Monthly Archives: May 2013

Books: It’s the to-read stack that never ends…

Posted 31 May, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 8 Comments

(Ehh, my subject line is my lame attempt of using the words from “The Song that Never Ends” but with to-read stacks…err, yeah, never mind, lol =P)

This topic came up from Kate @ booksaremyfavouriteandbest and Rory @ fourth street review. I’ve also spoken to/commiserated with Rissi @ Dreaming Under the Same Moon on occasion about the subject of our to-read piles just becoming larger and larger, faster than we’re actually reading them!

You know that website Dog Shame? I’m thinking of starting one featuring readers standing next to their to-be-read stacks. While holding bookshop carrier bags. BECAUSE WE KEEP BUYING BOOKS EVEN THOUGH WE ALREADY HAVE TONNES TO READ. Well I do anyway…
booksaremyfavouriteandbest’s entry

So lo and behold, here’s the state (sort of) of my to-read pile. Feel free to click on the images to enlarge ^_~

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Review: The Bat

Posted 31 May, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Bat
By: Jo Nesbø
Format/Source: galley courtesy of Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group via NetGalley

The electrifying first appearance of Jo Nesbø’s detective, Harry Hole.

Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Crime Squad is dispatched to Sydney to observe a murder case. Harry is free to offer assistance, but he has firm instructions to stay out of trouble. The victim is a twenty-three year old Norwegian woman who is a minor celebrity back home. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Harry befriends one of the lead detectives, and one of the witnesses, as he is drawn deeper into the case. Together, they discover that this is only the latest in a string of unsolved murders, and the pattern points toward a psychopath working his way across the country. As they circle closer and closer to the killer, Harry begins to fear that no one is safe, least of all those investigating the case.

I was fortunate to have been approved a galley copy of this novel from the publishers via NetGalley. It came at a good time too as I was in the mood for a mystery. The only novel I’ve read by Jo Nesbo was Headhunters (review) which I really enjoyed so I was looking forward to reading more by him. This book will be released (or re-released, rather) on July 2nd.

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Website: May Updates + Links

Posted 30 May, 2013 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

Not my gif, as always ^^

  1. Read a number of books this month, although more on the ARC side than not. On the not side include Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments (review) and Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. On the ARC front I’ve reviewed a number of novels including Benjamin Constable’s Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa (review), Beth Hoffman’s Looking For Me (review), Courtney Angela Brkic’s The First Rule of Swimming (review), Sarah Jio’s The Last Camellia (review) and Anthony Marra’s A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (review). You can read all of the reviews of the ARCs I’ve read in this tag.
  3. If you’ve been dropping in on the website all of this month, you may have noticed that I changed layouts twice, lol. Around Mother’s Day it was a rose and all pink and now it’s the Colosseo in Rome and it’s a sort of bright blue. Don’t think I’ll be touching the layout for the next while ^_~
  4. In my attempts to simplify and re-organise my website, I`ve added an About Me and About This Website pages. Still working on it content-wise but it’s there now =P
  5. I’m participating in a blog tour in June and July! Keep an eye out for both of them in the coming months (especially as there are goodies involved ^_~). Click on the banners for more information:

  6. One article of mine was published this month for Youth Speak News. You can read more about what I wrote about and a link to the article over here
  7. No movies reviewed this month but I’ve continued posting my episode reviews of Orphan Black. Series 1 finale is this weekend! I don’t think I’m ready for it, to be honest. You can read all my posts on that show under this tag

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

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Review: The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

Posted 30 May, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
By: Anton DiSclafani
Format/Source: Advanced reading copy courtesy of the publisher via GoodReads First Reads Programme

It is 1930, the midst of the Great Depression. After her mysterious role in a family tragedy, passionate, strong-willed Thea Atwell, age fifteen, has been cast out of her Florida home, exiled to an equestrienne boarding school for Southern debutantes. High in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with its complex social strata ordered by money, beauty, and girls’ friendships, the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is a far remove from the free-roaming, dreamlike childhood Thea shared with her twin brother on their family’s citrus farm—a world now partially shattered. As Thea grapples with her responsibility for the events of the past year that led her here, she finds herself enmeshed in a new order, one that will change her sense of what is possible for herself, her family, her country.

The premise of this novel is a little outside of my comfort zone of reading as it involves an equestrienne boarding school. I was intrigued because I have never heard of such an establishment before, not to mention this novel is also set during the Great Depression. I received an advanced reading copy through the GoodReads First Reads programme. It will be available in bookstores on June 4th. May contain very minor spoilers ahead!

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Television: Orphan Black (Series 1, Episode 9)

Posted 29 May, 2013 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

A streetwise hustler witnesses the suicide of a girl who looks just like her and falls headlong into a deadly mystery.

Posting this a bit later than usual (sort of) so some of my initial reactions probably didn’t make it into this entry. In the meantime, omg, second last episode of the series! Contains major spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen episode 9 (or any of the episodes this past series)–because, you know,

(Not my gif, as always (bunnies are cute))

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