Monthly Archives: February 2013

Website: February Updates + Links

Posted 28 February, 2013 by Lianne in Website / 0 Comments

Not my gif but I guess it’s just one of those days for me xP

  1. Biggest news about this website this month is the new domain name! Earlier this month I switched over from to The transfer was pretty smooth, took only a day to tidy everything up (switch url links in blog posts, change some of the database information) and save for one minor mishap with the commenting system, everything is in order. Yay! =)
  2. I read a ton of books this month, including Eleanor Brown’s Weird Sisters, Mary Robinette Knowal’s Shades of Milk and Honey, Deborah Harkness’ Shadow of Night and Luigi Pirandello’s The Late Mattia Pascal. You can find the reviews for these books in the book review tag.
  3. Actually watched a few movies this month! (surprising considering how slow I am with movies). I watched Skyfall (review), Argo (review), Midnight in Paris (review) and Anna Karenina (2012; review)
  4. The January/February issue of Femnista is out! Be sure to check it out ^_~ You can read a bit more about what I contributed for that issue over here

And of course, interesting links that I’ve come across over the past month:

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Movie: Anna Karenina (2012)

Posted 27 February, 2013 by Lianne in Entertainment / 12 Comments

Set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky.


I read the book almost two years ago (review) and absolutely adored it for all of its complexity and layers and themes. I was excited when I heard that Joe Wright was doing an adaptation because I’ve enjoyed his adaptations of Pride and Prejudice and Atonement (review) and how gorgeous the cinematography in his films can be. Contains spoilers ahead!

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Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 26 February, 2013 by Lianne in Meme / 23 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: Top Ten Authors That I’d Put On My Auto-Buy List

Good question for this week! As much as I love certain authors and buy quite a bit of books (read: a lot), I had a hard time thinking of authors who are on my auto-buy list…a lot are certainly on my “add to want-to-read pile on GoodReads” but it doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll be running to the store the second it’s available for purchase. Plus, take into factor the whole hardback/paperback dilemma and budget at the time, well…

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien — I bought The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun (review) when it first came out even though I wasn’t into epic poetry (at the time). But I love reading anything of his, whether it’s set in Middle Earth or reflecting the legends and histories that influenced his writing. The Fall of Arthur is coming out around May/June. You know what I’ll be doing then.
  2. Daniel Silva — Outside of Jane Austen, Carloz Ruiz Zafon and probably Tolkien (missing about two titles of his at this point), I won every single title that Daniel Silva has written. And he’s written a lot. He just writes thrilling, tight and compelling spy thrillers. I’m waiting for The Fallen Angel to hit mass paperback *excited*
  3. Carlos Ruiz Zafon — In a very rare occurrence, I own all of his books on hardback. I just love his writing and the mood that he’s managed to create in his stories. Barcelona in his stories is blanketed in Gothic mystery and intrigue, it’s pretty hard to put his books down when you start. One of his earlier titles, The Watcher in the Shadows is coming out this summer too, which is exciting.
  4. Brandon Sanderson — He’s one of my favourite fantasy authors in recent years and his books are for the most part on my auto-buy list (I didn’t continue reading Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series so Sanderson’s concluding novels are not included in this)
  5. Sarah Addison Allen — After blitzing through all of her titles last year, she has not only ended up on my list of one of my favouite authors but also on my auto-buy list. Her stories are sweet but also poignant and I love the characters that she creates, it’s just so much fun to hang out with them, read as they grow depending on their situation and interact with each other.
  6. Patrick Rothfuss — The second book in his Kingkiller Chronicles is finally hitting mass paperback in a few weeks and I’m terribly excited. The Name of the Wind (review) was a fantastic debut and I can’t wait to see what’s next in Kvothe’s adventures.
  7. James S.A. Corey — Aside from the fact that it took me forever and a day to get around to picking up a copy of Caliban’s War, James S.A. Corey is on my auto-buy list because I’ve enjoyed their sci-fi series The Expanse. It’s fun and fascinating space opera focusing on characters and governments and low on the technical detail, which I need sometimes.
  8. Michael J. Sullivan — Reading his Riyria Revelations last year confirmed him on this list, his books are a lot of fun (and I could use a lot more fun and adventure on my shelf these days)
  9. Ildefonso Falcones — He hasn’t written that many books and they take forever getting translated to English (at least, that’s what it feels like) but he’s been on my auto-buy list since I read The Cathedral of the Sea a few years ago
  10. Ian McEwan — (Aha! I knew I would think of another author) I’ve loved his works since Atonement and while I’ve read one or two of his works that weren’t as great or as compelling as the others (to me), I do put his new works in consideration on my auto-buy list

And that’s my Top Ten this week! Which authors are on your auto-buy list? Let me know, I’d love to read them! =)

Review: The Late Mattia Pascal

Posted 25 February, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Late Mattia Pascal
By: Luigi Pirandello

Mattia Pascal endures a life of drudgery in a provincial town. Then, providentially, he discovers that he has been declared dead. Realizing he has a chance to start over, to do it right this time, he moves to a new city, adopts a new name, and a new course of life—only to find that this new existence is as insufferable as the old one. But when he returns to the world he left behind, it’s too late: his job is gone, his wife has remarried. Mattia Pascal’s fate is to live on as the ghost of the man he was.

In my quest to read more Italian literature, I came across this title. It’s totally up my alley, touching on themes of identity, starting over, life. May contain some spoilers ahead!

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