Monthly Archives: November 2014

Website: November Updates

Posted 30 November, 2014 by Lianne in Website / 4 Comments

November, yeah…so glad it’s over and done with πŸ˜›

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  1. Books reviewed this month include: Miranda Hart’s Is It Just Me? (review), Alice Munro’s Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (review) and J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy (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: Ted Bishop’s The Social Life of Ink (review), Nick Cutter’s The Deep (review), and Paula Treick DeBoard’s The Fragile World (review). You can check out all of the ARCs that I recently read in this tag.
  3. The only collected volume of comics I read this month was Aquaman, vol. 4: Death of a King (review). You can check out all the other comics-related posts I’ve made this month in this category.
  4. This month I have also been participating in NaNoWriMo (wrap-up post here) and Sci-Fi Month (view tag).
  5. Moving into December, I’m still catching up on comments and getting my reviews caught up and live before the end of the year (how is it that we’ve reached the end of 2014 already?). I’ve alluded to this a few days ago but expect a major change here on the blog in January, namely a domain name change. Yeah, I’ve been mulling over it for the past year, wanting it to be a bit more bookish and unique (as 1) this current domain was an old placeholder when this place was still a personal webspace that I wasn’t sure what use it for and 2) someone else has caffeinated in their website name which can be a little confusing to read at times). No reveal yet as to the new name but I will go around to all of your blogs once the change has been made to let you know πŸ˜‰ (I know, this is going to be confusing -_-;)
  6. On a less confusing note, the new year will also bring my blogversary πŸ˜‰ Good times πŸ™‚


And that’s about it from me this month! Hope everyone had a lovely November–looking forward to the Christmas season ahead! \o/

Writing: NaNoWriMo 2014 Wrap-Up

Posted 30 November, 2014 by Lianne in Writing / 2 Comments

(Oops, that came out larger than I thought; too tired to resize)

Okay, to be fair, I didn’t really get a chance to post any updates along the way (both here and on Twitter) as my blogging schedule was pretty packed and, as my experience turned out this month I was just really busy :3 Suffice to say, it was an interesting experience to participate this year as

  1. I underestimated the power of group assignments all due this month O_O A lot of the time I was on the computer was towards completing them ;_;
  2. For the first time, I’ve actually experienced being behind in the word count considerably. This was a frightful experience, almost as bad as any looming deadline
  3. I had an idea of what the story was about and where it was headed and the themes invoved but it was so hard to put it all together. There are still a lot of holes in the narrative and a lot of work has to be put into characterisation in the edits.

I’m sure there’s a few points i’v missed in this list (my sleepiness from placement has finally caught up with me), but on a positive note I have a draft to this story now! The story that has been brewing in my head for a good decade finally has some kind of form xD And now I can relax (for now ;))

Did you participate in NaNoWriMo this year? If so, how did you do? What are you planning on doing next with your draft?

Sci-Fi Month: And It’s a Wrap!

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

Gosh, where has the month gone? This past November I had been participating in Sci-Fi Month, hosted by Rinn Reads & the lovely bloggers from Oh, The Books! along with NaNoWriMo, but that’s a different post altogether πŸ™‚

  • Saturday, November 1st — Introductions (post)
  • Monday, November 3th — My book review of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One (post)
  • Monday, November 10th — My thoughts on episodes 10 – 12 of series 8 of Doctor Who (post)
  • Wednesday, November 12th — My book review of Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice (post)
  • Monday, November 17th — My book review of Rachel Bach’s Fortune’s Pawn (post)
  • Friday, November 21st — Some thoughts on recent sci-fi short stories & novellas I’ve read (post)
  • Monday, November 24th — My book review of Gary Gibson’s Stealing Light (post)
  • Sunday, November 30th — Wrap-Up Post

Unfortunately I was not able to participate as much as I would have liked this month because of everything else that was happening offline, but I hope you found some new interesting books to check out and stuff from my participating posts πŸ™‚

Thank you again to the wonderful organisers for hosting such a great online event, bringing awareness and celebrating everything sci-fi! To everyone who participated, how did you find it? Were there any posts that you enjoyed reading or that you had fun putting together? Anything in articular you want me to check out ASAP? πŸ˜‰

Review: Daddy-Long-Legs

Posted 29 November, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

By: Jean Webster
Format/Source: eBook; my copy

First published in 1912, this young adult novel is comprised mostly of letters from orphan Jerusha β€œJudy” Abbott to her anonymous benefactor whom she names β€œDaddy Long Legs”. The letters chronicle her departure from the orphanage through four years of college. Judy makes new friends, slowly gains knowledge and independence, but also struggles with her humble past and unfixed future.

I had briefly heard of this book in passing and remembered thinking it was a weird title because of the reference to the spider (creeps me out *shudders*) but I never thought to investigate further. The book only returned to my radar in the past year or two, having read Katherine Reay’s Dear Mr. Knightley (review) and learning that it was influenced by this novel. So it slowly made its way to my to-read list πŸ˜‰

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Review: The Secret Garden

Posted 28 November, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

The Secret Garden
By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
Format/Source: eBook; my copy

Mary Lennox, lonely and unwanted, arrives from India to live with her uncle in Yorkshire.

Left to herself there is little to do apart from explore the huge, gloomy house and its surrounding until, one sunny morning, she stumbles across a secret garden, hidden behind ivy-clad walls. For the first time in her sad short life she has found something to care for and determines to restore the garden to its former glory. As the garden begins to bloom and is magically transformed no one is left untouched…

I watched the movie adaptation when I was younger, and remember feeling quite enchanted at the idea of a secret garden filled with wonders and beauty. I can’t remember when I first found out that it was based off a classic novel, but I never got around to reading it until now (I think the recent bout of dreary weather outside compelled me to pick up this novel πŸ˜› ).

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