Review: The Spanish Bow

Posted 14 May, 2009 by Li in Books / 0 Comments

The Spanish Bow
By: Andromeda Romano-Lax

I initially found this book while I was wandering around the bookstore; there was a table with books that had a music theme to them. Ever since I had read The Shadow of the Wind, I’ve been drawn to books that a) were about books and b) stories that were set in Spain. The premise of this novel was interesting: it was set in Spain throughout the late 19th century and into the 20th century following the life of cellist Feliu Delargo as he grows up to become a cellist. Although I had bought the novel a few months ago, I put it on hold because I knew that if I read it during my study period, I would never get around to studying. I’m glad I made the decision 😉

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Meme: Booking Through Thursdays

Posted 14 May, 2009 by Li in Meme / 2 Comments

Book Gluttony! Are your eyes bigger than your book belly? Do you have a habit of buying up books far quicker than you could possibly read them? Have you had to curb your book buying habits until you can catch up with yourself? Or are you a controlled buyer, only purchasing books when you have run out of things to read?

Booking Through Thursday

Haha, (unfortunately?) I have developed a habit for stacking up on the books far quicker than reading through them; the habit I believe developed during my second year in university. I’ve managed to curb myself from buying a couple of times in order to try and catch up but because my university was downtown and the bookstore was pretty much in the area, I usually manage to find myself in the bookstore and walking out with something new to read *hangs head in shame* What can I say? Being in a bookstore makes me all happy inside, lol. However, since it’s summer now and I’m staying at home most of the time, I’ll be able to catch up (and spend less) 🙂

Books: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 12 May, 2009 by Li in Meme / 2 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!

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Here’s my teaser for this week: “In the hallway, after I was dismissed, I realized I had squandered an opportunity courtiers were supposed to prize: to get close, to curry favour, to become a favourite of the royal children, to become essential. But I was too distracted to worry.” – p. 182, The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax.

I started reading the book last night after staring at my TBR pile for a while, lol. I’m only two chapters in and I absolutely love it so far; I think I’m really going to enjoy reading this book. Ever since I read The Shadow of the Wind back in January I’ve been drawn a bit towards books taking place in Spain so this should be fun 🙂

Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 11 May, 2009 by Li in Meme / 0 Comments

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about boys and reading…

Have you ever finished a book, then turned around and immediately re-read it? Why? What book(s)?

Just One More Page

The only book I could remember where I in fact re-read it after finishing (if not most of it) was Ian McEwan’s Atonement. The ending of the novel, and the revelation that came with it, completely haunted me; I couldn’t stop thinking about it. So I went back to re-read most of it again and see whether there were any hints that pointed to the revelation (which is difficult; a lot of stuff can go either way). McEwan really crafted a novel in Atonement where you really end up thinking about the nature of writing stories and about what is real, what is perspective. Not to mention the fates of the characters left me a bit sad and wondering about what could’ve been. Fantastic novel…but otherwise, I can’t think of another novel that I’ve re-read straight after reading it the first time around.

Review: God’s Spy

Posted 10 May, 2009 by Li in Books / 1 Comment

God’s Spy
By: Juan Gomez-Jurado

Okay, I admit, I picked this up on a whim. I was strolling along the bargain section of the bookstore looking for a fantastic read (picked up Lax’s The Spanish Bow for only $5.99 in hardcover in that section and Cohen’s Jane Austen in Scarsville: or Love, Death and the SATs was an enjoyable read). I saw God’s Spy and read the premise; it seemed interesting enough. Murder in Rome, crazy psychopath on the loose, intrigue in the Vatican. I thought, Why not? So I picked it up. Kinda wished I didn’t. Read More