Monthly Archives: July 2014

Review: A Single Breath

Posted 4 July, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

A Single Breath
By: Lucy Clarke
Format/Source: Advanced Reading Copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster CA

Eva has only been married for eight months when her husband, Jackson, is swept to his death while fishing. Weighed down by confusion and sorrow, Eva decides to take leave of her midwifery practice in London and visit Jackson’s estranged family in Tasmania with the hope of grieving together.

Instead, she discovers that the man she loved so deeply is not the man she thought she knew. Jackson’s father and brother reveal a dark past, exposing the lies her marriage was built upon. As Eva struggles to come to terms with the depth of Jackson’s deception, she must also confront her growing attraction to Jackson’s brother, Saul, who offers her intimacy, passion, and answers to her most troubling questions.

Will Eva be able to move forward in life, or will she be caught up in a romance with Saul, haunted by her husband’s past?

The author’s name sort of slipped my attention but it was only after I first heard of the premise of this novel from the publishers that I remembered: I had added her other novel, Swimming at Night (or The Sea Sisters depending on your edition (the copy I ordered is under the latter title)), to my wishlist some time ago. Anyway, the premise of this novel sounded interesting–my type of novel! The publishers kindly provided me an advanced reading copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This book will be available on 8 July 2014.

Also, be sure to pop in to this post for a Q&A with the author, Lucy Clarke, courtesy of Simon & Schuster CA 🙂

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Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 3 July, 2014 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 10 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.).

Not my gif but lmao, easily one of my favourite reactions throughout the WC so far 😀 Oh, Klinsi

  1. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! June was a bit crazy, the tests and midterms sort of stacked up against me =S This month isn’t so bad but there are the group presentations that I have to do (ugh, group work. Who devised this mode of torture? My groups are, for the most part, good and coordinated, but there’s this one presentation that makes no sense as a presentation and would’ve worked better as an essay topic < / ends academic critique >
  2. It’s getting super hot outside now and me no like 🙁
  3. I haven’t written in over a month. This realisation has left me D= I wanted to do Camp NaNoWriMo this month but school is shaping up to be a disaster in the making, so I guess I’ll have to make my own little Camp NaNoWriMo next month or something….
  4. I never reviewed the book a few years ago but the trailer for S.J. Watson’s Before I Go To Sleep is out! (trailer here) Pretty psyched for it, might have to re-read the book now 😉
  5. Okay, for some reason, I never got around to finishing The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I only remembered earlier this week because I ordered a copy of the novelisation, lol *oops* Thank goodness a company picked them up and packaged the episodes up on iTunes and elsewhere because I’m one of those people who can’t really sit in front of YouTube for long periods of time (well, sometimes, but not all the time), so it’s nice to have access of the episodes somewhere to watch whenever I want (without killing my bandwidth). In other news, Emma Approved is pretty amusing too (despite Emma (review) not being my favourite Austen novel)
  6. World Cup! Despite of things being rather crappy on the offline segment of things, having the World Cup has been the highlight of it all. If you follow me on Twitter, you’d notice that my entire feed recently, when it’s not about latest book reviews posted here, are my live tweets from the games. And all the feels (I hope this cut works, for those who don’t follow):

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Review: Monsignor Quixote

Posted 2 July, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Monsignor Quixote
By: Graham Greene
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

When Father Quixote, the local priest of the Spanish village of El Toboso who claims ancestry to Cervantes’ fictional Don Quixote, is elevated to the rank of monsignor through a clerical error, he sets out on a journey to Madrid to purchase purple socks appropriate to his new station. Accompanying him on his mission is his best friend, Sancho, the Communist ex-mayor of the village who argues politics and religion with the priest and rescues him from the various troubles his innocence lands him in along the way.

I’ve been meaning to read more books by Graham Greene. My first novel by him was actually The Power and the Glory; read it years ago when my brother had to read it for a high school English class. I had never read anything by him so I borrowed it and found it really intriguing. But I never got around to another book of his until this one. This book caught my attention because of the title; I had read Cervantes’ Don Quixote years ago for an undergrad course but sadly had to rush through it so I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted (would like to re-read it this year but I don’t know if I have the time). I thought the premise of this novel was very interesting, so I picked it up 🙂

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

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Review: A Rose for Winter

Posted 2 July, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

A Rose for Winter
By: Laurie Lee
Format/Source: galley courtesy of Open Road Integrated Media via NetGalley

A passionate ode to the magic of Spain, composed by one of its most ardent admirers

Fifteen years after the events described in his acclaimed autobiographies, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning and A Moment of War, Laurie Lee returned to Spain, the land of his youth and experience. He found a country bowed but not broken, where the heavy gloom of the recent past was shot through with the vibrant rays of tradition: the exquisite ecstasy of the flamenco, the pomp and circumstance of the bullfight, the eternal glory of Christ and church.

From the smuggler’s paradise of Algeciras to the Moorish majesty of Granada, Lee paints the wonders of Spain with a poet’s brush. To read A Rose for Winter is to be transported to one of the most enchanted places on earth.

Suffice to say, the premise of this nonfiction title was what caught my attention. I’ve never been to Andalucia so I’m always up for reading travelogues set in the region. Apparently I had also added other books by this author to my wishlist before, so I suppose this came to my attention in good time 😉

This edition of the book was released on 10 June 2014. This book is part of the Everything Espana Reading Challenge 2014 that I am participating in.

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List: Happy Canada Day! + Literature

Posted 1 July, 2014 by Lianne in Lists / 4 Comments

HAPPY CANADA DAY!!! To celebrate the 147th anniversary of the establishment of the country, I’ve listed some books I’ve read recently written by Canadian authors (still working on the whole “reading more Canadian authors” that I noted last year but I’m getting there!) 🙂

The Emperor of Paris by C.S. Richardson (review) — This is one of those books I read earlier this year and that I can’t stop raving about. Set in the early twentieth century in Paris, it weaves a story of seemingly disparate and separate characters together…I absolutely love the prose and just the story on the whole. I’m hoping to pick up his first novel, The End of the Alphabet, at some point.

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