List: Books That Left Me Misty-Eyed (Part II)

Posted 15 November, 2017 by Lianne in Lists / 0 Comments

So earlier this year I finished reading Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You (review). I read from a lot of readers and bloggers either on their blogs or on Twitter or GoodReads that they had cried at the end of the novel, but I found that my own eyes remained dry–not a single prickle of moisture. Whilst the book left me with a lot of thoughts about the story in general, it also left me wondering which books left me quite emotional and/or teary. You could say the following list is an update of this list I compiled back in 2012 (or this list from 2014).

  • The Book of Joby by Mark Ferrari (review) — This book continues to stick out in recently read memory that left me quite teary-eyed (and in public transport, no less). In my review I mentioned the passage that left me in that state; it was a beautiful quote that, especially in that particular time in my life when I read the book, moved me enough to tears.
  • The Devilish Mr. Danvers by Vivienne Lorret (review) — When you read all the crap that the book’s heroine, Hedley, went through growing up, you’d be crying for her too.
  • Hollow Heart by Viola di Grado (review) — This book is heartbreaking and I really felt for the character.
  • When A Scot Ties The Knot by Tessa Dare (review) — I think I mentioned it in my review but there was this one scene towards the end that had me tear up because of the lead heroine. I just wanted to hug her and tell her not to give up and that everything will be all right (and kick everyone’s arses who were being super unhelpful in the process).
  • Two By Two by Nicholas Sparks (review) — His books have managed to provoke the tears in the past, and I thought this book might be a bit different given the subject matter, but nope, found myself tearing up towards the end of this book. I won’t say why here, but suffice to say it tugged at me.

And that’s my list of books that left me fairly teary-eyed! Have you read any of these books? What do you think? What books made you teary recently?

Stickii Club Subscription Service [October 2017]

Posted 14 November, 2017 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

It was bound to happen that I was going to subscribe again to Stickii Club, lol, it was just a matter of time πŸ˜› I decided to subscribe to the October subscription of their Cute Pack after seeing a preview of what the month’s pack will include. It was so cute, I couldn’t resist πŸ˜›

As always, you can click on the images to enlarge and read what each item is; apologies in advance for the somewhat crappy photos, I had opened the kit on the dining table, lol:

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Review: Six Wakes

Posted 13 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

Six Wakes
By: Mur Lafferty
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

A space adventure set on a lone ship where the clones of a murdered crew must find their murderer — before they kill again.

It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.

At least, Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.

Maria’s vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn’t the only one to die recently…

I have been curious about this book ever since another book blogger mentioned it in passing earlier this year. A murder mystery set on a starship deep in space? Yes, count me in, I am intrigued πŸ˜›

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Review: The Fall of Hyperion

Posted 10 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #2)
By: Dan Simmons
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. On the world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing–nothing anywhere in the universe–will ever be the same.

After reading Hyperion (review), I knew I had to pick up the next book πŸ˜›

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Review: Hyperion

Posted 9 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos #1)
By: Dan Simmons
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all. On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hopeβ€”and a terrible secret. And one may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.

At long last, I am getting around to reading this book. Hyperion was one of those classics I long heard about but of course I’m notoriously behind when it comes to reading science fiction classics (despite loving the genre). I had picked it up early this year with the aim to actually get around to reading it, which I finally did over the summer.

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