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Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 10 September, 2019 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: Books On My TBR Iā€™m Avoiding Reading and Why

Well, well, look who’s making an appearance for this week’s TTT šŸ˜› This week’s topic sounded really interesting so why not, here’s some books on my TBR that I seem to be avoiding and why O_O

  1. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving — Admittedly I did start reading the first few pages or so but then stopped and opted for another book. I don’t know if it’s the length or the fact that I’m not sure what to expect with this book but I’m guessing thats why I’m avoiding it on my TBR lol.
  2. The Dagger and Coin series by Daniel Abraham — I have the entire series on my TBR so why haven’t I cracked it yet? Simply put, I need to re-read The Dragon Path and I just haven’t gotten around to it. Maybe if I get my TBR pile a bit smaller I might finally get around to reading the series as a whole.
  3. The Century trilogy by Ken Follett — I’m no stranger to massive, Tolstoy-length-esque books but these books are huge. Need to carve out a considerable amount of time to trackle these books.
  4. Life and Fate by Vassily Grossman — I’m also no stranger to Soviet Russian literature but I wasn’t expecting this book to be as huge as it is; I feel like I need to be in the right mood to read it. Maybe this winter, who knows…
  5. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison — I’m not sure why I’m avoiding this book on my TBR pile, there’s nothing quite amazing as a standalone fantasy. I guess because it’s a bit on the hefty side? I don’t know, I don’t know
  6. Frantumaglia by Elena Ferrante — It looks intense, lol. I need quiet time to tackle her thoughts lol.
  7. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson — Another chunkster on my shelf. Am I ready for it? Not sure yet, don’t think so.
  8. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien — I snatched this book up as soon as it became available to avoid it becoming sold out like other books that won Giller Prizes in the past. So why haven’t I read it yet?!
  9. The Labyrinth of Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon — I don’t want this series to end ;_; I need to savour it as much as I could, hence why I haven’t devoured it yet.
  10. The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner — I bought this book years ago and have yet to read it; not sure why I’m circling it, it has all of the elements to a book that I would enjoy. Hmm. Maybe next summer?



So what books are you avoiding on your TBR queue? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! šŸ™‚

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 25 June, 2019 by Lianne in Meme / 21 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: Books On My Summer 2019 TBR

I have no idea what my summer is shaping up to be given up irregular I’ve been reading lately. But let’s see, here’s some books I’m hoping to get around to reading this summer šŸ™‚

  1. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer — Pretty sure this book was on my TBR last summer. Fingers crossed I get around to it this year.
  2. Fire Dance by Ilana C. Myer — I loved her first book and I picked up her second book last year, I believe; quite by chance too as I didn’t know it was released then. Anyway, perhaps I’ll get around to reading it this summer.
  3. A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley — I have two of her books on my TBR pile and seeing as I tend to read her books around the summer time, I guess now is the perfect time to catch up šŸ™‚
  4. The Witches of St. Petersburg by Imogen Edwards-Jones — Imperial Russian era, witches, Russia…Yeah, count me in!
  5. Provenance by Ann Leckie — For a bit of science fiction on the list, I have this book sitting on my TBR pile. For the most part I’ve enjoyed Ann Leckie’s works so far and the premise of this book sounds fascinating.
  6. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving — I feel it in my bones, this is the year that I finally read this book, lol. I’ve set it on my seasonal TBR lists enough times…
  7. The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare — For something lighter, here’s a historical romance I’ve been eyeing for some time…
  8. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan — Been curious about this book since I first heard of it. Helps that the book cover is ace šŸ™‚
  9. The Black Widow by Daniel Silva — I actually have four of his books on my TBR pile. I usually read his books during the summer but the reason I held off for the last few years was that I was hoping to re-read his Gabriel Allon books from the start again…A feat considering there’s over 12 books in the series now! But I still hope šŸ™‚
  10. Re-read something — I’m not sure what I’m going to re-read from my shelves, but re-read I will šŸ™‚



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

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 19 March, 2019 by Lianne in Meme / 10 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: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Kinda exciting but I actually read all of the books I set out to read last winter šŸ™‚ That doesn’t happen all that often these days so hurray!

Anyway, now comes the spring TBR queue…

In no particular order:

  1. Milkman by Anna Burns — This book was long listed for this year’s Women’s Prize so obviously that means I had to bump it up my TBR queue šŸ˜‰ EDIT: Finished reading the book before this list went live on my blog, lol. Review will be going live next week.
  2. The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin — I finally got around to reading The Fifth Season the other week, lol. I’m going to be saddled with final projects and then exams for the next little bit but let’s see if I can squeeze in reading the other two books in the trilogy. I need to know what happens next, lol.
  3. The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin — See #2
  4. The Complete Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino — I’m actually bringing this book with me on my holiday next month. I usually don’t get THAT much reading when I’m on holiday but I have to mix it up a bit between sleeping during the flight and writing in my Traveler’s Notebook lol šŸ˜€
  5. The Armoured Saint by Myke Cole — Kept seeing this book around the fantasy lists and whatnot. Bit of a bonus that it’s a novella so I just might get around to reading it.
  6. Melmoth by Sarah Perry — I forgot which list I saw this book pop up on but the premise sounded so interesting, I couldn’t pass it up! April seems like the perfect time of year to read something gothic, right (other than October)?
  7. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie — You can never go wrong reading a mystery novel when you’re swamped with exams…right?
  8. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien — This book ends up on my spring TBR list every year…Is this the year I finally read it?
  9. Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard — And now for a bit of re-reading…For this Lenten season I decided to revisit one of his most famous works, Fear and Trembling. It’s a formative piece, and a piece that I’ve had a long history with. Time permitting and my brain isn’t full of ethics (one of my courses this semester), it’ll be nice to revisit this title.
  10. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare — Beware the Ides of March!



And that’s my list of books that I hope to tackle the next few months xD What are you hoping to read this season? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! šŸ™‚

9th Annual End of the Year Book Survey

Posted 14 January, 2019 by Lianne in Meme / 1 Comment

Jamie @ Perpetual Page-Turner‘s End of the Year Book Survey is back for 2018! It’s always fun to recap at the end of the year šŸ™‚ To those interested, here’s my previous years’ entries.

Admittedly, and you will see when I list my stats, I didn’t read much in 2018. I was busy with offline matters, and on top of it I was in a fairly major reading slump. Nonetheless I decided to fill out the survey for 2018, haha.

And without further ado:


2018 Reading Stats


Number Of Books You Read:
According to my personal list, 81 books O_O That’s….significantly lower compared to previous years.

Number of Re-Reads:
6 books, lol.

Genre You Read The Most From:
According to Goodreads, poetry was the genre I read the most from, followed by non-fiction (I really got into a non-fiction cick in the latter half of the year).



Best In Books


01. Best Book You Read In 2018? (If you have to cheat ā€” you can break it down by genre if you want or 2018 release vs. backlist)
Neil MacGregor’s Germany: Memories of a Nation, Svetlana Alexievich’s The Unwomanly Face of War, Julia Quinn’s When He Was Wicked, Joseph Stiglitz’s The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe, and more…Sense a general trend as to what I read this year? xD



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Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 18 December, 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: Winter TBR List

So funny thing happened to me this fall: I barely read. Between school and work and other offline, life things happening, I either was too tired to read or was not in the mood for reading (brain was just everywhere) or I was having a book slump. The slump’s sort of recovered–when I did read the last few months, it’s either been poetry or non-fiction–so hopefully that continues into my Christmas holiday šŸ™‚

In no particular order:

  1. The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien — Back on my list this season as I didn’t get around to it during the fall…Seeing as I didn’t get around to my wish of re-reading LOTR this year, I can settle with reading this book instead, lol.
  2. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin — I mentioned I had started reading it earlier this year but just never got around to continuing…It’s either this series or her Inheritance trilogy that I read this winter, surely (the Inheritance trilogy has been on my winter TBR pile for years now).
  3. The Day is Ready for You by Alison Malee — For some poetry on my TBR pile šŸ™‚
  4. Journey to Armenia & Conversation About Dante by Osip Mandelstam — Osip Mandelstam’s poetry is absolutely gorgeous and some of my favourites so I’m curious to read his nonfiction travelogue and essay.
  5. The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn — For something light and cute and fun, I can always count on Julia Quinn’s books šŸ™‚
  6. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan — Another book I didn’t get around to reading this past fall but if I’m looking for another break from some of the heavy duty titles on my shelf, I can always turn to this book, lol. You know, rich people problems šŸ˜‰
  7. The Case of Comrade Tulayev by Victor Serge — Continuing my yearly theme of “Winter is for Russian literature”, this title has been sitting on my shelf for years. I thought about starting it earlier this year but after a page or two, I decided to leave it off for the winter time. Seems like the perfect read for…well, now.
  8. The Lost Painting of Sarah de Vos by Dominic Smith — This book has been on my wishlist since Melinda @ the Book Musings mentioned it. Finally got my hands on it a few months ago but yeah, have yet to read it. Maybe for a change of pace and a turn to historical fiction/thriller/mystery, I’ll get around to reading this title šŸ™‚
  9. Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness — My friend gifted me the book for Christmas so wheeeee! Back into the world of All Souls šŸ™‚
  10. Persuasion by Jane Austen — After a conversation with two friends about this book recently, I realised it’s time for a re-read! šŸ˜€



And that’s my list of books that I hope to tackle this winter (hopefully during the time I’m off before school starts back up again)! What are you hoping to read this season? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! šŸ™‚