Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 12 October, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 6 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: “It has been a great disappointment to Mr. Musgrove, to find that no earlier day could be fixed, so impatient was he to shew his gratitude by seeing Captain Wentworth under his own roof, and welcoming him to all that was strongest and best in his cellars. But a week must pass; only a week, in Anne’s reckoning, and then, she supposed, they must meet; and soon she began to wish that she could feel secure even for a week” – p. 62, Persuasion by Jane Austen

So I brought my copy of Persuasion when I moved out here (can’t seem to move anywhere without a copy of it, really, lol) and started re-reading it last week. There’s always something that strikes me about this book, be it a phrase or something that one of the characters does. *loves this book to bits* =)

Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 11 October, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 3 Comments

This week’s musing is in honor of the holiday…

In regards to books, reading, the publishing industry, etc… What are you most grateful for? Why? Have you ever done anything to tangibly show your appreciation?

Should Be Reading

In terms of reading, like MizB, I am thankful for the ability to read. It sucks how, even in our contemporary period, there are still parts of the world where the literacy level is low. I’m also thankful to my parents for reading to me when I was a child because I think that really instilled a love of reading in me (not to mention I’m thankful to all the relatives who used to give me heaps of books as a child: it established a precedent for when I grew up, hahaha).

Despite my annoyance that covers and formats are constantly changing, I am grateful to the publishing industry for continuing to print classic novels. It keeps them in my radar (and goodness knows there’s still a lot of classic novels out there that I need to read! hehehe).

MizB brought up the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, which is a fantastic way to give back to the community and help encourage literacy. I haven’t donated as often as maybe I should (since I’m at Indigo back at home quite regularly); that will change when I come back from Trento =)

But also, one way that I’ve given back and encouraged literacy was by donating books. We have a family friend who’s a priest and manages a number of orphanages in the Philippines. About once or twice a year we’d send a box there with either things that no one is using at home and could be used by someone else or whatnot. What I’ve done in those occasions was send back books that I no longer read and that I think the kids there will benefit. It’s been mostly classics I’ve been sending back, but classics that aren’t too heavy-handed or too dark or difficult to read and stuff. Maybe next time I should look more into YA/children’s books *blushes*

Meme: Booking Through Thursday

Posted 7 October, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 0 Comments

A question much on my mind as I get ready to pack for vacation:

– When you travel, how many books do you bring with you?
– Has this changed since the arrival of ebooks?

Booking Through Thursday

This is a fantastic question considering that I’m abroad right now on a semester exchange, lol. When I moved here to Trento, I brought 5 books (which might be much considering all the other stuff I brought…you know, like clothes and the laptop and stuff, LOL; but it’s the only other thing I really have): 3 of them are school-related, so I guess that doesn’t count but I brought 2 novels with me (Austen’s Persuasion (I always seem to carry a copy of this book no matter where I move to) and Clarke’s Mr. Norrell and Jonathan Strange (as it’s been on my shelf for ages)). Need to have something to read and I wasn’t sure how wide a selection of English novels they have over here when I was packing.

Normally if I travel somewhere for a short period of time however, I bring 1 novel with me. When I went to Europe back in August for vacation with my family, I brought Harlan Coben’s Tell No One, which was just the right size to bring (though I ended up buying like, 4 other books why I was there, lol). But yeah, I try to have at least one on me at all times.

With the arrival of ebooks, I really haven’t changed in terms of bringing books with me. I don’t own a Kobo or a Kindle so yeah, it makes no difference to me.

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 5 October, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 4 Comments

Been a while since I’ve done this meme too…

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

Here’s my teaser for this week: “‘Here and there blue flames rose from the mud and ooze itself, rather like the flames that flicker on a Christmas pudding, Wilkie, and some of these wretched human forms huddled near these gaseous eruptions for light and warmth, And then, just as I thought Venus and Mercury were going to keep poling us down these dark, watery avenues forever, the way widened, and we came to an actual landing…broad stone steps carved into the rock wall of the tunnel with bright torches blazing on either side.'” – p. 193, Drood by Dan Simmons

I picked this book up two weeks ago because I was stuck waiting for an appointment and I desperately needed something to read. Drood has been in my want-to-read list for some time so I decided to check it out, seeing as it was available. I haven’t been able to read much from it but it’s been interesting so far, especially given that the main characters are two authors I’ve read (Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins). Am curious to see how everything plays out.

Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 4 October, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 0 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve done this…been so busy settling in over here that I haven’t participated in this…

This week’s musing asks…

What’s your favorite “cozy” book — and, by that, I’m meaning “curl-up-on-a-cold-day comfort read“? Or, if you don’t have a particular book, what genre do you most feel like reading when the weather starts to turn colder?

Should Be Reading

Very good question. I honestly don’t know, it really depends on my mood. I seem to read a lot of suspense and classic literature during the winter months; last winter I read quite a number of classics actually: Collins’s The Woman in White, Marquez’s One Hundred Years in Solitude, Smith’s I Capture the Castle. Though looking at previous years, it looks like I have a tendency to go for the heftier books (aside from required readings and books for my courses, of course); I guess there’s something about staying at home from the weather outside that draws me towards reading the more heftier novels.