Review: Kieli, Vol. 1: The Dead Sleep in the Wilderness (Book & Manga)

Posted 10 January, 2010 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Kieli, Vol. 1: The Dead Sleep in the Wilderness
By: Fukako Yabei

Kieli is a reclusive girl isolated by her ability to see ghosts. Her only friend is her “roommate,” Becca, the precocious spirit of a former student still residing in Kieli’s dorm. Everything in Kieli’s life changes suddenly when the girls meet the handsome but distant Harvey who, like Kieli, can see ghosts. He also turns out to be one of the legendary Undying, an immortal soldier bred for war now being hunted by the Church. When Kieli joins Harvey on a pilgrimage to lay to rest the spirit of a corporal possessing an old radio, as unlikely as it seems, she feels she may have finally found a place where she belongs in the world. And in Kieli, Harvey may have found a reason to live again.

I actually read the manga (published by Yen Press first and fell in love with the story that my brother and I picked up the book when it was released. What’s awesome is that this is a 9-volume series and the manga only covered the first book—so that means more adventures with Kieli and Harvey! πŸ™‚

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Review: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Book & Movie)

Posted 9 January, 2010 by Lianne in Books, Entertainment / 0 Comments

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
By: Stieg Larsson

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared off the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family. There was no corpse, no witnesses, no evidence. But her uncle, Henrik, is convinced that she was murdered by someone from her own deeply dysfunctional family. Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired to investigate, but he quickly finds himself in over his head. He hires a competent assistant: the gifted and conscience-free computer specialist Lisbeth Salander, and the two unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

I’ve been hearing about this book throughout all of last summer and lots of recommendations for this book came from GoodReads and the bookstores and so forth. So when I noticed that it was out in paperback, I decided to check it out. Read More

Meme: Booking Through Thursday

Posted 7 January, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 5 Comments

What books did you get for Christmas (or whichever holiday you may have celebrated last month)? Do you usually ask for books on gift-giving occasions or do you prefer to buy them yourself?

Booking Through Thursday

I got a few books as gifts this year (yay!):

  • Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca (I’ve heard wonderful reviews about this book so I’m excited to read it—probably after this semester is over with)
  • Jane Austen’s Emma (Winchester edition to complete the rest of her books that I own in that format)
  • Charles Dickens’s Little Dorrit (the Vintage Classics edition (because their covers are just so darn pretty); I also got the 2008 BBC adaptation on DVD as a gift so it’s cool, I’m looking forward to reading it since I’ve enjoyed the adaptation)

As for the second question, I usually just buy the books I want myself (excuse to hang out in the bookstore and Starbucks for ages and ages, LOL) but nowadays when it comes to birthdays and Christmas, we (my family, my best friend) usually ask each other what we want as a gift and the only thing I really want are books so yeah, I get books as gifts too πŸ˜€

Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 3 January, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 5 Comments

Boo, am moving back to res tomorrow as it’s the end of the Christmas break and back to school. But yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve participated in this meme and I thought it’s a great question to start off the year πŸ™‚

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about New Year reading.

With the New Year here already, do you have any reading resolutions or goals (challenges aside) for 2010? Perhaps a new author? Genre? Want to read more non-fiction? Write more reviews?

Just One More Page

Although I am keeping track of the books I’m reading in 2010, I’m not participating in any reading challenges as school will definitely keep me from getting through them. I do have a few reading resolutions:

  • Finishing reading my TBR pile
  • Read more classics (i.e. Dickens, Collins, etc.)
  • Read more Russian literature classics (i.e. Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (was supposed to read it last year but didn’t), Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Kazamarov, Gogol’s Dead Souls)
  • Read the rest of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series
  • Write more book reviews (my last review was from 10 November 2009)

And that’s all I can think of at the moment, lol. πŸ™‚

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