Monthly Archives: July 2010


Meme: Book Questionnaire

Posted 29 July, 2010 by Lianne in Books, Meme / 5 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything book-related or whatnot (a result of the World Cup earlier this month, homework/research and re-watching old episodes of Babylon 5, Star Trek: DS9, Star Trek: ENT and now new episodes of Identity—it’s pretty much decreased my reading time substantially, lol) so here’s a questionnaire I snagged off from The Book Coop (who got it off from The Literary Lollipop =)

1. Favourite childhood book: The Madeline books by Ludwig Bemelmans and the Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? book series (learned a lot from the books).

2. What are you reading right now? Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited (at long last) and Joel Shepherd’s Killswitch (been in a major sci-fi kick at the moment).

3. What books do you have on request at the library? Ehhh, none *blushes*

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Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 13 July, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 2 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

I actually have two teasers this week because I’m reading two novels at the moment xD

Teaser #1: “Even before the coming of the cautious Alberico from overseas in Barbadior to rule over Astibar, the city that liked to call itself ‘The Thumb that Rules the Palm’ had been known for a certain decree of asceticisn. In Astibar the mourning rites were never done in the presence of the dead as was the practice in the other eight provinces: such a procedure was regarded as excessive, to fevered an appeal to emotion” – p. 50, Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

Teaser #2: “‘I need them to slip up…I nee a break,” murmured McMahon.
“I wouldn’t count on it,” replied Heaney.”

– p. 348, Term Limits by Vince Flynn

Been meaning to get around to both books for some time now and I finally have. Heard wonderful things about Tigana and I figured it’s time to really tackle an amazing book written by Kay (I guess it doesn’t hurt that they re-released all his books recently in mass paperback with gorgeous new covers *is a sucker for amazing covers*) and it’s quite interesting so far. Haven’t gone far in it partially because it’s quite a brick in the new releases but I’ll be reading more soon enough =) As for Term Limits, I’m in the mood for some suspense and this novel caught my attention. It’s doing its job nicely, lol.

Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 12 July, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 1 Comment

This week’s musing asks…

Can you read amidst distractions? (tv, others talking, sporting events, etc)

Should Be Reading

Usually I can xD There’s been a few matches I’ve watched during the World Cup tournament where I got rather bored because nothing was happening so I actually cracked open a book during that time, lol. I also used to do some of my readings while one of my television shows were on (back when I was still watching and catching up on televisions shows -_-;). I think I miss a few things from what I’m reading because of the conflicting amount of information coming to my brain but otherwise, yeah, I multitask my reading with other things at times xD

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 5 July, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 3 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

My teaser for this week: “But, as Caroline had said, he rarely left Hundreds now, and though he still looked very much the young country squire, in an overcoat and tweed cap and with the strap of a leather satchel across his breast, there was something unmistakenably burdened and ill at ease about him–about the way he walked, with his collar turned up, and his shoulders hunched, as if against more than the chill November breezes. When I drew up across the street from him to wind down my window and call his name, he turned to me with a startled expression; and just for a second–I could have sworn it–he looked like a frightened, hunted man.” – p. 139, The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

This book has been on my want-to-read list since I found out it was shortlisted last year for the Man Booker prize. It’s interesting so far, a very quiet drama set in the English countryside after the war. Am curious to see how it all plays out =)

Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 5 July, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 0 Comments

This week’s musing is going to be a bit simpler…

What are you currently reading? Would you recommend it to others? Is it part of a series (if so, which one)? What are you thinking about it? What book(s) would you compare it to, if any?

Should Be Reading

I’m started reading Sarah Waters’s The Little Stranger yesterday which has been on my want-to-read list since I found out it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2009. I’m only about 50 pages in but I find it interesting so far, set in the post-war period in the countryside. The main characters have already been introduced so now I’m curious as to how the story’s going to play out. Dunno exactly what novel to compare this to, maybe a bit to Atonement because it’s about a gentry family and a sort of outsider figure who’s known the family for so long sort of intertwined with their lives. Not sure what other themes I can relate to other novels because I’m not so far in at the moment. We’ll see =)