Books: Summer TBR List Update II

Posted 17 June, 2009 by Li in Books / 0 Comments

Because I’m making excellent progress 🙂

  • Christopher Andrew & Vasili Mitrokhin’s The Mitrokhin Archive II: The KGB and the World (N)
  • David Anthony Durham’s Acacia
  • Greg Keyes’s The Born Queen
  • The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (N)
  • Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy of Four
  • Brian Ruckley’s Bloodheir
  • Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities (N)
  • Cathy Yardley’s Turning Japanese
  • Giles Tremlett’s Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through a Country’s Hidden Past (N)
  • David Rotenberg’s Shanghai
  • Gary R. Ryan’s Blessings in Disguise (N)
  • Elizabeth Gaskall’s Wives and Daughters
  • Elizabeth Gaskall’s Cranford
  • Enrique Joven’s The Book of God and Physics

I’m currently reading Files Tremlett’s Ghosts of Spain but I’m also trying to figure out what fiction novel to read next. I’m dealing with registration/accommodation/language training kefuffles right now and I’m graduating from my undergraduate program tomorrow but I want to post up a bit update/commentary on some of the books I’ve read recently. Maybe this weekend? I dunno, we’ll see 🙂

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 15 June, 2009 by Li in Meme / 2 Comments

Because I’ll likely be busy pouring over course calendars and registration information:

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: “An advance party, Colonel, to announce your arrival to the garrison and still give them time to prepare a proper reception.” Alwyn realized he was out-and-out lying to the colonel of the regiment and the future King. – p. 357, A Darkness Forged in Fire by Chris Evans.

Am more than halfway through the book and it’s pretty interesting 🙂

Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 14 June, 2009 by Li in Meme / 0 Comments

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about award winning books…

Do you feel compelled to read prize-winning (Giller/Booker/Pulitzer etc) books? Why, or why not? Is there, perhaps, one particular award that you favour?

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On a certain level, I guess you can say I feel somewhat compelled to read prize-winning novels just to see why they won that particular award and whatnot. Usually the premise of the books that win don’t really appeal to me so I don’t bother checking them out though but there’s the occasional moment where I’d be interested in a particular book and if it happens to have been short-listed or if it won an award, I’ll be more compelled to read it. I believe I’m drawn more towards books that were short-listed or were Booker prize winners (again based on whether I was interested in the premise of the novel or whatnot).

lol, I hope that answer makes sense xD

Review: Persuasion (1995, 2007)

Posted 13 June, 2009 by Li in Entertainment / 0 Comments

Persuasion is my favourite of Jane Austen’s novels. It’s a wonderful story about family connections, second chances at love, themes of constancy and men working their way up in the world. Anne & Wentworth’s story is completely made of aww that I can’t help but love this story to pieces. Plus, from all of the Austen novels, Persuasion was the only one that had me completely riveted; I couldn’t put it down because I needed to know what was going to happen next, whether Anne and Wentworth would reconcile (if so, how?) or whether Mr. William Elliott would indeed succeed as the love foil.

So you could imagine my joy when I found out that there was an adaptation two years ago on the novel. I had watched this adaptation first; I understand the adaptation was received with mixed reactions—I am amongst those who thoroughly enjoyed the adaptation from start to finish. Recently, I decided to watch the 1995 version. I was a bit hesitant before because I loved the 2007 version and I didn’t want to introduce an earlier version into the mix in my head but in the end, my love for the novel won out so I went out to pick it up. Spoilers ahead!

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Books: Summer TBR List update

Posted 10 June, 2009 by Li in Books / 0 Comments

Okay, I’m posting this up only because I need a clear view of what books remain to be read on my shelf (so that when it comes time to rifling through it, I’ll have a clearer idea as to what I feel like reading next, lol); I took out Tolkien’s The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun as well because I’m more than halfway and will likely be done by tomorrow or Friday:

 

  • Christopher Andrew & Vasili Mitrokhin’s The Mitrokhin Archive II: The KGB and the World
  • David Anthony Durham’s Acacia
  • Greg Keyes’s The Born Queen
  • The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Byron Ayanoglu’s Crete on the Half Shell
  • Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy of Four
  • Brian Ruckley’s Bloodheir
  • Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities
  • Cathy Yardley’s Turning Japanese
  • Giles Tremlett’s Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through a Country’s Hidden Past
  • Anthony Capella’s The Various Flavours of Coffee
  • David Rotenberg’s Shanghai
  • Gary R. Ryan’s Blessings in Disguise
  • Chris Evans’s A Darkness Forged in Fire
  • Elizabeth Gaskall’s Wives and Daughters
  • Elizabeth Gaskall’s Cranford

 

Okay, 16 books left…that’s not so bad as before (could’ve sworn I hit more than 20+ a few weeks ago), lol.