Monthly Archives: May 2015

May Updates

Posted 31 May, 2015 by Lianne in Website / 10 Comments

How is it that it’s the end of the month already? May was such a strange month for me, especially towards the end–I kept thinking Victoria Day weekend was at the last week of the month but it wasn’t O_O Anyways, here’s what has been going on here at the blog for the month of May:


  1. Books reviewed this month include: Lucinda Riley’s The Lavender Garden (review), Deborah Harkness’ The Book of Life (review), and Marina Fiorato’s Beatrice and Benedick (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. ARCs reviewed this month include: Catherine Chanter’s The Well (review) and Donna Douglas’ The Nightingale Girls (review). You can check out all of the ARCs that I recently read in this tag.
  3. For So You Want to Read… this month, I focused on the late Sir Terry Pratchett‘s Discworld books (for the most part, anyway). You can read the post of my recommendations here. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
  4. No movies or theatre-related posts this month, but I did pose this question at the start of the month about what to do with ARCs afterwards. Please pop in if you can, I would really appreciate the input! πŸ™‚
  5. I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner but I’m slowly starting to add tags in to my book reviews for ratings to make it easier to navigate my blog. Unfortunately I have some 600+ (!!!) posts of book reviews so creating a proper archive would be incredibly cumbersome with time I don’t have so I’m hoping the tags would be of some use πŸ˜‰


And that’s about it from me this month! Hope everyone had a lovely May and wishing all the best for the month of June πŸ™‚

Review: Beatrice and Benedick

Posted 29 May, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

Beatrice and Benedick
By: Marina Fiorato
Format/Source: Paperback; my copy

Hidden in the language of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy Much Ado About Nothing, are several clues to an intriguing tale. It seems that the witty lovers Beatrice and Benedick had a previous love affair which ended bitterly. But how did they meet, why did they part, and what after oceans apart and divided by war and slander, brought them together again?

In a journey that takes us from the courts of sunlit Sicily to the crippled Armada fleet and from a cruel curse uttered at the stake to the glorious Renaissance cities of thenorth, Marina Fiorato tells a story of intrigue, treachery and betrayal that will shed a new light on Shakespeare’s most appealing lovers.

Oh, man, this book has been quite up there in the want-to-read list (more like the “this-needs-to-be-in-my-life-and-on-my-shelf” list) since…late 2013?/when it was first announced? I mean, it’s about Much Ado About Nothing (review)’s Beatrice and Benedick. And look how pretty the book cover is! (all of Marina Fiorato’s books have pretty book covers) So yes, I was very happy when my pre-order of this book arrived πŸ˜›

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Review: Hair Side, Flesh Side

Posted 28 May, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Hair Side, Flesh Side
By: Helen Marshall
Format/Source: eBook; my copy

A child receives the body of Saint Lucia of Syracuse for her seventh birthday. A rebelling angel rewrites the Book of Judgement to protect the woman he loves. A young woman discovers the lost manuscript of Jane Austen written on the inside of her skin. A 747 populated by a dying pantheon makes the extraordinary journey to the beginning of the universe.

Lyrical and tender, quirky and cutting, Helen Marshall’s exceptional debut collection weaves the fantastic and the horrific alongside the touchingly human in fifteen modern parables about history, memory, and cost of creating art.

I read her second short story collection, Gifts for the One Who Comes After (review), when I won a eCopy from ChiZine Publications in October 2014. However I was really keen on picking up this first collection of hers after hearing so much about it, first through an interview I had with author Robert Shearman a few years ago (see post) and then from various tweets from ChiZine Publications.

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Review: Love’s Labour Lost

Posted 27 May, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 9 Comments

Love’s Labour Lost
By: William Shakespeare
Format/Source: eBook

A King and his lords form an austere academy, swearing to have no contact with women for three years. But when the Princess of neighbouring France arrives with her female attendants, their pledge is quickly placed under strain.

Look how pretty the cover of the RSC edition is! This wasn’t the version I read, but I <3 their book covers, I think this is up there as one of my favourites πŸ™‚


Anyways, the reason I decided to pick up this play? This:

Then I read the premise and thought, lol, you know this isn’t going to work πŸ˜‰ So yeah, decided to read it πŸ™‚

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Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 26 May, 2015 by Lianne in Meme / 13 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 Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads

I’m not one for the beach, but there are plenty of great books out there that would make fantastic books to bring with you on vacation…Provided you’re prepared to maybe stay in to focus on finishing it! lol.

In no particular order:

  1. Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham’s Mr. Kiss and Tell: a Veronica Mars novel (review) — If you’re looking for a mystery to bring with you to the beach, and you happen to be a fan of Veronica Mars, check out this novel.
  2. Frances Whiting’s Walking on Trampolines (review) — I’m not sure if it’s the book cover or the location that compelled me to add this book to the list (Australia), but here it is πŸ˜› It’s a coming-of-age novel that follows Lulu’s ups and downs. There’s just something about it that reminds me of sun-drenched days, and for a novel that encapsulates quite a bit of time in the characters’ lives, it’d make for an interesting beach read.
  3. Lucinda Riley’s The Lavender Garden (review) — For a bit of historical fiction weaved in with a present-day mystery, check out this novel. Set mostly in France, it’s an interesting story of bravery and intrigue during the Second World War interwoven with a present-day family drama, mystery, and taking charge of your own life.
  4. Brandon Sanderson’s The Alloy of Law (review) — I’d recommend any of Brandon Sanderson’s books, really, but I went with The Alloy of Law because it’s such a page-turner; I finished this book in a day because I couldn’t put it down! It’s a new adventure set in the world of Mistborn (review) and now’s a good time to pick it up if you haven’t because the next installment will be released this autumn.
  5. Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (review) — A book for all book lovers, it’s just magical and wonderful. I think it’ll make for a wonderful beach read.
  6. Jonathan Tropper’s This Is Where I Leave You (review) — I read this book last summer and absolutely loved it. The Foxmans are pretty crazy, both separate and when you put them together under the same roof. I think it would make for a fun beach read, haha.
  7. Lucy Clarke’s A Single Breath (review) — I read this book last year and have been recommending it ever since. Are you looking for a beach read that has drama? Twists and turns? Set in a rather remote location (Tasmania)? Look no further, pick this book up πŸ˜› Also check out her first novel, The Sea Sisters (review).
  8. Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (review) — A wonderful, introspective, and quirky read about a man who walks out of his home and off to see an old friend miles and miles away without so much as a cell phone or a good pair of walking shoes. If you’re looking for a quieter beach read, I’d recommend this book.
  9. Isabelle Lafleche’s J’Adore New York (review) — I think I’ve been recommending her books for the past few summers, and with good reason. They’re light, they’re fun, they’re fashionable. Be sure to check out the second book as well, J’Adore Paris (review), which is just as fun, if not more (and set in Paris!).
  10. Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey (review) — Because no list of mine is ever complete without a classic πŸ˜‰ I decided to go with Northanger Abbey because it’s pretty light and fun, with Catherine spending time in Bath, meeting new people, and being propelled into an adventure of her own πŸ™‚

And that’s my list of books for this week! What books would you recommend for the beach/vacation?