Tag: Books: Reading Challenge


Clean Your Reader: a 2015 Reading Challenge Wrap-Up!

Posted 30 January, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments


Clean Your Reader hosted by Entomology of a Bookworm

So it’s the end of the month (more or less πŸ˜› ) and I am here at the end of the Clean Your Reader hosted by Entomology of a Bookworm. It was a fun and laid back month to start going through some of the eBooks I accumulated from some of the many book sales I’ve seen the past year or two (or more :3).

Thus for part of the reading challenge I read the following 7 8 books:

  • Andrei Makine’s The Life of an Unknown Man (review)
  • Unfettered edited by Shawn Speakman (review)
  • Georgette Heyer’s The Masqueraders (review)
  • Georgette Heyer’s These Old Shades (review)
  • Georgette Heyer’s Devil’s Cub (review)
  • Daphne Kalotay’s Russian Winter (review)
  • Cathy Marie Buchanan’s The Painted Girls (review)
  • Alice Munro’s Runaway (review)
  • Georgette Heyer’s A Civil Contract (review to be posted in February)

Of the seven I read, hands down Kalotay’s Russian Winter and Alice Munro’s Runaway were my favourites, but all of the books I read were very entertaining.

Thank you again to Kerry @ Entomology of a Bookworm for hosting this fantastic reading challenge! πŸ™‚

Clean Your Reader: a 2015 Reading Challenge

Posted 1 January, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments


Clean Your Reader hosted by Entomology of a Bookworm

I was planning on scaling back on reading challenges, book blog tours, etc. as part of some reorganising I’m doing for this year, but I love the concept of this reading challenge hosted by Entomology of a Bookworm. I amassed quite a number of eBooks last year (darn you, eBook sales at every holiday and long weekend πŸ˜› ) and with my TBR pile ballooning the way it did (and the book buying ban I’ve placed myself in for the first quarter of the year), it’s high time I start reading them. So for the the month of January, I will be reading some of those eBooks that have been sitting and waiting to be read πŸ™‚ Just to get the ball rolling, I’m answering some of the questions posed on the sign-up post:

What’s your e-reader of choice?
I’ve been using a Kobo Touch for the last three years. It’s been very handy, but it’s also been a recent pain in my butt as it’s been acting up considerably last year (my family’s teasing me that I’ve been using it too much. Hmm). It’s working fine right now though (probably because I flirted with the idea of buying a new one over Boxing Week xP)

What e-books or e-book deals are you incapable of saying no to?
Sometimes Kobo hosts some awesome long weekend deals featuring titles from the big publishers; at CAD$4.99 for recent bestsellers or well-reviewed books, why not? Oh, and those $1.99/$2.99 deals from Orbit Books. Great way to start reading new fantasy and sci-fi titles that have been on my wishlist for ages πŸ™‚

How many e-books are you going to try to tackle in January?
I won’t set a number or which books in particular, just to keep things casual. Okay, okay, maybe 4? 5? Depends on my mood? *blushes* We’ll see! πŸ™‚

And that’s about it! I’ll keep track of the books I read for this reading challenge using the tag (shiny new tag here) and will post a wrap-up at the end of the month as to how I did πŸ™‚ This should be fun!

Everything EspaΓ±a: a 2014 Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

Posted 30 December, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments


Everything EspaΓ±a: a 2014 Reading Challenge hosted by caffeinatedlife.net

And here we are, at the end of another year, and thus at the end of another one of the three reading challenges I participated in this year. Just a recap about the reading challenge I hosted: this challenge included any books set in Spain or originally written in Spanish by a Spaniard. All of the details about this challenge can be found in this post while the master list of reviews can be found here.

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

  • 1 – 4 books β€” Tourist
  • 5 – 9 books β€” Frequent Traveller
  • 10+ books β€” Spain Is My Home

So what did I read? πŸ™‚

  • Dave Boling’s Guernica (set in Spain) — review
  • Idelfonso Falcones’ The Hand of Fatima (set in Spain) — review
  • Prosper Merimee’s Carmen (set in Spain) — review
  • Javier Cercas’ The Soldiers of Salamis (Spanish author; set in Spain) — review
  • Graham Greene’s Monsignor Quixote (set in Spain) — review
  • Ben Lerner’s Leaving the Atocha Station (set in Spain) — review
  • Antonio Munoz Molina’s In the Night of Time (ARC; Spanish author; set in Spain) — DNF
  • Andrew Greeley’s The Archbishop in Andalucia (set in Spain) — review
  • Victor del Arbol’s The Sadness of the Samurai (Spanish author; set in Spain) — review
  • Washington Irving’s Tales of the Alhambra (set in Spain) — reveiw
  • Antonio Hill’s The Good Suicides (Spanish author; set in Spain) — review
  • Stories by Foreign Authors: Spanishreview
  • Antonio Hill’s The Summer of Dead Toys (Spanish author; set in Spain) — review
  • Pedro CalderΓ³n de la Barca’s Life is a Dream (Spanish author) — review
  • The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes (Spanish author; set in Spain) — review
  • Laurie Lee’s A Rose for Winter (travelogue set in Spain) — review
  • Julian Sanchez’s The Art Restorer (Spanish author; partly set in Spain) — review
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s Marina (Spanish author; set in Spain) — review
  • Laila Lalami’s The Moor’s Account (partly set in Spain) — reviwe
  • Federico Garcia Lorca’s Selected Poems (Spanish poet) — review
  • Arturo Perez-Reverte’s The Fencing Master (Spanish writer; set in Spain) — review

The only books I didn’t get around to reading to in my original list was Almunedas Grande’s The Forzen Heart and re-readng Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Alas, maybe next year πŸ™‚ Oh, and I ended up DNF’ing Antonio Munoz Molina’s In the Night of Time.

As a wrap for this reading challenge:
Favourite read? Difficult question as I loved many of them! – Zafon’s Marina, Greene’s Monsignor Quixote, Antonio Hill’s books, de la Barca’s Life is a Dream
Least favourite read? Falcones’ The Hand of Fatima was disappointing, especialy as I loved The Cathedral of the Sea πŸ™

And that’s about it! 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?

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? πŸ™‚

  • 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! πŸ™‚ 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?

2014 Shakespeare Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

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


2014 Shakespeare Reading Challenge hosted by caffeinatedlife.net

And here we are, at the end of another year, and thus at the end of one of the three reading challenges I participated in this year. Just a recap about the reading challenge I hosted: the idea was to read William Shakespeare’s original plays and/or sonnets. The master list containing details about the challenge can be found in this post and the master list of reviews over here.

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

  • 1 – 4 plays β€” Occasional theatre-goer
  • 5 – 9 plays β€” Frequent theatre-goer
  • 10 – 12 plays β€” Regular theatre-goer

So what did I read? πŸ™‚

So, having read all of my these plays this year, what was my favourite? Julius Caesar, though Othello comes close in all of the feels it evoked. What was my least favourite? The Taming of the Shrew for WTF reasons, but Cymbeline comes close for boredom factors.

And that’s a wrap! πŸ™‚

Have you read any of these plays? If so, what did you think of them? If you participated in this reading challenge, what was your favourite work by Shakespeare that you read?