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Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 18 September, 2018 by Lianne in Meme / 14 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: Autumn TBR List

Happy September! It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these…School is back in full swing and I’m trying to balance it with work and all of my other side projects so yeah, that’s me in a nutshell 😛 Reading time has gone down considerably as a result but nonetheless I’m reading whenever I can (and still picking up books at a faster rate).

In no particular order:

  1. Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward — It’s Bob Woodward writing this and I was curious so yes, will likely read it soon.
  2. Monstress: Haven (Vol. 3) by Marjorie Liu –Yayayayay, my pre-order arrived last week! Can’t wait to read it 🙂
  3. The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien — I almost started reading it when it first arrived but yeah, provided life doesn’t get too too hectic I think I might start reading this sometime in the next few months. Tolkien’s works always make for perfect autumn reading anyhow 🙂
  4. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin — A bit of a cheat adding this to the list, but I actually started reading it a while ago but then I got so busy that I never read any more. But it’s really interesting so far! I just need to sit down and continue reading it, really, lol (and I got the other two books in the trilogy so yaaaaah, I can just blitz through it).
  5. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan — I always associate his books with the summer because I read the previous two books during the summer but this year I just didn’t get around to it (I did however watch the movie!). So for a switch over to some light reading, I might read this.
  6. The World of All Souls: A Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and the Book of Life by Deborah Harkness — The television adaptation airs in the UK now and there’s Time’s Convert coming out today but I also picked up this book some time ago. Her books also make for perfect autumn reading and I heart the trilogy so much.
  7. Miss You by Kate Eberlen — This book was also on my summer list that I just never got around to reading. Maybe if I’m in a mood I’ll start reading this title 😛
  8. Red Fortress: The Secret Heart of Russia’s History by Catherine Merridale — I’m in a bit of a nonfiction mood at the moment so I’m hoping to get through a few of the nonfiction titles sitting on my TBR pile for a while. This is one of those books. I’m looking forward to reading this; I had read one of her other works when I was in grad school.
  9. All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai — I keep on saying I’m going to read this book and then I don’t get around to it, lol. Anyway, maybe this season!
  10. Germany: Memories of a Nation by Neil MacGregor — I think his approach to this book was really interesting, examining German identity and history through its inventions and items used. Again, another one of those nonfiction titles that have been sitting on my TBR pile for a while.



And that’s my list of books that I hope to tackle this autumn (provided school doesn’t get a bit much)! What are you hoping to read this season? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 19 June, 2018 by Lianne in Meme / 12 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! 🙂

8th Annual End of the Year Book Survey

Posted 29 December, 2017 by Lianne in Meme / 4 Comments


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Jamie @ Perpetual Page-Turner‘s End of the Year Book Survey is back this year and whilst this year didn’t feel like as big a reading year as previous years, nonetheless I read some great books. It’s always fun to recap at the end of the year 🙂 To those interested, here’s my previous years’ entries.

And without further ado:


2017 Reading Stats


Number Of Books You Read:
According to my personal record that I’ve been keeping track of, I’ve read 133 books last year

Number of Re-Reads:
According to said list, 16 books

Genre You Read The Most From:
According to Goodreads, the genre I read the most from this year was poetry. Not surprised; I did indeed read a lot of poetry 😛



Best In Books


01. Best Book You Read In 2017? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2017 release vs. backlist)
I’m too lazy to list everything out so I’m just going to refer to my TTT list from last week


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Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 19 December, 2017 by Lianne in Meme / 3 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 Favourite Books of 2017

So 2017 has been a weird year of reading for me in that I haven’t read as much. Still read a lot, but it was hampered by busy-ness and tiredness from all my offline adventures and fiascos. Nonetheless I have a few favourites from this year’s reading.

Edit: lol I also realise this theme was from last week but since I was on hiatus at the time, I’m doing it now 😛

In no particular order:

  1. The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes (review) — Gorgeous novel about art and time and the person, all set against a period in Soviet Russian history where it was difficult to create and express yourself. And totally up my alley of interests.
  2. Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon van Booy (review) — Another beautifully written book, can’t believe it took me this long to get around to reading it.
  3. The Love Story of Queenie Hennessey by Rachel Joyce (review) — I enjoyed The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry but I absolutely adored The Love Story of Queenie Hennessey: Queenie herself, the characters in the hospise, the realities of growing old and the quiet but powerful reflection on life, on Queenie’s life.
  4. Six Wakes by Muir Lafferty (review) — Definutely one of the more unputdownable books of this year for me, the characters were interesting as was the mystery and the larger ethical questions that the novel raises.
  5. Hyperion by Dan Simmons (review) — Another book I can’t believe I didn’t get around to reading until this year. It’s like Canterbury Tales in a science fiction setting–and different subgenres of sci-fi at that! It’s hard to top such a book.
  6. Of Yesteryear by Lauren Eden (review) — I found her poems to be so relateable and written quite wonderfully.
  7. Miguel Hernandez’s poetry (review) — I love Spanish poetry and discovering his poetry earlier this year was a joy 🙂
  8. Love Sonnets and Elegies by Louise Labe (review) — Another batch of poetry I was happy to discover earlier this year, her poetry was so moving. I reckon I’ll be revisiting it in the near future!
  9. Just Another Viscount in Love by Vivienne Lorret (review) — I love Vivienne Lorret’s books and this book certainly didn’t disappoint!
  10. In Search of Duende by Federico Garcia Lorca (review) — For a bit of non-fiction, I scooped up this book immediately. It was so interesting to read this and read about Lorca’s thoughts about duende and Spanish poetry.



And that’s my favourites from 2017 (some of them, at least; there were a few others that I enjoyed but sadly didn’t make the list)! What books made your top 2017 list? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 28 November, 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: Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR

Okay, not going to lie, the last few months have been very busy and difficult for me that reading has dropped considerably (which makes me very sad). Fingers crossed I have more time to read this winter. But it’s likely I won’t, hence the shortened list (and I’m still catching up with my autumn list anyhow. Well, sort of):

In no particular order:

  1. N.K. Jemisin’s The Inheritance Trilogy — It must be the book cover of the collected trilogy edition because I always associated it as something to read over the winter time…
  2. Ivan Goncharov’s The Same Old Story — Because winter time is for reading Russian classics 😀
  3. Victor Serge’s The Case of Comrade Tulayev — Even the book cover for this book seems fitting for the winter time…
  4. Candace Camp’s A Winter Scandal — A historical romance set around Christmas time? Count me in!
  5. The Saga of the Icelanders — This book is a tome and will require the entire season to read anyhow 😛



And that’s my very short winter reading list, haha! What’s on your winter TBR list? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂