Monthly Archives: November 2010


Website: Aww, my first award!

Posted 25 November, 2010 by Lianne in Miscellaneous, Website / 5 Comments

I was awarded this lovely blogger award by Zakiya LadyWings @ Butterfly Feet Walking on Books earlier this week. Thank you soooooooo much, that was very thoughtful of you and I really appreciate it =) It’s also my first blogger award so that’s pretty cool too =D

When accepting this award, you are asked to:

1) Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award. (done)
2) Share 7 things about yourself.
3) Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason! (In no particular order…)
4) Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award.

Okay, 7 facts about myself:

01) Been reading quite a spectrum of books these days, from classical literature to general fiction to historical fiction and historical non-fiction but my roots lie in science fiction and fantasy. Grew up to Star Trek novelisations, J.R.R. Tolkien, Tad Williams, Frank Herbert and company =)
02) When I started my undergrad, I wanted to specialise in British history and international relations. When I graduated from my undergrad, I specialised in Russian & Soviet history and identity politics
03) My birthday usually falls a week before (Canadian) Thanksgiving
04) I’m left-handed
05) I presently own 5 pairs of Converse sneakers (soon to be 4 because one of them has been beaten up pretty badly from walking across Europe, lol)
06) I love coffee. No, really =P
07) I recently realised how attached I am to my email. My internet connection can be crappy (and it has had its ups and downs since September) but as long as I can check my accounts, I’m good, lol.

And the fifteen blogs I pass this blog along to:

01) ProSe
02) Reid’s Readings
03) The Book Coop
04) The Crowded Leaf
05) The Perpetual Page-Turner
06) The Book Whisperer
07) The Bluestocking Guide
08) The Bookish Snob
09) Escape Between the Pages
10) Everything Distils Into Reading
11) The Literary Lollipop
12) Fluidity of Time
13) Christina Reads
14) Bookramblings.net
15) Explorations, Reflections, and Meditations

Congratulations to all the winners! =)

Meme: BBC Book List

Posted 25 November, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 0 Comments

I’ve done this meme on Facebook a long time ago but I figured it’s time to do it again and see how I fare this time, lol

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Note: books I read are in bold and the books I own but have not read yet are in italics =)

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (all)

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
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Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 23 November, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 10 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: “‘The system of our Italian soldiers is this,’ commented the Floretine apothecary, Luca Landucci. ‘You turn your attention to plundering in that direction, and we will do the same in this. Getting to near to each other is not our game.'” – p. 151, The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici by Christopher Hibbert.

I picked up this book while I was in Florence two weeks ago; I was in desperate need of a book for the ride back to Assisi (where I was staying that weekend) and I needed a history book to read that wasn’t related to my research, lol. I’ve always wanted to read an in-depth book on the Medicis so this was perfect. I’m almost halfway through the book now, I think, and it’s just fascinating, the family had a lot of interesting characters and it’s great to connect major buildings and works of art to whichever Medici was in charge at the time.