Monthly Archives: March 2016

March Updates

Posted 31 March, 2016 by Lianne in Website / 14 Comments

I think every March I’m just going to post the following meme:

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πŸ˜› Anyway, March, goodness, where did you go? Granted, it wasn’t an easy month with Daylight Savings deciding to hit us over the head (I woke up early the following day after the change because I had to be somewhere and I was like “It’s only 6am, not 7am” -_-;) and then Easter came early, lol. But it was also a busy month offline for me (as I noted here) as well as here on the blog πŸ˜›


  1. Books reviewed this month include: Winston Graham’s Ross Poldark (review), Jane Gardam’s Old Filth (review), and J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Story of Kullervo (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. Three ARC reviews was posted this month: the anthology The Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War (review), Amy Stuart’s Still Mine (review), and Tricia Dower’s Becoming Lin (review). You can check out all of the ARCs I’ve read and reviewed to date in this tag.
  3. One comic was reviewed this month, Rocket Raccoon: A Chasing Tail (vol. 1) (review). You can check out all of the comics I’ve read and reviewed in the past in this tag.
  4. Tolkien Reading Day was celebrated on March 25th and this year’s theme was on life, death and immortality. I reflected on these themes in this post
  5. For this month’s So You Want to Read…, I focused on books by Susanna Kearsley which was a lot of fun as I got around to reading almost all of her books in the past year. If you haven’t checked out her books and want to for the first time, here’s my list of recommendations to check out first. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
  6. You may have noticed that I have a shiny new title card to go with this post as well as earlier this week for my Top Ten Tuesdays post. In the coming month you’ll actually be seeing more of this as I recently purchased a graphics bundle to help prettify my blog πŸ˜€ I’m still working out what posts will feature title cards, what will work and what won’t, but in any case, expect more updates in the coming months!
  7. You may have also noticed this week that I have a Book Depository banner on the static menu side. This blog is now an affiliate of The Book Depository (after years of ruminating whether or not to join). Just a quick rundown (this is also on my “About The Site” page): for every purchase made through my affiliate link, I will receive a 5% commission. This revenue will be used to help maintain the blog and books (like giveaways hosted here).
  8. And on a final note, earlier today I posted up the results to the reader survey I held last month as a part of my blogoversary. Suffice to say the results were interesting and informative. You can check them out in this post. Thank you again to all who filled it out! πŸ™‚


And that’s about it from me for the month! How was your March? Read any awesome books, did anything particularly cool? Happy reading & a happy April to all πŸ™‚

Reader Survey Results!

Posted 31 March, 2016 by Lianne in Website / 12 Comments

Alrighty, so last month as you know was my 9th blogoversary and part of this year’s festivities, I decided to hold a brief reader survey. I was curious to see what my demographics look like (visitor stats only tell you so much, you know? And I don’t pay nearly as much attention to it as perhaps I ought to), what’s popular on my blog, etc. So, without further ado, here are the results from the survey (charts and graphs courtesy of Google–I started making my own but that was time-consuming and Google did it in its collection of the results) πŸ˜€

Not my gif

I should note that the results might be slightly skewed by a percentage or two as someone did point out to me last month that they may have filled out my survey twice.

Do you remember how you first encountered my blog?

So first up was just a brief survey to see how readers first come across my blog. From the 32 that responded, it looks like only 1 came from a book review I posted on one of the major book social media websites while majority either did not remember where they first met me (fair enough, I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to tell you if we first met via Twitter chat or a book meme :3) or first came across my blog through a book meme. So book memes = great way to meet other bloggers!

How often do you visit my blog?

I suppose I was overreaching with the “Every day” option, lol πŸ˜›

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Review: A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Posted 30 March, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 8 Comments

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
By: Becky Chambers
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life sheβ€˜s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.

Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.

So I’ve been keeping a lookout for this book since last year when it was listed as a book to check out when it comes out and picked it up towards the end of 2015. It sat on my TBR pile for a little while until earlier this month I learned that it had been longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016, which was a surprise as it’s not very often you see a book from the speculative fiction genre cropping up on a major book prize list. So boom! Ended up at the top of the TBR pile, haha.

By the way, I looooove the book cover for this novel. Simple but elegant and pretty πŸ˜€ *happy sigh*

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Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 29 March, 2016 by Lianne in Meme / 19 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: 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads (Or Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently if you don’t 5 star stuff…or you could do 5 of my latest five star reads & five of my most disappointing or 1 star reads)

Interesting topic this week! So a bit of a funny thing: I don’t give 5-star ratings easily, and yet earlier this year I noticed that I gave quite a few already, which is a little weird:

This screencap was from January

On the flip-side, I also don’t give 1-stars very easily either so the fact that I had a few already is also very strange. Anyway, that’s the little fun fact I have about my reading so far this year πŸ™‚ Here’s the most recent 5 star reads, starting with the most recent and working my way back in time:

  1. Mona Lisa by Alexander Lernet-Holenia (review forthcoming) — This book will be released by Pushkin Press sometime mid-June so my review won’t be going live until around then but omg, this is a precious novella that’s thought-provoking, a little nutty, and quite introspective and bittersweet all rolled in one. I loved it and read it in one sitting. It’s also a translated work from this Austrian author who lived in the early 20th century so if you’re looking for a translated work to check out, look no further πŸ˜‰
  2. Mistborn: Secret History by Brandon Sanderson (review) — *flailing* That’s all I’m going to say about this book πŸ˜‰
  3. Still Mine by Amy Stuart (review) — This book came out earlier this month and omg this book was fantastic, absolutely atmospheric and eerie, the mysteries leaving me pondering what’s going to happen next or how everything’s going to turn out. If you’re into thrillers and mysteries, this is definitely worth checking out, I can’t recommend it enough πŸ™‚
  4. Fifteen Dogs by Alexis Andre (review forthcoming) — I believe my review is going live next week for this novel, but this book is a gem and absolutely deserving of the Giller Prize last year. It reads like a fable and the story involves Greek gods giving dogs human consciences as a bet of sorts, but the experiences that these dogs went through were absolutely wonderful and sad and thoughtful. Highly, highly recommended! (yay #CanLit πŸ˜€ !)
  5. The Bands of Mourning and Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson (review & review) — *flailing even more* If you haven’t read the Mistborn books by Brandon Sanderson, well, dude, you best get on it πŸ˜‰
  6. Caroline Linden’s Love and Scandals series (reviews forthcoming) — Eep, my reviews for these novels won’t be published until May >_< but they're another great historical romance series I've read more recently. I also found them rather unique in the way that the main couple tackled the problems ahead of them, namely in the second book. The communication and general lack of miscommunication (well, except the third book, of course; the premise in itself rested on a poor first impression) was a refreshing change of pace ;)
  7. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe (review) — His poetry is gorgeous *happy sigh*
  8. Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter (review) — One of the first stories I read this year, it was sooooooooooo sooooooooo goooooood. If you haven’t read it yet and fantasy is one of your favourite genres, I highly recommend checking it out, the characters and the storytelling and the worldbuilding and the writing (which is pretty much everything) are amazing πŸ˜€
  9. Where Shadows Dance and When Maidens Mourn by C.S. Harris (reviews forthcoming) — I spent the end of 2015 more or less catching up on the Sebastian St. Cyr historical mysteries. They’re a great series, mixing murder mysteries with Regency politics and period issues and everyday life. I love the cast of characters too, they’re fantastic. Highly recommended by the way if you’re into mystery series set in a historical period.
  10. The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra (review) — Love love LOVE this book. I cannot say it enough xD

And that’s my list of books I recently gave 5 stars to! What books did you give 5 stars to recently? Link me up, I’d love to see your list πŸ™‚

Review: The Winter Ghosts

Posted 28 March, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

The Winter Ghosts
By: Kate Mosse
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

A haunting ghost story from the French mountains. The Great War took much more than lives. It robbed a generation of friends, lovers and futures. In Freddie Watson’s case, it took his beloved brother and, at times, his peace of mind. Unable to cope with his grief, Freddie has spent much of the time since in a sanatorium. In the winter of 1928, still seeking resolution, Freddie is travelling through the French Pyrenees – another region that has seen too much bloodshed over the years. During a snowstorm, his car spins off the mountain road. Shaken, he stumbles into the woods, emerging by a tiny village. There he meets Fabrissa, a beautiful local woman, also mourning a lost generation. Over the course of one night, Fabrissa and Freddie share their stories of remembrance and loss. By the time dawn breaks, he will have stumbled across a tragic mystery that goes back through the centuries. By turns thrilling, poignant and haunting, this is a story of two lives touched by war and transformed by courage.

Huzzah, I’m finally reading this! It’s only been on my wishlist on GoodReads since I first opened my account there years and years ago πŸ˜› I’ve enjoyed Kate Mosse’s Languedoc trilogy, the second book Sepulchre (review) is one of my favourite books ever. I had been meaning to get around to her single novel stories and ended up picking up all three towards the end of last year. Decided to start with this book as it seemed rather fitting for the winter season πŸ™‚

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