Monthly Archives: July 2013

Website: July Wrap-Up + Links

Posted 31 July, 2013 by Lianne in Website / 0 Comments

Not my gif (as always) but I finally got around to watching Tangled recently and absolutely loved it

  1. Big news this month: reached 1 000 posts! Pretty crazy awesome xD Celebrations are underway in this post including a small book giveaway =) A lucky winner will get to choose from a list of 15 titles I reviewed over the years and greatly enjoyed. Good luck!
  2. And the book reviews continue despite the tests and presentations that I’ve been dealing with this month. Some of the titles I’ve reviewed include Michelle Granas’ Zaremba or Love and the Rule of Law (review), J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fall of Arthur (review) and Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  3. I’ve also read a a few advanced reading copies and early reviews this month including A.S.A Harrison’s The Silent Wife (review), Patricia Scanlan’s With All My Love (review) and one of my favourite books this year, Nina Schuyler’s The Translator (review). You can read all of the reviews of the ARCs I’ve read in this tag.
  4. And the blog tours continue! I read and reviewed Deanna Raybourn’s A Spear of Summer Grass (review) and held a giveaway contest for a signed paperback copy of the novel. Congratulate the winner of the contest over here
  5. My final column article for Youth Speak News @ the Catholic Register has been published. Entitled “WYD Past and Present”, you can read more about the article and read the article itself through this post.
  6. Just a friendly reminder that is on BlogLovin’. Feel free to add the site over there to get the latest posts! =)

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

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Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 30 July, 2013 by Lianne in Meme / 26 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 Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books (talk about books that started or ended just perfectly or with a bang OR you could do specific opening lines or last lines — however you want to do it!)

I’ve previously done a Favourite Closing Sentences in Novels list outside of TTT so for this week I guess I’ll go for Favourite Opening Sentences in Novels =) I tried not to pick the obvious books that you see on many lists out there but it’s hard, the iconic ones are pretty good choices *nods* I think the following speak for themselves, they feel either pretty epic or they draw you in, enticing you to read more, lol.

By the way, if anyone’s interested, there’s this interesting article I saw on Twitter about opening book sentences: ‘This Did Something Powerful to Me’: Authors’ Favorite First Lines of Books (The Atlantic) =)

Anyways, on to the opening sentences!

In no particular order:

In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (review)

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (commentary)

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (commentary)

In the week before their departure to Arrakis, when all the final scurrying about had reached a nearly unbearable frenzy, an old crone came to visit the mother of the boy, Paul.
Dune by Frank Herbert

There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (review)

Once upon a time, a girl named September grew very tired indeed of her parents’ house, where she washed the same pink-and-yellow teacups and matching gravy boats every day, slept on the same embroidered pillow and played with the same small and amiable dog.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente (review)

Once upon a time, there were five French soldiers who had gone off to war, because that’s the way of the world.
A Very Long Engagement by Sebastien Japrisot (commentary)

Two former lovers of Molly Lane stood waiting outside the crematorium chapel with their backs to the February chill.
Amsterdam by Ian McEwan (review)

One of the few things–perhaps the only one–that I knew for certain is that my name is Mattia Pascal.
The Late Mattia Pascal by Luigi Pirandello (review)

And that’s my list of opening sentences! Having read those lines, are there any titles you’d be interested in picking up now? What did you choose for this week’s TTT?

Oh, and just a heads up, I am currently hosting a wee book giveaway contest in celebration of my blog hitting 1 000 posts if you’re interested in entering (plus, you know, general celebrations in order, lol) =)

Review: Pere Goriot

Posted 29 July, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Pere Goriot
By: Honore de Balzac
Format/Source: eBook; my copy

By 1819, when Balzac’s novel opens, old Goriot is reduced to living in a mean forty-five franc room on the third floor, his fine cambric shirts and diamond pin long sold. Moon-faced, unhappy and unkempt, his only visitors are two glamorous Parisian women, ‘too pretty to be good’, who call infrequently and surreptitiously, leaving their carriages on the corner of the boulevard. They are his daughters, Goriot claims, but the only lodger generous enough to believe him is Eugene Rastignac, an impoverished law student, ambitious to plant a foot in the glittering society of the Faubourg Saint-Germain.

I read Cousin Bette (review) last month and didn’t enjoy it but it didn’t stop me from checking out Le Pere Goriot, which has also been sitting on my eReader for some time. I’ve heard good things about this book so I decided to read it sooner rather than later.

This book is part of the Books on France Reading Challenge 2013 that I am participating in.

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Article: Youth Speak News [26 July 2013]

Posted 28 July, 2013 by Lianne in Writing / 0 Comments

The Catholic Register: Youth Speak News

My latest (and final!) article for Youth Speak News has been recently published, entitled WYD Past and Present. It was pretty timely that I was scheduled to write a column as World Youth Day is currently being held in Rio de Janeiro. It was a lovely opportunity to reflect on the World Youth Day celebrations that took place here in Toronto back in 2002.

I say that it is my final article because my time with the Youth Speak News team is ending next month and a new team will be coming in for the 2013 – 2014 year. Writing for YSN and the Catholic Register has been a marvelous experience; it was a lovely opportunity to not experience what it’s like to write for a newspaper but also to write about topics of faith, something that was not only different different (as I usually write about current events or pop culture) but also something that makes up an important part of my life. Plus, you know, the whole writing at the national scale is pretty cool too *blushes*

Anyways, I hope you all enjoyed the articles I have written! 🙂

Movie: Miss Potter (2006)

Posted 27 July, 2013 by Lianne in Entertainment / 4 Comments

The story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved and best-selling children’s book, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”, and her struggle for love, happiness and success.


I’ve seen bits of this movie a few years ago but I never actually got around to watching it from start to finish. I suppose it was high time to watch a period drama as it’s been a while since I’ve watched a movie–wait, actually, that’s not wholly true, I did watch Disney’s Tangled recently, lol. But it’s been a while since I’ve written a review!

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