Monthly Archives: February 2013

List: Sad Romances in Books & Movies

Posted 13 February, 2013 by Lianne in Lists / 0 Comments

Continuing along in this week’s themed blog posts about love and romance…well, today’s is a little sadder, looking at the ill-fated couples and the couples who ended up with a sad ending (got to salute those who didn’t get to their happily ever after to the end of their days). I was inspired to write up a post like this from Tanya of’s post =) Initially this post was only going to feature couples in literature but I decided to toss in the movies as well just to even it out a little (and I’ve inserted scenes where I can from adaptations) *nods*

Spoilers ahead if you haven’t read these books or watched their respective adaptations as my commentary with each may contain some details from the book (I try to keep it vague but you never know)Edit: So sorry if you were trying to comment a short while ago and couldn’t; for some reason the setting was switched =S Read More

Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 12 February, 2013 by Lianne in Meme / 25 Comments

Before I begin this week’s TTT, I should note that this site is formerly known as Same layout and content (and blogger behind it all!), just different domain name ^_~

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 Favorite Romances Top Fifteen Romantic Stories of Various Themes

I decided to mix this week’s topic up a bit because I didn’t want it sounding too close to to a similar list I did previously. So I the following is a list of 15 romantic novels from different genres and types (happy, fluffy, complicated, sad)–hopefully something for everyone? =)

By the way, I realised while putting this together that it was so hard! Even with the categories! LOL. Anyways, in no particular order:

Classic Romances

The beloved favourites, the stories that stood the test of time

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (commentary) — Naturalmente =D

Elizabeth Gaskell’s North & South (review) — Often compared to Pride and Prejudice but it stands on its own as wonderful mix of romance, social commentary and character arcs…I love the development between Margaret and Mr. Thornton (the BBC adaptation is amazing and portrays it perhaps even better). Plus, you know, John Thornton =D

Funny/Cute Romances

For the lighter, happier (dare I say fluffier?) reads

Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’ Diary — Oh, Bridget Jones. She’s quite quotable, too =P

Sophie Kinsella’s Can You Keep a Secret? — Kinsella’s books are fun to read when you’re looking for something fun and this one is my favourite. It had be laughing out loud and it’s a sweet story

Teresa Medieros’ Goodnight Tweetheart (review) — A modern love story using today’s social media (users of Twitter will especially enjoy this)

Laurie Viera Rigler’s Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict — I recently re-read this book (in anticipation of my copy of the sequel, Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, arriving in the post sometime…whenever) and was rather amused all over again. Jane Mansfield and Mr. Edgeworth’s story was pretty much was got me glued to this book to the end

Sweeping Romances

The love stories taking place in uncertain times

J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen”, The Lord of the Rings — I love that Tolkien had written the back story to Aragorn and Arwen’s relationship and it’s both beautiful and bittersweet with some amazing imagery <3 Paullina Simons’ The Bronze Horseman (review) — I could not put this book down. Tatiana and Alexander’s love story is just all-consuming, heightened thanks to Great Fatherland War raging in the backdrop

Louis de Bernieres’ Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (review) — Pegalia and Antonio’s story makes up only a fraction of the overall story in this novel but it’s a quiet and poignant love story nonetheless (with World War Two as the back drop)

Anne Fortier’s Juliet (review) — Another one of those books I could not put down. There’s two love stories intertwined with an overarching mystery about what happened in medieval Siena and about the families involved. Anyways, the love story was pretty captivating =P

Complicated Romances

For the love stories that contain its fair share of tears and obstacles

Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds (review) — Talk about forbidden love. Meggie Cleary and Father Ralph de Bricassart frustrate me and yet I couldn’t help but root for them somehow, lol

Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth (review) — Lily and Lawrence, oh man. Their chemistry is wonderful (I love reading their scenes together) and you root for them to somehow “find” each other despite of the complications and dictates of Society…

Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveller’s Wife (review) — Henry and Clare’s relationship could’ve been like any other relationship–except that Henry’s uncontrollable time travelling ability definitely creates a number of complications for them. I thought Niffenegger handles it quite wonderfully and really, it’s all about Henry and Clare at the end of the day =)

“Second Chances” Romances

Because getting a second shot at love with someone can be a rarity–and super romantic

Jane Austen’s Persuasion (commentary) — I heart, heart, heart this book for everything that it is. It’s my favourite Austen romance and I love how Anne and Captain Wentworth are reacquainted and reconnect with each other after all those years apart <333 Sarah Addison Allen’s The Girl Who Chased the Moon (review) — It’s overall quite a magical and sweet story and there’s a storyline here involving a second chance at happiness…it’s good, very sweet, I won’t say any more on the matter, you’ll have to read it to find out =D

And that’s my Top Ten list for this Tuesday! Who did you feature on your list this week? Let me know, I’d love to read it =D

By the way, I’ve been doing a number of Valentine’s Day-themed posts this week–mostly books but yesterday I featured movies and will probably post something period drama or television-related later this week so stay tuned if you’re interested! =D (I’ve never been excited for this holiday–well, save of course when I was younger and we got chocolates at school–but this year’s different! =))

Edit: Also, please let me know if you’re having difficulty commenting, I found out this morning that there were some problems with the comment box…guess not everything transferred over smoothly last week, lol

List: Movies for Valentine’s Day

Posted 11 February, 2013 by Lianne in Lists / 10 Comments

(because I can’t think of a better title for this post, lol)

Okay, maybe you’re like me and you’re wary about this time of year. Or you absolutely love this time of the year. I usually just go about my business but this year I decided to feature a number of posts about it, lol, approach it differently (and it’s an excuse to flail over pretty things like books and movies and television shows and talk about them with you guys) =)

(Not my gif but it’s cute, seems apt for this week)

To start, here’s a few movies that perhaps would be perfect to watch either with friends or by yourself (snacks are optional) =)

Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001)

I absolutely <3 this movie. Not only is the romantic story very cute but it’s such a feel-good movie too. And the soundtrack is gold

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Review: The Age of Innocence

Posted 8 February, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Age of Innocence
By: Edith Wharton

When about to marry the beautiful and conventional May Welland, Newland Archer falls in love with her very unconventional cousin, the Countess Olenska. The consequent drama, set in New York during the 1870s, reveals terrifying chasms under the polished surface of upper-class society as the increasingly fraught Archer struggles with conflicting obligations and desires.

I read Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth (review) late last year and absolutely loved it so I was looking forward to reading this book as it’s her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Contains spoilers ahead!

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Website: Domain Name Change Complete!

Posted 6 February, 2013 by Lianne in Website / 3 Comments

(Not my gif; festive Schweinsteiger seemed appropriate today)

Ta-da! My switch over was processed without any problems and here we are at (formerly known at =)

The layout’s still the same, links were changed without any problems (thank goodness for the Velvet Blues Update URLs plugin–such a lifesaver!) and information throughout the rest of the website will be updated shortly but overall it feels like a new website in a way =D Aside from the url, I tried as best as I can to change the places I’m currently linked at, especially the feeds:

I’m having a bit of trouble with NetworkedBlogs and BlogLovin at the moment but there’s always the “Follow” button at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen to receive email updates of new posts from here at my blog =)

Because I haven’t posted in a number of days and I’ve read a ton of books since my last book-related post (yeah, studying has been fun O_o), I’ve posted up a number of book reviews:

Anyways, please let me know if you’ve noticed any broken links with the RSS feeds or elsewhere and I’ll get right on it! =) Happy Wednesday!