Tag: Meme: Books


9th Annual End of the Year Book Survey

Posted 14 January, 2019 by Lianne in Meme / 1 Comment

Jamie @ Perpetual Page-Turner‘s End of the Year Book Survey is back for 2018! It’s always fun to recap at the end of the year 🙂 To those interested, here’s my previous years’ entries.

Admittedly, and you will see when I list my stats, I didn’t read much in 2018. I was busy with offline matters, and on top of it I was in a fairly major reading slump. Nonetheless I decided to fill out the survey for 2018, haha.

And without further ado:


2018 Reading Stats


Number Of Books You Read:
According to my personal list, 81 books O_O That’s….significantly lower compared to previous years.

Number of Re-Reads:
6 books, lol.

Genre You Read The Most From:
According to Goodreads, poetry was the genre I read the most from, followed by non-fiction (I really got into a non-fiction cick in the latter half of the year).



Best In Books


01. Best Book You Read In 2018? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2018 release vs. backlist)
Neil MacGregor’s Germany: Memories of a Nation, Svetlana Alexievich’s The Unwomanly Face of War, Julia Quinn’s When He Was Wicked, Joseph Stiglitz’s The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe, and more…Sense a general trend as to what I read this year? xD



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8th Annual End of the Year Book Survey

Posted 29 December, 2017 by Lianne in Meme / 4 Comments


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Jamie @ Perpetual Page-Turner‘s End of the Year Book Survey is back this year and whilst this year didn’t feel like as big a reading year as previous years, nonetheless I read some great books. It’s always fun to recap at the end of the year 🙂 To those interested, here’s my previous years’ entries.

And without further ado:


2017 Reading Stats


Number Of Books You Read:
According to my personal record that I’ve been keeping track of, I’ve read 133 books last year

Number of Re-Reads:
According to said list, 16 books

Genre You Read The Most From:
According to Goodreads, the genre I read the most from this year was poetry. Not surprised; I did indeed read a lot of poetry 😛



Best In Books


01. Best Book You Read In 2017? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2017 release vs. backlist)
I’m too lazy to list everything out so I’m just going to refer to my TTT list from last week


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7th Annual End of the Year Book Survey

Posted 9 January, 2017 by Lianne in Meme / 6 Comments


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How is it that it’s 2017 already? As you may have figured, I was not able to post my responses to Jamie @ Perpetual Page-Turner‘s End of the Year Book Survey last month as I was busy migrating this blog to a new server, but on the plus side it did give me a bit more time to think about the books I read over the course of 2016…ish… 🙂

To those interested, here’s my previous years’ entries. And without further ado:


2016 Reading Stats


Number Of Books You Read:
According to my personal record that I’ve been keeping track of, I’ve read 213 books last year

Number of Re-Reads:
According to said list, 20 books (down from last year; funny, it felt like I re-read more, but I guess not)

Genre You Read The Most From:
According to Goodreads fantasy takes the top spot again fro me this year, followed by historical fiction


Best In Books


01. Best Book You Read In 2016? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2015 release vs. backlist)
I’m too lazy this year to break it down by genre, so off the top of my head:

  • Andre Alexis’ Fifteen Dogs (review)
  • Alexander Lernet-Holenia’s Mona Lisa (review)
  • Maria Rainer Rilke’s The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Briggs (review)
  • Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway (review)
  • Mhairi MacFarlane’s You Had Me at Hello (review)
  • Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey (review)
  • Alice Hoffman’s Faithful (review)



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6th Annual End of the Year Book Survey

Posted 18 December, 2015 by Lianne in Meme / 28 Comments


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How is it that we’ve come to the end of 2015 already? Crazy how time flies…Well, it’s December now, which means Jamie @ Perpetual Page-Turner is hosting her End of the Year Book Survey! 🙂 This is my favourite end-of-year survey (see my previous years’ entries) as it’s a great way to reflect and recap a year in one’s reading 😀

Please note: I’m still reading through to the end of the year, so while all the sections will be answered, I may go back and revise a few answers right through to the 31st 😉 Not to mention I hope I added all of the links correctly; there was a lot of code involved in this post xD

Last update: 31 December 2015

2015 Reading Stats


Number Of Books You Read:
According to the personal list I’ve been keeping, I’ve read 302 books this year

Number of Re-Reads:
According to my personal list, 35 books (pretty good compared to last year! A bit more than double the number)

Genre You Read The Most From:
According to Goodreads (as of 17 December 2015):

Which is interesting compared to last year:

Best In Books


01. Best Book You Read In 2015? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2015 release vs. backlist)
As always, it is so difficult to list just one book, lol–

Fantasy: Deborah Harkness’ The Book of Life (review), Bee Ridgway’s The River of No Return (review)
Science Fiction: Rachel Bach’s Paradox books (see author tag)
Historical Fiction: Daphne Kalotay’s Russian Winter (review), Jess Walters’ Beautiful Ruins (review), Susanna Kearsley’s books (see author tag)
Classics: L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz (review)
Play: William Shakespeare’s Richard III (review), Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II (review)
Contemporary/Literary: Darragh McKeon’s All That Is Solid Melts Into Air (review), Julie Schumacher’s Dear Committee Members (review), Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven (review), Jane Gardam’s Old Filth (review to be posted in March 2016)
Mystery/Suspense/Thriller: Max Wirestone’s The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss (review), Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham’s Mr. Kiss and Tell (review)
Translated: Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels (review), Viola di Grado’s Hollow Heart (review)
Light/fun: Lindsey Kelk’s Always the Bridesmaid (review)
Romance: all the books by Julia Quinn 😛 (see author tag), Sarah MacLean’s Love by Numbers series (review to be posted in February 2016), Vivienne Lorret’s The Rakes of Fallow Hall series (review to be posted in February 2016)
Young Adult: Neil Gaiman’s Fortunately the Milk (to be posted in March 2016)
Short Story Collection: Alice Munro’s Runaway (review), Anthony Marra’s The Tsar of Love and Techno (review), Robert Shearman’s They Do The Same Things Differently There (review)
Non-fiction: Soren Kierkegaard’s The Present Age: On the Death of Rebellion (review), Philip Slayton’s Mayors Gone Bad (review)

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Meme: The Classics Tag

Posted 21 March, 2015 by Lianne in Meme / 16 Comments

I snagged the following meme from Lois @ You, Me, and a Cup of Tea 🙂 It looked like such a fun meme–and about classic literature too! I love talking about the classics 🙂

An overhyped classic you didn’t really like

Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations :3 I read it back in undergrad (not for class or anything), never reviewed it here (it was probably in the early days of my blog) and yeah, wasn’t a big fan of it. I’m not sure if it was the writing (first person and all), and it’s too bad because it looks like there’s a lot of interesting themes featured in the novel but yeah, to date it sits as my least favourite Dickens novel. I liked A Tale of Two Cities a lot more–does that tell you something about me? 😛

Favorite time period to read about

The 19th century. I used to like books set more in the Regency side of the 19th but a lot of my other favourites are set in the Victorian era/period of the later Industrial Revolution/whatever you want to call it on the Russian side, so the 19th century it is 🙂

Favorite fairy tale

Is it strange to say I don’t have one in particular? I can think of a few folk tales perhaps…Oh, wait, Russian fairy tales are coming to mind now 🙂 Vassilissa the Beautiful and the Witch Baba Yaga (tale) and Marya Morevna (tale) were some memorable stories xD

What is the most embarrassing classic you haven’t read yet

It’s not embarrassing per se, I just haven’t gotten around to them…yet? 😛

Top five classics you’d like to read soon

The first three definitely in the near future, the last two at some point (too many books, so little time) xD

  • George Eliot’s Middlemarch
  • Florence L Barclay’s The Rosary
  • Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country
  • Wilkie Collins’ No Name
  • Emilie Zola’s Therese Raquin

Favorite Modern book/series based on a classic

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Emma Approved (the latter of which made me appreciate the original a lot more) 🙂

Favorite movie version /TV-series based on a classic

Too difficult a question! 2004’s North & South comes to mind immediately though (Richard Armitage as Mr. Thornton? Yes, please!) 😉

Worst classic to movie adaptation

As an adaptation from the book, 1999’s Mansfield Park. But if I don’t think of it as an adaptation of the book, it’s decent.

Favorite editions you’d like to collect more classics from

The Penguin English Library collection is sooooooooooooooo pretty <3 (boo, their website isn't work any longer; the picture's great though!)

An under hyped classic I’d recommend to everyone

Like Lois, I’d recommend Charles Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend (review). I’d also recommend any Russian classic literature (see tag), really–they’re not as scary as they seem (save maybe Dostoevsky 😛 )!

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And that’s about it to this meme! Did you answer the questions to this meme? Link up, I’d love to see your answers (or you can tell me here too, whatever works)! 🙂