Movie: Bright Star (2009)

Posted 6 February, 2010 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

So I at long last finally got to watch this movie. Bright Star has been on my “to-watch” list ever since I heard that such a movie was being made.

Based on the three-year romance between 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, which was cut short by Keats’ untimely death at age 25.

Major Spoilers Ahead! Read More

Meme: Booking Through Thursday

Posted 5 February, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 0 Comments

The northern hemisphere, at least, is socked in by winter right now… So, on a cold, wintry day, when you want nothing more than to curl up with a good book on the couch … what kind of reading do you want to do?

Booking Through Thursday

Depends on my mood, really. I guess I’d likely read a classic like Austen’s Persuasion or Gaskell’s North and South. Or maybe a historical fiction of some sort. Or (like I’m reading at the moment) a spy thriller. But it really depends on whether I’m in the mood whatever…I definitely wouldn’t feel inclined to read a non-fiction book (much as I love reading history; I have Ferguson’s The Ascent of Money sitting in my closet but I haven’t really flipped through it yet…then again, I’ve also been reading far too many articles for my classes so maybe that’s why xD) on a day when I just want to crawl into bed and read a book.

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 2 February, 2010 by Lianne 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!

Should Be Reading

My teaser for this week: “‘Why are you interested in me?’ The question was out of her mouth before she even knew it was in her head, like a small bird flying before a storm.” – p. 46, Transgression by James W. Nichol.

I first heard of this book when Kris added it to her list on GoodReads. Here’s the plot of the story, for those of you who are interested:

How can love survive a brutal time?

In 1946 in North America, a child makes a grisly find in a deserted field—a discovery that opens a shuttered window on a secret dating back to the beginning of the turbulent decade.

In 1941 in occupied France, Adele Georges’s fruitless attempts to learn the whereabouts of her father, captured by the Nazis, lead her to a lonely young German soldier far from home. A spark between them becomes a fire—and a dangerous love affair blooms across enemy lines, dooming Adele to a grim postwar existence as a despised outcast, one of the infamous “horizontal collaborators.” Ostracized, tortured, tormented, she chooses a desperate escape, accompanying a war-damaged yet optimistic Allied soldier across an ocean to a new land. But there is no refuge from the past, as Adele’s broken heart and shameful secret drive her deeper into despair…and toward a shocking outcome.

I started reading this book on Sunday and I’m reading it at a slower pace than usual in part because of this presentation that’s been driving me nuts and in part because…well, you get a sense that things are eventually going to go crazy for Adele and Manfred (you know how these novels are, lol). But it’s pretty good so far, the mystery in 1946 is intriguing. 🙂

Review: I Capture the Castle

Posted 1 February, 2010 by Lianne in Books / 3 Comments

I Capture the Castle
By: Dodie Smith

This enchanting novel tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her unusual family who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Cassandra’s eccentric father is a writer whose first book took the literary world by storm but he has since failed to write a single word and now spends his time reading detective fiction. Cassandra’s sister, Rose, despairs of her family’s circumstances and determines to marry their affluent American landlord. She is helped and, sometimes, hindered in this by their bohemian stepmother, an artists’ model who likes to commune with nature. Finally there is Stephen who is hopelessly in love with Cassandra. Amid this maelstrom Cassandra hones her writing skills, candidly capturing the events that take place within the castle’s walls, and her own first descent into love.

So I finally decided to check this book out after hearing a lot about it last year over at GoodReads. The reviews I heard were all positive, which piqued my curiosity. Took me a while to get a hold of it too because I wanted the Vintage Classics edition (see above cover); their covers are always so pretty and appealing 🙂

Read More

Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 31 January, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 1 Comment

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about a random book.

Go to your bookshelf and pick a random book. No cheating now, just reach out and pick one. Now tell us about it – where did you get it? Why? Was it a gift? Does it hold any special memories? Did someone recommend it to you? etc.

Just One More Page

Here’s what I pulled out (no, did not cheat, it just happened to be the easiest to grab on my shelf =P):

I actually bought this copy back in December, making it the third copy of Austen’s Persuasion in my possession. The other two editions were prettier and completed a particular set and I wanted a copy that I can take with me anywhere (which in this case was up here with me in Ottawa) so I bought this edition (cover’s very pretty too; simple but elegant). This particular copy doesn’t have any particular memories associated with it save for the fact that I brought it with me to the Three Days Grace concert I attended that same day with my best friend (awesomeness).

But this story’s very special to me because it’s my favourite Austen novel. I first read the story a few years ago and I’m glad I read it before watching the adaptations because it was the only Austen novel that I really could not put down; I was excited to find out whether Anne would end up with Captain Wentworth, whether William Eliot would succeed in his schemes and so forth. And the letter at the end gets me every time…I absolutely love it. It’s the only Austen novel I would own a bajillion different editions of, lol.