Category: Meme


Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 4 April, 2017 by Lianne in Meme / 9 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Fandom Freebie

Decided to approach this week’s topic as a general freebie 😛 Seeing as it’s National Poetry Month, I figured I’d go with the topic of my 10 Favourite Poets 😀 especially as I’ve become such a reader in poetry in the last year or so (see poetry tag of all the poetry I’ve read and reviewed to date) *hearts*

In no particular order:

  1. Federico Garcia Lorca (see author tag) — I’ve loved his poetry for so long now that I can no longer recall how I first encountered his works. His poetry is haunting and beautiful and his use of imagery is so curious. I always recommend his stuff first whenever someone asks me about poetry because it’s just gorgeous.
  2. Rainer Maria Rilke (see author tag) — I got around to reading his poetry last year and really just appreciated the imagery he uses, that oneness with nature and with God. His Duino Elegies were especially sublime to read.
  3. Anna Ahkmatova (review) — I mentioned the story in my review but I actually did a bit of research around her works when I was writing my MA thesis but I actually didn’t sit down and read her poetry until more recently. And yeah, I was blown away, her poetry is wonderful.
  4. Osip Mandelstam (review) — Similar story to Akhmatova, I didn’t get around to reading his poetry until more recently and I immediately fell in love with his work, you could feel the toil and the struggle in his words, you can almost smell the air and feel the Russian soil that he speaks of.
  5. Christina Rossetti (review) — It actually took a second read of her works for me to fully appreciate her writing and her poetry. I mentioned it on Instagram (see post) but I especially love her poem “A Chill Blank World.” That last line, you guys
  6. Vera Pavlova — My review of her poetry book If There Is Something to Desire won’t be going live until next week but suffice to say I really enjoyed her poetry, the themes range from love to motherhood to womanhood. Can’t wait to read her next poetry collection translated into English!
  7. Rupi Kaur (review) — I read her poetry book, milk and honey, last year after seeing it everywhere and understood the buzz around her works: her poetry is raw, open, and empowering.
  8. Lauren Eden — My review of her poetry collection, Of Yesteryear, won’t be going live on my blog until next year but her minimalist-style of poetry coupled with her themes of love was definitely up my alley and came to my fingertips at the right time.
  9. William Shakespeare (see author tag) — His sonnets are wonderful, but his writing all around is sheer poetry. How could I not add him on my list? 😛
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien (see author tag) — Okay, he’s known for his novels, but his poetry and attempts at writing familiar tales like Beowulf and the story of King Arthur with his own words and interpretation are just glorious to read. It’s a pity we only have drafts and fragments and that he didn’t complete a final draft from amongst those works.



And that’s my list for this week! Do you read poetry? If so, who are your favourite poets/poetry books? What did you feature in this week’s TTT? I’d love to read your list (slow as I am getting around to them–apologies in advance)! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 21 March, 2017 by Lianne in Meme / 10 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Ten Books I Read in One Sitting

Haha I kinda love this week’s topic as there’s been some great books that I’ve read in the past that I’ve read in one sitting (either because it was slim enough or I just couldn’t put it down once I started reading it xD).

In no particular order:

  1. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce — My review of this book won’t be going live until May, I believe, but I more or less read this book in the day: I could not stop reading about Queenie Hennessy’s story, it was so compelling and beautiful and heartbreaking.
  2. Victoria by Daisy Goodwin (review) — Oh man, I could not put this book down, I read it in one evening.
  3. Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern (review) — I remember reading the bulk of this book in one afternoon, I just needed to know how things turned out for all of the characters involved.
  4. You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane (review) — I was trying to savour this as much as possible but ended up reading it in a day, I had to find out how things would turn out for Rachel and Ben and all of Rachel’s friends xD
  5. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (review) — Granted, it is a novella, but a compelling and fascinating one at that.
  6. Colonel Brandon’s Diary by Amanda Grange (review) — COLONEL BRANDON, YOU PRECIOUS CUPCAKE. Could not put this book down, I was grinning like a madman at the end.
  7. Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis (review) — I read this book in one evening, finishing in the early hours of morning. I could not put this book down, it was amazing and compelling and thoughtful and just…yeah, you need to read this book if you haven’t already.
  8. The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson (review) — I think I almost always read his books in one sitting :3
  9. The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson (review) — Another one of those books I couldn’t put down once I started reading it…
  10. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman (review) — Haha, no surprise there, but it’s such a fun read 😀



And that’s my list for this week! What books have you read in one sitting? Have you read any of the above books I listed? Let me know, I’d love to check out your list!

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 14 March, 2017 by Lianne in Meme / 18 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

Because I can never say no to a seasonal TBR list 😉 Not that it’s feeling especially spring-like here where I’m at (we’re in the middle of a snowstorm O_O), but it’s something to look forward to, lol, even if I’m still in the middle of a reading slump (+ work leaving me exhausted these days = I haven’t been reading as much in the last little while O_O )

In no particular order:

  1. Spiritual Writings by Soren Kierkegaard — A bit of a cheat as I am reading it right now but I did purposely put this book on my spring TBR because it’s my current read for this season of Lent 🙂
  2. Everything Beautiful Begins After by Simon van Booy — Another cheat as I’m currently reading it but it’s preparation for my trip next month 🙂 Get me in the travelling mood. On another note, I think it’ll alleviating my reading slump a bit, got me hooked from the first page (see my Instagram post).
  3. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed — I’m planning on bringing this with me on my trip next month. Heard good things about it and I dunno, I could use a bit of advice *shurgs*
  4. Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane — For something light and fun, I hope to read this sometime this spring.
  5. The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer — I’m in the mood for something set in the Regency period or thereabouts. Seeing as I only have a few historicals of this nature on my TBR pile, I think I’ll be picking this book up sometime soon.
  6. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien — This was recently longlisted for the Baileys Women Prize 2017 (though it’s been listed for a number of literary awards in the past year) so it’d be nice to read this soon-ish.
  7. The Accusation by Bandi — Oh man, this book hit headlines as it was smuggled out of North Korea. I’m so curious t read this book. Soon, soon…
  8. Forty Words for Sorrow by Giles Blunt — This book caught my attention as it was adapted into a miniseries here in Canada so I’m curious to read it. It’s always interesting to read a mystery novel set in Canada (or any book of any genre, really, lol).
  9. The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes — What are the chances that I’ll get around to this book this spring? Seems slim enough…
  10. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney — For a bit of family drama in my reading xD



And that’s my spring TBR list! What books do you plan on reading this season? Let me know, I’d love to check out your list!

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 14 February, 2017 by Lianne in Meme / 7 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: All About Romance Tropes/Types

Heh, it’s been a long while since I’ve done one of these posts. Initially I was going to focus on a particular trope for this list but in the end I just decided to go with 10 romances that I’ve enjoyed recently (well, I’m sure I’m missing a whole ton of other romances; I was lazy/in a hurry and just zipped through the romance shelf on my Goodreads account) 😛

In no particular order:

  1. When a Marquess Loves a Woman by Vivienne Lorret (review) — Featuring the friends-turned enemies-turned lovers trope 😛 Max and Juliet have been sniping barbs at each other since the first book in the Season’s Originals trilogy so it was good to finally see their story.
  2. This Earl is On Fire by Vivenne Lorret (review) — Featuring the injured hero and heroine-shunned-by-Society-for-reasons trope (trying hard not to spoil what that is exactly). Otherwise known as a variation of the opposites attract story 😛 Also, hell, I could’ve easily listed all of Vivenne Lorret’s books here, just check out her books 😛
  3. You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane (review) — Featuring the friends-or-are-they-more-than-that trope 😛 Gosh I was rooting for Ben and Rachel hard even though at times it looked as though they would never have their moment 😛
  4. Six Degrees of Scandal by Caroline Linden (review) — I recommend all of her Scandalous books, actually, I find them quite different/interesting in the historical romance genre and the series has quite the balance of danger, intrigue, friendship, family drama, and of course the romance (and different obstables to said romances). Anyway, this book features the guy-who-failed-the-girl-in-the-past-but-is-there-for-her-now kind of trope…for lack of a better description. It was also a great finale to the series!
  5. Colonel Brandon’s Diary by Amanda Grange (review) — Featuring the Cinderella trope/I-knew-Colonel-Brandon-was-a-cupcake-before-but-I-didn’t-know-just-how-precious trope 😛 No, seriously, reading this book shed him in a totally new light for me, if that was even possible!
  6. Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (review) — This is a fan favourite so I was a little worried the hype would get to me but I am happy to say this book lived up to expectations! Features the friends-first kind of trope 😛
  7. The Viscount Down the Lane by Elizabeth Boyle (review) — Featuring the grumpy-hero-and-clumsy-but-always-helping-heroine trope 😛 And a pesky cat to boot! Definitely had me laughing quite a bit, reading this book xD
  8. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (review) — I loved both storylines, but I admit I liked the romance between Carrie and Graham in the 21st century a lot more 😛 No particular trope going on here–they meet, they spend time together, they slowly fall in love–but the chemistry was ace.
  9. The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn (review) — Featuring a mathematician and a drama queen? Yeah, colour me intrigued! I also consider this book one of Julia Quinn’s funniest books; I wish she had written a series on the Pleinsworths, they’re a hilarious family unit.
  10. Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart by Sarah MacLean (review) — Featuring the social-outcast-and-the-uppity-duke/enemies-to-lovers trope. Their tension was quite palpable, but when it shifts to romance–well, oh my 😛



And that’s my list for this week! What books did you list for this week’s TTT/how did you interpret this week’s topic? Do you plan on buying all the chocolate in sight like I will today? 😛 Let me know, I’d love to hear from you!

7th Annual End of the Year Book Survey

Posted 9 January, 2017 by Lianne in Meme / 6 Comments


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How is it that it’s 2017 already? As you may have figured, I was not able to post my responses to Jamie @ Perpetual Page-Turner‘s End of the Year Book Survey last month as I was busy migrating this blog to a new server, but on the plus side it did give me a bit more time to think about the books I read over the course of 2016…ish… 🙂

To those interested, here’s my previous years’ entries. And without further ado:


2016 Reading Stats


Number Of Books You Read:
According to my personal record that I’ve been keeping track of, I’ve read 213 books last year

Number of Re-Reads:
According to said list, 20 books (down from last year; funny, it felt like I re-read more, but I guess not)

Genre You Read The Most From:
According to Goodreads fantasy takes the top spot again fro me this year, followed by historical fiction


Best In Books


01. Best Book You Read In 2016? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2015 release vs. backlist)
I’m too lazy this year to break it down by genre, so off the top of my head:

  • Andre Alexis’ Fifteen Dogs (review)
  • Alexander Lernet-Holenia’s Mona Lisa (review)
  • Maria Rainer Rilke’s The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Briggs (review)
  • Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway (review)
  • Mhairi MacFarlane’s You Had Me at Hello (review)
  • Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey (review)
  • Alice Hoffman’s Faithful (review)



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