Meme: Booking Through Thursday(s)

Posted 13 August, 2009 by Li in Meme / 2 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve answered any questions for this meme so I’ll be doing the past three into this one entry 🙂

What’s the funniest book you’ve read recently?

Booking Through Thursday

I actually don’t read a lot or own a lot of funny novels…well, hmm, amidst the gore and the craziness, I thought Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was pretty funny 😀

What’s the most serious book you’ve read recently?
(I figure it’s easier than asking your most serious boook ever, because, well, it’s recent!)

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I’ve actually been reading a lot of serious stuff lately in attempts of reviewing for school. But non-fiction books aside, the most serious book I’ve read recently (well, more like re-read) is Atonement by Ian McEwan. There’s just so many themes running through the novel and I personally find the whole situation is really tragic. It leaves me thinking and wondering every time I finish it xD

What’s the worst book you’ve read recently?
(I figure it’s easier than asking your all-time worst, because, well, it’s recent!)

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Hmm, well, I wouldn’t call them the worst books but I read the following recently and they were pretty disappointing IMO: Ted Bell’s Tsar (took forever before anything really happened in the story) and David Rotenberg’s Shanghai (while the scope was impressive, I felt like there you never really get to know or understand the main characters and that some parts could have been condensed considerably).

Meme: Teaser Tuesdays

Posted 11 August, 2009 by Li in Meme / 5 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: “The differences between eastern and western Ukraine are manifest in the attitudes of their peoples. In late 1992, for instance, one-third of the Russians in western Ukraine as compared with only 10 percent in Kiev said they suffered from anti=Russian animosity.” – p. 166, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington.

Yeah, I’m not reading any fiction at the moment since I’ve pretty much read all of my books from my TBR list. Instead I’m doing a bit of review at the moment in preparation for my classes this fall (eep, moving in 25 days! xD). I decided to re-read Huntington since a) it’s been over three years since I’ve read it and b) I’m interested in the parts about Russia and its sphere since my concentration includes looking at national identity issues.

Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 10 August, 2009 by Li in Meme / 1 Comment

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about publishing houses …

Do you have a favourite publishing house — one that puts out books that you constantly find yourself wanting to read? If so, who? And, what books have they published that you’ve loved?

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Good question; I can’t say whether I do have a favourite publishing house or not (if this question was related to manga, I’d have a much clearer answer)…I mean, the obvious one would be Penguin Classics because they release all the classics, like Elizabeth Gaskell and Fyodor Dostoevsky (I like the essays they choose to put before the novel and all the extra, useful charts and details). Ballantine Books and Del Rey (which a lot of my favourite fantasy genre books come under), both of whom are under Randomhouse Publishing Group, are also prominent on my bookshelf as well as HarperCollins Publishers and all of their branches (gah, I don’t even know where to begin with noting what favourite books of mine came out of HarperCollins). But otherwise my bookshelf is really a mesh of odds and ends from different publishing houses, both well known and not so well known; it’s hard to say where my favourite books come from in terms of publishers because they’re all over the place 🙂

Books: Summer TBR List Update VI

Posted 4 August, 2009 by Li in Books / 0 Comments

  • 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
  • Elizabeth Gaskall’s Wives and Daughters
  • The Complete Works of John Keats

Woot, Li has successfully managed to dwindle her TBR list from a whopping 20+ books down to four! 😀 Or maybe three seeing as I’m currently reading Wives and Daughters (which is quite enjoyable; I watched the BBC adaptation some time ago and it was all sorts of wonderful) and I’ll be bringing The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to Ottawa with me next month 🙂

The last couple of books on my list have been highly enjoyable; it’s funny that a lot of them took place in the early 20th century—I Served the King of England, The City of Shadows, The Angel’s Game, Winter in Madrid. I guess I really am just drawn to that period of history 😀

I really should watch myself the next time I go to the bookstore—seeing as my TBR list is small and my move to Ottawa is very close, I mustn’t buy too many books that I leave with a massive pile behind, lol. I actually plan on doing a bit of re-reading this month so that should keep me busy and away from the bookstore, lmao. But anyways…

Review: Winter in Madrid

Posted 4 August, 2009 by Li in Books / 1 Comment

Winter in Madrid
By: C.J. Sansom

The Spanish Civil War is over and Madrid lies ruined, its people starving, while the Germans continue their relentless march through Europe. Britain now stands alone while General Franco considers whether to abandon neutrality and enter the war. Harry Brett, a traumatised veteran of Dunkirk turned reluctant spy for the British Secret Service, has been sent to gain the confidence of old schoolfriend Sandy Forsyth, now a shady Madrid businessman. Harry finds himself involved in a dangerous game and surrounded by memories. Meanwhile Sandys girlfriend, ex-Red Cross nurse Barbara Clare, is engaged in a secret mission of her own to find her former lover Bernie Pipera passionate Communist in the International Brigadeswho vanished on the bloody battlefields of the Jarama. In a vivid and haunting depiction of wartime Spain, Winter in Madrid is an intimate and compelling tale which offers a remarkable sense of history unfolding, and the profound impact of impossible choices.

I came across this book while trying out a new website for book recommendations (What Should I Read Next?); I typed in The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. This book was either the first or second recommendation from the list. I looked it up on Indigo and Amazon; the premise sounded really interesting and since my TBR list was getting smaller and smaller by the day, I decided to pick it up next. I’m glad I did 🙂

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