Monthly Archives: August 2014


Website: August Updates

Posted 31 August, 2014 by Lianne in Website / 6 Comments

Goodness, where has the month gone? One minute I just finished writing my exams, the next it’s almost back to school again! =/ Despite saying that I was going to ease off being around here for the last few weeks of the month, I ended up scheduling quite a number of posts, lol…


(not my gif, but omg this scene from Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

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  1. Books reviewed this month include: Jonathan Tropper’s This Is Where I Leave You (review), Bernie Wu and Kate Rorick’s The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet (review) and T.S. Krupa’s Safe & Sound (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: Terence Blacker’s The Twyning (review), William Alexander’s Flirting With French (review), and Lev Grossman’s The Magician’s Land (review). You can check out all of the ARCs that I recently read in this tag.
  3. Movies watched and reviewed include: Castle in the Sky (review), Before Sunrise (review), and Before Sunset (review). You can check out all of the movies I reviewed in this category (actually watched quite a bit of movies this past month!).
  4. Also got around to watching/catching up with some television shows, yay! Posted up my thoughts on series 1 of Call the Midwife (review) and The Hour (review) as well as series 2 of The Hour (review). Series 8 of Doctor Who has also started; keep an eye out for my thoughts on the new episodes next month (I’ve decided to post my thoughts in batches as well).

  5. As you may have noticed, I made a few changes around here on the blog: new header (a snapshot I took of one of my shelves), a snazzy “About the Author” at the bottom of each post, moving my blog roll into a separate page. Some changes were also made to my FB page and on Twitter (at long last, lmao; will continue celebrating Germany’s win at the World Cup in my heart though).

  6. Friendly reminder that you can subscribe to my website via email! (see option on the side menu) I recently came to the realisation that feeds like BlogLovin and Feedly can still be difficult to keep up and whatnot (or is it just me?) so there it is for everyone’s convenience 🙂

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And that’s about it from me for the month of August! Things to look forward to next month: I’m taking part in a blog tour for M.K. Tod’s Lies Told in Silence, my list of top books read this summer is going live this Friday, and I have a number of reviews for ARCs I’ve read in the last few weeks going live, which should be fun 🙂 (Classes are starting again, so blah =S)

Television: The Hour (Series 2)

Posted 31 August, 2014 by Lianne in Entertainment / 2 Comments

A behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news programme.

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So, the reason why I finally got around to watching The Hour? Peter Capaldi. Yup, I saw a clip of him as Randall Brown on YouTube and was just blown away at what a stark contrast his portrayal of the character was to the likes to The Thick of It‘s Malcolm Tucker. And the story seemed really interesting–there’s so much more about the show than meets the eye…or the premise–so I decided to go back and watch the show from the beginning (see my thoughts on series 1). But here we are now, at series 2, trying to savour it as best as I can. Contains spoilers for both seasons!

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Television: The Hour (Series 1)

Posted 30 August, 2014 by Lianne in Entertainment / 4 Comments

A behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news programme.

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Okay, I’m late to this fandom. I heard a lot about The Hour a few years ago but I’m uber slow when it comes to getting around to watching television shows and only got around to it now (the actual reason that prompted me to watch it though will be revealed tomorrow, lol).

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Television: Call the Midwife (Series 1)

Posted 29 August, 2014 by Lianne in Entertainment / 6 Comments

The lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late 1950s.

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As a good costume drama fan, I’ve been hearing about this series forever and had been meaning to get around to it for just as long! Finally got around to doing so on a bit of a whim–classes had finished, I was in a 1950s sort of mood with watching The Hour as well, this show contains themes of health–so here I am 🙂

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Review: Flirting With French

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

Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me, and Nearly Broke My Heart
By: William Alexander
Format/Source: Advanced Reading Copy courtesy of Algonquin Books via the LibraryThing Early Reviewers programme

William Alexander is more than a Francophile. He wants to be French. To sip absinthe at the window of a dark café, a long scarf wrapped around his neck, a copy of Le Monde at hand. Among the things that have stood in his way of becoming French, though, is the fact that he can’t actually speak the language. So Alexander sets out to conquer the language he loves. Readers will find out if it loves him back.

Alexander eats, sleeps, and dreams French. (He even conjugates in his dreams.) And while he’s playing hooky from grammar lessons and memory techniques, he travels to France, delves into the colorful history of the French language and the science of linguistics, and even goes to Google to find out what’s taking them so long to perfect translation software. Finally, he contemplates how it can be that in French, breasts are masculine and beards are feminine, and tries to make sense of idioms like c’est la fin des haricots (it’s the end of the beans)—which means, appropriately enough, “it’s hopeless.” But ca ne fait rien! (No matter!) What Bill Alexander learns while not learning French is its own reward.

The title of this book was what caught my attention when I was going through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers list; it pretty much lays out what the book is all about. I’m not an all-out Francophile–am rather an Italophile in that respect–but all things French do interest me. Plus language learning has been something that has interested me in recent years so I was piqued by this book. I received an advanced reading copy of this title from the publishers. This book will be available on 16 September 2014.

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