Ten Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 10 October, 2013 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 12 Comments

10 Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.). According to her, “Basically, anything goes, and it’s a nice opportunity to let your readers get to know you on terms besides books. I generally do ten items, but there isn’t a set amount- go crazy. Or don’t.”

  1. Desperately trying to restrain myself but I can feel the resolve slipping…Must keep reminding myself that I have no space on my bookshelves whatsoever. None at all. Nada. *keeps convincing herself of this*
  2. Has anyone read Chrstopher Morley’s The Haunted Bookshop? I’m currently reading it and OMG, I love it so far. It’s one of those books readers should read and would definitely appreciate. Very delightful. There’s some serious trivia, name-dropping and referencing going on here, many of whom I’m not familiar with but am very intrigued about. I wish I had been keeping track of the quotes since I started reading, there’s so many great lines throughout (too lazy to go back on my Kobo…ehh, we’ll see…)
  3. Have you guys heard of this? Alexander McCall Smith brings Jane Austen into the 21st century. And it’s not just Alexander McCall Smith, other authors are re-working/modernising/whathaveyou the other titles as well…I’m on the fence, we’ll see how the re-workings turn out…
  4. Minus the rain, my birthday was pretty good. I mentioned this on Instagram but I’m not much of a cake person–so much so that I missed out on some great cakes while in Austria, but that’s another story for another day–but strangely enough I had not one but two cakes (strawberry shortcake and a fruitcake (that was more like a strawberry cake, really)) and two pieces of cannoli. Not complaining =P And I was perfectly contented with my massive schnitzel and German beer, haha, so yeah, it was a nice way to celebrate my birthday =)
  5. I’m pretty xD that I was gifted Marc Jacobs’ Honey fragrance. I guess I’ve gotten a little more serious about fragrance this past year (partly thanks to reading The Perfume Lover and learning more about perfume) and I’ve been sort of eyeing it since my trip to the mall recently with my Mum and we ended up trying out all of the fragrance, lol. This one stuck out for me, it smelled sweet and fresh and not overpowering or incredibly distinct or anything like that.
  6. Somehow survived the first of a few midterms this semester as well as a case study assignment essay…thing. I’m trying not to think about either, not sure how well I did =/ (darn this tendency for perfectionism *grumble, grumble*)
  7. One of my reading resolutions this year was to do a bit of re-reading and re-visiting some old favourites, post my thoughts here, etc. I think I’ve only re-read two or three books this year. I’m thinking of maybe making it in a reading challenge for next year or something like that…that or host a reading challenge focused on Spanish literature (kind of like the ones I’ve participated on French literature and Italian literature). Thoughts? =)
  8. Thanksgiving is this weekend for us Canadians! Not that we do anything special around this time but I’m hearing wonderful things on the menu for this Monday so we’ll see =D Now if only Daylight Savings would end soon, I’m getting weirded out at how early it gets dark out now *has gotten used to the sun setting at 9 in the evening; darn evening classes for spoiling me like this, lol*
  9. On another note, the winner of this year’s Man Booker will be announced on Tuesday! Sadly I haven’t gotten around to any of the titles that have been shortlisted, even though I’ve been eyeing about three of the six books. What did you guys think about the announcement that the prize is going to be opened to American authors next year? I never mentioned about it here but I’m a little against the idea; I like the notion of the Man Booker as a Commonwealth-centred prize…
  10. This song is stuck in my head at the moment:

If you’re participating in this, be sure to leave a link! I’d love to read what’s going on with you, bookish or otherwise =)

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12 Responses to “Ten Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts”

  1. Happy belated birthday! That sounds like a pretty amazing celebration. 🙂

    I’d be on board for the Spanish lit reading challenge, just saying 😉

  2. I LOVE cake. I never end up getting one, thought, since my birthday is so close to our US Thanksgiving (or on it, like last year), so everyone has pie on the brain. This year I’m making my own damn cake. No shame. I also LOVE Marc Jacobs- definitely my “genre” of scents.

    • Aww that you never get cake (but yay for cake this year!). But mmmm, pie, lol…

      Now I’m wondering if I ever came across any of Marc Jacobs’ other scents, Honey is very nice 🙂

  3. 1. Make stacks on the floor 😉
    3. Like you, I’ll judge on a case-by-case basis
    4. Happy Birthday!
    5. I LOVE perfume although unlike nail polish which I change every few days, I always stick to same favourite perfumes – LouLou or Violette in winter and Eternity or Light Blue for summer.
    9. I didn’t get to read any either. Will wait for winner now and read that.
    10. I love ELO *I am a product of the seventies….*

    • I think so about the stacks too 😉

      Thanks for the birthday greeting! 🙂

      I spent the other day going through ELO tracks with my dad; I actually listen to a bit more of their stuff than I initially thought 😀 One of those “Why wasn’t I listening to them sooner?” bands xD

      Nice that you have perfumes for the season! I used to change nail polish every week but ever since I started labs, I realise my need my nails clear in case I need to use one of the machines for practice, lol

  4. Happy birthday! The cakes and cannoli sound delicious.

    I’ve been meaning to read The Haunted Bookshop. Alas, too many other books on the TBR list at the moment!

    And I know exactly where you’re coming from with the slipping resolve re: buying books. Oh boy, do I. Fortunately for my budget, I’m sticking to freebies & Kindle bargains so far… but the huge booksale at the library is coming up, and I’ll probably bring home at least a bagful.

    • Thank you for the birthday greeting! They were 🙂

      The Haunted Bookshop was fantastic, I highly recommend it 😀

      Oooh, booksales! Have fun 😉 I’ve been pretty good in holding out for a bargain price but sometimes it’s just like, I need that book stat! lol

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