Monthly Archives: December 2018

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 19 December, 2018 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 1 Comment

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. She is allllllllllive! I finished the semester on December 12 with my last exam then, which was an absolute relief because I was so done with the semester. I dunno, it was just assignment and examination after another, and I really didn’t care for any of the essays I was writing so it made for a rather miserable experience. I was clearly spoiled during my undergrad in discovering a field in history that I loved and was passionate about lol.
  2. Work continues to be what it is *shrugs*
  3. But then starting last week it’s been non-stop Christmas celebrations when I’m not working, lol: met up with two friends so far, tonight I’m going out with my coworkers, and then over the weekend it’s my brother’s birthday and then meeting with another friend. It’s not even Christmas and I’m already hovering over food coma status x_x But it’s all fun, lol, it’s good to sit back and celebrate and catch up with friends 🙂
  4. In the meantime, bwhahahaha, I can finally catch up on a whole bunch of other stuff that fell by the wayside because of the end of the semester…like this blog! Not that I had been reading much the last few weeks (DDD=) but there are book reviews I had been meaning to post for some time now. So hopefully I can get those typed up and schedule them out. And reply to comments before the end of the year!!! Pretty sure I have a few dating back to September… =3
  5. My writing also fell by the wayside the last few months, both poetry and prose.
  6. Books I’m currently reading: TBD
  7. I know as book bloggers and voracious book readers that we say we’re going to make a dent in our TBR piles, but I really hope I do in the next few weeks: I think because so much has been on my mind the last few months and I was just so preoccupied bouncing back and forth between school and work, I felt like I was in a book slump when it came to reading. I didn’t read much except for some poetry and when I did read prose, it was non-fiction (I guess to balance all the nursing theory and general theory that I was being bombarded with). So I’m really hoping to take a step back and relax with a book the next little bit (also helps that I took a week off in January before school starts. I need that break).
  8. Speaking of breaks, my travel plans for February have been pushed off due to some unforeseen offline issues that my family’s been dealing with. Fingers crossed I can get a break at the end of the second semester.
  9. In the meantime I’ve started prepping my 2019 analogue system. Quite fun! More about it in the new year 😉
  10. I really need to get back on a no-spend of some sort. Kinda went at it HARD the last few weeks with the spending and all the deals and whatnot #oops


And that’s it from me! How have you been? Have a happy holidays! 🙂

Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 18 December, 2018 by Lianne in Meme / 12 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. In Jaunary 2018 the meme was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic: Winter TBR List

So funny thing happened to me this fall: I barely read. Between school and work and other offline, life things happening, I either was too tired to read or was not in the mood for reading (brain was just everywhere) or I was having a book slump. The slump’s sort of recovered–when I did read the last few months, it’s either been poetry or non-fiction–so hopefully that continues into my Christmas holiday 🙂

In no particular order:

  1. The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien — Back on my list this season as I didn’t get around to it during the fall…Seeing as I didn’t get around to my wish of re-reading LOTR this year, I can settle with reading this book instead, lol.
  2. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin — I mentioned I had started reading it earlier this year but just never got around to continuing…It’s either this series or her Inheritance trilogy that I read this winter, surely (the Inheritance trilogy has been on my winter TBR pile for years now).
  3. The Day is Ready for You by Alison Malee — For some poetry on my TBR pile 🙂
  4. Journey to Armenia & Conversation About Dante by Osip Mandelstam — Osip Mandelstam’s poetry is absolutely gorgeous and some of my favourites so I’m curious to read his nonfiction travelogue and essay.
  5. The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn — For something light and cute and fun, I can always count on Julia Quinn’s books 🙂
  6. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan — Another book I didn’t get around to reading this past fall but if I’m looking for another break from some of the heavy duty titles on my shelf, I can always turn to this book, lol. You know, rich people problems 😉
  7. The Case of Comrade Tulayev by Victor Serge — Continuing my yearly theme of “Winter is for Russian literature”, this title has been sitting on my shelf for years. I thought about starting it earlier this year but after a page or two, I decided to leave it off for the winter time. Seems like the perfect read for…well, now.
  8. The Lost Painting of Sarah de Vos by Dominic Smith — This book has been on my wishlist since Melinda @ the Book Musings mentioned it. Finally got my hands on it a few months ago but yeah, have yet to read it. Maybe for a change of pace and a turn to historical fiction/thriller/mystery, I’ll get around to reading this title 🙂
  9. Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness — My friend gifted me the book for Christmas so wheeeee! Back into the world of All Souls 🙂
  10. Persuasion by Jane Austen — After a conversation with two friends about this book recently, I realised it’s time for a re-read! 😀

And that’s my list of books that I hope to tackle this winter (hopefully during the time I’m off before school starts back up again)! What are you hoping to read this season? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂