Category: Meme


Meme: Musing Mondays, Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 13 July, 2009 by Li in Meme / 3 Comments

I was at a dentist appointment this morning so I was out for most of the day, hence the slight lateness of this meme:

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about book covers…

We all know the old adage about not judging a book by it’s cover, but just how much sway does a book cover have when it comes to your choice of book – whether buying or borrowing? Are there any books you’ve bought based on the cover alone?

Just One More Page

Yeah, about the adage, I do try not to fall for the pretty cover = must check it out. Sadly, I do fall for it sometimes when I’m browsing aimlessly through the bookstore (though it’s usually the title of the novel that catches my attention during such occasions). A very pretty/spiffy/cool cover for a book does the trick in drawing a reader to checking out the back blurb and seeing what the novel is all about (I do read the back still and flip a bit through the pages but it’s that initial attraction from the cover that leads me to steps two and three there, haha). A couple of books I bought on the whim thanks to the cover are:

  • Chris Evans’s A Darkness Forged in Fire — Very cool cover, very shiny and attention-grabbing, LOL
  • Juan Gomez-Jurado’s God’s Spy — Can’t find a link on chapters.indigo.ca but it’s a good example in my experience of NOT picking up something based on what you glanced over while browsing the shelves =\
  • John Meaney’s Bone Song — When I saw the cover, and then the tag line—“Even death has its own laws–and those sworn to uphold them”—I knew I had to check it out =)

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: “‘Mr. Thorpe had no business to invent any such message. If I had thought it right to put it off, I could have spoken to Miss Tilney myself.'” – p. 80, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. For a change of pace, I decided to re-read Northanger Abbey; I love this book 🙂

Meme: Booking Through Thursday

Posted 9 July, 2009 by Li in Meme / 1 Comment

“So here today I present to you an Unread Books Challenge. Give me the list or take a picture of all the books you have stacked on your bedside table, hidden under the bed or standing in your shelf – the books you have not read, but keep meaning to. The books that begin to weigh on your mind. The books that make you cover your ears in conversation and say, ‘No! Don’t give me another book to read! I can’t finish the ones I have!’ “

Booking Through Thursday

It’s funny because yesterday after coming back from the bookstore and updating my lists, I compiled a list of books that remain on my TBR. I can say I’m pleased that I’ve managed to dwindle the list down to 12 books, 13 if you include a book that I’ve already read, just not in its original language; still a hefty number but not as bad as a few weeks ago, lol. Here’s the list:

  • Christopher Andrew & Vasili Mitrokhin’s The Mitrokhin Archive II: The KGB and the World (N)
  • David Anthony Durham’s Acacia
  • Greg Keyes’s The Born Queen
  • The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (N)
  • Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy of Four
  • Brian Ruckley’s Bloodheir
  • David Rotenberg’s Shanghai
  • Gary R. Ryan’s Blessings in Disguise (N)
  • Elizabeth Gaskall’s Wives and Daughters
  • Ariana Franklin’s City of Shadows
  • Bohumil Hrabal’s I Served the King of England
  • Ted Bell’s Tsar
  • Anna Gavalda’s Ensemble C’est Tout (I read the English translation of this book, Hunting and Gathering but I want to read it in the original language)

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 7 July, 2009 by Li in Meme / 1 Comment

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: “‘My men say there are no eggs in Leningrad, but I believe there is everything in Leningrad, even now, and I just need the right fellows to find it. A pair of thieves.'” – p. 35, City of Thieves by David Benioff.

My teaser this week sounds a bit out of the blue but if you read the synopsis, it’ll make sense. I finally am reading the book (been eyeing this book for months since it came out on trade paperback) and it’s pretty good so far 🙂

Meme: Another Book Meme

Posted 3 July, 2009 by Li in Meme / 1 Comment

Snagged also from book_memes 🙂

What’s the oldest book you own?
In terms of publication, I have a copy of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare dating back to 1924. In terms of the oldest book that I’ve purchased, that may be my Snoopy comics (in graphic novel format) from when I was 10, lol.

What’s the newest book you own?
In terms of publication…probably Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. In terms of purchase, Ted Bell’s Tsar 🙂

Name a book that you like to have easily accessible?
Oh gosh, I don’t know…everything’s within reach, I guess, LOL

Name a book that you like to have easily noticeable (for reasons of pretension or ’cause it’s pretty)?
More like my shelf filled with books on Russian history and politics xD Makes me look hardcore that way (which, in a way, my studies are)

What’s the nicest book or set of books that you own?
I have these small hardcovers of most of Jane Austen’s works, a hard cover of Russian fairy tales with pretty Russian-style illustrations and my black-cover LOTR boxset (even though they’re not hardcover).

What’s the most battered, most loved book that you own?
Hmm, all my books are actually in good condition so I dunno…

Have you encountered a book that felt especially nice to hold?
Probably the hardcovers, lol.

Do you arrange books by author, title, genre, vibe, colour or not at all?
These days I arrange them by height, really; my bookshelves are crammed, I’m literally squeezing books in wherever there’s space now xD

Do library / borrowed books feel as nice as books you own?
No

What format of book do you most like holding? (ie, paperback, hardback, trade paperback, graphic novel…)
Paperback and trade paperback; they’re easy to hold especially when you’re lying down.

Do you have any hidden books?
My copy of Twilight (which I bought out of pure curiosity last year; I kept on hearing about it so I decided to find out what all the hype is about) is hidden behind some of my textbooks on my bottom shelf xD

What books would you keep in your (real or hypothetical) spare room for guests to read?
Good question…probably something related to Russian history, like the Chronicles maybe, or probably a classic like Dickens or Austen or something 🙂

Meme: Books I Read From January – June 2009

Posted 3 July, 2009 by Li in Meme / 0 Comments

Snagged off book_memes: “Six months of 2009 are already over, so methinks it’s time for a halfway mark book meme. These questions all apply to books that you’ve read in 2009.”

01. Name a book that you liked that was at least twenty years old.
There’s a number of books I’ve read already that are at least, if not older than, twenty years old but here’s one: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

02. Name a book that you liked that was at least ten years old.
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

03. Name a book that gave you hope for the future.
Good question, I’m not entirely sure from my list *blushes*

04. Name a book about the past that you believe has important lessons in it.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde does lay out quite a debate on a whole range of topics: philosophy, aesthetics, morality and the price you pay for achieving certain things (in this case, Dorian Gray’s price for achieving eternal youth).

05. Name a book that taught you something.
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks taught me a bit about book conservation and the realities of war and life in certain periods of history.

06. Name a book with a character who really stood out.
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens. Mr. Eugene Rayburn in particular stood out for me in this novel, he’s quite an interesting and amusing character.

07. Name a book that was a re-read that you really enjoyed.
Persuasion by Jane Austen. I absolutely love this novel to bits.

08. Name a book that made you cry.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak had me pretty choked up towards the end. Although certain events were already foreshadowed throughout the novel, I couldn’t help feeling all torn up at the end when it did happen. 🙁

09. Name a book that you disliked.
God’s Spy by Juan Gomez-Jurado. The premise was interesting but when I was reading it…OMG, there was not a single character I rooted for or sympathized, regardless of their dark pasts and whatnot. 🙁

10. Name a book that you would buy for everyone you know.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. If you haven’t read it, you should. Zafon captured something in this novel that’s really beyond words for me—there’s just this atmosphere when reading this book that really captivated my attention. I cannot recommend it enough.

11. What were your favourite books of January-June 2009?
Don’t want to make this list go on and on so I’ll just stick to the fiction books I’ve enjoyed, lol:

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens