Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 19 April, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 18 Comments

Greetings! I missed last week’s Teaser Tuesdays because I was frantically studying for my Russian final exam. But I’m back home now for the summer and cracking at my TBR list =)

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: “There was more pleasure for Roland and Maud in their walk, the next day, along the becks to the fosses. They walked out from Goathland and saw the threads and glassy interrupted fans of the Mallyan Sprout; they scrambled along river paths above the running peaty water, and crossed moorland,s crambling down again to riversides.” – p. 264, Possession by A.S. Byatt.

This book has been on my TBR list since autumn last year; I’ve heard a lot about this book on GoodReads over the past year and a lot of positive reviews so I decided to check it out. It’s pretty interesting with a lot of different types of medium used to convey the story (i.e. correspondence, biography exerpts, etc.) and it’s interesting not only to read as Maud and Roland piece together the story but also how the story itself unfolded in the past. My only gripe with it is the fact that it’s heavy on literary/poetic theory and feminism, but that’s just a personal academic preference of mine. Otherwise, it’s been pretty interesting so far! =)

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 5 April, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 9 Comments

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! I went home for the long weekend to celebrate Easter with my family. Tomorrow I’ll be headed back to Ottawa for the remaining week and a bit so I’ll be starting the following book for this week’s teaser (as I left A Clash of Kings up at res xD):

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

“She would not tell Mary whom she had seen, not until they were safe home. Perhaps it would be best not to tell her at all” – p. 3, The Redemption of Alexander Seaton by Shona MacLean.

It took me forever to figure out which book to bring with me tomorrow; most of the books on my TBR shelf are either classics or plain massive, lol. So I ended up going through my mum’s shelf (she’s big on adventure/mystery novels) and after pulling out a few, I settled on this book by MacLean. A murder mystery + historical fiction (set in Scotland in the 17th century) = should be an interesting read =)

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 29 March, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 13 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: “It was the biggest tree Jon Snow had ever seen, the trunk nearly eight feet wide, the branches spreading so far that the entire village was shaded beneath the canopy. The size did not disturb him so much as the face…the mouth especially, no simple carved splash, but a jagged hollow large enough to swallow a sheep” – p. 203, A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

I read the first book to GRRM’s series, A Song of Ice and Fire, back when I was in high school and was overwhelmed by the grittiness and the harshness of the world. I put off reading the rest of the series (or at least what’s out so far) because it was a bit much for me; I wasn’t ready for the hardcore, gritty genre within fantasy. That’s not to say I didn’t like the first installment; GRRM has an impeccable imagination and really developed a fascinating world and such an array of colour, intriguing and dangerous set of characters. In a way, he’s also set a new precedence for the fantasy genre.

But anyways, now that HBO is picking up the adaptation (and with such an awesome cast as this, I just have to check it out), I decided it’s time to revisit the series again. So here I am, reading this massive book (it’s about 1000 pages long paperback; and they only get thicker from here, lol) amidst a sea of deadlines, lol.

Review: Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Posted 27 March, 2010 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

This book has been on my want-to-read list for a few years now, after having watched the movie years ago. Weeks ago I was in the mood for a historical fiction novel and finally decided to pick it up (I have the version with the cover below (which is awesome, the cover’s very intriguing); then I went to the bookstore yesterday and found out that the Vintage Classics version came out xD). I didn’t get around to reading it until I came back from my (surprise!) trip home last weekend.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
By: Louis de Bernieres

It is the salad days of the Second World War and Captain Antonio Corelli, a young Italian officer, is serving out his time as part of the occupying forces on the Greek island of Cephallonia. While the war is raging, things seem awkwardly serene from his agreeable posting, as Corelli is a kind, conscientious man who wants nothing more than peaceful war. A consummate musician, he passes time plucking his mandolin and courting the daughter of a local daughter. Just as their love begins to bloom, the intensity of the war is turned up, bringing the savagery within a heartbeat of the island.

Now, I’ve read a lot of books set in World War Two, but I’ve never read anything set in the Balkan front of the war. In fact, I’ve only read two other books (that I can recall) that even take place in Greece (Victoria Hislop’s The Island and Byron Ayanoglu’s Crete on the Half Shell) so this was an interesting read for me. But anyways, I finished reading it and I have to say, I loved it a lot more than I initially thought I would!Spoilers ahoy!

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Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 22 March, 2010 by Lianne in Meme / 16 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: “‘Be quiet, woman, you didn’t even know me in those days.’
‘I have your mother’s word, God rest her soul,’ replied the old woman, pursing her lips and folding her arms, ‘and I have the word of your sisters.'”
– p. 2, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres

This book has been on my want-to-read list for some time now (actually, for a long time; I watched the movie adaptation some years ago and when I found out it was based on a book, I decided to keep it in the radar to check out sometime). I was in the mood for some historical fiction so I picked the book up a few weeks ago. I just got back from a trip home this past weekend so I only read the first page or so but I’m looking forward to really reading it =)