Category: Lists

List: Happy Things

Posted 20 January, 2014 by Lianne in Lists / 10 Comments

Apparently Blue Monday is today. I had to look it up because this was the first time I had ever heard of the term. According to Wikipedia, Blue Monday is said to be the most depressing day of the year. (Now I know)

I was going through the entries that are still under my drafts section and saw that I had this list sitting there, unfinished. Seems rather timely to share this then, yeah? 🙂 So the following is just a list of some of the books, songs and movies that make me happy. Maybe you enjoy some of these too, maybe you’re looking for something happy for today, but here’s my choices:

Some Books That Make Me Happy

Granted, having a book in my hand makes me happy enough but nonetheless here’s some titles that left me extra happy (or laughing out loud…depending on the book)

  • Winifred Watson’s Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
  • Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments (review)
  • Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey (commentary)
  • Georgette Heyer’s The Reluctant Widow (review)
  • Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’ Diary
  • Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle (review)

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Sci-Fi Month: 10 Science Fiction Books I Have Yet To Read

Posted 26 November, 2013 by Lianne in Books, Lists / 15 Comments

Once again I’m not participating in Top Ten Tuesday this week. Instead, I am doing…

Actually this is a little impromptu because I don’t have this list scheduled, lol. However it occurred to me last week that there are plenty of science fiction novels out there that I just have not gotten around to yet xP

As an aside, I’m linking this as part of the 100 Things: A Blogging Challenge I’ve been slowly getting through as some of these titles were meant to be mentioned there and I just decided to lump them all together in this one list 😉

In no particular order:

  • Isaac Asimov’s Foundation — I’ve picked this book up several times in the bookstore and flipped through it a bit but never got around to actually purchasing it and reading it. It definitely sounds like a novel I’d be interested in, the scope sounds incredible
  • Philip K. Dick’s Collected Works — So many movies were adapted from his short stories, I’ve been meaning forever to read the original works. It’s nice to know you can actually pick up the collection…
  • Iain M. Banks’ Consider Phlebas — Or anything/everything from his Culture book series. It’s been on my wishlist for so long and until now I still haven’t gotten around to it…
  • Alastair Reynolds’ Revelation Space — I think this is more on the hard-science fiction spectrum of the genre but the premise of the series sounds really interesting, a mix of space opera with the hard sci-fi.
  • Vernor Vinge’s A Fire Upon the Deep — Another author from the genre that I’ve heard loads about but never quite got around to checking out. Been eyeing this one and his Across Realtime books but I think between the two I’d check this title out first

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List: NPR Top 100 Sci-fi & Fantasy Books

Posted 22 September, 2013 by Lianne in Lists / 10 Comments

I snagged this list from Rinn Reads =) It’s an interesting list, lots of familiar and not-so-familiar titles in the science fiction and fantasy genre; I’ve been curious to see how many titles I’ve read and how many I have to go from the opus ^_~

* – indicates that I own the book(s)
bold – partly completed

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien*
2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams*
3. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert (read 3 out of 6)
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin*
6. 1984, by George Orwell*
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury <-- one of these days I swear I will read it xP
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov <-- another title that's been on my radar forever!
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley*
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan (read 1 of 14)
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell*
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss* (read 1 of 2)
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut*
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick <-- been meaning to read all of his short stories
22. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood <-- again, another title I've been meaning to read for ages
23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King (read 1 of…is it 7 right now?)
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke <-- also on my reading radar
25. The Stand, by Stephen King
26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
28. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman (read 1 of 12/13)
30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny <-- been eyeing the all-in-one volume for some time now
41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings <-- meant to read this back in high school but then I never got around to it
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley*
43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson*
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven <-- does The Destroyer of Worlds count?
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien*
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman*
49. Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman*
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
54. World War Z, by Max Brooks
55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman*
57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett*
61. The Mote In God’s Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind (read 1 of 14)
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke*
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist (read 1 of 3)
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks*
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
70. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger*
71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson*
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
74. Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi <-- another title I've been meaning to read
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
77. The Kushiel’s Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde <-- maybe next year? *hopeful*
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks <-- have also been meaning to read this title
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher (read 1 of ?)
87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolf
88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan (read 1 of ?)
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge <-- also on my want-to-read list
94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson <-- was recently curious about this trilogy
96. Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis <-- maybe next year?
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville <-- did not enjoy this book =(
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

Current progress: 31/100, plus 9 unfinished series

31 books, not bad, with a few more on the horizon. How many books have you read from this list? =D

Books: Summer Wrap-Up [2013 edition]

Posted 7 September, 2013 by Lianne in Lists / 4 Comments

Alas, so the summer vacation has come to a close so-to-speak and with it comes a wrap-up to the season books-wise. I’ve done something like this last year and the year before that so here we are again with another edition! =)

So here’s a list of my top six favourite reads this summer, assessing this from the books I read between June and first weekend of September (why 6? I don’t know tbh, it was an arbitrary choice that stuck)! And before I continue, can I just say that this was a bit difficult? I read so many wonderful titles this summer! But alas, here we go:

  • The Translator by Nina Schuyler (review) — Gorgeous novel, I especially loved how it tackled the intricacies of translating and its usage and promotion of Japanese culture and language in the story
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (review) — Whimsical, poignant, scary, sad: everything you’d expect from a Neil Gaiman novel *thumbs up*
  • The Returned by Jason Mott (review) — Fascinating premise, it does make you think about the issues raised as events spiral out of control and people become more scared and confused by what happened. I especially enjoyed the internal character struggle that many of the characters in the pages faced…
  • The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman (review) — crazy, quirky, hilarious, intriguing. I had a lot of fun following Loeser from Germany to Paris to Hollywood in the late 1930s xD
  • The Archivist’s Story by Travis Holland (review) — This book was absolutely lyrical and introspective, touching on issues of memory and standing up for what you believe is right amidst frightful times
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (review) — The perfect light, summer read. The character Don is so fascinating and charming, like the books listed above, I could not put it down xD

And of course, honourable mentions (because 6 really is never enough):

  • The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva
  • The Book of Stolen Tales by D.J. McIntosh (review)
  • Mission to Paris by Alan Furst (review)
  • London by Edward Rutherfurd (review)
  • Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey (review)
  • The Book of Secrets by Elizabeth Joy Arnold (review)
  • A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn (review)
  • Fancy a Cuppa by the Cathedral? by Simon Duffin (review)
  • The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King (review)
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (review)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (lol, this title managed to squeeze in yesterday! Review to follow =P Edit: review)

And that’s my list for summer 2013! What were some of your favourite reads this summer (or winter, depending on where in the world you are ^_~)?

List: Books Set in Spain

Posted 28 August, 2013 by Lianne in Lists / 8 Comments

So I put together a list last week featuring some books set in Paris, France. This week, I am looking at books set in Spain as around this time back in 2010 I was somewhere in that country (probably Barcelona or Valencia).

I love Spain. It was really hot when we were there but that’s okay. There’s just something really unique about their history and their culture that fascinates me; there’s so much more going on underneath the surface, so much complexity. We were only in Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid but I would love to go to the other cities and regions in the country one day. Did I mention the architecture is amazing? You can feel the age in some of these places…

The country probably also intrigues me because I didn’t study its history as much as the other European countries in uni. In fact, had I gone on to do my PhD, I might’ve done my dissertation on Spanish history (long story, it’s a big jump from my previous studies, etc.), but that’s beside the point here…

The following list after the cut is a mix of classic lit and contemporary lit featuring different aspects of Spain. I chose not to focus on a particular city for this list because my list is just all over the country, lol.


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