Monthly Archives: November 2017

November Updates

Posted 30 November, 2017 by Lianne in Website / 1 Comment

Okay, so life’s been keeping me busy, hence why I’m not blog-hopping as often lately or tweeting much outside of my ICYMI archival tweets 🙁 But in the meantime, here’s what has been going on at my blog for the month of November:


  1. Books reviewed this month include: Mur Lafferty’s Six Wakes (review), Dan Simmons’ Hyperion (review), and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beren and Luthien (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. For this month’s So You Want to Read…, I featured German poet and writer Rainer Maria Rilke. You can check out that post over here. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
  3. I participated in Sci-Fi Month hosted by Rinn Reads! You can check out all of my posts related to that event over at this tag. I had a lot of fun this year 🙂
  4. I decided to update my list of books that left me misty-eyed. What books left you on the verge of tears?
  5. As promised some time ago, I hosted a giveaway earlier this month on my blog, giving away two signed copies of my debut poetry collection, Shall I Be a Poet Instead? Thank you to everyone who entered! I will be holding another giveaway, but I reckon it’ll be after the Christmas holidays as next month is going to be a bit insane. Meanwhile, if you’re interested in picking up a copy, you can do so at the following websites: Lulu, Amazon, B&N, and the Book Depository
  6. So because of all the craziness that’s been going on at my end, the blog will be going on hiatus for a few weeks next month as I scramble to deal with everything. More news about it tomorrow.


And that’s more of less it for this month! Wishing everyone a lovely December 🙂

Sci-Fi Month 2017: It’s a Wrap!

Posted 29 November, 2017 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 2 Comments

Happy November 29th! Posting my wrap-up post a day earlier since I do my monthly wrap-ups at the end of the month…Anyhow, I hope everyone had a lot of fun with this year’s Sci-Fi Month 🙂 Just to recap, here are the posts that I featured as part of the event:

And that’s it for Sci-Fi Month 2017! How did you celebrate Sci-Fi Month? What was your favourite post or discussion? Did you come across something new that you wanted to check out?

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 28 November, 2017 by Lianne in Meme / 9 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 on my Winter TBR

Okay, not going to lie, the last few months have been very busy and difficult for me that reading has dropped considerably (which makes me very sad). Fingers crossed I have more time to read this winter. But it’s likely I won’t, hence the shortened list (and I’m still catching up with my autumn list anyhow. Well, sort of):

In no particular order:

  1. N.K. Jemisin’s The Inheritance Trilogy — It must be the book cover of the collected trilogy edition because I always associated it as something to read over the winter time…
  2. Ivan Goncharov’s The Same Old Story — Because winter time is for reading Russian classics 😀
  3. Victor Serge’s The Case of Comrade Tulayev — Even the book cover for this book seems fitting for the winter time…
  4. Candace Camp’s A Winter Scandal — A historical romance set around Christmas time? Count me in!
  5. The Saga of the Icelanders — This book is a tome and will require the entire season to read anyhow 😛

And that’s my very short winter reading list, haha! What’s on your winter TBR list? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

Review: Heretics of Dune

Posted 27 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Heretics of Dune (Dune #5)
By: Frank Herbert
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

In this, the fifth and most spectacular Dune book of all, the planet Arrakis–now called Rakis–is becoming desert again. The Lost Ones are returning home from the far reaches of space. The great sandworms are dying. And the children of Dune’s children awaken from empire as from a dream, wielding the new power of a heresy called love…

Of course, I’ve been meaning to finish the series as I mentioned in my last review of the Dune books, but given things that had been going on offline and my schedule, I didn’t think I would’ve been able to get close to finishing most of the books in time for Sci-Fi Month. But! I managed to squeeze in the fifth Dune book, so here we are, surprise review that was not originally scheduled for this month’s events. Yay! 😛

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Review: God Emperor of Dune

Posted 24 November, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

God Emperor of Dune (Dune #4)
By: Frank Herbert
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

Centuries have passed on Dune, and the planet is green with life. Leto, the son of Dune’s savior, is still alive but far from human, and the fate of all humanity hangs on his awesome sacrifice…

So, fun fact: I read the first three books and then I stopped. I had started reading this fourth book but the massive time jump coupled with the end of the school year, I just never got around to picking up this book again…until now, that is 😛 Spoilers if you don’t know what the story is about or have not read the first three books to date (or seen the SyFy miniseries)!

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