Monthly Archives: June 2010

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 29 June, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 8 Comments

I’ve been either busy or away to do research/have classes that I haven’t done this in a while…

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

My teaser for this week: “The Thursday was as fine a summer’s day as ever you saw: and my lady and Miss Rachel (not expecting Mr. Franklin till dinner-time) drove out to lunch with some friends in the neighbourhood. When they were gone I went and had a look at the bedroom which had been got ready for our guest and saw that all was straight.” – p. 34 – 35, The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

This book has been on my shelf for about a month now (Penguin Classics re-released teh covers as part of their Heroines, Hauntings and Highwaymen collection) but on my reading radar since I read Collins’s other book The Woman in White (which I greatly enjoyed). Am looking forward to really getting into the story, I heard great things about this book. Collins is an enjoyable Victorian author to read =)

Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 28 June, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 0 Comments

This week’s musing asks…

What do you think of books that receive a lot of hype? (think of the “Twilight” saga, or “Harry Potter”, or “The Da Vinci Code”). Do you read them? Why, or why not?

Should Be Reading

Good question. I usually stay away from books that are hyped up because I hate being in on the hype; like the original poster, it can be quite a turn off for me. That’s actually what happened with me and the Harry Potter series; I originally steered clear of it because everyone was so into it. I waited until the hype died down (between the fourth and fifth novels) before I read it for myself, lol. I read The Da Vinci Code before the hype really hit the high levels and before the movie came out. I had also read his previous novels first so you could say I was ahead of the crowd. As for Twilight I did read it when the hype had already hit the high levels out of curiosity; everyone was talking about it and people were recommending it to me so yeah…I only went as far as the first novel and have no interest in continuing. There’s also Gabaldon’s Outlander series; I guess you could say the hype’s still there but I think I read her first book after the peak of popularity so to speak (honestly don’t know if I’ll get around to the rest of the series; there’s just too many other books calling my attention at the moment). One series I definitely have avoided is Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series though the plot doesn’t really interest me so I don’t think that counts really…

But yeah, for the most part I do tend to steer clear of hyped-up novels and go for more less-known novels (and in my case catching up on a lot of classic literature, lol). Some hyped novels do catch my attention plot-wise and I make a point of checking it out eventually but for the most part I tend to avoid them while they’re still super popular. I just hate being part of the crowd that way, lmao. I do however stay informed about it; you never know when you’re going to use that information 😉

Meme: Booking Through Thursday

Posted 24 June, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 2 Comments

Do you read book reviews? Do you let them change your mind about reading/not reading a particular book?

Booking Through Thursday

In terms of book reviews featured in newspapers and magazines, not really because I don’t read certain newspapers and magazines often enough. Sometimes if I’m on The Guardian or The Times, I’ll check out their books section and browse through any review titles for books that interest me. But it’s not often enough that I do this.

In terms of book reviews written by fellow bloggers, I sometimes do, particularly reviews written by friends to see what they thought about the novel. I also like to read reviews posted on GoodReads though I try to be careful because they sometimes contain spoilers! xD

In terms of whether they sway me one way or the other…they do help, especially if I’m unclear of whether to read that book or not. If a larger number of reviews on GoodReads are saying that the book wasn’t great, than I take it as a sign to steer clear. Life’s too short to be reading books that you ultimately wouldn’t enjoy! But I usually allow it to play some role in my judgement if I’m unclear about a book; if my mind’s set on reading it though, I’ll read it regardless of whatever other readers have said about the book =)

Review: The Forgotten Garden

Posted 21 June, 2010 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Forgotten Garden
By: Kate Morton

A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book-a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-fi rst birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, “Nell” sets out to trace her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell’s death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled.

It’s funny because the reason I learned of this novel was because I kept seeing it at Costco whenever I go with my mum. Reading the premise for the first time, I wasn’t so sure about it. So I put it back down. The next time I was there, I saw it again, thought about it some more and the decided not to again. Third time was the charm because I started reading a few pages and decided it was interesting enough to follow through. And I’m glad I did read it because it was much more interesting than I initially thought and apparently a lot of people over at GoodReads, both on my flist and from looking at the reviews, gave it good reviews. Spoilers ahead!

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Review: Little Dorrit

Posted 17 June, 2010 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

Apologies in advance if this entry is a bit meh; I had started this entry days ago but got busy with offline stuff and plus I’m recovering from my wisdom teeth surgery (got my remaining two removed yesterday) so the mind might be a bit la-la at the moment, lmao xD

Little Dorrit
By: Charles Dickens

Amy Dorrit’s father is not very good with money. She was born in the Marshalsea debtors’ prison and has lived there with her family for all of her 22 years, only leaving during the day to work as a seamstress for the forbidding Mrs. Clennam. But Amy’s fortunes are about to change—the arrival of Mrs. Clennam’s son Arthur, back from working in China, heralds the beginning of stunning revelations not just about Amy but also about Arthur himself.

I learned about Charles Dickens’s Little Dorrit after watching the 2008 BBC adaptation starring Matthew MacFadyen and Claire Foy (which I greatly enjoyed). I received both the DVD and the book last Christmas as a present but didn’t get around to reading it until recently. I’m surprised that this novel doesn’t get more love, it was highly enjoyable! Spoilers ahead!

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