Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 10 July, 2014 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 8 Comments

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.).


This entry is brought to you by a casually-strolling Mario Goetz (not my gif, as always)

  1. Question: let’s say you won a book from a giveaway hosted by a blog and you never received it…do you email to inform the blogger about the situation? I know that some bloggers mention that it’s not their responsibility if the book never arrives or is lost and while this blogger never mentioned anything, I dunno if there’s any point to give the heads up anyhow…?
  2. Random shout-out/recommendation/pluggage: Lucy Clarke’s A Single Breath (review). A perfect summer read, IMO. And I had the opportunity to ask her a few questions about the book πŸ™‚
  3. In some bookish news: Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists (review) is going to be adapted for television by BBC. Interesting, interesting…
  4. Book haul! Okay, in the past week or so, a lot of my pre-orders and other assortments of books pouring into my mailbox (hurray! πŸ˜€ ) Suffice to say, my TBR pile is now bursting and there is no room in my new bookshelf for all of these books xP

  5. Okay, I’m normally not one to watch musicals and movies involving music (weird, as I do love music)–I still have yet to finish watching The Fiddler on the Roof and the only musical I’ve watched is The Sound of Music–so Begin Again starring Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley sort of fell out of the periphery for me. However, I decided to look at the trailer again after hearing Keira Knightley sing “Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home” for the soundtrack. It’s really catchy (I can’t stop listening to it! πŸ˜› ) and I think she has a nice voice:
  6. Speaking of movies, as if I wasn’t excited enough for Guardians of the Galaxy (the soundtrack, by the way, looks amazing), they release this trailer:

And now for my World Cup section of this week’s thoughts. I’m placing them behind a cut again in case you’re not a football fan πŸ˜‰

  1. OMG, the Germany vs Brasil match O_O If my Twitter feed during the match was any indication of my thoughts and feelings on the match…guys, is this real life? Have our German boys made it to the finals? I suppose one of these days I should talk a bit of how I became such a huge fan of Die Nationalmannschaft but suffice to say I’ve been following them for 8 years, cheering and waiting for them to make it to the finals (I mean, they did in Euro 2008, and then they lost and I’ve been bitter over Spain NT ever since), but it feels a lot closer now and it’s scary. Thrilling, but also pretty scary πŸ˜›
  2. I mean, I was a little worried when I started watching but figured like every other match I’ve seen them in so far (minus the Algeria one; yikes, that one) they’d eventually find their pace and play football. But I was not expecting this. I was still cheering over the second goal–cheering especially happily because Miro broke the record with the most WC goals *happy tears*–when they just started scoring and scoring…

    gif source; look at Miroslav Klose, boss that he is

    The number of records Germany broke that night was insane (this is just some of them; I think there were a few more that didn’t make this list)! I can see why Toni Kroos got Man of the Match, scoring the fastest back to back (69 seconds), but wow! And Andre Schuerrle came on for Klose and scored some more! I particularly cannot get over the second goal he made, I seriously thought it wasn’t going to go in, but it did!

    gif source; the way he just gets that ball and then hits it home is just wow!

    So yeah, me! Ecstatic! Yay that my boys are playing on Sunday, when I’m off πŸ˜€ Sure, I have a paper due, but whatever, priorities!
  3. But then I felt so bad feeling all \o/ because Brasil was completely thrashed on their home turf =S I was so dazed and surprised by Germany’s 5-0 lead that it only registered after a while that the Brasilians were booing their own team (and later even cheering the Germans on their 7th goal). And the tears of the kids in the stadium… πŸ™ Yeah, that was hard. I just hope they’re able to take something out from this and start all over again for the next World Cup. Also, I hope everyone is safe for the remainder of the tournament!
  4. As an aside, the journalists are having a field day coming up with those headlines! Talk about flourish!
  5. I was at school early for the Netherlands vs. Argentina match so I did see the regular time segment of the match. As I was telling someone on Twitter…yeah, compared to Tuesday’s match, that match was close to comatose-level. I mean, they’re weren’t wholly parking the bus or anything, but there was a lot of caution going on in the first half (along with a few bumps, slides, and the usual dives), almost as though neither of them wanted to advance O_o (but who can blame them, Tuesday’s match was a lesson in defense). I was actually writing my midterm when I heard cheers erupting from the main foyer; looking at the clock, I realised the match had gone to penalties (thank you to everyone who tweeted me the results btw! Much appreciated πŸ™‚ )
  6. So, Argentina vs. Germany for the final! This should be a much different match (let the anxiety continue!) from what we’ve seen in recent days…and yeah, we’ll see! (Sorry, I’m using those exclamation marks quite a bit in this latter half of the post, but my feelings xD) (And then it will be all over and life will be blah again–but at least many of you guys watching will get some sleep πŸ™‚ )
  7. Bonus: For whatever reason, I’ve never heard many of the German players actually speak English (other than Michael Ballack. Because, you know, he’s Michael Ballack, and he’s got such a cute accent). So for those of you who are in the same boat as me, here’s a video of Bastian Schweinsteiger & Mats Hummels (and a wee bit of Thomas Mueller being…well, himself =P) talking in English πŸ™‚ (Btw, Mats’ English is really good, I think)

And that’s about it for me! How was your week?

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8 Responses to “Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts”

  1. Hi: Glad to have discovered your blog today! As a blogger who has hosted giveaways, I would definitely like to receive an email from a reader who did not receive their book! I would double-check the address with them and then send a follow-up email to my publicity contact at the publishing house. I would feel terrible if the book did not reach the winner – but the winner never let me know!

    That said, I have been on the receiving end of winning books in giveaways and it has taken FOREVER for the book to reach me. I’m talking about as along as two months. It usually means the publicity contact has not timed things correctly with the blogger.

    Hope this helps!

    • Thank you for dropping by and for the feedback re: my giveaway dilemma! I contacted the person who organised it and it sounds like everything’s straightened out now πŸ™‚

    • Hope you enjoy the ARC! I didn’t quite enjoy it, but I think the story just wasn’t for me (or maybe I wasn’t in the mood for it? Not sure)

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