Posts by: Lianne


Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 8 February, 2010 by Lianne in Books, Meme / 22 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

Here’s my teaser for this week: “‘The years nowadays don’t pass the way the old ones used to,’ she would say, feeling that everyday reality was slipping through her hands. In the past, she thought, children took a long time to grow up.” – p. 245, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

I started reading this book on Sunday (because I’m leaving Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants for my trip home on Friday and saving a re-read of Jane Austen’s Persuasion for a later date; all the rest of my books up here I’ve already read) and it’s been pretty interesting so far. It’s pretty epic in a sense of the generations in the Buendia family that you get to witness throughout this book. However, I really wish that they would be a bit more creative with the names; they keep using the same two name combinations over that I get confused in a generation where the three generations of Buendia men are living and interacting with one another, lol. But other than that, it’s been interesting; can’t seem to put it down xD

Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 7 February, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 1 Comment

Musing Mondays2 Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about a random book.

I’ve seen several bloggers mention reading multiple books this week. Do you frequently read more than one book at a time? Do you try to limit this to a certain number? Do you have different books for different purposes/topics?

Just One More Page

I used to read more than one book at the same time, particularly during high school. I’d have a book that I’d be reading at school, a book that I’d be reading at home and maybe a book on the side that I’d be reading while travelling to school, LOL. I think the max that I’ve had going on at the same time is 4? When I started my undergrad, the number of books dwindled down because I’d be reading quite a bit for school (especially in first year undergrad because I took an English course so I’d be reading assigned books from that too) at the same time. However, towards the end of my undergrad, I’d be juggling about two books at the same time so that wasn’t so bad.

Nowadays, I usually stick to one book; because of the nature of my grad program with lots of reading on politics and history and theory, I need that one book that I can escape to and unwind with. That book can range from classics to spy thrillers to just a regular fiction novel If I’m reading more than one book (as my GR status may indicate), the second book usually would be associated to my major research project (like a book discussing the cultural history of Russia) and the third would be a poetry book (another escape book…though I don’t read poetry that often).

Meme: Booking Through Thursday

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

The northern hemisphere, at least, is socked in by winter right now… So, on a cold, wintry day, when you want nothing more than to curl up with a good book on the couch … what kind of reading do you want to do?

Booking Through Thursday

Depends on my mood, really. I guess I’d likely read a classic like Austen’s Persuasion or Gaskell’s North and South. Or maybe a historical fiction of some sort. Or (like I’m reading at the moment) a spy thriller. But it really depends on whether I’m in the mood whatever…I definitely wouldn’t feel inclined to read a non-fiction book (much as I love reading history; I have Ferguson’s The Ascent of Money sitting in my closet but I haven’t really flipped through it yet…then again, I’ve also been reading far too many articles for my classes so maybe that’s why xD) on a day when I just want to crawl into bed and read a book.

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 2 February, 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

My teaser for this week: “‘Why are you interested in me?’ The question was out of her mouth before she even knew it was in her head, like a small bird flying before a storm.” – p. 46, Transgression by James W. Nichol.

I first heard of this book when Kris added it to her list on GoodReads. Here’s the plot of the story, for those of you who are interested:

How can love survive a brutal time?

In 1946 in North America, a child makes a grisly find in a deserted field—a discovery that opens a shuttered window on a secret dating back to the beginning of the turbulent decade.

In 1941 in occupied France, Adele Georges’s fruitless attempts to learn the whereabouts of her father, captured by the Nazis, lead her to a lonely young German soldier far from home. A spark between them becomes a fire—and a dangerous love affair blooms across enemy lines, dooming Adele to a grim postwar existence as a despised outcast, one of the infamous “horizontal collaborators.” Ostracized, tortured, tormented, she chooses a desperate escape, accompanying a war-damaged yet optimistic Allied soldier across an ocean to a new land. But there is no refuge from the past, as Adele’s broken heart and shameful secret drive her deeper into despair…and toward a shocking outcome.

I started reading this book on Sunday and I’m reading it at a slower pace than usual in part because of this presentation that’s been driving me nuts and in part because…well, you get a sense that things are eventually going to go crazy for Adele and Manfred (you know how these novels are, lol). But it’s pretty good so far, the mystery in 1946 is intriguing. 🙂