Meme: Booking Through Thursday

Posted 31 December, 2009 by Lianne in Meme / 4 Comments

It’s been a long while since I’ve done this meme *blushes*

It’s the last day of the year, and you know what that means … nostalgia and looking back.
What were your favorite books of the year? (Books that were new to you in 2009, if not necessarily published this year.

Booking Through Thursday

Well, I read a ton of books this year and read a ton of wonderful novels this year. So I have quite a list of favourite books:

  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (totally forgot I read this book this year and not late last year)
  • A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  • Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda
  • The City of Thieves by David Benioff
  • Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva
  • Winter in Madrid by C.J. Samson
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  • Sepulchre by Kate Mosse
  • The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax
  • Lirael & Abhorsen by Garth Nix
  • Breath and Bone by Carol Berg
  • A Darkness Forged in Fire by Chris Evans
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Meme: Book End-of-Year Round-Up

Posted 30 December, 2009 by Lianne in Meme / 0 Comments

Snagged from book_memes

1. What was the best book recommended to you this year?
2. What was the best book you found by yourself this year?
3. Who was the best new author you discovered?
4. Did you make any other interesting reading discoveries this year? A new bookstore, comfy place to sit and read, friend to share books with…?
5. Do you have a count of how many books your read?
6. What was the good/okay/awful ratio?
7. Was there a particular theme to your reading? Did you begin the year knowing this would emerge?
8. What – if anything – will you change about your reading habits next year?

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Meme: 2009 Books Overview

Posted 29 December, 2009 by Lianne in Meme / 0 Comments

Snagged off book_memes:

1. What was your favourite book of 2009? If this question seems too hard, feel free to list your three favourite books, or your five favourite, or ten….
LOL, this is too hard, I could only narrow it down to 14 😛

  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (totally forgot I read this book this year and not late last year)
  • A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  • Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda
  • The City of Thieves by David Benioff
  • Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva
  • Winter in Madrid by C.J. Samson
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  • Sepulchre by Kate Mosse
  • The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax

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Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 29 December, 2009 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

Here’s my teaser for this week: “Not surprisingly, perhaps, he had lived by himself for the last six yeats, long enough to be almost used to it. In that six years he had woken up along every single day so that it had come to feel quite normal, and not because he had never had the opportunity to take someone to bed with him.” – p. 10, On the Fifth Day by A.J. Hartley.

I had picked this book up on a whim from my mum’s bookshelf (she’s into books by James Rollins, Steve Berry and the like). I have a third of it left to go and it’s all right, not as good as Steve Berry IMO.

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 22 December, 2009 by Lianne in Meme / 1 Comment

It’s been a very long while since I’ve done this…

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 (and I’m cheating a bit and giving the full, four-sentence paragraph because it’s a much better teaser than just two of the four sentences): “She nodded. ‘That was the reality of the Egyptian campaign. A bloody, hard-fought conquest. But I assure you, what happened there is why you and I are having this conversation.'” — p. 31, The Paris Vendetta by Steve Berry.

Dude, I was so pumped for this instalment since I heard of the title and I’m glad that I can read it now (while I’m on Christmas vacation). It’s an intriguing mystery that touches certain subjects that are in some ways very relevant to today’s events. I’m halfway through and it’s been pretty awesome! Can’t wait to read what happens next 😀