Books: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 12 May, 2009 by Li 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!

Should Be Reading

Here’s my teaser for this week: “In the hallway, after I was dismissed, I realized I had squandered an opportunity courtiers were supposed to prize: to get close, to curry favour, to become a favourite of the royal children, to become essential. But I was too distracted to worry.” – p. 182, The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax.

I started reading the book last night after staring at my TBR pile for a while, lol. I’m only two chapters in and I absolutely love it so far; I think I’m really going to enjoy reading this book. Ever since I read The Shadow of the Wind back in January I’ve been drawn a bit towards books taking place in Spain so this should be fun 🙂

Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 11 May, 2009 by Li in Meme / 0 Comments

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about boys and reading…

Have you ever finished a book, then turned around and immediately re-read it? Why? What book(s)?

Just One More Page

The only book I could remember where I in fact re-read it after finishing (if not most of it) was Ian McEwan’s Atonement. The ending of the novel, and the revelation that came with it, completely haunted me; I couldn’t stop thinking about it. So I went back to re-read most of it again and see whether there were any hints that pointed to the revelation (which is difficult; a lot of stuff can go either way). McEwan really crafted a novel in Atonement where you really end up thinking about the nature of writing stories and about what is real, what is perspective. Not to mention the fates of the characters left me a bit sad and wondering about what could’ve been. Fantastic novel…but otherwise, I can’t think of another novel that I’ve re-read straight after reading it the first time around.

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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