Monthly Archives: December 2011

Random: Blogging Plans for 2012

Posted 30 December, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

I was inspired by Boof’s blog entry about book-blogging plans for 2012 that I decided to make a post here of my plans for next year.

2012 is going to be the year of re-reading for me. Over the course of the past year (and reinforced back in late October when I was re-organising my bookshelves), I realised that it’s been a long time since I’ve done any substantial re-reading of the books on my bookshelf (I used to re-read a lot when I was in high school). I thought a major re-read would be especially interesting as I never got around to posting up reviews on a number of the books, particularly those that I read before I started keeping an online book blog (of sorts). So it’s partly an excuse to post more reviews in the coming year (I was pretty good at it this year, but it’d be nice to post more in the future). I admit, doing a major re-read is also a good way of saving money and curbing my frequent trips to the bookstore *blushes* Anyways, I hope to post a list at some points of some of the novels I hope to re-read in the near future; we’ll see.

As with every year, I aim to read through my to-read pile in efforts of minimising that list. It’s a bad habit I developed when I was in my undergrad years where my to-read pile would expand faster than my speed of reading. Okay, part of the reason this list is a little larger than usual is because I worked in the bookstore during the Christmas season (an interesting and lovely experience, if not also a little mad the closer you get to Christmas Day itself) and I found myself buying a number of books *blushes* It’s also quite an eclectic mix that should keep me from being bored by my selection on the shelf xD

For someone who’s read some pretty massive books like Tolstoy’s War and Peace, there are some classics out there that are pretty daunting that I end up putting them off. This year I finally got around to reading Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (my goodness, why did I not read this book sooner? It was an absolutely fantastic novel! You can read my review/commentary of the novel over here) and Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov (brilliant book, but yeah, you have to be in the right mindset to read it).

Next year I do have a few books that I hope to get around to, such as Dostoevsky’s The Idiot, Eliot’s Middlemarch and Hardy’s The Mayor of Castlebridge. In the case of the latter, maybe I’ll treat myself to the adaptations after reading the novels to encourage me through them. =) So that’s my plan with these classics; I don’t know when I’ll be reading them but that’s the plan =D

I actually have blog categories for movies and televisions but I rarely use them, posting up the occasional review of a movie I recently watched or, in the case of Misfits, a television show I greatly enjoyed. The problem I think is that I don’t watch either often enough these days; I don’t watch a lot of television these days and when it comes to reviewing movies, I need to watch a movie that gives me enough thought to warrant a review. But anyways, I hope to do that somehow in the coming year.

This is a 50/50 because it depends on how busy I am in the coming year and how our bandwidth works out (this has been a bit of an issue in our house for the latter half of the year; we seem to be maxxing out quite a bit these days). Anyways, I hope to expand my readership a bit given the amount of reviews/commentaries of books I’ve been posting these days and would love to connect and discuss with other book bloggers (and regular bloggers)! I’m not entirely sure how to go about doing this (I seem to have been a bit of a hermit on the web as well as in real life this past year) so we’ll see =)

And that’s pretty much the major plans (or resolutions, if you will) I have for next year booking and blogging-wise here on my website. I might also mix my blog up a bit in terms of content (I did that a bit this year with my post on social networks websites for travelers and tools for putting together travel itineraries), especially as I’m slowly moving away from livejournal (seems most of my friends have migrated away, plus the service has not been up to par these days) but again, we’ll see.

Review: Arabella

Posted 29 December, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

By: Georgette Heyer

Arriving in London to make her debut, Arabella Tallant, the eldest daughter of a penniless vicar, finds herself pursued by amorous fortune hunters, including London’s most irresistible bachelor.

Switched gears once again to read a light-hearted, fun Heyer novel =D She’s seriously become my go-to read when I want something light and fun to read for a change. Arabella has been one of my latest purchases for my eReader and it’s been quite a ride xD Contains some spoilers!

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Random: Updates, Challenges and the End of the Year

Posted 28 December, 2011 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

Well, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas weekend! Mine was quiet; it was nice to be home for Christmas this year, lol. Well, another year will be over in a few days and Li’s a-planning ^_~

01. I’ve been pretty busy here on my blog in the past few days, having posted up four book reviews (here, here, here and here), participated in two weekly book memes (here and here) and prepared my books read list and books to read list in preparation for 2012. Err, yes, my to-read list is starting off massive this year *blushes*

02. I filled out The Best of 2011 In Books meme a few weeks ago—feel free to check it out, weigh in, fill it out yourself on your blog and share your thoughts! It’s a lot of fun, really wraps up the year reading-wise =)

03. Depending on my bandwidth, in the next few days I hope to post a compilation of my favourite songs (using YouTube videos) of 2011. I have it posted up in my livejournal, but I’ve never thought of posting it here on my website blog until now xD

04. I mentioned this in a previous post like this, but I’m planning on doing some major re-reading in the coming year. It’ll be a chance for me to write reviews on books I’ve read in the past (but never got around to writing them for whatever reason) and re-visit some books I’ve been meaning to get back to for some time now. I may make a separate post about it in the near future; I’m still in the process of selecting which books I want to re-read in the immediate future.

05. I forgot to mention that I recently set up this website with a mobile layout so if you’re on your iPhone or smartphone, you can check out my blog without having to magnify the page and straining your eyes =D

06. I’ve decided to participate in a reading challenge in the upcoming year (a first for me! Never done one of these before). This one is particularly fun because the theme is everything Italian! =D

I Love Italy Reading Challenge 2012
hosted @ Library of Clean Reads

And that’s it from me for now. Hope you all are having a wonderful week! =D

Review: The Hobbit

Posted 28 December, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Hobbit
By: J.R.R. Tolkien

Whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit-hole in Bag End by Gandalf the wizard and a company of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…

It’s been a few years since I’ve read this novel and with the release of the first full-length trailer, I decided to re-read the book as a way to quell my excitement for it (December 2012, after all, is a long time away ;_;). Contains some spoilers ahead!

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Review: No Time for Goodbye

Posted 28 December, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

No Time for Goodbye
By: Linwood Barclay

Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge woke one morning to discover that her entire family–mother, father,brother–had vanished. No note, no trace, no return. Ever. Now, twenty-five years later, she’ll learn the devastating truth.

Cynthia is happily married with a young daughter, a new family. But the story of her old family isn’t over. A strange car in the neighborhood, untraceable phone calls, ominous “gifts”–someone has returned to her hometown to finish what was started twenty-five years ago. And no one’s innocence is guaranteed, not even her own. By the time Cynthia discovers her killer’s shocking identity, it will again be too late . . . even for goodbye.

I read this book a few weeks ago but never got around to writing a review on it. I was in the mood for a suspence that would keep me reading; I also needed a book to read during my travels in the metro to and from work. This book came with good reviews over at GoodReads so I decided to check it out.

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