Monthly Archives: December 2012

Article: Discourse Magazine [Issue 12, 31 December 2012]

Posted 31 December, 2012 by Lianne in Writing / 0 Comments

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The final issue of Discourse Magazine for 2012 is out and ready for download! This issue looks back at the year in the news, both on the Canadian front and internationally. I covered the top stories from the European continent, ranging from the referendum in Catalonia to reforms in Italy to all of the national (heads of state) elections. You can find my portfolio, entitled “Europe in 2012” on pp. 13 – 15 of the latest issue (pp. 7 – 9 I think if you’re following the Adobe Reader page count).

You can check out the latest issue over at the magazine’s website–and be sure to subscribe so that you can receive the issues directly to your inbox! It’s been a great year writing for Discourse Magazine, the team is fantastic and I’ve had a lot of fun (and learned a lot!) writing for this publication. I hope you guys enjoyed reading these articles too. I look forward to continuing to write for them in the new year.

Review: The Solitude of Prime Numbers

Posted 30 December, 2012 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Solitude of Prime Numbers
By: Paolo Giordano

A prime number is a lonely thing. It can only be divided by itself or by one, and it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia are both “primes”-misfits haunted by early tragedies. When the two meet as teenagers, they recognize in each other a kindred, damaged spirit. Years later, a chance encounter reunites them and forces a lifetime of concealed emotion to the surface. But can two prime numbers ever find a way to be together?

And for some reason, I am able to squeeze just one more book & review for 2012! =P I was struggling the other day figuring out what to read next and in the end picked up this book from my pile; it seemed a decent length and the premise was intriguing. Because it was written by an Italian author (a bestseller in Italy, apparently), I’ve also included this with the I Love Italy Reading Challenge I’m participating in. Contains some spoilers ahead!

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Website: December Updates + Odds and Ends

Posted 30 December, 2012 by Lianne in Website / 6 Comments

Well, here we are at the end of another year! Hope everyone is having a lovely holiday season =) Here’s what has been going on at my blog for the month of December:

Not my gif but he walks into Bilbo’s hobbit hole like a boss, I <3 it

  1. Surprisingly, I only reviewed one new book this month: Italo Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller (review). I did however re-read a number of books this month that I’ve written up commentaries to: Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey (commentary) and Persuasion (commentary), Alessandro Baricco’s Ocean Sea (commentary), Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall (commentary) and J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Children of Hurin (commentary) Edit: Oh, wait, just added another book to the review list: Paolo Giordano’s The Solitude of Prime Numbers (review)
  2. I posted up two movie reviews this month! (wow, Lianne actually watched a movie or two =P) I watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (review; I want to watch it again ;_;) and The Bourne Legacy (review)
  3. It’s been a month of lists, really. Here’s some of the lists I’ve posted up this month:
  4. Publication-wise, here’s what has been going on:
    • Femnista released its November/December issue featuring all things Middle Earth! For this issue, I wrote a piece of Eomer, son of Eomund, of the Rohirrim. You can read more of my comments about that article over here
    • Discourse Magazine released an issue two weeks ago where I submitted an article discussing France’s economic problems. You can read more of my comments on the subject over here. Keep a lookout on the website in the coming days as the end of the year review issue should be posted up.
    • I also submitted a column for The Catholic Register‘s Youth Speak News discussing patience and the holiday season. You can read more of my comments of the column in this post
  5. I wrapped up the one reading challenge I participated in, the I Love Italy Reading Challenge. My wrap-up post and comments about the event can be found over here
  6. I changed layouts again (a bit)! For most of the month I had the red/green colour motif and the header featuring various Christmas ornaments from a Viennese Christmas market stall. Well, with New Year’s Eve/Day approaching, I changed it to feature lights and stars, this time from a Christmas market stall I saw at Innsbruck. I also made the colours coordinated, lol. It’s going to change after Epiphany, just watch =P

And of course, the following are just a few links to articles I found interesting during the past month:

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Books: I Love Italy Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

Posted 28 December, 2012 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

I Love Italy Reading Challenge 2012
hosted @ Library of Clean Reads

Well, it’s the end of the year (more or less; not planning on blogging much on the 31st sooo…) and it’s time to wrap up this challenge. I signed up at the start of 2012 to the I Love Italy Reading Challenge (my first reading challenge–ever!). This challenge included pretty much any genre of book (including re-reads) as long as the book is set in Italy, is written by an Italian author or is about Italy or an Italian person.


  • Ciao Italia: 1 to 3 books.
  • Bella Italia: 4 to 6 books.
  • Arrivederci Italia: 7 to 9 books
  • Sempre Italia: 10 to 12 books.

And these were the books I read this past year for this challenge:

  • Christi Phillips’s The Rossetti Letter (set in Italy) — review
  • Marina Fiorato’s The Madonna of Almonds (set in Italy) — review
  • Daniel Levin’s The Last Ember (set mostly in Italy) — review
  • Christopher Duggan’s The Force of Destiny: A History of Italy Since 1796 (Italian history) — review
  • Italo Calvino’s Le citta invisibili [Invisible Cities] (Italian author; have this book in Italian too) — review
  • Elizabeth Edmondson’s The Villa in Italy (set in Italy) — review
  • Sara Poole’s Poison (set in Italy) — review
  • Sandra Sabatini’s Dante’s War (set in Italy) — review
  • Alessandro Baricco’s Seta [Silk] (Italian author; have this book in Italian too) — commentary
  • E.M. Forster’s A Room With a View (set mostly in Italy) — commentary
  • Leonardo Sciascia’s The Day of the Owl (set in Sicily, written by an Italian author) — review
  • Carlo Emilio Gadda’s That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana (set in Italy, written by an Italian author) — review
  • Alessandro Baricco’s Oceano Mare [Ocean Sea] (Italian author; have this book in Italian too) — commentary
  • Italo Calvino’s Se una notte d’inverno un viaggiatore [If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller] (Italian author; have this book in Italian too) — review
  • Paolo Giordano’s The Solitude of Prime Numbers (set in Italy for the most part, written by an Italian author) — review

Total = 14 15 books*

* = Should be 15 16, I also read David Gilmour’s The Pursuit of Italy: A History of its Land, its Regions and Their Peoples back in August but never reviewed it because I was busy writing a few articles so I’m not sure if it should be included in the count or not…

Edit: Just finished reading Paolo Giordano’s The Solitude of Prime Numbers so whoo, 16!

Allora, ho letto quattrodici quindici libri per questa sfida! Molto buono! =D

If you look at my original list, you’ll notice that there were a few books I never got around to, mainly classics like George Elliot’s Romola and Alessandro Manzoni’s The Betrothed. I will hopefully get around to reading it on my own sometime next year or whatnot but in the meantime, I had a lot of fun doing this challenge this year! I was able to get around to Italo Calvino’s works this year as well as other Italian authors like Leonardo Sciascia, which was pretty awesome. (You can read more of my individual reactions to these novels in each of the reviews)

And that’s a wrap! 🙂

Meme: Another Year-End Book Meme

Posted 28 December, 2012 by Lianne in Meme / 6 Comments

I can’t believe it’s the end of the year again! This is the other book meme that I usually fill out at the end of the year (aside from Jaime’s End of the Year Book Survey; you can view my responses to that meme over here–in fact, some of my responses might be similar to that survey!). I’ve done the following meme last year so here we go again!

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  1. The first book you read in 2012:
    The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun by J.R.R. Tolkien (a re-read! review)

  2. The last book you finished in 2012:
    Stainless Longganisa by Bob Ong Edit (30 December): Actually, my last book is Paolo Giordano’s The Solitude of Prime Numbers (review

  3. The first book you will finish (or did finish!) in 2013:
    I just started reading Norman Davies’ Vanished Kingdoms: the History of Half-Forgotten Europe so that looks like it’ll be one of the first books I’ll finish reading for 2013

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