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

Review: The Abhorsen Trilogy

Posted 10 May, 2009 by Li in Books / 0 Comments

The Abhorsen Trilogy: Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen
By: Garth Nix

I read Sabriel many, many years ago (let’s not count exactly how many years ago) and absolutely loved it. The concept of a necromancer putting down the dead, using bells to control the dead, travelling through death and so forth were intriguing and different from other fantasy series and trilogies I’ve read. But Sabriel ended fairly self-contained so getting around to the rest of the trilogy.

Until now, that is.

The rest of this commentary will be focusing on Lirael and Abhorsen specifically, although I may make references to Sabriel (and therein lies SPOILERS, as always ;)). Read More

Review: Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance — and Why They Fall

Posted 6 May, 2009 by Li in Books / 0 Comments

Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance — and Why They Fall
By: Amy Chua

Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these! Before I start, I just wanted to apologize in advance if the following review sound a bit…well, not up to par. I’m still battling bits of the cold at the moment after spending the past weekend fighting sickness off. 🙁 But anyways…

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Books: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 5 May, 2009 by Li in Meme / 6 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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And here’s my teaser for this week: “The others continued to talk for a while, but the dark future weighed heavily on them all. Sameth, for his part, couldn’t stop thinking about the book and the bells.” – p. 376, Lirael by Garth Nix.

Finally got around to reading the rest of the trilogy after reading Sabriel years ago. Highly enjoyed the first book so I’m quite excited to really get into this book 🙂

Meme: Booking Through Thursday, Musing Mondays

Posted 4 May, 2009 by Li in Books, Meme / 2 Comments

A bit late again (argh), but I had a good excuse: I was falling a bit under the weather this past weekend =(

Which is worse: Finding a book you love and then hating everything else you try by that author, or
Reading a completely disappointing book by an author that you love?
Booking Through Thursday

That’s a very good question…hmm, I’d say reading a completely disappointing book by an author I love. I mean, the first option would suck too, but not so much as the second option because you already expect awesome things from an author you love and for expectations to fall short…it’s disappointing (did that even make sense?). For example, I like Paulo Coelho’s work and I’ve read a number of his books that I enjoyed but The Witch of Portobello was pretty disappointing for me. To be honest, since then I’ve sort of steered clear from his work and stuck to the few that I’d enjoyed.

And for something a bit different:

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about reading non-fiction…

Do you read non-fiction regularly? Do you read it in a different way or place than you read fiction?

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I guess you can say I read non-fiction regularly…moreso during the summer than during the school year (since during the school year I read plenty of non-fiction). Studying history and political science for my undergrad degree really reinforced the habit for reading non-fiction and checking out the latest research in the field. I usually read stuff that I’ve never fully delved into in school (i.e. British naval history) but otherwise I read stuff that are directly related with my field (i.e. Soviet history).

I do read non-fiction differently than fiction; I usually take my time with non-fiction so that I can understand what the author is trying to argue or convey. Thanks to taking historiography class last year, I do try to analyze history books a bit differently and think about whether the argument makes sense and stuff. But I still read it straightforward as well, soaking in new information that I wasn’t aware of before and stuff. Oh, and I do tend to read non-fiction sitting up as opposed to lying down, lol. Need to be awake when I read that sort of stuff xD

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about your tbr pile…

How many books (roughly) are in your tbr pile? Is this in increasing number or does it stay stable? Do you ever experience tbr anxiety in the face of this pile?

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According to my TBR pile, I have 14 books to be read. It’s sort of increasing a bit at the moment since classes are over and done for me and I’ve been making more trips to the bookstore (not entirely my fault, I do pick up necessary stuff from there at times—I just then succumb to getting a book I’ve been meaning to read *blushes*). I guess I do have bouts of anxiety every now and then about the pile, but moreso because of the money I spent over it than about actually getting through it…except maybe two years ago, when I was really worried whether I’d be able to get through the pile or not, lol.