Posts by: Lianne

Review: The World of All Souls

Posted 15 November, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

The World of All Souls: A Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and the Book of Life
By: Deborah Harkness
Format/Source: Hardback; my purchase

A Discovery of Witches introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Shadow of Night and The Book of Life carried Deborah Harkness’s series to its spellbinding conclusion.

In The World of All Souls, Harkness shares the rich sources of inspiration behind her bewitching novels. She draws together synopses, character bios, maps, recipes, and even the science behind creatures, magic, and alchemy–all with her signature historian’s touch. Bursting with fascinating facts and dazzling artwork, this essential handbook is a must-have for longtime fans and eager newcomers alike.

I don’t remember why I stalled on picking up this book…It was probably the price, thinking I didn’t need a complete guide or anything. Who was I kidding? Of course I needed it in my life! lol

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Review: Monstress (vol. 3)

Posted 13 November, 2018 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

Monstress: the Blood (Vol. 3)
By: Marjorie M. Liu (Writer), Sana Takeda (Artist), Rus Wooton (Letterer, Designer)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Maika has spent most of her life learning how to fight, but how will she fare when the only way to save her life…is to make friends?

Collects issues 13-18 of the Hugo Award and British Fantasy Award series.

I picked up this volume the minute it became available but then it languished on my bookshelf because of pesky school. Grrr…

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Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 7 November, 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. Since returning from Reading Week last month it’s been boom-boom-boom with school and midterms and papers due. I don’t remember it being THAT hectic, WTF? It was an endless carousel, so sleep was buh-bye for me and of course, silly me, I still picked up a few additional shifts at work. Talk about trying to run myself to the ground #facepalm
  2. I want to say I have a reprieve this week/sort of next week but actually I don’t: I have a presentation and head-to-toe assessment to prep for, a paper to start, and boom! Final exams x_x Thankfully this semester went by fairly quickly…
  3. My coworkers are such a joy though in how supportive they are with me back in school and all <3
  4. But yeah, I don’t know if it’s a mix of the current patient population on my unit or my busy-ness with school and work but the last few shifts I had were absolutely tiring. Actually had a bit of a scare last week as I thought I had pulled a muscle somewhere from transferring or assisting a patient with care. The stuff of nightmares; I was so happy I was off the following days after (even if I was working on a paper), give my body a break from that kind of physical exertion. Happy to report I’m okay now *thumbs up*
  5. I wish I was going away on a short vacation after exams are done but I can’t. It’s okay, I am eyeing Reading Week in February…
  6. Books I’m currently reading: started Noam Chomsky’s Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies, seemed like a timely read. I also sort of started reading Sarah Beth Durst’s The Reluctant Queen as I did finish the previous book, The Queen of Blood, last week. Nothing else at this time as I still have a stretch to study for with school (watch me change my in depending on my mood).
  7. Yet despite of all of this busy-ness, I bought a ton of books recently. Anna Burns’ Milkman, Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer, Thea Lim’s An Ocean of Minutes…Can’t wait until my Christmas holidays so I can start reading it all 😀
  8. I know it’s super early but I want to start filling out Christmas cards 😀
  9. My new favourite account right now: @effinbirds (Twitter // Instagram)
  10. I just caught up reading the news for today (Wednesday): what the hell–? (namely the press conference and Jim Acosta’s White House pass being revoked)


And that’s it from me! How have you been?

October Updates

Posted 6 November, 2018 by Lianne in Website / 1 Comment

…in November!

Yeah, I didn’t get around to posting this at the end of last month as things had just been busy since I returned from Reading Week. It was just rush-rush-rush from one midterm to another to another paper and whatnot. And of course silly ol’ me decided to pick up how many shifts beyond my master schedule last month as well *rolls eyes here* So here we are, at the start of November, with my eye twitching after having just submitted my last paper for a little while and spending this wee little downtime I have catching up.


  1. Posted only three book reviews last month, lol: Carolyn Ives Gilman’s Dark Orbit (review), Neil MacGregor’s Germany: Memories of a Nation (review), and Catherine Merridale’s Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. I posted one movie review last month, Little Italy (review). You can check out all of the past movies I’ve watched and reviewed in this tag.
  3. I hosted a book giveaway of my latest poetry collection, With Quiet Ardency, last month but it sort of fell under the radar (oops) (see post). Thanks to everyone who entered! Will probably host another giveaway towards the end of the year but in the meantime With Quiet Ardency is now available on all online book retail websites (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the Book Depository, etc) 🙂


I’m very sad that I’m not participating in this week’s #RRSciFiMonth but alas, my schedule just makes it not feasible at all. I hope everyone who is participating is having a wonderful time! Wishing you all a lovely November 🙂

Review: Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin

Posted 19 October, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin
By: Catherine Merridale
Format/Source: Hardback; my copy

The Kremlin is the heart of the Russian state, a fortress whose blood-red walls have witnessed more than eight hundred years of political drama and extraordinary violence. It has been the seat of a priestly monarchy and a worldly church; it has served as a crossroads for diplomacy, trade, and espionage; it has survived earthquakes, devastating fires, and at least three revolutions. Its very name is a byword for enduring power. From Ivan the Terrible to Vladimir Putin, generations of Russian leaders have sought to use the Kremlin to legitimize their vision of statehood.

Drawing on a dazzling array of sources from hitherto unseen archives and rare collections, renowned historian Catherine Merridale traces the full history of this enigmatic fortress. The Kremlin has inspired innumerable myths, but no invented tales could be more dramatic than the operatic successions and savage betrayals that took place within its vast compound of palaces and cathedrals. Today, its sumptuous golden crosses and huge electric red stars blaze side by side as the Kremlin fulfills its centuries-old role, linking the country’s recent history to its distant past and proclaiming the eternal continuity of the Russian state.

More than an absorbing history of Russia’s most famous landmark, Red Fortress uses the Kremlin as a unique lens, bringing into focus the evolution of Russia’s culture and the meaning of its politics.

As the blurb states, the Kremlin is such a notable structure in Russia and so representative of the state that it makes sense that a book would be written looking at the structure itself and its place in Russian history and development. This isn’t my first encounter with Catherine Merridale’s research; I previously read another book of hers when I was in grad school and knew her work to be quite solid and unique in approach.

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