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A Year in Re-Reading: Wrap-Up

Posted 30 December, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments


A Year in Re-Reading: a 2014 Reading Challenge hosted by caffeinatedlife.net

And here we are, at the last of the wrap-ups for the reading challenges I participated in this past year. I used to be such a big re-reader but over the years that seems to diminish so this challenge was created in the hopes of at least revisiting some of the books I had read and either forgot or that I thoroughly enjoyed. The master list of reviews can be found in this post.

Levels (sorry, not feeling very creative coming up with these levels, lol; I’m pretty laxed about this):

  • 1 – 4 books — Occasional re-reader
  • 5 – 9 books — Re-reading pro!
  • 10+ books — Re-reading champ!

So what did I read? 🙂

  • Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Goreview
  • Andrew M. Greeley’s The Bishop Goes to the Universityreview
  • Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Roadreview
  • Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kingsreview
  • Mini-reviews for:
    • Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar
    • Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle
    • Pope Benedict XVI’s Jesus of Nazareth, Part Two: Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection
    • Dante’s Inferno
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaperreview
  • Frank Herbert’s Dunereview
  • Winifred Watson’s Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Dayreview
  • Lev Grossman’s The Magiciansreview
  • Sarah Waters’ The Little Strangerreview
  • Hans Fallada’s Alone in Berlinreview
  • Arturo Perez-Reverte’s The Fencing Masterreview
  • Mini-reviews for:
    • Federico Garcia Lorca’s Selected Poems
    • Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility
    • Pope Benedict XVI’s Jesus of Nazareth
    • S.J. Watson’s Before I Go To Sleep
    • Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca
    • Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations
    • Jane Austen’s Persuasion
    • Pope Benedict XVI’s The Infancy Narratives
    • J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit

And that’s a wrap! 🙂 Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think of them? If you participated in this reading challenge, what was your favourite read?

Books: A Batch of Mini-Reviews

Posted 27 December, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Here we are again, another batch of mini-reviews that couldn’t possibly warrant their own review posts. This also is likely the last one of the year seeing as we’re in the last quarter of the year, things are busy on my end, and my to-read pile is still pretty tall 😉 Included in this batch of reviews are:

This book is part of the A Year in Re-Reading: a 2014 Reading Challenge & the Everything España 2014 Reading Challenge that I am participating in. May contain some spoilers ahead!

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Review: The Fencing Master

Posted 27 December, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Fencing Master
By: Arturo Perez-Reverte
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

In Madrid in 1868, fencing master and man of honor Don Jaime is approached by a mysterious woman who seeks to learn the unstoppable thrust, an arcane technique known only to him. All too soon he finds himself in the vortex of a plot that includes seduction, secret political documents, and more than one murder.

Rich with historical detail of a decaying world that agonizes – as does the art of fencing itself – over the ideals of honor and chivalry, The Fencing Master is superb literature and a true page-turner.

So some of you may know that I’m a bit of a fan of Arturo Perez-Reverte; The Flanders Panel (review) is one of my favourite books ever. The Fencing Master was actually the second book I’d read by him, having read The Club Dumas (review) first, but strangely enough I never wrote a review on it. So I decided to revisit the book recently 😉

This book is part of the A Year in Re-Reading: a 2014 Reading Challenge and the Everything Espana Reading Challenge 2014 that I am participating in.

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Review: Christmas with Anne and Other Holiday Stories

Posted 22 December, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

Christmas With Anne and Other Holiday Stories
By:Lucy Maud Montgomery
Format/Source: Hardback; my purchase

Share Anne’s delight at receiving the dress of her dreams, the joy of a young woman reunited with her long lost brother on Christmas Eve, and the surprise of a trio of sisters who inadvertently end a family feud by arriving at the wrong uncle’s house for Christmas dinner.

Featuring some well-loved characters from the Anne of Green Gables books, as well as plenty of new characters, this collection of short stories by L. M. Montgomery celebrates the joys and tribulations of Christmas and the hope of the new year.

The perfect escape during the hectic holiday season and all year round.

So this is the only Anne of Green Gables-related book that I’ve read prior to reading Anne of Green Gables (review) a few weeks ago. This book was given to me when I was 11 as part of a Secret Santa my class held that year (even then my classmates knew I was a big reader 😛 ). I decided to re-visit the book partly because I finally read the classic, and because it’s almost Christmas (could use a festive read).

This book is part of the A Year in Re-Reading: a 2014 Reading Challenge that I am participating in.

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Review: Alone in Berlin

Posted 13 December, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

Alone in Berlin
By: Hans Fallada
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Berlin, 1940, and the city is filled with fear. At the house on 55 Jablonski Strasse, its various occupants try to live under Nazi rule in their different ways: the bullying Hitler loyalists the Persickes, the retired judge Fromm and the unassuming couple Otto and Anna Quangel. Then the Quangels receive the news that their beloved son has been killed fighting in France. Shocked out of their quiet existence, they begin a silent campaign of defiance, and a deadly game of cat and mouse develops between the Quangels and the ambitious Gestapo inspector Escherich. When petty criminals Kluge and Borkhausen also become involved, deception, betrayal and murder ensue, tightening the noose around the Quangels’ necks …

I read this book a few years ago at the recommendation of a friend from my MA programme (I forgot what the conversation was about that this book came up). It’s published here in North America under a different title, Every Man Dies Alone, which I suppose is also an apt title to describe this book (albeit far more dramatic ;)), but I have the UK edition of the book. I decided to re-read the book because I remember having a rather “meh” reaction to the book the first time but I wasn’t sure exactly why.

This book is part of the A Year in Re-Reading: a 2014 Reading Challenge that I am participating in.

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