Posts by: Lianne


Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 20 June, 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. I need another vacation, stat. lol
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Seriously though, I may or may not already be planning my next holiday 😉 Time permitting.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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…
  10. It’s just the start of the tournament but I’m still smarting over Germany losing their opening match ;_;

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And that’s it from me! How is everyone? What’s new with you?

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 19 June, 2018 by Lianne in Meme / 11 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: Summer TBR List

It’s been a very long time since I’ve participated in a Top Ten Tuesday list! Figured it was a good time to look at my TBR pile and see what books I hope to get around to this summer 🙂

In no particular order:

  1. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer — This book has been on my wishlist for ages and I’m glad I finally got my hands on it last year. This always felt like a summer book to me so I’m hoping to get around to it this summer 🙂
  2. Miss You by Kate Eberlen — Picked this eBook up on a whim last year. Might give it a shot if I’m in the mood for a lighter read per se.
  3. Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliot Trudeau, 1968 – 2000 by John English — Let’s just say I hope to get through this book before the new school year begins. I read the first volume early this year and whilst I really enjoyed reading it, it was quite dense, especially when you’re also studying for pathphysiology and whatnot >_<
  4. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld — This should be a fun read.
  5. Holding on to Normal: How I Survived Cancer and Made It to the Other Side, Happier, Healthier and Stronger by Alana Somerville — Not exactly a book I’d pick up right of the bat given my line of work but I was sent an ARC of this book so I should get around to reading it. Soon. Ish. We’ll see.
  6. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin — For a bit of fantasy, I have this book sitting on my TBR pile. I also still have to read her Inheritance trilogy, which always struck me as a book to read during the winter for some reason, so in the meantime I have this book.
  7. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman — lol it’s still on my TBR list. Maybe this summer I will finally read it?
  8. The rest of the Bridgertons books by Julia Quinn — Still have the last four books to read, lol xD Guess I’ve been holding it off as to savour the remainder of the books.
  9. The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from my Life by John le Carre — I started reading this a bit before I went on holiday (aka the introduction) but for a change of pace this should make for an interesting read.
  10. The Passage by Justin Cronin — Got around to picking up this book as I saw the trailer to the tv series. I actually started reading it and it’s been pretty interesting so far!



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

Review: Infinity

Posted 15 June, 2018 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

Infinity
By: Jonathan Hickman, Nick Spencer, Jason Latour, Nick Spencer (Written), Agustin Alessio (Art), Jim Cheung (Illustrator), Jerome Opeña (Illustrator), Dustin Weaver (Illustrator) , Mike Deodato Jr. (Art), Mike Deodato (Illustrator), Stefano Caselli (Illustrator), Leinil Francis Yu (Illustrator), Agustín Alessio (Illustrator), Adam Kubert (Cover)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

ollecting Infinity #1-6, New Avengers (2013) #7-12, Avengers (2012) #14-23 and Infinity: Against the Tide Infinite Comic #1-2.

Thanos makes his world-shattering return, and his armies fire the opening shots of a galactic war that will be fought both on Earth and in deep space – with our heroes caught between both battles! As the mad Titan’s secrets are revealed, the Inhumans’ city of Attilan falls, and the members of the Illuminati find themselves on the front line! And as every Origin Site on Earth goes active, the Builders enter the Marvel Universe. But can the Avengers return to Earth in time to save it, when betrayal in the Galactic Council has left them prisoners of war?

With Avengers: Infinity War in theatres, I wanted to read a few comics featuring Thanos. Last month I reviewed Jim Starlin’s The Infinity Gauntlet (review) and now here we are with a more recent approach to Thanos’ story and appearance in the Marvel universe. I picked up this volume because it featured Thanos’ Black Order and I wanted to see them in action in the comics. Admittedly it did take me a while to get through as it was a good 600 pages long but here we are 😛

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Review: The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe

Posted 13 June, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe
By: Joseph E. Stiglitz
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

When Nobel Prize–winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz posed this question in the original edition of The Euro, he lent much-needed clarity to a global debate that continues to this day. The euro was supposed to unify Europe and promote prosperity; in fact, it has done just the opposite. To save the European project, the euro may have to be abandoned. Since 2010, many of the 19 countries of Europe that share the euro currency—the eurozone—have been rocked by debt crises and mired in lasting stagnation, and the divergence between stronger and weaker economies has accelerated. In The Euro, Joseph E. Stiglitz explains precisely why the eurozone has performed so poorly, so different from the expectations at its launch: at the core of the failure is the structure of the eurozone itself, the rules by which it is governed. Stiglitz reveals three potential paths forward: drastic structural reforms, not of the individual countries, but of the eurozone; a well-managed dissolution of the euro; or a bold new system dubbed the “flexible euro.” With trenchant analysis—and brand new material on Brexit—The Euro is urgent and timely reading.

I had been eyeing this book for ages. I came across this book as I was looking up books about the current state of the EU with the euro crisis and ongoing issues that the EU is faced with; I just wanted to read what people were thinking and what their alternatives were to the present situation. I finally got my hands on it a while ago but had to wait until I finished the school year to read it as I wanted to give it my undivided attention.

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eclectic tales is back!

Posted 11 June, 2018 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

Well, I’m back. lol.

For almost two weeks I was off on holiday to Portugal with my dad. It’s a beautiful country–I was pleasantly surprised at how rich its forests were! So much green, it was amazing–with lots of history, stories, and food to eat 😛 As the below photos show, we were in Porto and Lisbon, but we also spent the weekend at Fatima, as well as took day trips to Braga, Sintra, and Cabo da Roca. Some of those photos you can see over at Instagram; I’ll get around to posting more about my trip sometime later this time.

Alas that my holiday is over now; back to the grind, now. In the meantime–