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

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 7 July, 2009 by Li in Meme / 1 Comment

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: “‘My men say there are no eggs in Leningrad, but I believe there is everything in Leningrad, even now, and I just need the right fellows to find it. A pair of thieves.'” – p. 35, City of Thieves by David Benioff.

My teaser this week sounds a bit out of the blue but if you read the synopsis, it’ll make sense. I finally am reading the book (been eyeing this book for months since it came out on trade paperback) and it’s pretty good so far 🙂

Review: The Farseer Trilogy

Posted 5 July, 2009 by Li in Books / 0 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve done a bit of reviewing, haven’t I? I’ll likely post another one of those massive book review catch-ups, but in the meantime, here’s a review of the latest books I’ve read:

The Farseer Trilogy
By Robin Hobb

The Farseer trilogy consists of three books: Assassin’s Apprentice, Royal Assassin and Assassin’s Quest. It follows the story of FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard son of Prince Chivalry in the Six Duchies Kingdom as he navigates through royal plots and intrigue, threats from the coasts by Sea Raiders and growing up into his own person despite of the baggage of being a bastard son. He is secretly trained to be an assassin to the Crown, thus complicating his life but also bringing him into the fold in a way that his status as a bastard could not.

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