books I’m reading for classes as well. Cross your fingers and wish me luck.


5 Responses to “Teaser Tuesday + Summer Challenge Update!”

  1. Erin September 1, 2009 at 10:45 am #

    I’ve actually read Less Than Zero, Glamorama, Rules of Attraction and American Psycho. Bret Easton Ellis has an odd style. He’s one of those authors where if you like him, you’ll like everything, but if you don’t, you’ll hate everything. His stuff is fairly depressing and definitely drug addled.

    Going to school for children’s literature sounds awesome! Have fun!

    • Carol September 1, 2009 at 10:52 am #

      Great teaser and have fun with school!

  2. Susan B. Evans September 1, 2009 at 1:15 pm #

    Looks really interesting 🙂 Great teaser this week! My teaser accompanies a giveaway on my blog this week.

  3. Bluestocking September 1, 2009 at 1:42 pm #

    Ooookkaayy! Here is mine

  4. Amy Reads Good Books September 1, 2009 at 4:51 pm #

    Great teaser! I look forward to reading what you think. . .it’s been a while since I read that book!

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