Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 26 July, 2009 by Li in Meme / 4 Comments

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about online book sites…

Do you have an account with an online book database site (LibraryThing, Shelfari, GoodReads etc)? If so, do you have a preference? Do you use it for – your own record keeping? finding new books to read? social networking?

Just One More Page

I use GoodReads (this is me over there) and I use it to keep a record of the books I’ve read and books I want to read (I mean, I sort of do have a list on my website of the books I’ve own but I’ve never kept a thorough account of the books I’ve read over the years until I started using GR). I’ve been active on it since last year and it’s pretty addictive, especially when it comes to finding new books to read and such *blushes* I’ve only started becoming more active with the groups during the past couple of months or so but I do have a number of people on my flist there; a few of them I know fairly well, others I’ve added because we’re in the same groups and such. Probably the best social networking site out there because it focuses on my favourite thing: books! 🙂

Btw, I also use the community profile site over at (this is me) since I occasionally order online and it’s the major bookstore here in Canada. 🙂

Meme: Booking Through Thursday

Posted 23 July, 2009 by Li in Meme / 1 Comment

Which do you prefer? (Quick answers–we’ll do more detail at some later date)

  • Reading something frivolous? Or something serious?
  • Paperbacks? Or hardcovers?
  • Fiction? Or Nonfiction?
  • Poetry? Or Prose?
  • Biographies? Or Autobiographies?
  • History? Or Historical Fiction?
  • Series? Or Stand-alones?
  • Classics? Or best-sellers?
  • Lurid, fruity prose? Or straight-forward, basic prose?
  • Plots? Or Stream-of-Consciousness?
  • Long books? Or Short?
  • Illustrated? Or Non-illustrated?
  • Borrowed? Or Owned?
  • New? Or Used?

Booking Through Thursday

Ooh, short answers today 🙂

  • Something serious…I own maybe 5 books that aren’t xD
  • Paperbacks usually…unless I really, really, really want a book I’ll get it in hardcover
  • Fiction…I read too much nonfiction for school
  • Prose…unless is Federico Garcia Lorca
  • Biographies…? I don’t know, really, I don’t read them often enough
  • History…but I read/like both 🙂
  • Standalones these days…series can get costly for my pocket 🙁
  • Classics
  • Straight-forward, basic prose
  • Plots
  • Long books
  • Non-illustrated
  • Owned
  • New

Well, that was fun 😀

Review: Shanghai

Posted 22 July, 2009 by Li in Books / 0 Comments

By: David Rotenberg

I’ve seen this book floating around Costco and the bookstore after it came out in mass market paperbound back in June. After staring at it for some time, I finally got a hold of the copy. Here’s the synopsis of the novel (as I’m too lazy to summarize it on my own—it’s a hefty story anyways):

With his last breath, China’s First Emperor, Q’in She Huang, entrusts his followers with a sacred task. Scenes intricately carved into a narwhal tusk show the future of a city “at the Bend in the River,” and The Emperor’s chosen three- his favourite concubine, head Confucian, and personal bodyguard – must bring these prophecies to life by passing their traditions on for generations. Centuries later, the descendents of the Emperor’s chosen confidantes observe as Shanghai is invaded by opium traders and missionaries from Europe, America, and the Middle East. Of them all, two families- locked in a rivalry that will last for generations- will be central to the evolution of the city. As history marches on, locals and foreign interlopers clash and intertwine; their combined fates shaping what will become the centrepiece of the new China- Shanghai.

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Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 21 July, 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

My teaser for this week: “In the fourth month of the siege, rumour spread through the city that the Heavenly King had left with his son, and finally the inevitable revolt of the dispossessed and exhausted brought the city to the brink of surrender. Maxi pleaded, through his interpreter, that to open the gates was to allow in destruction.” – p. 431, Shanghai by David Rotenberg. I slowly started reading this book last week during a picnic. It’s a massive book—1100 pages in mass paperback—and so far it’s okay. I find it a bit confusing at the start with the back-and-forth pace between characters. I’m only getting a handle of it now, I think *blushes*

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.