Books: A Different Kind of Meme

Posted 19 January, 2009 by Li in Meme / 0 Comments

I’m a little late, but Should Be Reading does this meme every week that looks like fun. I actually did it a few days ago, but then things came up so I didn’t post it right away. Anyways…

 

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
– Grab your current read.
– Let the book fall open to a random page.
– Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
– You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
Please avoid spoilers!

 

My teaser: “Isak, who had never paid the least attention to Lola, ran out of things to say that might recommend her to his commander. Branko stared at her with his narrow eyes until Lola felt her face burn.” – p. 66, People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Books: Meme and Other Matters

Posted 9 January, 2009 by Li in Meme / 0 Comments

Is it kind of sad that, rather than working on other pressing matters, I’m on GoodReads going through interesting books I should read? *thud* Like I don’t have a pile to get through as it is…But LOL, it’s a favourite past time, what can I say? 😀

It’s a week or two later than you’d expect, and it may be almost a trite question, but … what were your favorite books from 2008?

I actually just finished my annual Li’s Favourite Reads [2008 edition]; it’s so hard to pick just one book that I absolutely loved last year because I’ve read so many! But hmm…if I had to dwindle that list down, I’d have to say Figes’s The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia for non-fiction and Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind for fiction 🙂

Books: Books, books, books

Posted 1 January, 2009 by Li in Books, Meme / 2 Comments

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful holidays 🙂 So, with the start of a new year, I’ve shelved both my books to read list and books I’ve read list for 2008 (had a little issue as apparently version 2.7 of WordPress no longer has the conversion option for pages into posts, but that’s just a little side matter). Wow, a total of 75 books last year! Quite awesome. So anyways, new books to read (watch this list grow by the end of January; a lot of my novels are coming out this month) pages for 2009.

And now for a book meme!

So … any Reading Resolutions? Say, specific books you plan to read? A plan to read more ____? Anything at all? Name me at least ONE thing you’re looking forward to reading this year!

Reading resolutions…well, I definitely want to get through this list and this list. The only other resolution I could think of reading-wise is to maybe read more classics, get around to reading some books that I’ve avoided for some reason or another (i.e. Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina; I’ve already read War and Peace so that means Anna Karenina should be a breeze—right? Also Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere; we have a copy here in the house but it’s in Tagalog and I’d rather read it in English. And there’s also Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters too) and perhaps re-read others more properly this time (Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women). I also plan to reread a good chunk of my bookshelf again. We’ll see how this year goes. 😉 So many books, so little time xD

Meme: Booking Through Thursday

Posted 21 December, 2008 by Li in Meme / 2 Comments

I came across this book meme site through Kris so I decided to start doing it too. Instead of doing it on my LJ however, I decided to do the memes here (it’ll give this blog some life while I’m at it, LOL) 🙂

“Name a favorite literary couple and tell me why they are a favorite. If you cannot choose just one, that is okay too. Name as many as you like–sometimes narrowing down a list can be extremely difficult and painful. Or maybe that’s just me.”

Aww, man, too many to list! Let’s see if I can make a wee little list out of all my favourite couples…

  • Anne & Captain Wentworth (Persuasion) — I absolutely love how, despite their years apart, they still care for each other and they still regard each other as “the one”. Plus, Wentworth’s letter was just guh, perfection.
  • Margaret Hale & Mr. Thornton (North and South) — I love how they start off as disliking each other, then Mr. Thornton’s regard for her starts to grow and then finally Margaret realizes that she loves Mr. Thornton. It’s a process and I love how they come from different backgrounds and manage to come to terms with such differences and stuff.
  • Cecilia Tallis & Robbie Turner (Atonement) — This couple absolutely kills me. Every time I read the book it’s just like OMG (I can’t even go into details without spoiling the book).

Do you give books as gifts?
To everyone? Or only to select people?
How do you feel about receiving books as gifts?

Yes, but it depends on who likes to read and stuff (not to mention I’d have to make sure that they don’t have that book yet or anything). As for receiving books, I absolutely love it! That’s like the gift for me, lol.

So yeah, I think I’ll be doing this more often…and hence this blog will be utilized more often, lol.

Review: Ocean Sea

Posted 6 September, 2008 by Li in Books / 0 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve done a review…with school starting again, my reviews will becoming sporadic again with everything that’s going on but I’ll try to post whenever I can. I might also start posting reviews and random comments on manga and anime series and stuff as I’ve been reading a ton lately xD Anyways, moving along now…

Ocean Sea
By: Alessandro Baricco

I’ve been waiting forever to get my hands on this book (had to put some money aside for this book as the price was a bit of a turnoff for some time (given the length of this book)). Anyways, Alessandro Baricco is the author of Silk (which was adapted into a movie starring Michael Pitt and Keira Knightley); as that book is probably his most well-known here in North America, you think I’d pick that book up first. But nope, it was Ocean Sea that caught my attention (and not just because it has the title conjures up endless sea and the cover was rather intriguing). Its premise is an interesting one: five different individuals all end up checking into a remote hotel facing the sea as a way to solve their troubles. For me, Ocean Sea is deeply rooted in the post-modern tradition of the novel (think stream of consciousness; book II is a clear example of this) so it was a different experience for me altogether (I hardly read post-modern books from the 20th century as I’m still going through the classics ;)); you had to really read each word and look beyond the the surface to really understand the psychological implications of what’s going on. Additionally, you have to suspend your sense of reality when you read this book as there are some mysterious elements that come into the story as you read along. But the events leading up to the end of the novel makes complete sense, including some twists that I didn’t figure. The journey that each of the characters make is compelling, like they’re all a metaphor on certain aspects of life. Even after I finished the novel, I was contemplating at exactly what the sea was supposed to represent: life? heaven? freedom? Another thing I liked about the book was the prose; I’m sure some meanings were lost in the translation from Italian to English but overall, it’s absolutely beautiful, another reason why you should read every single word in this novella. Overall, it’s an interesting novel that really gets you thinking about the deeper elements in life.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Learn more about Alessandro Baricco here || Order this book from the Book Depository