Monthly Archives: February 2014

Website: February Updates

Posted 28 February, 2014 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

Where has the month gone? Seemed like yesterday that February had just started and now I’m neck-deep in exams, lol. I’ll also be starting to slowly catching up to comments from the last two weeks here as well as blog-hopping–it has been a rather busy month! I hope you all had a lovely February and that you’re all keeping warm 🙂

Not my gif (as always). I didn’t watch event for this but omg, lmao #yikes

  1. Read a number of great books this month including Ivan Goncharov’s Oblomov (review), Olga Grushin’s The Dream Life of Sukhanov (review) and C.S. Richardson’s The Emperor of Paris (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. I’ve also participated in a two awesome book tours this month:

    Be sure to drop by later in March as I will be participating in two book tours: one for Kate Mosse’s Citadel and one for Gregoire Delacourt’s My Wish List

  3. I also celebrated my seventh blogoversary this month! Crazy how time flies by and how old this web space is now…I also celebrated it with a book giveaway contest that closes at midnight tonight so there’s still a bit more time to enter if you haven’t already!
  4. The Way of Kings Read-Along continues along this month! I hosted some questions last week, which was pretty fun. You can follow my answers through this tag; if you want to participate, please follow the links at the start of my posts. We have also been hosting a massive giveaway contest for the series that also closes midnight tonight if you want to enter 🙂 The read-along will be wrapping up next week, I believe, in which I will also post up my commentary of the novel then.
  5. The latest issue of Femnista was released back on the 1st. The theme is everything Disney-related. You can check out the issue over here. Also: Femnista is looking for contributing writers right now so if you love writing and love writing about movies/television shows/books/history/etc. you should check it out!
  6. And on a final note–new header! Yeah, spring and Lent are around the corner but with the weather we’ve been having this week (been feeling like -15C to -33C (windchill included) these past few days), you think winter would never end (haha, I know, the hashtag for the Canadian team during the Olympics was #WeAreWinter and now it seems we’re quite literally having it). Nonetheless, winter-y header complete with good memories of travelling on the train across Austria <333

And that’s about it from me for this month! Aside from the two upcoming book tours, there’s nothing else in particular happening next month except for some ARC reviews that I’ll be posting up and, of course, more book reviews and the like. Happy weekend! 🙂

Review: Tales of the Alhambra

Posted 28 February, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Tales of the Alhambra
By: Washington Irving
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Washington Irving’s dreamlike description of Spain’s Granada and the beautiful Moorish castle, the Alhambra, remains one of the most entertaining travelogues ever written. Enhanced here with exquisite Spanish guitar music, the narrative is a heady mix of fact, myth, and depictions of secret chambers, desperate battles, imprisoned princesses, palace ghosts, and fragrant gardens, described in a wistful and dreamlike eloquence, will transport listeners to a paradise of their own.

I’ve been curious about this book ever since I first came across it during my many meanderings around GoodReads. I’ve never been to Granada and the Alhambra sounds like this exotic, distant place of mystery. I recently picked this book up for my eReader and was in the mood for a bit of a travelogue 🙂 This book is part of the Everything Espana Reading Challenge 2014 that I am participating in.

Reading this book, I wished it came with images because it would really add to the descriptions of the Alhambra and the town in which Washington Irving stayed at. There’s nothing much to say about this collection, really, as for the most part it covers Irving’s time in Granada, from his time travelling to the place to the time that he departed. I really enjoyed his recollections and observations; there’s a sense of journey to them and it was interesting to read about everything that happened to him while he was there. The collection also includes tales he’s collected while he was there, which adds to the experience.

There’s nothing too much to say about this book. I enjoyed reading about Granada and Irving’s observations of the Alhambra and the festivals he participated in. I can’t say I had a particular favourite chapter in this volume, but I did especially enjoy reading his observations heading to the Alhambra and his final chapter and sentiments as he was leaving. I hope to visit the place myself one of these days 🙂

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Review: Fahrenheit 451

Posted 27 February, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

Fahrenheit 451
By: Ray Bradbury
Format/Source: Mass bound paperback

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires …

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning … along with the houses in which they were hidden.

Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames … never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

Then he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think … and Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do!

For many years my brother has been telling me to read this novel. The book wasn’t part of my curriculum in high school and despite having read George Orwell’s 1984 and other classic dystopian books by other authors, I just never got around to this one. While browsing through the Book Depository recently, I finally got around to just picking up a copy for myself–hurray! Contains some spoilers ahead!

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Commentary: The Bishop Goes to the University

Posted 26 February, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Bishop Goes to the University: A Bishop Blackie Ryan Novel
By: Andrew M. Greeley
Format/Source: Mass bound paperback; my copy

The irrepressible Bishop Blackwood Ryan returns as his Cardinal dispatches Blackie to The University on the South Side of Chicago to investigate a baffling locked-room mystery. Someone has assassinated a Russian Orthodox monk in his office at the Divinity School-despite the fact that the door of his office was bolted shut from the inside and no killer was found within.

Who shot Brother Semyon Ivanivich Popov? There were only four professors in the building on the night of the shooting: a feminist theologian, a distinguished scripture scholar, an expert on the Talmud, and a young tenure-seeking professor whom Blackie compares to a silverback gorilla.

It turns out that the mystery of the locked room is simple compared to the international intrigue that swiftly develops around the case. Intelligence agents from diverse nations seem to be involved, as well as both the Sicilian and Russian mobs. Blackie soon finds himself the target of threats and actual bullets as he seeks to unravel the deepening mystery surrounding the murdered monk-whose murky secrets may stretch all the way to the Vatican itself!

Murder is more than academic in yet another delightful whodunit by one of America’s most popular storytellers.

I honestly don’t remember how I first came by this book and this series. Maybe it was a newspaper article or a website but I was intrigued at the idea of a Catholic priest sleuthing. This particular title especially caught my attention because it involved university insitutions and Russian Orthodoxy. I remember enjoying it the first time around; it’s a slim volume but it’s jam-packed with story and characterisation. I decided to re-visit it after my mum bought a whole slew of his novels following the author’s passing last year.

This book is part of the A Year in Re-Reading: a 2014 Reading Challenge that I am participating in.

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‘The Way of Kings’ Read-Along (Week 9)

Posted 26 February, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

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Anya from Starships and Dragonwings and Nrlymrtl from Dab of Darkness are hosting a read-along starting in January for Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings. Please check out THIS POST for more details on how to participate and the schedule of chapters covered.

In conjunction with our read-along, we are also hosting a super awesome giveaway for a chance to win a copy of either The Way of Kings or the follow-up, Words of Radiance, out in April! The giveaway contest is courtesy of; please click on the link for details on how to enter.

Whoo-hoo, I was able to finish answering these questions on time! lol (I mentioned half-coherently last week that I was going to be delayed because it’s been busy on my end)

Anyway, so here we are at Week 9 of the read-along 🙂 This week we are covering Chapters 58 to 65, the following questions put together by Liesel @ Musings on Fantasia. I do apologise in advance if my responses are rather scant this week; I had finished the book some time ago and was busy this past week so details are a bit murky and overlapping now for me *blushes* SPOILERS ahead as always 🙂

01. Andolin has a change of heart, not only about his father, but about how he views the war. How do you think this will affect the story going forward?
Sort of a \o/ moment when he did have a change of heart tbh, a moment of clarity and maturity (with other matters in his life). I think the threat of his father abdicating and everything else that has been happening recently just sort of gave a whole new perspective to Andolin and his surroundings and his peers. Going forward, I think he will be in closer counsel with his father on war and Court matters (I hope! Don’t need any more family drama, lol).

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