Monthly Archives: August 2009


Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Posted 18 August, 2009 by Li in Books / 0 Comments

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
By: Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

January 1946: writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

I first came across this book back in June while I was browsing the books at Costco. It was an unusual title but the book blurb and the first page didn’t catch my attention enough to pick it up then. Since then, reviews have come to my attention, from over at GoodReads and even over at Livejournal, at how wonderful the novel was. So a couple of days ago while I was at the bookstore, I saw that the book was on sale and decided to pick it up. I’m so glad I did 🙂

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Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 18 August, 2009 by Li in Meme / 5 Comments

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
– 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!

Should Be Reading

Been busy this morning but here’s my teaser for this week: “‘We still have our journey and our errand before us,’ answered Gandalf. ‘We have no choice but to go on, or to return to Rivendell.'” – p. 387, The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. I’m the process of re-reading The Lord of the Rings at the moment (love LOTR; I try to re-read it every year :)), especially after having read The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien recently (which was highly informative).

Meme: Booking Through Thursday(s)

Posted 13 August, 2009 by Li in Meme / 2 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve answered any questions for this meme so I’ll be doing the past three into this one entry 🙂

What’s the funniest book you’ve read recently?

Booking Through Thursday

I actually don’t read a lot or own a lot of funny novels…well, hmm, amidst the gore and the craziness, I thought Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was pretty funny 😀

What’s the most serious book you’ve read recently?
(I figure it’s easier than asking your most serious boook ever, because, well, it’s recent!)

Booking Through Thursday

I’ve actually been reading a lot of serious stuff lately in attempts of reviewing for school. But non-fiction books aside, the most serious book I’ve read recently (well, more like re-read) is Atonement by Ian McEwan. There’s just so many themes running through the novel and I personally find the whole situation is really tragic. It leaves me thinking and wondering every time I finish it xD

What’s the worst book you’ve read recently?
(I figure it’s easier than asking your all-time worst, because, well, it’s recent!)

Booking Through Thursday

Hmm, well, I wouldn’t call them the worst books but I read the following recently and they were pretty disappointing IMO: Ted Bell’s Tsar (took forever before anything really happened in the story) and David Rotenberg’s Shanghai (while the scope was impressive, I felt like there you never really get to know or understand the main characters and that some parts could have been condensed considerably).

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 11 August, 2009 by Li in Meme / 5 Comments

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
– 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!

Should Be Reading

Here’s my teaser for this week: “The differences between eastern and western Ukraine are manifest in the attitudes of their peoples. In late 1992, for instance, one-third of the Russians in western Ukraine as compared with only 10 percent in Kiev said they suffered from anti=Russian animosity.” – p. 166, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington.

Yeah, I’m not reading any fiction at the moment since I’ve pretty much read all of my books from my TBR list. Instead I’m doing a bit of review at the moment in preparation for my classes this fall (eep, moving in 25 days! xD). I decided to re-read Huntington since a) it’s been over three years since I’ve read it and b) I’m interested in the parts about Russia and its sphere since my concentration includes looking at national identity issues.

Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 10 August, 2009 by Li in Meme / 1 Comment

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about publishing houses …

Do you have a favourite publishing house — one that puts out books that you constantly find yourself wanting to read? If so, who? And, what books have they published that you’ve loved?

Just One More Page

Good question; I can’t say whether I do have a favourite publishing house or not (if this question was related to manga, I’d have a much clearer answer)…I mean, the obvious one would be Penguin Classics because they release all the classics, like Elizabeth Gaskell and Fyodor Dostoevsky (I like the essays they choose to put before the novel and all the extra, useful charts and details). Ballantine Books and Del Rey (which a lot of my favourite fantasy genre books come under), both of whom are under Randomhouse Publishing Group, are also prominent on my bookshelf as well as HarperCollins Publishers and all of their branches (gah, I don’t even know where to begin with noting what favourite books of mine came out of HarperCollins). But otherwise my bookshelf is really a mesh of odds and ends from different publishing houses, both well known and not so well known; it’s hard to say where my favourite books come from in terms of publishers because they’re all over the place 🙂