Monthly Archives: July 2014

Website: July Updates

Posted 31 July, 2014 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

Okay, to be honest I’m glad that July is over and done with. Assignments, tests, presentations, one other thing that I won’t rant about here but suffice to say has made this semester especially annoying…Yeah, I just want this semester to be over and done with. Sweet, sweet break, just around the corner(-ish).

This post is brought to you by hilarious Thomas Mueller dancing…in lederhosen (not my gif, obviously)


  1. Books reviewed this month include: Graham Greene’s Monsignor Quixote (review), Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl (review) and Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s Marina (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. ARCs read and reviewed this month include: Lucy Clarke’s A Single Breath (review), Julian Sanchez’s The Art Restorer (review), and a re-release of Laurie Lee’s classic A Rose for Winter (review). I had started reading Daisy Goodwin’s The Fortune Hunter but it ended up as a DNF for me (review). You can check out all of the ARCs that I recently read in this tag.
  3. Ooh, this is the first time I’m doing this for an update but I’ve read quite a number of comics this month, including Saga volume 1 (review) and Snowpiercer volume 1 (review). You can check out all the other comics-related posts I’ve made this month in this category.
  4. As part of a book blog tour courtesy of Simon & Schuster CA, I also had the opportunity to ask Lucy Clarke, author of A Single Breath, a few questions. You can read that interview in this post.
  5. I actually watched a few movies this month (*le gasp*): Pacific Rim (review), The Grand Budapest Hotel (review), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (review), Whispers of the Heart (review), and Kiki’s Delivery Service (review). And more to come next month after my exams are over and done with!
  6. Much as I’m ridiculously happy that my German boys won the World Cup this year, I’m sad that the World Cup is over and done with. 2016 is too far away for the Euros, let alone 2018 for the next World Cup…but anyway…
  7. Edit: Finally, on the website front, you can subscribe to my website via email! See the right-hand menu on how to do that…Dunno why I never installed that feature here, but there it is now 🙂


And that’s about it from me this month! I’m not sure how next month is going to work out for me, exactly, as I’ve got 2 fairly massive cumulative exams to study for and I’ve got a writing project that I’m hoping to work on after that (or sometime next month, however that works out). Aside from my TBR pile, I’m hoping to re-read more next month because from the three reading challenges I’m doing this year, I find myself a bit behind with A Year in Re-Reading: a 2014 Reading Challenge.

But anyway, how was everyone’s July? I’m going to end this post with the following gif (that never fails to crack me up):

Not my gif

Movie: Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

Posted 30 July, 2014 by Lianne in Entertainment / 6 Comments

A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.


Okay, I mentioned in my last movie review of a Studio Ghibli film that The Cat Returns was going to be the next movie on my list, but then I was charmed by the idea of watching this movie instead xD

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Movie: Whisper of the Heart (1995)

Posted 30 July, 2014 by Lianne in Entertainment / 5 Comments

During summer vacation, a schoolgirl named Shizuku, who longs to discover her true talents, observes an ordinary-looking cat riding by himself on the train. Intrigued, she decides to follow him. This chance encounter leads her to the mysterious Seiji, a boy who is determined to follow his dreams, and The Baron, a magical cat figurine who helps her listen to the whispers in her heart. Soon, Shizuku’s exciting adventures carry her far beyond the boundaries of her imagination.


Okay, last year I started watching all of the Studio Ghibli movies but sort of stopped this year for some reason (too many books, not a lot of time spent watching movies). After writing a particularly exhausting and D= test last week, I wanted to unwind completely and decided to watch one of his movies. This one wasn’t as long as the others and it seemed light enough for my present mood. Contains some minor spoilers ahead!

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Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 29 July, 2014 by Lianne in Meme / 18 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: Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

Oh my. Well… (This includes ebooks, right? Yeah, let’s include those 😉 )

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In no particular order:

  1. Daniel Silva — I own all 16 of his books (minus his latest novel that was released earlier this month)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien — I have all of his major works + his letters.
  3. Jane Austen — I own two copies of her completed novels (three copies in the case of Persuasion (commentary) and Sense and Sensibility (commentary) 😛 )
  4. Georgette Heyer — I think I’m slowly making my way to collecting all of her books on my Kobo (for the most part). Dunno if I should even bother counting at this point…
  5. Guy Gavriel Kay — After my recent spree on Kobo, I now have a ton of his books (6) 🙂
  6. Brandon Sanderson — Most of his books, anyway 😉 (10)
  7. Rainbow Rowell — I have all 4 of her books so I had to make that a fact somehow in this week’s list 😀
  8. Neil Gaiman — Another author was going to take this slot this week but then I realised while counting that I own 5 Neil Gaiman books so he gets a spot here.
  9. Terry Pratchett — Totally forgot that my Discworld novels are lined up behind my Daniel Silva books but yeah, I own a number of his books (8) 🙂
  10. Patricia A. McKillip — I don’t know how many books she’s written altogether but I think I’m almost halfway through collecting all of them, lol (11)

Edit: Guys, how on earth did I forget J.K. Rowling? I do own all 7 Harry Potter novels *facepalmsmack* I suppose GRRM should’ve made an appearance here too since I have 6 of his books…

Edit #2: And Carlos Ruiz Zafon! I own all 7 of his books (that were translated in English) and a second copy of The Shadow of the Wind. How could I have forgotten him? xP

And those are the authors I own the most books from! Who made your list this week?

Movie: Trailers Time!

Posted 28 July, 2014 by Lianne in Entertainment / 4 Comments

It’s been a few months since I’ve done this so here we go again 😉 This post is mainly prompted because of the following trailer:


*weeps tears of joy* After months without a single production video, news item or image in sight with regards to this final installment of The Hobbit, we finally get a teaser trailer. And it looks fantastic 😀 *needs more* *Is it December yet?*

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