Monthly Archives: May 2016


May Updates

Posted 31 May, 2016 by Lianne in Website / 6 Comments

Gosh, where has May gone? One moment we were in the middle of spring, and the next moment we’re in the middle of July! (seriously, it is waaaaay too hot here atm). Not to mention work has been picking up so that’s also kept me busy. And as always it was busy here on the blog too! Haha, so busy, busy, busy all around…

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  1. Books reviewed this month include: Aeschylus’ The Oresteia (review), Susanna Kearsley’s The Splendour Falls (review), and Caroline Linden’s Love and Other Scandals (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. I’ve posted two comic reviews this month: Aquaman: Sea of Storms (review) and Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall (review). You can check out all of the comics I’ve reviewed in this tag.
  3. Several movies were reviewed/posted about this month: The Assassin (review), Ida (review), The Leviathan (review), and Ant-Man (review). You can check out all of the movies I’ve read and reviewed in the past in this tag.
  4. For this month’s So You Want to Read…, I decided to focus on books by Kate Morton. You can read my list of recommendations on which books of hers to start with in this post. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.

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And that’s about it from me for the month! Wishing you all a wonderful and cool June! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 31 May, 2016 by Lianne in Meme / 14 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: Beach Reads Week

I think I say this year in and year out but I’m not one for the beaches. Nonetheless I am big on bringing a book or two with me when I do go away for vacation so the following is a list of recommended books to take with you to the beach/to the cottage/on vacation/wherehaveyou 🙂 I tend to bring some lighter fare, so you’ll notice an absence of my usual recommendations in the classical literature & literary genres 😉 So in no particular order:

  1. Still Mine by Amy Stuart (review) — This was such an atmospheric novel that was also pretty fast-paced and all around unputdownable. Definitely a perfect book to bring with you on the plane or on the train or at the cottage 🙂
  2. The Guilty Plea by Robert Rotenberg (review) — Either this book or the first Detective Green novel, Old City Hall (review), would make for a good beach read if you’re into mystery and suspense novels with a cast of charactes ranging from all aspects of the case: the homicide detective, the Crown attorney, the defense, the suspect, the witnesses, etc.
  3. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (review) — Oops, do I sense something a trend here? Another mystery novel, this time from J.K. Rowling’s mystery pseudonym. This one’s a slower burn compared to the previous two novels I recommended but I nonetheless enjoyed reading the twists and turns and getting to know the hulking, abrasive Cormoran Strike.
  4. Made to Kill by Adam Christopher (review) — Still in the realm of mysteries, but with a sci-fi bent, this book was pretty interesting: robots, espionage, Hollywood glamour, and good ol’ noir mystery.
  5. The Martian by Andy Weir (review) — Sure, it’s hella intense as you read and watch as Mark Whatney struggles to survive on his own on Mars whilst NASA figures out a way to bring him home, but it’s fascinating and the character himself is entertaining despite of the crappy situation he finds himself in.
  6. Always the Bridesmaid by Lindsey Kelk (review) — For some light fun now (well, lighter anyhow), I recommend this book. I’ve been pushing this book quite a bit in the past year, and with good reason: it’s pretty hilarious, in the same vein as Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’ Diary and the BBC sitcom Miranda, and some of the observations on-point.
  7. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters (review) — If this doesn’t fuel the wanderlust further, well… 😛 This book is absolutely stunning, I can’t believe I didn’t get around to reading it sooner, but it’s perfect for those sunny summer days out, contemplating about life and all that 🙂
  8. The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (review) — And now for a different locale, there’s this book. Poor Inspector Peter Glebsky just wants to have a holiday up at a ski chalet and gets sucked into a mystery of sorts that may or may not involve aliens. Yup, you read that right 😛
  9. Girl in the Afternoon by Serena Burdick (review to be posted in early July) — No beach/vacation read recommendation list is ever complete without a dash of dysfunctional families. For that I present to you this year this book: it’s set in the latter half of 19th century Paris (at the time the Impressionists were emerging as a movement) featuring a young woman whose family and those she loves are holding a lot of secrets. Suffice to say I could not put it down.
  10. A Single Breath by Lucy Clarke (review) — I recommended this book last year but it bears repeating and recommending again because it’s fantastic: set in a remote Tasmanian island where the widow finds out that her recently-deceased husband was not what he seemed to be. I found this book absolutely absorbing from start to finish. Also, I mentioned I’m not big on beaches and stuff, but I’d make an exception for this island that the main character ended up in, the location sounds absolutely calming.



And that’s my list of recommended beach/vacation reads! What books did you list for this week? Are you going away for the summer months?

Review: Elantris

Posted 30 May, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

Elantris (10th anniversary edition)
By: Brandon Sanderson
Format/Source: Paperback; was a birthday gift

Elantris was the capital of Arelon: gigantic, beautiful, literally radiant, filled with benevolent beings who used their powerful magical abilities for the benefit of all. Yet each of these demigods was once an ordinary person until touched by the mysterious transforming power of the Shaod. Ten years ago, without warning, the magic failed. Elantrians became wizened, leper-like, powerless creatures, and Elantris itself dark, filthy, and crumbling.

Arelon’s new capital, Kae, crouches in the shadow of Elantris. Princess Sarene of Teod arrives for a marriage of state with Crown Prince Raoden, hoping — based on their correspondence — to also find love. She finds instead that Raoden has died and she is considered his widow. Both Teod and Arelon are under threat as the last remaining holdouts against the imperial ambitions of the ruthless religious fanatics of Fjordell. So Sarene decides to use her new status to counter the machinations of Hrathen, a Fjordell high priest who has come to Kae to convert Arelon and claim it for his emperor and his god.

But neither Sarene nor Hrathen suspect the truth about Prince Raoden. Stricken by the same curse that ruined Elantris, Raoden was secretly exiled by his father to the dark city. His struggle to help the wretches trapped there begins a series of events that will bring hope to Arelon, and perhaps reveal the secret of Elantris itself.

As Elantris was Brandon Sanderson’s first published novel, it his first novel that I’ve ever read. I remember exactly how I had picked it up: I was in the bookstore, circa 2007, having heard fantastic things about his Mistborn books but in the end opted to pick up Elantris first as it was a standalone. And omg did I enjoy it. It became one of my favourite books ever. And yet despite calling it that, strangely enough I never got around to re-reading it again. Too many books piled up on the TBR queue, other books pushed itself first on the re-read list. I was pleasantly surprised when I learned last year that Elantris was celebrating its tenth anniversary with a re-release of the novel with bonus material, which was not only very exciting but I also thought it was a good time to finally re-read it 🙂

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The Happy Tag

Posted 27 May, 2016 by Lianne in Meme / 14 Comments

I saw Kara and Jenni Elyse do this meme a little while ago and thought of snagging it and doing it myself. Not only does it look like fun but it’s nice to think about all the things that makes one happy every now and then, yes? 🙂

Books

  • Persuasion by Jane Austen (review)
  • The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (review #1, #2, #3)
  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (review)
  • Captain Wentworth’s Diary (review) and Colonel Brandon’s Diary (review forthcoming) by Amanda Grange
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen (review)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (review)
  • Anything by Julia Quinn (see author tag) and Caroline Linden (see author tag)
  • New books! 😛

Words

  • eclectic
  • succinct
  • copious
  • wanderlust
  • travel
  • cielo (words in other languages count, right? 😛 )

Movies/TV Shows

  • Jane Austen adaptations
  • BBC’s North & South
  • Miranda
  • The Thick of It (very good show to de-stress to 😛 )
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
  • The Young Victoria (2009)
  • Amelie (2001)
  • Tangled (2012)
  • Studio Ghibli movies 🙂

Scents

  • coffee
  • thyme
  • basil
  • peppermint
  • mountain air (whatever that really smells like, lol)

Songs

Miscellaneous

  • mail (not bills though!)
  • bookstores
  • travelling
  • mountains
  • long trips on a train
  • coffee



And that’s my list of things that make me happy 🙂 What books/movies/songs/etc make you happy? Link up if you do this meme, I’d love to read your answers! 😀

Movie: The Leviathan (2014)

Posted 26 May, 2016 by Lianne in Entertainment / 2 Comments

In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man’s arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.

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I had ben curious about this movie ever since it won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film in 2015. It looked like a stunning film and I’m always up to watching more foreign films & Russian films. So I was very happy when I finally got around to picking it up and watching it.

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