Meme: Booking Through Thursday, Musing Mondays

Posted 4 May, 2009 by Li in Books, Meme / 2 Comments

A bit late again (argh), but I had a good excuse: I was falling a bit under the weather this past weekend =(

Which is worse: Finding a book you love and then hating everything else you try by that author, or
Reading a completely disappointing book by an author that you love?
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That’s a very good question…hmm, I’d say reading a completely disappointing book by an author I love. I mean, the first option would suck too, but not so much as the second option because you already expect awesome things from an author you love and for expectations to fall short…it’s disappointing (did that even make sense?). For example, I like Paulo Coelho’s work and I’ve read a number of his books that I enjoyed but The Witch of Portobello was pretty disappointing for me. To be honest, since then I’ve sort of steered clear from his work and stuck to the few that I’d enjoyed.

And for something a bit different:

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about reading non-fiction…

Do you read non-fiction regularly? Do you read it in a different way or place than you read fiction?

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I guess you can say I read non-fiction regularly…moreso during the summer than during the school year (since during the school year I read plenty of non-fiction). Studying history and political science for my undergrad degree really reinforced the habit for reading non-fiction and checking out the latest research in the field. I usually read stuff that I’ve never fully delved into in school (i.e. British naval history) but otherwise I read stuff that are directly related with my field (i.e. Soviet history).

I do read non-fiction differently than fiction; I usually take my time with non-fiction so that I can understand what the author is trying to argue or convey. Thanks to taking historiography class last year, I do try to analyze history books a bit differently and think about whether the argument makes sense and stuff. But I still read it straightforward as well, soaking in new information that I wasn’t aware of before and stuff. Oh, and I do tend to read non-fiction sitting up as opposed to lying down, lol. Need to be awake when I read that sort of stuff xD

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about your tbr pile…

How many books (roughly) are in your tbr pile? Is this in increasing number or does it stay stable? Do you ever experience tbr anxiety in the face of this pile?

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According to my TBR pile, I have 14 books to be read. It’s sort of increasing a bit at the moment since classes are over and done for me and I’ve been making more trips to the bookstore (not entirely my fault, I do pick up necessary stuff from there at times—I just then succumb to getting a book I’ve been meaning to read *blushes*). I guess I do have bouts of anxiety every now and then about the pile, but moreso because of the money I spent over it than about actually getting through it…except maybe two years ago, when I was really worried whether I’d be able to get through the pile or not, lol.

Books: Teaser Tuesday

Posted 22 April, 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 (which isn’t much, but here it is—the full monologue is much more interesting, lol): “I’m ordering you to open the door. Either you obey or I call your parents and bring them down here to watch as I arrest you.” – p. 266, Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

I just started reading that book btw and I’m looking forward to really getting into it (since the story’s set in Soviet Russia and all) 🙂

Books: Memes to Pass the Time…Part I

Posted 18 April, 2009 by Li in Meme / 1 Comment

Hello! Yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here…the last few weeks of classes have been extremely busy for me (essays, course union, grad school stuff, etc.) so I haven’t updated my website, nor have I posted here. I only have one exam coming up in the next week or so (the only one this entire school year, if you can imagine) so I should be able to post more often. Goodness knows I need to make another massive review again of a ton of books I’ve read recently…Anyways, meme time!

Yesterday, April 15th, was Tax Day here in the U.S., which means lots of lucky people will get refunds of over-paid taxes.
Whether you’re one of them or not, what would you spend an unexpected windfall on? Say … $50? How about $500? (And, this is a reading meme, so by rights the answer should be book-related, but hey, feel free to go wild and splurge on anything you like.)
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Our system works a bit different here in Canada but let’s say I get a refund of $500 from the federal government, it would definitely go towards books (if I’m not meticulously dividing how much I can spend and how much I’d save—but otherwise the quote that Erasmus said very much defines my shopping). There’s a number of books in my to-read list @ GoodReads (the ones that don’t have the tag of “books-i-own) that I’d pick up =) The rest of the money would go to stuff I need (i.e. a new pair of jeans) and maybe go out or something to a nice restaurant with my family =)

And from last week…

For something different, I’m borrowing a question from … here! One of the very first questions ever at Booking Through Thursday. Back from 2005 when Laura owned the blog but, because it was so new, it didn’t get as many responses as it does now … so, why not revisit?

Here’s the question:

Some people read one book at a time. Some people have a number of them on the go at any given time, perhaps a reading in bed book, a breakfast table book, a bathroom book, and so on, which leads me to…
1. Are you currently reading more than one book?
2. If so, how many books are you currently reading?
3. Is this normal for you?
4. Where do you keep your current reads?

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1. Yes, I’m reading more than one book (discounting my textbook for 18c British History and manga volumes)
2. Two books: Folett’s The Pillars of the Earth and re-reading Austen’s Sense and Sensibility
3. It’s been normal for me since high school. In fact, in high school I used to read maybe 3 – 4 books at the same time, plus my required readings for school. Nowadays the max is 2 because of my readings for my courses…don’t know why I do this though, lol.
4. Folett’s sitting in the shoulder bag that I take whenever I go out (I could never leave the house without a book in my bag) and Austen’s wherever I am in the house (so right now it’s in front of me. If I go to the kitchen or to the dining room, it’s with me—I just carry it almost wherever just in case I get bored waiting)