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Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 27 June, 2017 by Lianne in Meme / 15 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: Best Books You’ve Read in 2017 So Far

Pretty straightforward, lol. I can’t believe we’ve already halfway through the year–seems like yesterday we were just ringing in 2017. But then again time has been feeling kind of wonky for me lately xD Anywho, I haven’t been reading as much this year compared to previous years but nonetheless I’ve read some

In no particular order:

  1. The Love Song of Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce (review) — I read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (review) a few years ago and greatly enjoyed it but this book was beyond precious, I love it even more! Which is surprising in that I didn’t expect to love LOVE it the way I do…It’s a quiet novel but it’s powerful in its look at life and imminent death and love and just the sum of human experience and relationships. If you haven’t read this book I strongly recommend checking it out.
  2. In Search of Duende by Federico Garcia Lorca (review) — It’s no secret that I love Federico Garcia Lorca’s works so when I saw that his essays were compiled in this book, I just had to check it out. It’s an illuminating book discussing that mysterious concept of duende and its relation to Spanish character and culture. Totally up my alley of academic interests, but also informs some of his own works too.
  3. Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon van Booy (review) — After years of eyeing this book I finally read it and it did not disappoint! There are so many wonderful quotations, I could just fill my quotes book with them! But its look at love and time and experiences is quite marvelous too…I sense an early theme running here of the books I love this year 😛
  4. The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes (review) — Another book I only got around to reading now, lol. Again, totally up there in my alley of interests in that it looks at the subject of what it’s like to be a creative under the Stalinist era, the lengths you go to survive to appease the government you’re under and what happens to your artistic integrity in the process. Soviet identity, Russian identity, what is art?…As I mentioned in my book review, where was this book when I was writing my thesis? lol. Brilliant book.
  5. Only Beloved by Mary Balogh (review) — Okay, I’ve been picking and choosing my way through the Survivors’ Club series but I had to pick this book up as it sort of book-ends the other book of hers that I read. Not only is Mary Balogh’s writing wonderful to read, but the story of George and Dora reminds me of Persuasion (review) *happy sigh*
  6. Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen (review) — I love her comics, period. If you haven’t checked out her stuff before, you’re in for a treat–and now she’s compiled them in two books!
  7. Of Yesteryear by Lauren Eden (review) — I love the book cover. I also love her poetry.
  8. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson — My review of this novel won’t be going live until next month but it’s another one of those delightfully quiet reads that I’ve read this year, and perfect for the summer. I thought the characterisations of Sophia and her grandmother were especially well done.
  9. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire (review) — A fantastic novella with interesting characters and the concept of the paranormal felt different somehow. I’m becoming quite the fan of Seanan McGuire’s works!
  10. The Return of History by Jennifer Welsh — Hmm, for some reason I thought I had reviewed this book but I guess I didn’t. Anyway this was 2016’s CBC Massey Lecture Series feature and it was an excellent book looking at where we are right now in history, the challenges we face moving forward. Definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for explanations about where we are right now.



And that’s my list for this week! What were some of the best books you’ve read so far this year? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! Happy Tuesday 🙂

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 23 May, 2017 by Lianne in Meme / 12 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: Summer Reads Freebie

I’m going to use this opportunity to talk about the books I hope to tackle this summer 😀

In no particular order:

  1. Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss — I finished re-reading The Name of the Wind earlier this year. Seriously, there’s nothing really stopping me from reading this book now. Well, except maybe my rather large TBR queue at the moment.
  2. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight — I always associate summer with reading faster reads–thrillers, contemporary rom-com kind of reads. This seems like the perfect summer read to settle into.
  3. The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan — Ditto as the previous listing’s reason. Update: Never mind, I actually read this book recently 😛
  4. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid — I’d been eyeing this book forever so may this summer is the summer to read it?
  5. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson — The title of this book says it all, lol.
  6. 300 Days of Sun by Deborah Lawrenson — Another book whose title just screams summer xD
  7. The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer — I think I listed this book under my spring TBR list and I never got around to it. So maybe this summer?
  8. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien — Ditto as the above, I didn’t get around to reading it this past spring.
  9. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan — Another book that just seems perfect for these summer days…
  10. The Book of Twentieth-Century Italian Poetry — For a dose of poetry AND translated texts 🙂



And that’s my list for this week! Have you read any of these? Plan on reading any of these?

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!