Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 11 May, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 10 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

Here’s my teaser for this week: “‘In recent times much has been spoken of a changing order in Mainz. That the ancient families who have always administered this city’s liberties should share their burden with new men, craftsmen and shopkeepers.'” – p. 31, The Book of Secrets by Tom Harper.

This book was on my mum’s shelf; was browsing through to read something that was a change of pace from what I have left on my TBR list. This book caught my attention. From what I’ve read so far, there appears to be two storylines: one in the present day following the mystery of someone’s disappearance, the other a story unfolding in 1492 in medieval Germany. Haven’t read too far in but what I’ve read so far is promising. =) The teaser’s pretty interesting, reflecting the slow shift in society with the rise of the merchant class’s contribution to all of society.

Review: Rebecca

Posted 9 May, 2010 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

By: Daphne du Maurier

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .”

Working as a lady’s companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life begins to look very bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding Mrs Danvers . . .

I first hear of this book last year on GoodReads when a number of groups that I belong to read this book as part of their group read. From the non-spoilerish comments I’ve read and the recommendations that were posted, many people enjoyed this book. So I decided to check it out; my copy was a present given to me for my birthday but I only had a chance to read it now. And yeah, I just couldn’t put it down. Spoilers ahead!

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Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 9 May, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 6 Comments

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about the war books

Do you have to carve out time in your day for reading (due to work and other obligations), or does your reading just happen naturally? (Question courtesy of MizB)

Just One More Page

My time of day for reading is normally during the evening/night right before I go to sleep. This has been my scheduled time to read since I was in elementary, actually. On the downside, if I’m really sleepy and I start reading in bed, usually I end up asleep, lol, but it’s worked for me for a very long time. During high school, I also read to and from school when I’m in the subway (one reason why I was reading a few books at the time then). Since university, my time for reading has gone erratic: if I’m uber stressed out about my schoolwork, I’ll take a break and read. Last school year I’d be reading while eating my meals or whatnot. As for the latter half of the question, it does happen, especially now that it’s summer; yesterday I started reading du Maurier’s Rebecca and I just couldn’t put it down, even though I had other things to do! So I guess that counts as reading…naturally? =)

Meme: Booking Through Thursday

Posted 6 May, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 1 Comment

Ahhh, it’s been so long since I’ve done this meme! My Thursdays this past semester have been booked pretty solid so it was difficult to do this meme (I happen to be at home today so yay! I can do this meme xD).

So … you’re halfway through a book and you’re hating it. It’s boring. It’s trite. It’s badly written. But … you’ve invested all this time to reading the first half.

What do you do? Read the second half? Just to finish out the story? Find out what happens?

Or, cut your losses and dump the second half?

Booking Through Thursday

I 95% of the time keep reading. After all, I already invested all that time to reading the first half. Usually when the book is boring or trite or such an effort to finish, I still plow forward in hopes that the story picks up or something interesting happens. It’s a bummer that I can’t get into the book as much as I want to, but I do try my best. There’s only been about three books that I couldn’t finish ever xD

Review: Warbreaker

Posted 4 May, 2010 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

By: Brandon Sanderson

T’Telir, capital of Hallandren, is a colourful city by the sea where gaily dressed crowds bustle through sunny streets and worship heroes who have been reborn as gods. Ruled by the silent, mysterious God King, the pantheon is nourished by offerings of Breath, the life force that keeps thema live and youthful.

Exiled in Idris, the former royal family reluctantly betrothed a princess to the God King. Arriving in T’Telir, she finds both the city and the marriage are not at all what she expected. Her only ally is Lightsong, a god who is skeptical of his own divinity, who fears that war with Idris is inevitable.

Meanwhile, another new arrival in T’Telir, one who bears the sentinent sword Nightblood, makes cunning plans based on the unique magic of Halladren, which uses colour to focus the power of Breath–plans that could change the world.

I read Sanderson’s Elantris last year and was absolutely enthralled by his storytelling. I hadn’t gotten around to his Mistborn trilogy though I heard wonderful things about it too. So when I saw Warbreaker in mass paperback (and so quick too! Could’ve sworn the hardcover came out back in the late autumn), I had to check it out. Spoilers ahead!

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