Monthly Archives: June 2015

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 30 June, 2015 by Lianne in Meme / 24 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: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

It has been a lovely year in reading so far for me. So without further ado, here are 10 books that I’ve read in 2015 so far that I really absolutely love and cannot recommend it enough (no comments, I think the reviews speak for themselves 🙂 ):

In no particular order:

  1. Bee Ridgway’s The River of No Return (review)
  2. William Shakespeare’s Richard III (review)
  3. Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II (review)
  4. Miranda Sherry’s Black Dog Summer (review)
  5. Deborah Harkness’ The Book of Life (review)
  6. Alice Munro’s Runaway (review)
  7. Daphne Kalotay’s Russian Winter (review)
  8. Robert Shearman’s They Do The Same Things Different There (review forthcoming)
  9. Jeanne Mackin’s The Beautiful American (review)
  10. Brandon Sanderson’s The Alloy of Law (review)

Honourable Mentions (because 10 isn’t enough! 😛 ): Rachel Bach’s Honour’s Knight & Heaven’s Queen (reviews forthcoming), Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See (review), Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven (review), Heather Webb’s Rodin’s Lover (review), Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham’s Mr. Kiss and Tell (review), Helen Marshall’s Hair Side, Flesh Side (review)…I could go on and on tbh :3

And that’s my list of books for this week! What books made it on your list?

June Updates

Posted 29 June, 2015 by Lianne in Website / 4 Comments

Ahh, June, how strange and frustrating a month you have been…Un-summer like weather + endlessly studying for tests, I’m honestly glad this month has come to a close 😛

(Not my gif (love the movie though!) but that’s pretty much me at the close of this month)

Anyway, here’s what has been happening on my blog (despite of my long absences) this past month. Posting this a bit early because I have a TTT post scheduled for tomorrow 😉 —


  1. Books reviewed this month include: William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus (review), Alexis M. Smith’s Glaciers (review), and Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. The only ARC I reviewed this month was Kate Walbert’s The Sunken Cathedral (review). I also read Aidan Moher’s debut short story collection, Tide of Shadows and Other Stories (review) earlier this month. 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 Brandon Sanderson‘s fantastical books. What more can I say? 😛 You can read my recommendations over here. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
  4. The only movie review that went live this month was Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo (review). You can check out all of the movies I’ve reviewed and wrote about in its category.
  5. Layout change! I meant to go with summertime colours but then I ended up with shades of blue and green anyway 😛 I’ll try to find some time today to darken the links as I find them a little too bright/light to read but otherwise I hope it’s readable without any other problems! I also condensed a few pages at the above menu just to keep everything decluttered 🙂


And that’s about it from me for the month of June! How was your June?

Movie: Ponyo (2008)

Posted 26 June, 2015 by Lianne in Entertainment / 6 Comments

An animated adventure about a five-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become a human.


I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to get around to watching this movie, lol. I guess it’s because I only had this and The Wind Rises left to watch and I was just prolonging the inevitable 😛 This looked cute and fun so I decided to watch this film first.

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Review: Pericles

Posted 25 June, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

By: William Shakespeare
Format/Source: eBook

Pericles, Prince of Tyre, must solve a riddle in order to marry the daughter of the King of Antioch or be put to death. But when the answer reveals a horrific secret. Danger and adventure follow as Pericles flees the city to find his fortune elsewhere in a romantic drama of families lost and reunited, evil punished and virtue rewarded.

So when I decided to pick up this play, I only had five of Shakespeare’s plays left to read. I ended up going with this play because of this comic (spoilers, by the way!) which was pretty hilarious (I highly recommend her comics by the way, they’re hilarious and fun). The premise sounds interesting too, makes you wonder if this falls under the tragedy or the comedy side (I know almost nothing about this play so this should be quite the experience).

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Review: Tide of Shadows and Other Stories

Posted 24 June, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Tide of Shadows and Other Stories
By: Aidan Moher
Format/Source: eBook review copy courtesy of the author

From Aidan Moher—Hugo Award-winning editor of A Dribble of Ink—comes Tide of Shadows and Other Stories, a collection of five science fiction and fantasy stories spanning adventure, comic whimsy, and powerful drama—from a star-faring military science fiction tale of love and sacrifice, to a romp through the dragon-infested Kingdom of Copperkettle Vale.

“A Night for Spirits and Snowflakes” is the story of a young man reliving the last moments of his fellow soldiers’ lives; “The Girl with Wings of Iron and Down” tells the tale of a broken family and a girl with mechanical wings; “Of Parnassus and Princes, Damsels and Dragons” introduces a typical prince, princess, and dragon—and a not-so-typical love triangle; “The Colour of the Sky on the Day the World Ended” follows a girl and her ghost dog as they search for a bright light in the darkness; and “Tide of Shadows” is about a soldier and his lover, a mother, and planetwide genocide.

I’ve been a reader of Aidan Moher’s blog, A Dribble of Ink, for many years now; it’s certainly one of the places I go to when it comes to finding out about what’s up and coming in the fantasy & sci-fi genre, but it also features plenty of great articles about the genre (not to mention his commentary on book covers are on point). I was pleasantly surprised to read then on his blog that he had decided to self-publish a few of his short stories, which is not only really cool but for aspiring writers (*ahem*myself*ahem*) is also quite inspirational (see his article about his decision to self-publish here at Medium). The collection was released on 4 May 2015.

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