Book meme

4 Jan 2015 08:42 pm
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Stolen from [personal profile] flo_nelja

For reference, a list of the books I read.

How many books read in 2014?
About 50.

Fiction/Non-Fiction ratio?
All fiction

Male/Female authors?
Only 8 books by a male writer this year, the rest by one or two female writers.

Favorite books read?
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore was not flawless but is probably the one that will stay the most with me for its complicated treatment of how one recovers of trauma on a country wide scale.

Least favorite?
Precious Dragon by Liz Williams bored me enough I decided to drop that seire sof book. Also I thought The Winds of Khalakovo by Bradley P Beaulieu was thoroughly confused and mediocre.

Oldest book read?
Probably the Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff, lol. (Which I thought felt rather painfully British at times.)

Probably the Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. At least it is the "new hot book people are talking about".

Longest book title?
Well I reread "First Against the Wall" which is always a nice, long title.

Shortest title?
Cold Fire by Kate Elliott

How many re-reads?
About 6

Most books read by one author this year?
I read 10 books by Kate Elliott between the Crown of Stars and the Spirit Walker series.

Any in translation?
All in English.

How many of this year's books were from the library?
Zero. Haven't been much to the library this year.

Book that most changed my perspective:
I don't know that any really did that >_<

Favorite character:
Especially liked the protagonists of Kate Elliott's Spirit Walker trilogy (Cat, Vai and Bee), Alain in her Crown of Stars, Bitterblue in Bitterblue, Oda in the Kate Griffith books, and Sin in Sarah Rees Brennan's Demon series. Oh the protagonist from Slow River was pretty awesomely well realised as well.

Not counting characters from the books I've reread this year because OF COURSE I'm ridiculously fond of them.

Favorite scene:
hahahahahaha, go away.

Favorite quote:
Sorry, I don't write them out while I read, what do you expect?

Most inspirational in terms of own writing?
I don't know. Maybe Song of the Basilisk because Patricia McKillip's writing is always stunningly and hauntingly beautiful.

How many you'd actually read again?
Not quite sure, I could see myself reread about 5 of them (not counting those that were already rereads).

(she had two of them, but I got lazy).
salinea: (left hand of darkness)
So after last year's increase, I went back to reading very few books this year. Then again, I was reading a lot more fanfics and comics; which I think balances it out a bit. ^_^;;

How many books read in 2011?
17 thereabout

Fiction/Non-Fiction ratio?
Err, there's this one book about Chinese mythology I'm halfway through. Otherwise all fiction.

Male/Female authors?
8 Male to 9 Female authors.

I don't think I read of any PoC authors :/

Favorite books read?
Dragons of Babel by Swanwick or Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold

Least favorite?
Les Pilleurs d'Âme by Laurent Whale. Very mediocre, badly written and sexist attempt at a SF pirate story.

Oldest book read?
The Persian Boy by Mary Renault

A Dance with Dragons by GRRMartins, which I got upon release.

Longest book title?
The Gatherer of Clouds by Sean Russel

Shortest title?
Cethe by Becca Abbot

How many re-reads?
One: Last Call by Tim Powers

Most books read by one author this year?
The whole Psycop series by Jordan Castillo Price. Very decent m/m urban fantasy romance. I liked the world building especially.

Any in translation?
The Initiate Brother by Sean Russel and Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams, translated from English to French.

How many of this year's books were from the library?
3, Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams, The Initiate Brother by Sean Russel and Les Pilleurs d'Âme de Laurent Whale.

Book that most changed my perspective:
Errrr... can't say any had a very profound impact on me. I guess Dance, sheerly for the importance of the fandom in that life, and some shift of opinions on some characters, and some decreased optimism about the overall series.

Favorite character:
Theon and Quentyn for the horrendous things they go through in Dance with Dragons

Favorite scene:
err, I suck at this sort of things.

Favorite quote:

Most inspirational in terms of own writing?

How many you'd actually read again?
Oh, I'll probably reread Cryoburn and Dance with Dragons at some point.

book meme

2 Jan 2011 08:32 pm
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A very happy new year and best wishes of health, happiness & success for 2011 to you folks ♥ ♥ ♥

Stolen from [personal profile] schemingreader

How many books read in 2010?
39 actual books I could hold in my hand; plus about ten books of online fiction I'd say; so roughly fifty.

Fiction/Non-Fiction ratio?
Err, well 50 to about one half of a non fiction book (which I do plan to get back from the public library to finish, maybe!). Not a big non fiction reader there ^^

Male/Female authors?
9 to 30 (not counting online novels since I didn't really keep track of them); my reading of female authors sort of exploded with my going for original slash novels in majority ^^

Favorite books read?
As previously mentioned, either Cyteen by CJ Cherryh or First Agains the Wall by Manna Francis. Honorable mention to Wicked Gentleman by Ginn Hale, and 40,000 for Gehenna by CJ Cherryh.

cut for no reason but length )
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Meme gacked from [ profile] marthawells

Sandra McDonald's periodic table of women in science fiction...annotated

Bold the women by whom you own books
Italicize those by whom you've read something of (short stories count)
Star those of whom you've never heard

cut for length )

I'd love to see a lot of SFF bloggers do this meme :)
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book meme taken from many people )
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I got tagged by [ profile] hamsterwoman to do this insanely long book meme.


1. What's your name?
Hello, my name is Anne-Elisa, and I'm addicted to reading.

2. Do you read a lot?
That would be a yes.

3. What's your favorite genre?
SFF, that is to say the wide definition of speculative fiction.

50 questions about BOOKs )

50. Tag five people to fill out this meme:
If they feel like it, [ profile] schemingreader, [ profile] xraytheenforcer, [ profile] meganbmoore, [ profile] c_mantix, [ profile] haremstress and anyone else who wants to do it, of course!
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meme stolen from [ profile] meganbmoore

1. Favourite Book? Impossible to say just one! Maybe Greg Egan's Distress.

2. Favourite Author? Again with the just one. Leguin, Bujold, Egan, Friedman, Zelazny, Gaiman, Kushner...
3. Favourite Genre? SFF.
4. Favourite series of books? A Song of Ice and Fire by GRRMartin. Also the Amber series by Zelazny and the Vorkosigan series by Bujold.
5. Favourite Illustrator? Luis Royo, Yoshikata Amano.
6. Favourite book from when you were little? Le Livre de la Licorne by Joles Sennel (original is in Catalan)
7. Favourite Hero? John Aversin from Barbara Hambly's Dragonbane series.
8. Favourite Villain? Littlefinger from A Song of Ice and Fire.
9. Favourite couple? Richard and Alec in Kushner's Swordspoint.
10. Favourite Character? What's with all those evil questions? Let's say Tremaine in Martha Wells' Fall of Ile Rien series.

5 Lasts

1. Last book you bought? KJ Parker's the Company.
2. Last book you were given? A book by Fred Vargas I believe.
3. Last book you pre-ordered? Probably Kushiel's Mercy by Jacqueline Carey.
4. Last book you loved? Destroyer by CJ Cherryh
5. Last book you hated? Gosh. Can't remember.

3 dos

1.Do you read part of your current book every day? No.
2. Do you stick to one genre of books or do you jump around? Big majority of SFF novels with the occasionnal crime and historical ones.
3. Do you review all the books you read on LJ? I try but I always miss a few.

1 If
1. If you were stuck on a desert island and could only take one book with you, which book would you choose?
Ursula Leguin's Left Hand of Darkness.

Book meme

14 Oct 2007 09:01 pm
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From [ profile] flo_nelja


* Three books that have marked your childhood...
- Mio mon Mio by Astrid Lindgren
- Le livre de la licorne by Joles Sennell
- Le Lion by Joseph Kessel

* ... and your teenagehood :
- 1984 by Orwell
- Lord of The Rings by Tolkien
- Mist of Avalon by MZBradley

* Your three favourite books (only 3, even if it's hard!):
- Distress by Greg Egan
- A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin
- Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Leguin

* Three books you could read again and again without growing weary of it :
- Most books of the Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold
- The Amber Cycle by Zelazny
- The Coldfire Trilogy by CS Friedman

* Three books you've read or are reading recently :
- Before They are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie
- Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold
- The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle
(I'm doing a lot of re-reading recently)

* Three books that you'll read soon :
- Curse of Chalion by LoisMcMaster Bujold
- Vellum by Hal Duncan
- Forest Mage by Robin Hobb

* And one special, fetish book that you'd keep with yourself all the time :
- Mist & Mirror by Neil Gaiman, lots of very good novels in it, and very different genres.

Tag as many people as you've read books in your life (or just 3 or 4 people because that's way too many people)
I tag [ profile] schemingreader, [ profile] amewarashi, [ profile] laurus_nobilis, [ profile] azure_empress, [ profile] aubrem and anyone else who feels like it.
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The most significant SF/F novels from 1953-2006 according to Time. Bold the ones you have read, strikethrough the ones you read and hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put a star next to the ones you love.

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30 Aug 2006 12:38 am
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2nd day back to work and I leave it at 10.30pm. Huho.

Got a good cry and now feeling all better. I think I'm the kind of person who needs that every so often to feel comfortable.

I owe Xyn a DVD commentary but I'm too tired right now.

Meme time ! stolen from [ profile] laurus_nobilis

Only ONE ??!! )

book meme

25 Jan 2006 03:14 pm
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Here are the current top 50 books from Bold the books you have read. Italicise the books you might read. Cross out the books you probably won't read. Pass it on:

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[ profile] elihice asked me for my top five unconventionnal movies
I'm gonna assume that by unconventionnal you mean non blockbuster holliwoodian, ne ?

1- Brazil by Terry Gillian
There's a reason Terry Gillian is my favourite director, and that's it

2- Clerks by Kevin Smith
'cuz duh, it's just a very fun movie all around which I remember fondly even if it's been 10 years or more since I saw it

3- In the Mood for Love
Does it count as unconventionnal ? Beautiful asian movie (was it Singapour ?) full of grace and wonderful music

4- The Wedding Banquet by Ang Lee
I was a Ang Lee fan much earlier than Crouching Tiger mostly because of this movie, a delightfully tender comedy

5- Pi
Because it's a delightfully brainbroky movie and I love the Mage:the Ascension vibe of it

[ profile] sakuraragi asked for my "Top five books that made you cry" yay, books !

All right, from books I remember I did cry :

1- Use of Weapon by Ian M. Banks
This book's end is a punch in the stomach. I had difficulty breathing. I love all the Culture books but Use of Weapon is forever my favourite

2- Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
I still remember as that book as one of those who marked me the deepest. Not very original I know, but it's Card's gift in writing children that some readers utterly identify with. I was sobbing by the end, and couldn't bear to go to sleep so it was one of my first all nighter I spent reading ^^

3- The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay
It's funny I don't remember I cried in Kay's other, better written books but I remember crying during that one. There's something about Paul's ordeal on the summer tree that pushes all my buttons, when someone is pushed in circumstances that let them utterly naked and raw to face themselves for themselves. I think it was one of the first occasion that started my fascination for Hanged Man figures.

4- Memory, by Lois McMaster Bujold
Ahh, the Vorkosigan books. I think I also cried in Mirror Dance but I can't remember for sure. Regardless, those two are my favourite of the serie. The point when Miles is utterly broken and Ivan is called to the rescue and pushes him in cold water, the reversal of their usual dynamics and how much light it shed on their respective personnalities...

5- Gateway by Frederic Pohl
At first glance it's a classical Space op book from the golden age. At second glance, it's really a book about psychanalysis, grief, and dealing with the past. I adore Frederic Pohl, for such and old, classical SF writer, he's got an extremely modern writing style (one that Azimov, Van Vogt, Herbert or even Vance certainly do not have) with very likeable characters

Whoaw, only one fantasy book among these bunch of Sci-fi ones... strange. I guess it's because I tend to cry much less while reading a book nowadays that I read more fantasy than sci-fo than I used to. It's sad in a way.

[ profile] su_chan asked for my top five for favourite cities

I'm sticking to cities I've been to

1- Paris
can't get around it, heh ? It's full of grumpy people, dog's poo and has a terrible weather but I still love living here

2- Rennes
I spent one month in thise brittany city when I was 17 and loved it. Then again, I love brittany

3- Prague
I really loved visiting this city, it's terribly beautiful

4- Munich
a very pretty city as well

5- *draws a blank*
Err, I need to visit more cities ?


Harry the heir asked me for my to 5 French movies :

1- La Haine by Mathieu Kassowitz
and extremely clever, structured, funny, harsh and striking movie

2- Le Fabuleux Destin dAmelie Poulain
because it's such a delight to watch

3- Mina Tanembaum
It's one of those friendship of two very different girls movie, made me cry

4- Cyrano de Bergerac
Despite Depardieu being in it, it was a very good adaptation of the play, and one I loved

5- Elisa
Because it's got an extremely likable Vanessa Paradis in it. Plus, Gainsbourg music
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- bold those you've read
- italicise started-but-never-finished
- add three of your own
- post to your livejournal
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Looking at this I realise most of the none SF classics I read where I while ago. Maybe I should put a little more variation into the books I read ?


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