So I was on hiatus towards the end of May as I went on holiday to Portugal for two weeks so I never got around to doing a monthly update. As I sort of mentioned previously I am slowly getting back into the swing of blogging, albeit very slowly as I haven’t been reading as much these days. I still have a bajillion comments to get back to for starters, but I am slowly getting there, so don’t be surprised that I’m commenting to messages you left me months ago :3 Oops. Anyway, here’s what has been going on at my blog over the last two months:
- Books reviewed recently: Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express (review), Michael J. Sullivan’s The Crown Tower (review), and Joseph E. Stiglitz’s The Euro (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
- Reviewed two movies in the last two months: Thor: Ragnarok (review) and Avengers: Infinity War (review). You can check out all of the past movies I’ve watched and reviewed in this tag.
- Comics reviewed recently include Monstress (vol. 2) (review), The Infinity Gauntlet (review), and Infinity (review). You can read all of the comics I’ve reviewed over at this tag.
- So I came back from holiday in early June. Fingers crossed I can post pictures here sometime in August (haven’t really started going through the photos I took save for whatever was on my phone) 🙂
And that’s about it about the blog recently! Wishing everyone a wonderful week and to my fellow Canadians a wonderful Canada Day weekend! 🙂
The Death of Dulgath (The Riyria Chronicles #3)
By: Michael J. Sullivan
Format/Source: eBook; supported the Kickstarter project
Three times they tried to kill her. Then professionals were hired. So was Riyria.
When the last member of the oldest noble family in Avryn is targeted for assassination, Riyria’s Royce and Hadrian are hired to foil the plot. Three years have passed since Hadrian, the war-weary mercenary, and Royce, the cynical ex-assassin joined forces to become rogues-for-hire. All has gone well until they’re asked to help prevent a murder. Now they must venture into an ancient corner of the world to save a mysterious woman who knows more about Royce than is safe, and cares less about herself than is sane.
So this is actually how I was prompted to check out the Riyria Chronicles: I had heard that Orbit didn’t pick up the rest of the series for some reason but the premise of the novel sounded really interesting to I supported the Kickstarter to fund the publication of this book. Like the other books in the series it sort of sat on my TBR pile for a while but here we are now 🙂
By: Anne Michaels
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
Prior to her stunning first novel, Fugitive Pieces, Anne Michaels had already won awards and critical acclaim for two books of poetry: The Weight of Oranges (1986), which won the Commonwealth Prize for the Americas, and Miner’s Pond (1991), which received the Canadian Authors Association Award and was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award and the Trillium Award. Although they were published separately, these two books, along with Skin Divers, a collection of Michaels’s newest work, were written as companion volumes.
Poems brings all three books together for the first time, creating for American readers a wonderful introduction to Anne Michaels’s poetry. Meditative and insightful, powerful and heart-moving, these are poems that, as Michael Ondaatje has written, “go way beyond games or fashion or politics . . . They represent the human being entire.”
I read her latest poetry collection, All We Saw (review) earlier this year and really enjoyed it so I decided to check out her earlier poetry. I’m glad they released it as a collected volume, which is quite handy.
Reading this collection was really interesting. Definitely felt different than her latest collection, a lot of the poems were longer (All We Saw I found had more shorter poetry, in reflection of the themes and experiences she was writing about) and they all told a story–mostly biographical–in lyrical language. i loved some of the descriptors she used, I never thought of using them in such a way but they were absolutely wonderful in her writings. Stories about her family, her experiences, about love…I can’t say it lingered long after I read it compared to other poetry collections but I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless and highly recommend checking out her poetry if you’re looking for more Canadian poets to read.
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The Rose and Thorn (The Riyria Chronicles #2)
By: Michael J. Sullivan
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
TWO THIEVES WANT ANSWERS. RIYRIA IS BORN.
For more than a year Royce Melborn has tried to forget Gwen DeLancy, the woman who saved him and his partner Hadrian Blackwater from certain death. Unable to get her out of his mind, the two thieves return to Medford but receive a very different reception — Gwen refuses to see them. The victim of abuse by a powerful noble, she suspects that Royce will ignore any danger in his desire for revenge. By turning the thieves away, Gwen hopes to once more protect them. What she doesn’t realize is what the two are capable of — but she’s about to find out.
After reading The Crown Tower (review), I had to read what happened next in the series, right? Again I’m so glad to finally be getting around to the Riyria Chronicles, it only took me a few years, lol #facepalm
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.).
- I need another vacation, stat. lol
- No, seriously, I came back on the 8th, started back at work on the 12th, and this past week I’ve been working 5 days straight plus an overtime the first day because someone had called in sick for that night and we had no staff available to cover the shift. I was insane to take it but on the other hand I have bills to pay, lol. But it was also a bad idea in that I am exhausted. So much for feeling rejuvenated after being off for two weeks; thank God I’m off the rest of the week.
- My vacation was great though! Jam-packed with lots of walking but we had a lovely time in Portugal (and eating all of the pasteis de nata I came across along the way lol). The weather was weird though; we were expecting sunny skies and warm-ish weather (one of the reasons why I settled for visiting Portugal after a very dismal winter) but it actually rained most of the time we were there with temperatures below seasonal. Apparently it was their version of winter O_o Couldn’t complain, though; I just wished I brought a thicker sweater, lol.
- Seriously though, I may or may not already be planning my next holiday 😉 Time permitting.
- In the meantime I am still waiting to receive a decision from the other programme I applied to. Like WTF that it’s taking forever and a day to receive a decision from this school, the other school is already demanding a down payment and documentation from me.
- So books I am currently reading: I just started reading Justin Cronin’s The Passage at work (after seeing the television series trailer and was intrigued by it). I just finished reading the Munk Debates on Has the European Experiment Failed? so now I’m figuring out what to read next. Maybe for something light I’ll finish Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons series. Or read Curtis Sittenfield’s Eligible. Hmm.
- For the first time maybe ever I didn’t really read whilst on holiday. Maybe it was because I was travelling with my dad, maybe because we took more buses than trains on this trip (I can’t read on the bus), maybe I was just really tired and spent all my extra time in the evening catching up in my traveler’s journal instead. But yeah, even on the plane to and back I didn’t really read and just slept the whole way through. Huh that.
- I forgot to cancel my subscription packs for Stickii Club at the end of last month so all 3 packs were renewed for June. Oops, lol. A happy accident.
- Hoping to get a lot of things done the next few weeks: finish editing my latest poetry project (which I was putting off for the last month or so), organising my room a bit (been getting rid of stuff), go through my travel photos, maybe get a haircut again…
- It’s just the start of the tournament but I’m still smarting over Germany losing their opening match ;_;
And that’s it from me! How is everyone? What’s new with you?