Books: Memes to Pass the Time…Part I

Posted 18 April, 2009 by Li in Meme / 1 Comment

Hello! Yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here…the last few weeks of classes have been extremely busy for me (essays, course union, grad school stuff, etc.) so I haven’t updated my website, nor have I posted here. I only have one exam coming up in the next week or so (the only one this entire school year, if you can imagine) so I should be able to post more often. Goodness knows I need to make another massive review again of a ton of books I’ve read recently…Anyways, meme time!

Yesterday, April 15th, was Tax Day here in the U.S., which means lots of lucky people will get refunds of over-paid taxes.
Whether you’re one of them or not, what would you spend an unexpected windfall on? Say … $50? How about $500? (And, this is a reading meme, so by rights the answer should be book-related, but hey, feel free to go wild and splurge on anything you like.)
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Our system works a bit different here in Canada but let’s say I get a refund of $500 from the federal government, it would definitely go towards books (if I’m not meticulously dividing how much I can spend and how much I’d save—but otherwise the quote that Erasmus said very much defines my shopping). There’s a number of books in my to-read list @ GoodReads (the ones that don’t have the tag of “books-i-own) that I’d pick up =) The rest of the money would go to stuff I need (i.e. a new pair of jeans) and maybe go out or something to a nice restaurant with my family =)

And from last week…

For something different, I’m borrowing a question from … here! One of the very first questions ever at Booking Through Thursday. Back from 2005 when Laura owned the blog but, because it was so new, it didn’t get as many responses as it does now … so, why not revisit?

Here’s the question:

Some people read one book at a time. Some people have a number of them on the go at any given time, perhaps a reading in bed book, a breakfast table book, a bathroom book, and so on, which leads me to…
1. Are you currently reading more than one book?
2. If so, how many books are you currently reading?
3. Is this normal for you?
4. Where do you keep your current reads?

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1. Yes, I’m reading more than one book (discounting my textbook for 18c British History and manga volumes)
2. Two books: Folett’s The Pillars of the Earth and re-reading Austen’s Sense and Sensibility
3. It’s been normal for me since high school. In fact, in high school I used to read maybe 3 – 4 books at the same time, plus my required readings for school. Nowadays the max is 2 because of my readings for my courses…don’t know why I do this though, lol.
4. Folett’s sitting in the shoulder bag that I take whenever I go out (I could never leave the house without a book in my bag) and Austen’s wherever I am in the house (so right now it’s in front of me. If I go to the kitchen or to the dining room, it’s with me—I just carry it almost wherever just in case I get bored waiting)

Movies: Oscars 2009

Posted 23 February, 2009 by Li in Entertainment / 0 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here; school has been keeping me real busy this semester. So anyways, I just finished watching the Oscars a little while ago and i wanted to share some of my thoughts (all in point form; my mind is still whirling from some of the events from this evening). x-posted from my LJ 🙂

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Books: It's Meme Time Again…

Posted 24 January, 2009 by Li in Meme / 1 Comment

A bit behind again, but 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!

Should Be Reading

My teaser: “And although we continued our habit of meeting for cocoa in the evening, the sessions tended to be brief and unfriendly. When there had been no sign of her behaviour abating after a fortnight or so, I think you will understand that I started to become a little impatient.” – p. 154, The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Since “Inspiration” is (or should) the theme this week … what is your reading inspired by?

Booking Through Thursday

Good question…I guess what I read depends on my mood. After I read a classic (i.e. Dickens’s Expectations), I’ll likely be in need of a change of pace, like something light-hearted (i.e. Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary) or action-packing (anything by Steve Berry). Sometimes after I read something profound and intense (like Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind), I’ll be on the lookout for books that could have a similar affect on me or a similar theme. And sometimes I’ll pick up a book when I see an interesting period drama or movie that was based on a book 🙂

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 🙂