About Me

In the North (otherwise known as Canada), there lives a woman who grew up reading a lot: she was read to as a little girl, she read to and from school and during class, she read on her spare time, she read even when things were too busy and hectic and examinations were coming up left, right, and centre. This blog you’re reading is the result of all that reading.

Hallo once more! My name is Lianne, the blogger of eclectictales.com. A little bit about myself: I’m 30, and like my blog name, I have a bit of an eclectic academic background, having studied Soviet-Russian history during my undergraduate and Masters programmes before completing a diploma programme in practical nursing. On the side I continue to write articles, fragments, stories, poetry, whatever’s on my mind at the moment. My debut poetry collection, Shall I Be a Poet Instead? is available now; you can learn more about the project and where to order it over at this blog post 🙂

I’ve been an avid reader since I was a child, from science fiction and adventure storeis to fantasy and historical fiction, classic literature and translated works. I read quite an eclectic mix of genres and themes, hence the name of my blog 🙂 You can learn more about my blog, its history, and its policies over at About This Site.

Other than books, I have a range of other interests from (European) football (especially come the World Cup and the Euro), travelling, languages, and photography. I’m also become quite the fountain pen enthusiast. Aside from amassing quite the library I’ve also been quite the notebook hoarder 😛 I also love coffee; suffice to say I need it to survive.

(Some!) Favourites


  • J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (review #1, #2, #3)
  • Jane Austen’s Persuasion (commentary)
  • Elizabeth Gaskell’s North & South (review)
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind (commentary)
  • Ian McEwan’s Atonement (review)
  • Brandon Sanderson’s first Mistborn trilogy (#1, #2, #3)


  • Instrumental Composers: Fabrizio Paterlini, Ludovico Einaudi, Clint Mansell, Olafur Arnalds, Max Ritcher, Johan Johansson
  • Singers & Bands: Keane, Zero Assoluto, Foals, Dear Rouge, Daughter, Florence & the Machine, Of Monsters and Men


  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Gladiator
  • Pride & Prejudice (2005)
  • The Fall
  • The Fountain

Television (all-time favourites):

  • Babylon 5
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • Yes, Minister/Yes Prime Minister
  • The Thick of It
  • The Nanny

Last Revised: 12 July 2017