Books: To E-Reader or Not to E-Reader?

Posted 16 March, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

…that is the question.

So in the last two years there’s been this sharp rise in the popularity of e-readers and e-books. It’s easy to travel with and you have access to a nth number of books at the touch of a button. I see its practicality but as a person who loves books and grew up reading paperbacks and wandering around bookstores aimlessly (for fun) I was convinced I wouldn’t go for it. Plus, given the amount of time I read scholarly articles off my laptop (thanks university for not providing us with course readers, let’s just kill the eyes of your graduate population < / wary >), I thought it would just kill my eyes more.

Anyways, I’m revisiting the option now in part because the specs to the Kobo e-Reader is reasonable, the screen won’t kill your eyes and the price is quite good. Plus I’m running out of shelf space (as evident by the state of my bookshelves and spilling over to my desk) and while I enjoy holding the physical book in my hands, I think I wouldn’t mind owning some books in a digital format. But again, I’m rather torn (hence why I’m just courting the idea, not running to buy one tomorrow or something).

What do you guys think? Do you see the value of owning an e-Reader? Or is it all about the physical copy of the books?

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 14 March, 2011 by Lianne in Books, Meme / 7 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: “Acacia trees were hardy, slow growing, thorned against enemies, and stoic against the vagaries of weather. Perhaps there should have been something comforting in this, but, if so, Thaddeus could not find it.” – p. 297, Acacia by David Anthony Durham

I actually read this novel maybe a year or two ago when it first hit mass bound paperback. I’m currently re-reading it because I recently saw the second volume in the trilogy, The Other Lands, out in mass bound paperback and am debating whether I’d want to pick it up or not. Durham did a wonderful job in portraying such a unique and fleshed out world that, in many ways, could be transposed into our own (just in a different historical period). His characters are three-dimensional and he took the time early on in the novel to really get into the heads of the four royal children and give the reader a glimpse of what’s going on in their heads, what sort of individuals they were. What’s also wonderful is that I remember that this novel wrapped up nicely enough that it could be read as a standalone (hence the re-read and whether I want to delve back into the Known World now or later—too many fantasy and sci-fi series on the go at the same time for me, LOL). Haha, my blurb is turning out to be a mini-review but if you’re into fantasy and haven’t checked this book out, you should =)

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 7 March, 2011 by Lianne in Meme / 7 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: “Behind Nessus, beyond the open hatch, through the main view port, glittered the Fleet of Worlds. Four planets, blue and white and brown, ringed by necklaces of artificial suns: the nature preserves.” – p. 204, Destroyer of Worlds by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner

Okay, I went into a massive sci-fi kick when I was at home for Reading Week (doesn’t help that there’s no awesome space opera on television these days) and I actually picked this book up on a whim (as I’m too busy to get into Peter Hamilton’s books, which I also picked up; pity as I’ve been oggling over them since last year). Apparently it’s sort of a prelude to the Ringworld series, which I may or may not have seen over the years of browsing through the sci-fi shelves. To be honest I don’t read a lot of sci-fi even though I’m into the genre so it’s nice to be reading something like this and familiarising myself with the various series that are out there. It’s also been a pretty good read so far, I look forward to seeing how the crisis will resolve xD

Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 2 March, 2011 by Lianne in Meme / 1 Comment

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I Just HAD To Buy…But Are Still Sitting On My Bookshelf

Haha, yes, the following are more or less the books I’ve bought from last year that I’ve been meaning to get around to reading but haven’t yet for whatever reason (mainly I’ve been so busy with school that I am just not in the mood for such “heavy” books). Well, here we go…

01. Charles Dickens’s Bleak House — Been meaning to get around to reading it especially after having seen the miniseries but I haven’t. Been telling myself that this is my annual Dickens book to read for 2011, lol

02. Irene Nemirovsky’s Suite Francaise — Been hearing good things about this book so I picked it up when I was at a used bookstore for a very good price (and in hardback too!). Alas, haven’t read it yet; I think part of the reason is because it’s set in WW2 and you kind of have to be in the mood to read a book that’s taking place in a Nazi-occupied country

03. Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov — Been meaning to read this for a while now (Dostoevsky’s pretty awesome) but you really need to be in the mood to read Russian classical literature (and this is coming from a Russianist, LOL)

04. Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina — Been meaning to read this for a very long time now, especially after having read War and Peace a few years ago. So I bought a relatively cheap copy in hopes of persuading myself to read it but I haven’t opened the book since *blushes*

05. Paul Lima’s How To Write a Non-Fiction Book in 60 Days — I actually won this book last year but haven’t read it yet. Oops *blushes again*

06. Wm. Paul Young’s The Shack — Okay, this book hasn’t been sitting on my shelf as long as the others above but considering its length, it’s surprising that I haven’t picked it up yet. Been saving it for the right moment, really.

07. Italo Calvino’s Se una notte d’inverno un viaggiatore — I’ve only gotten it somewhat recently but I have been eyeing this book for a long time now and I bought it before it disappears again on the internet somewhere (should’ve bought it when I was still in Italy regardless of my luggage issues). God knows when I’ll be reading it though.

08. St. Augustine’s Confessions — Another one of those “gotta have it but dunno when I’m going to read it” issues. We actually have a copy of this at home but I wasn’t very cool with the translation so I bought an Oxford edition

09. St. Thomas Aquinas’s Selected Writings — Same as above (minus the translation issue)

10. Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Idiot — I saw it for a good price at the bookstore but again, dunno when I’m going to get around to it. I should read The Brothers Karamazov since it’s been on my shelf longer…hmm…

Movie: Inception (2010)

Posted 28 February, 2011 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible-inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

Okay, this movie came out last summer and I only watched last week so I’m very, very late to the party. Spoilers ahead!

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