Monthly Archives: September 2015


September Updates

Posted 30 September, 2015 by Lianne in Website / 4 Comments

I know I say this at the end of the month, but really, where has the time gone? Haha, well, September was a busy month here on the blog with an assortment of posts that went live πŸ˜‰

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  1. Books reviewed this month include: Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend (review), Tracey Guzeman’s The Gravity of Birds (review), and Arthur Miller’s The View from the Bridge (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. ARCs reviewed this month include Kathleen Bivald’s The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (review) and the Brave New Girls anthology (review). You can check out all of the ARCs that I recently read in this tag.
  3. I posted by annual Summer Wrap-Up post (see post) featuring my favourite reads from over the summer months. What were some of your favourite novels read from the summer? Have you read any of the titles I listed there?
  4. For this month’s So You Want to Read…, I decided to feature William Shakespeare (since it’s back to school and all that πŸ˜› ). You can read the post of my recommendations of which plays by him to start with over here. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
  5. I sort of started a new feature here on my blog called Eclectic Ponderings where my assortment of questions can be found. It’s not a regular feature or anything, but it helps me keep my questions to you guys all in one place πŸ™‚
  6. New colour scheme here on the blog! Since it’s autumn now and all πŸ™‚ I’m also making small changes here and there, like adding a email subscription box at the bottom of each post, continuing along with adding rating tags to previous book review entries, and adding a Comment Love plugin (many thanks again to Ashley @ Nose Graze). So slowly but surely there are new features being added πŸ˜‰
  7. Just a note, series 9 of Doctor Who has started two weeks ago and you may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything about it. Not to fret, I am still watching, but I am holding off my posts on the series until November when Sci-Fi Month kicks off. Because this autumn is a little up in the air for me, I decided to split my thoughts on the series to two entries: one will cover episodes 1 – 6 and the other will cover 7 – 12. So look out for that massive post later in the year! πŸ˜‰

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And that’s about it from me for the month of September! How was your September? Be sure to keep an eye out here on my blog for the month of October as I got a wee little event coming up here πŸ˜‰

Review: Everything Is Illuminated

Posted 30 September, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Everything Is Illuminated
By: Jonathan Safran Foer
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man — also named Jonathan Safran Foer — sets out to find the woman who may or may not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Accompanied by an old man haunted by memories of the war; an amorous dog named Sammy Davis, Junior, Junior; and the unforgettable Alex, a young Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely butchered English, Jonathan is led on a quixotic journey over a devastated landscape and into an unexpected past.

I first read this book around…2009/2010 perhaps? I was definitely in grad school at the time–hence why I never wrote a proper review on it (correction: I wrote a brief blurb about it in 2010)–but I had greatly enjoyed it then (especially as I was studying Ukraininan history about the same time). I had always wanted to revisit the book since and reading Aloi’s review at guiltless reading prompted me to finally pick up the book again, reading it during my breaks at placement πŸ™‚

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Review: A View from the Bridge

Posted 29 September, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

A View from the Bridge
By: Arthur Miller
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Arthur Miller explores the intersection between one man’s self-delusion and the brutal trajectory of fate. Eddie Carbone is a Brooklyn longshoreman, a hard-working man whose life has been soothingly predictable. He hasn’t counted on the arrival of two of his wife’s relatives, illegal immigrants from Italy; nor has he recognized his true feelings for his beautiful niece, Catherine. And in due course, what Eddie doesn’t knowβ€”about her, about life, about his own heartβ€”will have devastating consequences.

I first encountered Arthur Miller in Grade 12 English class when we read Death of a Salesman. I suppose the impression that stayed with me all these years about this play was how the characters were regular, everyday people with everyday problems that you can immediately relate to. I never thought to visit any of his other works until recently when I read some great buzz surrounding the recent production at the Young Vic starring Mark Strong (who won an Olivier earlier this year for his performance as Eddie Carbone). It looks really intense, I was intrigued to check this play out:

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Review: Casino Royale

Posted 28 September, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

Casino Royale (James Bond #1)
By: Ian Fleming
Format/Source: eBook

In the first of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, 007 declares war on Le Chiffre, French communist and paymaster of the Soviet murder organization SMERSH.

The battle begins with a fifty-million-franc game of baccarat, gains momentum during Bond’s fiery love affair with a sensuous lady spy, and reaches a chilling climax with fiendish torture at the hands of a master sadist. For incredible suspense, unexpected thrills, and extraordinary danger, nothing can beat James Bond in his inaugural adventure.

Suffice to say I’ve been wanting to read one of the James Bond novels for as long as I’ve known that the movies were based off books. Book covers would change, milestones would be reached, and still I kept on pushing off reading anything from the series. It was only recently with my family marathoning the movies that I decided to finally pick up one of the novels to read πŸ˜›

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Review: How to Be Both

Posted 25 September, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 8 Comments

How to Be Both
By: Ali Smith
Format/Source: Trade paperback; my copy

How To Be Both is a novel all about art’s versatility. Borrowing from painting’s fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it’s a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There’s a renaissance artist of the 1460s. There’s the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real – and all life’s givens get given a second chance.

I’ve been hearing much about this book time and again in the last year or so after it was shortlisted for a number of literary prizes. It was only after it won the Baileys Women’s Prize in Fiction for 2015 that I decided to pick it up and see what everyone’s raving about.

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