Meme: Booking Through Thursday

Posted 20 June, 2009 by Li in Meme / 1 Comment

Am a bit late here. I wasn’t able to post this past Thursday because my graduation was scheduled that day xD

One of my favorite sci-fi authors (Sharon Lee) has declared June 23rd Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers Day. As she puts it:

“So! In my Official Capacity as a writer of science fiction and fantasy, I hereby proclaim June 23 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Day! A day of celebration and wonder! A day for all of us readers of science fiction and fantasy to reach out and say thank you to our favorite writers. A day, perhaps, to blog about our favorite sf/f writers. A day to reflect upon how written science fiction and fantasy has changed your life.”

So … what might you do on the 23rd to celebrate? Do you even read fantasy/sci-fi? Why? Why not?

Booking Through Thursday

I believe I will be out for most of the 23rd so I don’t think I’ll be celebrating, sadly. Plus, I’m immersed in Joven’s The Book of God and Physics to start a new sci-fi or fantasy novel (though I have a few sci-fi and fantasy novels on my TBR list). I’ll probably celebrate this day next month or so when I re-read The Lord of the Rings (something I do every year :)). I do read fantasy and sci-fi; you could say that my roots are in those two genres. I don’t know what to say regarding why I read them, really; the two genres have always appealed me since I was 8/9 years old. I don’t read it as often as before (let’s say, in high school) but I still enjoy reading fantasy from time to time as a break from general fiction and whatnot 🙂

Books: Summer TBR List Update II

Posted 17 June, 2009 by Li in Books / 0 Comments

Because I’m making excellent progress 🙂

  • 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
  • Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities (N)
  • Cathy Yardley’s Turning Japanese
  • Giles Tremlett’s Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through a Country’s Hidden Past (N)
  • David Rotenberg’s Shanghai
  • Gary R. Ryan’s Blessings in Disguise (N)
  • Elizabeth Gaskall’s Wives and Daughters
  • Elizabeth Gaskall’s Cranford
  • Enrique Joven’s The Book of God and Physics

I’m currently reading Files Tremlett’s Ghosts of Spain but I’m also trying to figure out what fiction novel to read next. I’m dealing with registration/accommodation/language training kefuffles right now and I’m graduating from my undergraduate program tomorrow but I want to post up a bit update/commentary on some of the books I’ve read recently. Maybe this weekend? I dunno, we’ll see 🙂

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 15 June, 2009 by Li in Meme / 2 Comments

Because I’ll likely be busy pouring over course calendars and registration information:

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: “An advance party, Colonel, to announce your arrival to the garrison and still give them time to prepare a proper reception.” Alwyn realized he was out-and-out lying to the colonel of the regiment and the future King. – p. 357, A Darkness Forged in Fire by Chris Evans.

Am more than halfway through the book and it’s pretty interesting 🙂

Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 14 June, 2009 by Li in Meme / 0 Comments

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about award winning books…

Do you feel compelled to read prize-winning (Giller/Booker/Pulitzer etc) books? Why, or why not? Is there, perhaps, one particular award that you favour?

Just One More Page

On a certain level, I guess you can say I feel somewhat compelled to read prize-winning novels just to see why they won that particular award and whatnot. Usually the premise of the books that win don’t really appeal to me so I don’t bother checking them out though but there’s the occasional moment where I’d be interested in a particular book and if it happens to have been short-listed or if it won an award, I’ll be more compelled to read it. I believe I’m drawn more towards books that were short-listed or were Booker prize winners (again based on whether I was interested in the premise of the novel or whatnot).

lol, I hope that answer makes sense xD