Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 21 March, 2019 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 1 Comment

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

  1. Is it the end of April yet? =/
  2. I attended this exhibit some two weeks ago which was wonderful: Monet! Pissaro! Degas! Cassatt! Van Gogh! I wish I had spent more time–I had work that afternoon so it was basically a drop in to the exhibit and then left–as I would have liked to wander around the permanent collections. Alas, maybe next time.
  3. School continues to be a bummer, although I’m liking my ethics class. All this group work, I don’t understand. I don’t understand, almost all of us in this programme has some concept of teamwork since we work in the field in some capacity, so why keep shovelling the group work business? Especially as most of us have different work schedules? I’m getting a twitch now every time I have to deal with this, omg…
  4. Work has also been a bit trying lately. It was hectic in February, sort of eased off at the start of March, and now it’s back to full-on madness. There’s going to be a lot of shuffling around at my workplace because units are moving and opening so I’m seriously considering moving. Again.
  5. Actually, can I just win the lottery? Pack up and take off and that’s that.
  6. Speaking of taking off, almost all of the details of my trip have been set. I usually have everything set a lot sooner but because of school and work and my overall mental exhaustion, it’s taken longer lately for me to just carve some time to hammer everything out. Most of the logistical headaches have been sorted out so suffice to say I am excited now 🙂
  7. Books I’m currently reading: Still slowly working my way through The Saga of Icelanders. I recently finished reading Myke Cole’s The Armoured Saint, re-reading William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and the comic Thor: The World Eaters written by Matt Fraction so I’m looking at my TBR pile as to what to read next…It’s deadline season so I’m trying to keep it light. Sort of.
  8. Yup, reading has slowed down again because of everything. Which is a bit frustrating but sometimes I’m just too mentally tired to engage in anything. How do you guys unwind when you’re stressed or life in general is just being too extra?
  9. On the plus side, prompted after seeing the longest for this year’s Woman’s Prize, I finally read Anna Burns’ Milkman. Review will be posted next week but at least I can say I read one of the books listed this year? Hahaha.
  10. Did I mention I can’t wait until the end of April? 😛

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And that’s it from me! How have you been? How’s your March going?

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 19 March, 2019 by Lianne in Meme / 9 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. In Jaunary 2018 the meme was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Kinda exciting but I actually read all of the books I set out to read last winter 🙂 That doesn’t happen all that often these days so hurray!

Anyway, now comes the spring TBR queue…

In no particular order:

  1. Milkman by Anna Burns — This book was long listed for this year’s Women’s Prize so obviously that means I had to bump it up my TBR queue 😉 EDIT: Finished reading the book before this list went live on my blog, lol. Review will be going live next week.
  2. The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin — I finally got around to reading The Fifth Season the other week, lol. I’m going to be saddled with final projects and then exams for the next little bit but let’s see if I can squeeze in reading the other two books in the trilogy. I need to know what happens next, lol.
  3. The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin — See #2
  4. The Complete Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino — I’m actually bringing this book with me on my holiday next month. I usually don’t get THAT much reading when I’m on holiday but I have to mix it up a bit between sleeping during the flight and writing in my Traveler’s Notebook lol 😀
  5. The Armoured Saint by Myke Cole — Kept seeing this book around the fantasy lists and whatnot. Bit of a bonus that it’s a novella so I just might get around to reading it.
  6. Melmoth by Sarah Perry — I forgot which list I saw this book pop up on but the premise sounded so interesting, I couldn’t pass it up! April seems like the perfect time of year to read something gothic, right (other than October)?
  7. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie — You can never go wrong reading a mystery novel when you’re swamped with exams…right?
  8. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien — This book ends up on my spring TBR list every year…Is this the year I finally read it?
  9. Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard — And now for a bit of re-reading…For this Lenten season I decided to revisit one of his most famous works, Fear and Trembling. It’s a formative piece, and a piece that I’ve had a long history with. Time permitting and my brain isn’t full of ethics (one of my courses this semester), it’ll be nice to revisit this title.
  10. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare — Beware the Ides of March!



And that’s my list of books that I hope to tackle the next few months xD What are you hoping to read this season? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

Review: The Fifth Season

Posted 11 March, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1)
By: N.K. Jemisin
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She’ll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

I finally read this book!!! The Fifth Season has long been on my TBR queue–up there with her Inheritance trilogy–but it was always pushed off by other books on the queue. I finally picked up the other two books in the trilogy last year which I figured was a signal that it’s time to read it lol. And here we finally are…May contain some mild spoilers ahead!

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Comics: Thor: The Galactus Seed

Posted 8 March, 2019 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

The Mighty Thor: The Galactus Seed
By: Matt Fraction (Writer), Pasqual Ferry (Illustrator)
Format/Source: Hardback; my purchase

What is the Worldheart? Plucked by Thor and his companions from the deepest roots of Yggdrasil – the World Tree, split in twain – the cosmic seed is now the most coveted object in Odin’s possession. But the Silver Surfer – herald of Galactus, devourer of worlds – recognizes the Worldheart as the one object that could forever sate his master’s apocalyptic appetite. Now, the Surfer has come to Asgard to claim a prize Odin will not surrender without a fight – and Thor is caught in the middle. Will he entrust the Worldheart to the Surfer for the betterment of the universe, or choose instead to fight to the death for the glory of Odin?

COLLECTING: The Mighty Thor 1-6

I had been looking for something epic to read–I had forgotten my train of thought as to why I was thinking space opera in the Marvel universe–but one search led to another led to this title. Thor meets the Silver Surfer meets Galactus? Yeah, count me in! Took a while to get my hands on a copy of this comic but I finally did 🙂

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