Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 5 November, 2015 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 12 Comments

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

  1. Guys, I don’t watch baseball; I’ve always been more of a soccer fan (and a bit of hockey when the Maple Leafs hover anywhere near the playoffs, and of course the Winter Olympics) but this past month I’ve perhaps caught on the baseball fever as the Blue Jays made it to the post-season for the first time in 22 years (I remember the last time they won back in 1992 and 1993–good times). Learnt more about the sport than I have when I was growing up and we played it occasionally at school 😛
  2. On a semi-related note to the above point, we’ll see how closely I follow rugby hereafter. Le sigh that it’s all over; I didn’t get to watch the final match live but the highlights were wonderful. Now what am I supposed to do with myself now aside from crying in a corner over how badly Chelsea has been losing lately? Meanwhile, this moment from the Canada v France match is still giving me so much life:

    Not my gif, but it’s an excuse to post it because it’s so friggin’ cute 😀
  3. Have you ever experienced going back to an album that was released a year or two before and only realising the second time around how awesome it is? It happened to me with Tegan & Sara’s “Heartthrob” this past month. I remember casually going through the tracks when it first came out last year but then didn’t think much of it afterwards. I popped it in last month whilst moving and reorganising things and bam! Couldn’t stop listening to it. This track in particular was on repeat for quite a while, haha:
  4. Speaking of music, I recently listened to Of Monsters and Men’s latest album “Beneath the Skin” thanks to one of their songs being used in the latest Jessica Jones trailer (post). I’ve listened to one of their songs before after it was featured in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (review) but OMG this album is amazing!!! I can’t stop listening to it. I have a few favourite tracks from the album but I especially love this song:
  5. So early last month was my birthday. As always it was a quiet affair, though strangely enough we ended up celebrating over the weekend leading up to the fifth (my birthday fell on a Monday this year xP). My age didn’t quite hit me until a week after, haha, but it’s strange to think that I’m at the end of my 20s.
  6. Jeg lærer dansk 😛 As if I don’t have enough languages on my learning plate, brushing up on Italian and casually learning Spanish on the side (and let’s not get started with French; I tried brushing up on it time and again, only to get immensely frustrated. Realised the other day that my listening skills in that language is especially horrid *blushes*), I started learning a bit of Danish for fun. It’s pretty disorienting at first, especially after coming off a Romance language, but it’s actually a lot of fun and pretty simple grammatically in some ways. Just don’t ask me to speak it 😛
  7. Books I am reading at the moment: I slowly started Federico de Roberto’s The Viceroys. You may have seen me complain a wee bit some time ago on Twitter about reading an eARC pdf format for a 640 page book on my Kobo. Well, this is it. I’ve also been casually leafing through Coleridge and Shelley’s poems when I feel a hankering for a poem or two as well as re-reading Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure when travelling in the subway.
  8. I would’ve also added Susanna Kearsley’s Named of the Dragon to my currently reading list but I whipped through it in the last day or so (suffice to say I really liked it 🙂 ). I’m quite surprised at how many books of hers I read this past year; to think a good number of her books had been sitting on my TBR queue for a few years too…
  9. I know I say this month in and month out but I reeeeeeeaaaaalllllly need to go on a book-buying ban *has bought too many books recently that she lost track*
  10. Bored? Take this test. I take these tests for fun, but this test was uncannily accurate about some of the things I’m going through right now O_o


And that’s about it for me! Haha, just noticed that this BNSB post is heavy with the YouTube videos this time around! xD How was your October? Any exciting plans happening for you in the coming weeks/looking forward to upcoming events and holidays? Still recovering from the end of daylight savings? Wishing you all a wonderful November! And if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this month, best of luck & happy writing 🙂

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12 Responses to “Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts”

  1. #9 is 100% my life right now for real! I bought waaaaay too many books last month (although thereʻs no such thing as too many books, just thinking that is blasphemy)! Iʻm trying to cut back this month as there are only 2 new releases this month that I actually want, but weʻll see how I do. If Iʻm not buying books for me, Iʻm buying books for my daughter. I just donʻt think I can resist book buying!

    • Haha, awesome that you were talking about #9 on your blog last week too! Agreed, there’s no such thing as too many books really even as your wallet and your bookshelves are weeping, but shh, anyway 😉 but yeah, I need to scale back and reorganise a bit. Best of luck this month with your book buying dilemma!

  2. It’s always great fun to discover new music! I’m currently obsessing over Carrie Underwood’s new album, but of course, I tend to like country music right now. 😉

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