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Teaser Tuesday: Dog On It

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Teaser Tuesday is hosted on the blog 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.
  • DO NOT INCLUDE SPOILERS
  • Share the title & author

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Dog On It: A Chet & Bernie Mystery
Written by Spencer Quinn

“The man was about Bernie’s height but not as broad; he had a goatee, which always caught my attention, and I was staring at it when his smell reached me, the very worse smell in the whole world: cat. The man in our driveway smelled of cat. “

- page 74

 

Serendipity Bookstore Experience

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Ah, there’s nothing quite like stepping into a wonderful bookstore. The books surrounding me always make me feel comfortable and put a smile on my face. Now I enjoy any bookstore, but my favorites are independent and used bookstores.

I recently went on a trip to Friday Harbor in San Juan Islands. I examined the tourist map and discovered a bookstore named Serendipity Used Bookstore. The name perfectly suits the place. I walked inside to find book shelves, welcoming chairs, a small fireplace, and a book smell. The last perfect touch was the owner, a cute British woman. She didn’t bother me, but let me wander the heavenly books at Serendipity Used Bookstore. It was a pure delight to spend time in a bookstore while on vacation.

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http://www.visitsanjuans.com/members/friday-harbor/serendipity-used-books

Help! I Need a Book that Hooks Me!

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Recently, I’ve had difficulty finding a book that keeps my attention. I start a book then quickly lose interest. Perhaps I’m not giving enough time and effort to determine whether I want to read a book. Last weekend I went to a used bookstore in the hopes that a book would scream from the shelf ‘read me, read me!’ Sadly after spending an hour at the bookstore, no book hooked me. I then thought perhaps I’d visit an old friend and reread a book. Readers gain insight each time the book is read again. This almost worked, but I still wasn’t fully hooked into a book. Here are some recent titles that I started then stopped: Divergent, Catcher in the Rye, Jane Eyre, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Oleander Girl. I’m even embarrassed to say that I didn’t read my last book club book, however I still attended to eat and greet.

I need YOUR help. What books do you suggest to hook me?

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Weekly Quotation: Dr. Seuss

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Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.

- Dr. Seuss

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I know I’ve shared this photo, but it fits the quotation perfectly.

Weekly Quotation: Alice Hoffman

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Books may well be the only true magic.
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Weekly Quotation: Haruki Murakami

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Once I began a book, I couldn’t put it down. It was like an addiction; I read while I ate, on the train, in bed until late at night, in school, where I’d keep the book hidden so I could read during class. But I had almost no desire to talk with anyone about the experience I gained through books and music. I felt happy just being me and no one else.

Haruki Murakami

I took this photo at a Buddha garden. I like how the tree shadows, water ripples, and fish colors blend together.
I took this photo at a Buddha garden. I like how the tree shadows, water ripples, and fish colors blend together.

Book Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

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24hr bookstoreMr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Written by Robin Sloan 
Published September 26, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genre/Topics: Adult Fiction, Mystery, Books, Technology
288 pages 
 

Three Word Book Review: Fun, Humorous, Mysterious

Clay Jannon recently lost his job as a web designer for NewBagel Company. He’s searched online for jobs with no luck until he stumbles upon a simple help wanted sign outside Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore. It actually is open 24 hours and Jannon works the night shift when hardly anyone enters the bookstore. However, Jannon begins to notice something strange because the individuals who do enter don’t exactly buy the books instead they trade books after giving him unique cards with codes. These individuals and books are so unique that Mr. Penumbra tells Jannon that he cannot read them and must keep a detail log of each individual down to their coat buttons. Jannon is now very curious and attempts to uncover the truth with his friends and technology. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a fun book that makes you think about how today’s technology with ebooks mixes with paper books. Which book version will you read the book in?