Monthly Archives: November 2011

Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 29 November, 2011 by Lianne in Meme / 3 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: TBR List for Winter

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday meme! Anyways, it seems that I am expanding my to-read list just as I thought I was plowing through them at a steady pace (doesn’t help that I’m working at a bookstore for the Christmas season =P). So anyways, here’s my TBR list for the winter (in no particular order, really; this also doesn’t include re-reads, which I’m planning on doing a bit of this winter season):

01. Se una notte d’inverno un viaggiatore (If on a winter’s night a traveller) by Italo Calvino — I have two copies of this book: one in Italian and one in English. It’s been on my shelf since early this year and I’ve been meaning to get around to it. Dunno which version to read; as my Italian is still pretty elementary, I guess it’ll be the English one but it’d be fun to try it in Italian xD

02. The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simmons — Another book that has been on my shelf for a while. I’ve heard wonderful things about this book; I would’ve gotten around to it sooner but because I recently finished my thesis set in the late Stalinist period, I needed a break from all things Russian. But I’ll read this book soon =P

03. Sylvester by Georgette Heyer — Continuing on my Georgette Heyer roll, I have this book sitting on my Kobo eReader. I just might read it next; Heyer’s books are just so much fun! xD

04. The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer — Ditto as the above; the premise for this novel sounds especially hilarious so I’m looking forward to it =)

05. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson — Been waiting forever for this book to come out in trade paperback (boo that they won’t be selling it in the mass paperback form as I have the other two books in that format) so yeah, this needs to be read sometime soon (and then maybe catch up with the Swedish adaptations).

06. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami — I bought this for a super good deal for my Kobo eReader; my brother read it before me (he read one of Murakami’s other books) and said it was a very good book. It’s quite a tome so I might have to clear my reading list for this one =P

07. A Morbid Taste for Bones/One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters — I just bought this book today, actually lol. I only read (and watched) The Virgin in the Ice but I think the Brother Cadfael series is fantastic =D Looking forward to reading this! (Maybe I should also sit down and watch the entire series; that would be especially fun!)

08. Hidden Empire by Kevin J. Anderson — I forgot how I stumbled upon this sci-fi series but the premise sounds interesting and I’m in need of a good sci-fi series so this should do the trick (especially after watching lots of Doctor Who and writing a novel for NaNoWriMo that’s science fiction in genre)

09. Inquisition by Alfredo Colitto — This book has been catching my attention every single time I’ve been in the bookstore lately so I bought it on my Kobo (for a very low price!) and am looking forward to reading it! I always enjoy reading novels written by European authors (been doing that quite a bit lately too, I think) =)

10. The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages, 400 – 1000 by Chris Wickham — For a bit of non-fiction on this list, I bought this book off the Book Depository some time ago and actually started reading it here and there. My knowledge of the early Middle Ages is between the end of the Roman Empire and the High Middle Ages/Early Modern Period is pretty scant so this book should be very informative.

Review: The Daughter of Siena

Posted 25 November, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 3 Comments

The Daughter of Siena
By: Marina Fiorato

Amid the intrigue and danger of 18th-century Italy, a young woman becomes embroiled in romance and treachery with a rider in the Palio, the breathtaking horse race set in Siena….

It’s 1729, and the Palio, a white-knuckle horse race, is soon to be held in the heart of the peerless Tuscan city of Siena. But the beauty and pageantry masks the deadly rivalry that exists among the city’s districts. Each ward, represented by an animal symbol, puts forth a rider to claim the winner’s banner, but the contest turns citizens into tribes and men into beasts–and beautiful, headstrong, young Pia Tolomei is in love with a rider of an opposing ward, an outsider who threatens the shaky balance of intrigue and influence that rules the land.

This is the second book I’ve read by Marina Fiorato and I was quite excited to read it; after having read Anne Fortier’s Juliet, which was also set in Siena, I wanted to read another book set in the same location. There’s just something about Siena that’s just incredibly fascinating, especially in comparison to other Tuscan cities. I was only there for a day last December (it was not sunny that day but the fog made the city quite ethereal) so I would love to go back at some point.

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Writing: NaNoWriMo — Day 24

Posted 25 November, 2011 by Lianne in Writing / 0 Comments

Guess what?


(lmao, Ninth Doctor in this gif <3)

I actually crossed the 50 000 word threshold a few days ago (the 21st, to be precise) but didn’t make much of it because I was missing about three scenes. I more or less included them in now so I officially done with my first draft—whoo hoo! =D

It’s been quite a journey writing this novel out; it’s funny how different it looks as a draft compared to when it was sitting and fermenting in my brain. It’s exposed to me how major the plot holes are that need to be smoothed out over the course of the editing process (which won’t be for a while—need to let it sit there so that I could get a different perspective on it when I go back to start reading it). The most important thing I learned from this entire endeavour is the importance of writing everyday because it really does keep you going and disciplines you into a steady habit of writing everyday (because when I used to work on writing projects, I didn’t write everyday). It sort of helps with the writer’s block, although those were still difficult to get through; it does however keep things in perspective in a sense of “Oh, just get through that scene somehow, there’s always the extensive revision process afterwards”.

So overall, it’s been a fun experience, especially as this was my first time participating! We’ll see where this project goes from here in terms of the revision process but yeah, I guess this is my final blog entry concerning NaNoWriMo 2011 (unless something comes up before December, lol)! Thanks for reading this xD

Review: Friday’s Child

Posted 23 November, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Friday’s Child
By: Georgette Heyer

When the incomparable Miss Milbourne spurns the impetuous Lord Sherington’s marriage proposal (she laughs at him-laughs!) he vows to marry the next female he encounters, who happens to be the young, penniless Miss Hero Wantage, who has adored him all her life. Whisking her off to London, Sherry discovers there is no end to the scrapes his young, green bride can get into, and she discovers the excitement and glamorous social scene of the ton. Not until a deep misunderstanding erupts and Sherry almost loses his bride, does he plumb the depths of his own heart, and surprises himself with the love he finds there.

Another Heyer novel, lol! I’m still plodding slowly through Bleak House and after the seriousness and intensity of The Villa Triste, I was in the mood for something light. Friday’s Child is considered to be author’s favourite novel from her body of works and with the focus on a married couple, I thought it would be an interesting novel.

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Books: Re-Readathon Weekend

Posted 23 November, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

I was supposed to have posted this on Sunday but I think I got caught up doing something else offline at the time so here it is now!

So Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner posed a few questions to go along with this mini re-readathon this weekend =)

Question For Friday: What books are you planning on rereading? Why did you pick those?
I wanted to do two books but because this weekend was a little busy, I was only able to read one. I chose Marie Phillips’s Gods Behaving Badly because after reading a string of “heavy” novels (and currently reading a heavy novel, Dickens’s Bleak House), I needed something lighter.

Question For Saturday: How are your general feelings towards rereading? Are you finding yourself remembering things about these books than you thought you would? Are you feeling like you are moving quickly through the books because you’ve already read them. Are you enjoying them as much as you did the first time you read them?
Good questions…um, reading through the novel again, it was like reading it the first time in a sense that it was a pretty quick read. I can’t say if it felt different reading it this time around as it was a light read and I enjoyed it the same as last time. I remembered bits and pieces and the general gist of the story but I didn’t remember some of the finer details of how one thing led to another and stuff. But it was as amusing as before, even if I didn’t laugh out loud like I did the first time (mind you, I was also really stressed last weekend so that might have contributed to my morose approach to the novel).