List: Summer 2009 TBR List [Update V]

Posted 20 July, 2009 by Li in Lists / 0 Comments

  • David Anthony Durham’s Acacia
  • Greg Keyes’s The Born Queen
  • The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (N)
  • Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy of Four
  • David Rotenberg’s Shanghai
  • Gary R. Ryan’s Blessings in Disguise (N)
  • Elizabeth Gaskall’s Wives and Daughters
  • Ariana Franklin’s City of Shadows
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Angel’s Game

Read another couple of books, dwindling my TBR list down to 9 books (which is probably the shortest I’ve seen it in a very long time, lol) 🙂 I succumbed to the temptation and bought Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Angel’s Game, lol. The last few books I’ve read were pretty interesting, a little hefty on the Eastern European front as the setting for these novels (I Served the King of England and The Lazarus Project).

I’m slowly reading through Rotenberg’s Shanghai, which has been okay so far although I feel like it keeps jumping back and forth between characters that I find myself a bit confused at times. 🙁 I’ve also started flipping a bit through Durham’s Acacia (because I didn’t want to bring Shanghai with me yesterday on my trip out of town) and I’m liking how intricate the history is in the world that Durham created. Should be an interesting read.

Meme: Musing Mondays, Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 13 July, 2009 by Li in Meme / 3 Comments

I was at a dentist appointment this morning so I was out for most of the day, hence the slight lateness of this meme:

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about book covers…

We all know the old adage about not judging a book by it’s cover, but just how much sway does a book cover have when it comes to your choice of book – whether buying or borrowing? Are there any books you’ve bought based on the cover alone?

Just One More Page

Yeah, about the adage, I do try not to fall for the pretty cover = must check it out. Sadly, I do fall for it sometimes when I’m browsing aimlessly through the bookstore (though it’s usually the title of the novel that catches my attention during such occasions). A very pretty/spiffy/cool cover for a book does the trick in drawing a reader to checking out the back blurb and seeing what the novel is all about (I do read the back still and flip a bit through the pages but it’s that initial attraction from the cover that leads me to steps two and three there, haha). A couple of books I bought on the whim thanks to the cover are:

  • Chris Evans’s A Darkness Forged in Fire — Very cool cover, very shiny and attention-grabbing, LOL
  • Juan Gomez-Jurado’s God’s Spy — Can’t find a link on chapters.indigo.ca but it’s a good example in my experience of NOT picking up something based on what you glanced over while browsing the shelves =\
  • John Meaney’s Bone Song — When I saw the cover, and then the tag line—“Even death has its own laws–and those sworn to uphold them”—I knew I had to check it out =)

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: “‘Mr. Thorpe had no business to invent any such message. If I had thought it right to put it off, I could have spoken to Miss Tilney myself.'” – p. 80, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. For a change of pace, I decided to re-read Northanger Abbey; I love this book 🙂

Books: Summer TBR List Update IV

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

I’ve read quite a bunch these past few weeks so it’s time for an update, lol:

  • David Anthony Durham’s Acacia
  • Greg Keyes’s The Born Queen
  • The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (N)
  • Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy of Four
  • Brian Ruckley’s Bloodheir
  • David Rotenberg’s Shanghai
  • Gary R. Ryan’s Blessings in Disguise (N)
  • Elizabeth Gaskall’s Wives and Daughters
  • Ariana Franklin’s City of Shadows
  • Bohumil Hrabal’s I Served the King of England

I posted this entry back on the 8th but considering that I finished two books today, I decided to revise the list rather than post a new one xD So the remaining books on my list are quite a mixed bag, though there’s quite a bit of fantasy in there (I’ve decided to stop buying fantasy for a while considering how many books are left there); plus, I’ve been quite good—I went to the bookstore a few days ago but I didn’t pick up any new novels save for the Anna Gavalda’s Ensemble C’est Tout (I read the English translation, Hunting and Gathering, but I wanted to read it in the original French).

Aside from tackling the remainder books on this list, I’m also drawing up a list of books to re-read, particularly from my history shelf in preparation for the fall semester; I’m not entirely sure what my duties as TA are yet but it’s best to be prepared 🙂 I’ve firmly decided to take Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy of Four with me in the fall, although it’s rather large and I’m taking a couple of textbooks as well.

Meme: Booking Through Thursday

Posted 9 July, 2009 by Li in Meme / 1 Comment

“So here today I present to you an Unread Books Challenge. Give me the list or take a picture of all the books you have stacked on your bedside table, hidden under the bed or standing in your shelf – the books you have not read, but keep meaning to. The books that begin to weigh on your mind. The books that make you cover your ears in conversation and say, ‘No! Don’t give me another book to read! I can’t finish the ones I have!’ “

Booking Through Thursday

It’s funny because yesterday after coming back from the bookstore and updating my lists, I compiled a list of books that remain on my TBR. I can say I’m pleased that I’ve managed to dwindle the list down to 12 books, 13 if you include a book that I’ve already read, just not in its original language; still a hefty number but not as bad as a few weeks ago, lol. Here’s the list:

  • Christopher Andrew & Vasili Mitrokhin’s The Mitrokhin Archive II: The KGB and the World (N)
  • David Anthony Durham’s Acacia
  • Greg Keyes’s The Born Queen
  • The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (N)
  • Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy of Four
  • Brian Ruckley’s Bloodheir
  • David Rotenberg’s Shanghai
  • Gary R. Ryan’s Blessings in Disguise (N)
  • Elizabeth Gaskall’s Wives and Daughters
  • Ariana Franklin’s City of Shadows
  • Bohumil Hrabal’s I Served the King of England
  • Ted Bell’s Tsar
  • Anna Gavalda’s Ensemble C’est Tout (I read the English translation of this book, Hunting and Gathering but I want to read it in the original language)

Review: City of Thieves

Posted 8 July, 2009 by Li in Books / 2 Comments

City of Thieves
By: David Benioff

I found out about this novel back in January when it was first released on paperback. The cover was interesting and when I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read it: the novel follows Lev Beniov, a resident of Leningrad during WW2 who was caught by the Red Army for looting. He and a fellow prisoner, Kolya—the handsome and confidant soldier charged for desertion—are sentenced to find a dozen chicken eggs for the colonel’s daughter’s wedding cake. So they set off across the war-torn Russian countryside in search for a dozen eggs, encountering resistance fighters, victims of war and German soldiers along the way. Read More