Monthly Archives: June 2014


Website: June Updates

Posted 30 June, 2014 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

Well, here we are, at the end of yet another month (and halfway through 2013 already! Yikes!)


Not my gif but Miroslav Klose is amazing, as always

  1. Well, this month has been pretty busy in getting reviews up, scheduled and all that jazz. So some of the reviews featured this month were books read from last month, but anyway, reviewed a number of great books this month, including: Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (review), David Homel’s The Fledglings (review) and Antonio Hill’s The Summer of Dead Toys (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. Also posted reviews for a number of ARCs that I read this month, including Antonio Hill’s The Good Suicides (review), Herman Koch’s Summer House With Swimming Pool (review), and Kate Racculia’s Bellweather Rhapsody (review). You can check out all of the ARCs that I recently read in this tag.
  3. For the past month I’ve also been taking part in a blogging event called Mental Health Awareness Month, hosted by Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts and Ula @ Blog of Erised. Posts featured this month included a wonderful guest post from Anish Majumdar, author of The Isolation Door (review). You can find all of my posts related to this event in this tag.
  4. It’s been pretty busy this month on the offline/real life front with tests and my clinical placement so I haven’t really watched anything save for Game of Thrones (not sure if I’m putting together a post though) and Orphan Black (and World Cup matches, but that’s for a whole other post ๐Ÿ˜› ). You can find my thoughts on season 2 of the latter in this tag.

Nothing else to really add to this month’s updates post…I’m continuing to update my layout here a bit when I can and customise it to my liking. Next month looks to be pretty quiet with just book reviews and whatever else comes my way. Oh, wait! There is one book blog tour to look out for in this space here as later this week I’ve got a Q&A with Lucy Clarke (author of The Sea Sisters and the upcoming A Single Breath) going live ๐Ÿ™‚ So something to look forward to!

Hope everyone had a lovely June! And to all Canadians visiting my blog, a happy Canada Day long weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ *goes back to watching and reading up on World Cup news*

MHAM: 2014 June Wrap-Up

Posted 30 June, 2014 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

MHAM

Mental Health Awareness Month is hosted by Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts and Ula @ Blog of Erised. It is a way to spread awareness on the issues that are often overlooked, not to mention sporting a very bad reputation. The month of June will be dedicated to reading and reviewing/discussing books that discuss Mental Health. You can sign up to participate in the event in either Leah or Ula’s blogs.

And here we are, at the end of the month and thus at the end of the event. I do apologise, I’m actually very much behind at commenting on some posts, June has been a very busy month for me =S I will do my best to reply to some posts, but in the meantime, here are the posts that I’ve contributed and featured for the event:

And that’s about it! I wish I could have participated more but alas for the time…but it was a great event to raise awareness about Mental Health, both in our lives and in the books that we read. Thank you again to Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts and Ula @ Blog of Erised for hosting such a fantastic event! ๐Ÿ™‚

Review: The Third Son

Posted 28 June, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Third Son
By: Julie Wu
Format/Source: Paperback copy courtesy of Algonquin Books via LibraryThing Early Reviewers programme

In the middle of a terrifying air raid in Japanese-occupied Taiwan, Saburo, the least-favored son of a Taiwanese politician, runs through a forest for cover. Itโ€™s there he stumbles on Yoshiko, whose descriptions of her loving family are to Saburo like a glimpse of paradise. Meeting her is a moment he will remember forever, and for years he will try to find her again. When he finally does, she is by the side of his oldest brother and greatest rival.

In Saburo, author Julie Wu has created an extraordinary character, determined to fight for everything he needs and wants, from food to education to his first love. The Third Son is a sparkling and moving story about a young boy with his head in the clouds who, against all odds, finds himself on the frontier of Americaโ€™s space program.

For starters, this edition of the novel has such a lovely book cover. Anyway, it was the premise that caught my attention as well as the title; with a novel like The Third Son, one already gets a sense that there’s a lot of hardship and obstacles involved in the story. I was fortunate to have been approved a copy of this novel through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers programme in exchange for an honest review. This book was released on 27 May 2014. The following review may contain some minor spoilers!

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Review: The End of the Point

Posted 28 June, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The End of the Point
By: Elizabeth Graver
Format/Source: won a paperback copy of this book from Read Her Like an Open Book

A place out of time, Ashaunt Point, Massachusetts, has provided sanctuary and anchored life for generations of the Porter family, who summer along its remote, rocky shore. But in 1942, the U.S. Army arrives on the Point, bringing havoc and change.

An unforgettable portrait of one family’s journey through the second half of the twentieth century, The End of the Point artfully probes the hairline fractures hidden beneath the surface of our lives and traces the fragile and enduring bonds that connect us. With subtlety and grace, Elizabeth Graver illuminates the powerful legacy of family and place, exploring what we are born into and what we pass down, preserve, cast off, or willingly set free.

I always enjoy a good generational story and family sagas and this novel fits the bill, a family grounded by their home at Ashaunt Point, Massachusetts. I won a copy of this novel from a contest held by Read Her Like an Open Book and thank the blogger and the publishers for the awesome giveaway. The following are my honest impressions of this novel.

This book was released on 22 April 2014. This book also nicely coincides with the Mental Health Awareness Month event that I am participating in ๐Ÿ™‚

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Review: The Summer of Dead Toys

Posted 27 June, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Summer of Dead Toys
By: Antonio Hill
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Under a hot Barcelona sun, a killer is feeling the heat.

When the death of a vulnerable young witness in a case of human trafficking and voodoo causes the normally calm Police Inspector Hector Salgado to beat someone up, he is moved off the project and sent instead to investigate a teenager’s fall to his death in one of Barcelona’s uptown areas. As Salgado begins to uncover the inconvenient truths behind the city’s most powerful families, two seemingly unsolvable cases are set to implode under the hot Barcelona sun.

I had read an ARC of the second book in the series, The Good Suicides (review), earlier this year and was curious to read about Inspector Salgado’s earlier case. Was pretty thrilled to get a copy of this book recently; it seemed like the perfect summer thriller to read (and thank goodness I have a few of those stocked up for this summer ;))

This book is part of the Everything Espana Reading Challenge 2014 that I am participating in.

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