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Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 14 June, 2009 by Li in Meme / 0 Comments

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about award winning books…

Do you feel compelled to read prize-winning (Giller/Booker/Pulitzer etc) books? Why, or why not? Is there, perhaps, one particular award that you favour?

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On a certain level, I guess you can say I feel somewhat compelled to read prize-winning novels just to see why they won that particular award and whatnot. Usually the premise of the books that win don’t really appeal to me so I don’t bother checking them out though but there’s the occasional moment where I’d be interested in a particular book and if it happens to have been short-listed or if it won an award, I’ll be more compelled to read it. I believe I’m drawn more towards books that were short-listed or were Booker prize winners (again based on whether I was interested in the premise of the novel or whatnot).

lol, I hope that answer makes sense xD

Review: Persuasion (1995, 2007)

Posted 13 June, 2009 by Li in Entertainment / 0 Comments

Persuasion is my favourite of Jane Austen’s novels. It’s a wonderful story about family connections, second chances at love, themes of constancy and men working their way up in the world. Anne & Wentworth’s story is completely made of aww that I can’t help but love this story to pieces. Plus, from all of the Austen novels, Persuasion was the only one that had me completely riveted; I couldn’t put it down because I needed to know what was going to happen next, whether Anne and Wentworth would reconcile (if so, how?) or whether Mr. William Elliott would indeed succeed as the love foil.

So you could imagine my joy when I found out that there was an adaptation two years ago on the novel. I had watched this adaptation first; I understand the adaptation was received with mixed reactions—I am amongst those who thoroughly enjoyed the adaptation from start to finish. Recently, I decided to watch the 1995 version. I was a bit hesitant before because I loved the 2007 version and I didn’t want to introduce an earlier version into the mix in my head but in the end, my love for the novel won out so I went out to pick it up. Spoilers ahead!

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Books: Summer TBR List update

Posted 10 June, 2009 by Li in Books / 0 Comments

Okay, I’m posting this up only because I need a clear view of what books remain to be read on my shelf (so that when it comes time to rifling through it, I’ll have a clearer idea as to what I feel like reading next, lol); I took out Tolkien’s The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun as well because I’m more than halfway and will likely be done by tomorrow or Friday:


  • Christopher Andrew & Vasili Mitrokhin’s The Mitrokhin Archive II: The KGB and the World
  • David Anthony Durham’s Acacia
  • Greg Keyes’s The Born Queen
  • The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Byron Ayanoglu’s Crete on the Half Shell
  • Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy of Four
  • Brian Ruckley’s Bloodheir
  • Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities
  • Cathy Yardley’s Turning Japanese
  • Giles Tremlett’s Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through a Country’s Hidden Past
  • Anthony Capella’s The Various Flavours of Coffee
  • David Rotenberg’s Shanghai
  • Gary R. Ryan’s Blessings in Disguise
  • Chris Evans’s A Darkness Forged in Fire
  • Elizabeth Gaskall’s Wives and Daughters
  • Elizabeth Gaskall’s Cranford


Okay, 16 books left…that’s not so bad as before (could’ve sworn I hit more than 20+ a few weeks ago), lol.

Review: Hunting and Gathering

Posted 9 June, 2009 by Li in Books / 2 Comments

Hunting and Gathering
By: Anna Gavalda

The book caught my attention because I had watched the movie Ensemble C’est Tout starring Audrey Tautou and Guillaume Canet. I liked the movie so I decided to check out the book. Firstly, I dunno where “Hunting and Gathering” came from “Ensemble C’est Tout”; it baffles me but I have given up wondering since, lol.

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Meme: And the memes continue!

Posted 8 June, 2009 by Li in Meme / 0 Comments

Ten books you became utterly lost in
– Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind
– J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
– Jane Austen’s Persuasion
– Andromeda Romano-Lax’s The Spanish Bow
– E.M. Forster’s A Room With a View
– Ian McEwan’s Atonement
– Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief
– Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind
– Brandon Sanderson’s Elantris
– Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Ultimatum

Nine books that you would give to an alien civilisation who were curious about human storytelling culture[s]
– The Bible
– Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility
– J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
– Collection of William Shakespeare’s works
– Collection of Hans Christian Anderson’s works
– Collection of Brothers Grimm works
– Collection of Russian Fairy Tales
– Federico Garcia Lorca’s collection of poetry
Aesop’s Fables

Eight books that left you wondering if you were missing the point
– Miriam Toews’s A Complicated Kindness
– Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations
– Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd
– Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights
– Cervantes’s Don Quixote
– Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis
– John Locke’s Second Treatise
– Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House

Seven non-fiction books that engaged you as much as really good fiction might
– Orlando Figes’s The Whisperers
– David Remnick’s Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire
– Margaret MacMillan’s Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
– Jane Dunn’s Mary and Elizabeth: Cousins, Rivals, Queens
– Vasily Grossman’s A Writer at War: Vasily Grossman With the Red Army
– Andrew Cohen’s While Canada Slept: How Canada Lost Its Place In the World
– Strobe Talbott’s The Russia Hand: A Memoir of Presidential Diplomacy

Six fictional characters you wouldn’t kick out of bed
– Eomer (LOTR)
– Faramir (LOTR)
– Mr. Henry Tilney (Northanger Abbey)
– Mr. John Thornton (North and South)
– Mr. John Rokesmith (Our Mutual Friend)
– Captain Frederick Wentworth (Persuasion)


Five heavy / cerebral works of literature that are worth the effort
– Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment
– Charles Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend
– Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace
– Plato’s Republic
– Pope Benedict XVI’s Deus Caritas Est

Four short stories you think everyone should read
Can’t answer this section, I don’t read short stories *blushes*


Three things from books (images, ideas, characters) that really snagged your imagination.
– Middle Earth (LOTR)
– Cemetery of Forgotten Books (The Shadow of the Wind)
– The magic system in the Abhorsen trilogy


Two genres that are in danger of taking over your shelves
– Fantasy (a la Tolkien, Williams, Ruckley, etc.)
– Classics (a la Austen, Gaskell, Russian authors, etc.)


One literary series that was completely satisfying from page one to page done
– J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings