Monthly Archives: June 2019

June Updates

Posted 28 June, 2019 by Lianne in Website / 3 Comments

Where did the month go? Half the year has gone by it’s pretty surreal. Summer is more or less in full swing here so we’ll see where the next few months take me. In the meantime, here’s what has been going on here at the blog for the past month:


  1. Books reviewed recently: Mhairi McFarlane’s Don’t You Forget About Me (review), Gerdur Kristny’s Bloodhoof (review), and N.K. Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. My poetry instagram account hit 200 posts and I hosted a giveaway over there 🙂 As I’m in the final stages of proofing my forthcoming poetry collection, please stay tuned as I will be hosting more giveaways 🙂


And that’s about it about the blog for the month of June! Wishing you a lovely weekend and for my Canadian & American readers, a happy long weekend!

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 25 June, 2019 by Lianne in Meme / 21 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: Books On My Summer 2019 TBR

I have no idea what my summer is shaping up to be given up irregular I’ve been reading lately. But let’s see, here’s some books I’m hoping to get around to reading this summer 🙂

  1. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer — Pretty sure this book was on my TBR last summer. Fingers crossed I get around to it this year.
  2. Fire Dance by Ilana C. Myer — I loved her first book and I picked up her second book last year, I believe; quite by chance too as I didn’t know it was released then. Anyway, perhaps I’ll get around to reading it this summer.
  3. A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley — I have two of her books on my TBR pile and seeing as I tend to read her books around the summer time, I guess now is the perfect time to catch up 🙂
  4. The Witches of St. Petersburg by Imogen Edwards-Jones — Imperial Russian era, witches, Russia…Yeah, count me in!
  5. Provenance by Ann Leckie — For a bit of science fiction on the list, I have this book sitting on my TBR pile. For the most part I’ve enjoyed Ann Leckie’s works so far and the premise of this book sounds fascinating.
  6. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving — I feel it in my bones, this is the year that I finally read this book, lol. I’ve set it on my seasonal TBR lists enough times…
  7. The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare — For something lighter, here’s a historical romance I’ve been eyeing for some time…
  8. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan — Been curious about this book since I first heard of it. Helps that the book cover is ace 🙂
  9. The Black Widow by Daniel Silva — I actually have four of his books on my TBR pile. I usually read his books during the summer but the reason I held off for the last few years was that I was hoping to re-read his Gabriel Allon books from the start again…A feat considering there’s over 12 books in the series now! But I still hope 🙂
  10. Re-read something — I’m not sure what I’m going to re-read from my shelves, but re-read I will 🙂

And that’s my list of books that I hope to tackle this summer 🙂 What are you hoping to read this season? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

Review: The Stone Sky

Posted 21 June, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3)
By: N.K. Jemisin
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase


The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.

Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe.

For Nassun, her mother’s mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.

The remarkable conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed trilogy that began with the multi-award-nominated The Fifth Season.

All right, here we are, last book in the trilogy. This book has been quite the journey so it was quite exciting to finally reach the end and see how everything played out.

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Bookish & Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 19 June, 2019 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. Busy, just busy.
  2. Actually I’ve started catching up with people, which will continue well into the summer. Might as well see everyone before school drags me right back to hell ;_;
  3. Okay, so I caught the basketball fever as the Raptors made it to the NBA Finals and then won the championship. After years of crashing out somewhere along the playoffs, they finally did it and we’re all 😀 😀 😀 The last few weeks has also been quite a whirlwind lesson on learning the technical rules of basketball (you know I’m more of a football/soccer person). #WeTheNorth
  4. I finally caught up replying to everyone’s letters more or less, thank God! I had a stack of some 20 letters that had built up over the last few months that I meant to reply to. So that feeling of accomplishment is quite acute 😀
  5. Next up on my endless list of things and projects to complete: my next poetry collection! Still in the editing process but I did finalize the number of poems that will be going in (and the division of the next few collections). It’s just adding them to the final template and other details like the cover and whatnot. So fingers crossed, end of the month it will go for a proofing!
  6. Speaking of poetry, I’m about to hit 200 posts over at my poetry IG account. Stay tuned for a giveaway 😉
  7. Will I ever get around to sorting through my trip photos (from two different trips, no less)? I don’t know D=
  8. Books I’m currently reading: Should I even bother mentioning that The Saga of Icelanders is still on my ‘Currently Reading’? Other books are squeezing in but I haven’t given up on it or anything, I will get back to it. In the meantime I started reading (at long last) V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic. I actually just finished reading Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic and am now figuring out what book to settle with next…Schwab’s Vicious? Newitz’s Autonomous? Something else altogether?
  9. I caved and bought a leather cover for my Hobonichi Weeks. I keep seeing them on Instagram and they’re too pretty not to get xD I won’t be getting it in a while but it’s something to look forward to in the mail.
  10. I should go back on a no-spend. Hmm, we’ll see.


And that’s it from me! How is your June going?

Review: Warleggan

Posted 17 June, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Warleggan (Poldarks #4)
By: Winston Graham
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

When Ross Poldark plunges into a highly speculative mining venture, he risks not only his family’s financial security but also his already-turbulent marriage. When his old flame Elizabeth Warleggan re-enters his life, Ross is tested like never before. But soon, his wife Demelza retaliates, becoming dangerously involved with a handsome Scottish cavalry officer of her own.

With the looming threat of bankruptcy and scandal, the Poldarks now face the possibility of disaster on all fronts. Will they be able to keep it together before everything falls apart?

So after reading Jeremy Poldark (review), I went on to pick up this book as it was sitting on my TBR queue on my eReader.

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