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)

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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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Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 4 May, 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!

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My teaser for this week: “True, by many people’s standards, Siri wasn’t ‘unimportant’. She was, after all, the daughter of a king.” – p. 13, Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

To take a break from all the heavy drama and historical fiction, I’ve picked up Sanderson’s Warbreaker. I’m looking forward to reading his latest novel; I read his other standalone novel last year, Elantris, and was enthralled by it. I haven’t quite gotten around to his Mistborn trilogy (I believe I have a few outstanding fantasy trilogies/series that I need to complete before I commit to another trilogy—albeit a completed one) but I’ve heard good things about it too. He’s a wonderful storyteller who really crafts some interesting fantasy worlds and intriguing and captivating characters. I can see why he was chosen to finish Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. But yeah, definitely psyched to read this novel =)

Review: Wolf Hall

Posted 3 May, 2010 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Wolf Hall
By: Hilary Mantel

England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey’s clerk, and later his successor. Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages. From one of our finest living writers, Wolf Hall is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion and suffering and courage.

Despite being an avid reader, I haven’t been so much into the award/shortlist stuff. The list of books that were shortlisted for the 2009 Man Booker award intrigued me and when I heard the premise of Wolf Hall, I figured to give it a try at some point. Chapters Indigo was selling it online shortly after it won for a very sweet price so I snatched it up right away but only got around to reading it now. Spoilers ahoy!

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