Review: World Without End

Posted 24 January, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

World Without End
By: Ken Follett

Two centuries after the townspeople of Kingsbridge finished building the exquisite edifice, four children slip into the forest and witness a killing—an event that will bind them all by ambition, love, greed, and revenge…

I’ve been waiting to get my hands on the mass paperback version of this novel forever. I enjoyed reading The Pillars of the Earth (I liked it, then it grew on me, now I love it) so I was curious to see what would happen in this sequel. Follett really encompasses all of medieval life when he fleshed out his previous novel so you know you’re bound for an epic when you read one of his historical fictions. Major spoilers ahead!

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Review: One Day

Posted 23 January, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

One Day
By: David Nicholls

It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day-July 15th-of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.

I forgot what list I read but this book showed up as one of the best for the year. The premise intrigued me (especially the fact that every chapter focused on July 15th year after year) and I was in need of a good book that would keep my mind off the stress that is my thesis. Some spoilers ahead!

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Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 18 January, 2011 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: “‘That’s okay. I’m not really looking for him anyways, just the jewelry.'” – p. 30, The Shanghai Noon by S.J. Rozan

I picked this book up on a whim at Costco and the premise sounds interesting; am in need of a good mystery these days to get my mind off school stuff. Apparently the author’s pretty awesome because she’s one an Edgar award for one of her novels. That’s all I can say about it at the moment because I only started reading it today xD

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 11 January, 2011 by Lianne in Meme / 3 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: “At the end of the hall she can hear the lift door opening. She runs to catch it, and the doors of the lift close just as the answering machine picks up.” – p. 136, One Day by David Nicholls.

This book caught my attention a few months ago when it was featured in some article. I saw it last week while I was at chapters going for $10 so I decided to pick it up and I’m almost a third in. I thought the novel more or less grabbed me from the get-go, pulling you into their lives on the same day the following year. Having finished the first part of the book, I found myself relating to these characters too because they were around the same age as I am at the moment and the things they were worrying about are some of the same worries I have. I’ve only started the second part but it should be interesting how their relationship continues; my only irk is that it seems to have shifted almost entirely to present tense (it was past tense in the first part; unless I wasn’t paying much attention to it then).

Meme: Booking Through Thursday

Posted 6 January, 2011 by Lianne in Meme / 1 Comment

Any New Year’s reading resolutions?

Booking Through Thursday

Definitely have a few reading resolutions this year (especially seeing as I have a tendency of keeping those moreso than any general resolutions). I plan on reading the following books given that they’ve been on my to-read list for years now (and have been sitting on my shelf for almost as long):

  • Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina
  • Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov
  • Saint Augustine’s Confessions
  • Saint Thomas Aquinas’s Selected Works

And of course I resolve on completing my one Dickens book a year thing that I’ve been doing; this year I have Bleak House to read. That’s about it really =)