Ehhh, I’m multitasking a bit at the moment (selecting photos from my latest adventure to post here, re-reading Weber’s Politics as a Vocation for my midterm this week -_-;) so here’s a book meme =D (been a while since I’ve done one of these too xD)
1) What’s the most books you’ve ever read over a holiday?
I’m going to go with Christmas holiday since summer holidays don’t really count anymore at my age, lol. I think I’ve read maybe 12 – 14 books either last Christmas or the Christmas before. It was like the minute classes were out for the Christmas break, I started hitting the leisure reading big time, haha.
Gosh, it’s been a while since I’ve done a review, lol. To be honest, I haven’t been reading as much as usual (which makes sense since I’m on exchange, don’t have a lot of English books on me, and have far too many other things preoccupying my time for the past month and a bit). But at last, a review (albeit a somewhat short one?)!
By: Dan Simmons
On June 9, 1865, while traveling by train to London with his secret mistress, 53-year-old Charles Dickens–at the height of his powers and popularity, the most famous and successful novelist in the world and perhaps in the history of the world–hurtled into a disaster that changed his life forever . Did Dickens begin living a dark double life after the accident? Were his nightly forays into the worst slums of London and his deepening obsession with corpses, crypts, murder, opium dens, the use of lime pits to dissolve bodies, and a hidden subterranean London mere research . . . or something more terrifying?
This book has been on my want-to-read list for quite a while actually. I was in desperate need of something this one time I was out waiting for an appointment and ended up picking this book up because unlike in North America, it’s in mass bound paperback form here (though it looks like it’s coming out in mass paperback over there soon too). The plot and setting intrigued me especially as I’ve written some of the books written by both Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins.
This week’s musing asks…
About how many books (roughly) would you say you own? (If you don’t have a clue how many, do you care to know? Why, or why not?)
– Should Be Reading
According to my GoodReads profile I own about 535 books at present. I think it would’ve been a bit more had I not sold a number of books this past summer but that sounds about right more or less. I say more or less because I actually share a few books with my brother (ranging from books where certain manga series were based off from, like Kabei’s Kieli, and certain epics like Dante’s Divine Comedy, lol). I have a specific shelf on my GoodReads profile solely on the books that I own =)
I’ve been meaning to post up the following for some time now but for some reason didn’t get around to it. Well, the September – October issue of Costume Chronicles was released on October 2nd and my article is featured in there! It’s called “Mark Antony, the Conflicted Rock Star of Rome”, which, as the title suggests, focuses on the character Mark Antony from HBO’s Rome. You can download the issue at their website; I hope you guys enjoy it!
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Name a book (or books) from a country other than your own that you love. Or aren’t there any?
– Booking Through Thursday
Fantastic question! I think most of the books I read are foreign because I don’t read that much Canadian fiction (I know, it’s bad, I’m working on it *blushes*). Here are some of my favourites (the ones I’ve rated five stars that I can think of, lol):
– J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
– Jane Austen’s Persuasion
– Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South
– Ian McEwan’s Atonement
– Charles Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend
– Louis de Bernieres’s Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (he’s based in England, I believe)
– Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind
– Ildefonso Falcones’s Cathedral of the Sea
– Andromeda Romano-Lax’s The Spanish Bow
– Federico Garcia Lorca’s collection of poetry
– Anna Gavalda’s Ensemble C’est Tout
– Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons
– Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds
– Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon series
– David Bernioff’s City of Thieves