Category: Meme


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 šŸ™‚ 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 šŸ˜›



Best In Books


01. Best Book You Read In 2017? (If you have to cheat ā€” 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 šŸ˜›

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 šŸ™‚
  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! šŸ™‚

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 šŸ˜€
  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 šŸ˜›



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! šŸ™‚

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 21 November, 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: Ten Books Iā€™m Thankful For

I did this a couple of years ago for Sci-Fi Month and decided to revisit it again as I’ve read some excellent science fiction since. And as a tad bit of a twist to this week’s topic, I decided to go with sci-fi books I’m thankful to have read. I tried to keep it as books that I’m thankful but not necessarily that I absolutely loved, but you know how it is, your favourites sneak in anyway šŸ˜‰

In no particular order:

  1. Frank Herbert’s Dune books (see author tag) — One of the early sci-fi novels I read, it continues to stay up there as one of the top sci-fi books I’ve ever read. The societal concepts, the themes that it tackles, the politics involved…The series is fantastic. As an aside I had hoped to finished reading the series in time to review it for this year’s Sci-Fi Month (long story, I only read the first three books prior to this year) but alas, got too busy. In the meantime, stay tuned to the rest of the week as I will be posting reviews from books 2 to 4 xD
  2. Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — Hilarity + British sensibility + science fiction + a very sad robot named Marvin who has all of the best lines? Definitely thankful this book exists and that I got around to reading it.
  3. Dan Simmons’ Hyperion (review) — Goodness, how did I not read this book sooner? It’s epic, it’s sci-fi all around with all of the ideas that it includes, and yet at the heart of the story is about the characters, told in good ol’ Canterbury Tales fashion. Defnitely thankful that I got around to reading this book.
  4. Jules Verne’s books — I often forget actually that I did read his books when I was growing up–and then caught up with some of the other books of his that I hadn’t read a few years ago–but his books were very formative for me in terms of the imagination that his stories bring and just the concepts of science fiction from a 19th century perspective.
  5. Kevin J. Anderson’s Saga of Seven Suns series (see author tag) — I will always be thankful to have finally gotten around to reading this series as it filled the hole in my heart left by favourite space operas like Babylon 5, Dune, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine šŸ™‚
  6. John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War (review) — Really enjoyed the premise of this novel and am thankful to finally have gotten around to reading it a few years ago as I always heard about it but never got around to reading it, lol!
  7. Issac Asimov’s Foundation (review) — Another classic that I’m so thankful to have gotten around to reading. It was a little different than I had expected but nonetheless I’m happy to have finally read and thankful that I did.
  8. Hannu Rajaniemi’s Jean la Flambeur trilogy (see author tag) — To be honest hard science fiction isn’t really my thing, it usually becomes more about the science than about the story and the characters and I still need the latter to really enjoy the book but this author does such a good job in presenting such crazy complex ideas but it’s still pretty easy to follow the story.
  9. Rachel Bach’s Paradox trilogy (see author tag) — Forever and ever will I be recommending this trilogy because Devi Morris is a badass and scifi stories featuring badass women always makes for a good read šŸ˜€
  10. Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go (review) — To be honest it took me a second read of this novel to really appreciate the book for what it is about and the themes it tackles. Plus, Kazuo Ishiguro is just brilliant, so…



And that’s my Sci-Fi Month-esque list for this week’s TTT! What books are you thankful for? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! šŸ™‚

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 3 October, 2017 by Lianne in Meme / 14 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 Book Boyfriends

I don’t think I do this topic whenever it’s cropped up in the past, but here we are now šŸ™‚

In no particular order:

  1. Eomer from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (review #1, #2, #3) ) — He’s just such a greater character, IMO. I also always admired how he was able to rebuild the kingdom to Rohan after the War of the Ring without help (sorry, Aragorn, but the dwarves and elves helped you in Gondor/rebuild Minas Tirith after the War).
  2. Faramir from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (review #1, #2, #3) ) — Okay, so I have a few book boyfriends from LOTR, okay? šŸ˜› But he’s such a kind and thoughtful man, I always hated how his father overlooked him so.
  3. Henry Tilney from Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey (review) — I always said that of all of Jane Austen heroes, Henry Tilney would be the one I’d likely go for in real life. He’s hilarious, but he’s also kind. And such a good brother, too.
  4. Colonel Brandon from Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (review) — I always liked his character but it wasn’t until I read Amanda Grange’s Colonel Brandon’s Diary (review) that I just completely fell for the character. The most precious of cupcakes, this guy.
  5. Henry from Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Maybe in Another Life (review) — What can I say, I like a nice guy who happens to be a nurse too šŸ™‚
  6. Elend from Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy (#1), (#2), (#3) — He had one of the best introductions I’ve ever read, and he’s just a wonderful and supportive character who’s generally pretty optimistic amidst such a bleak time he lived in, as well as the idealist for the future. Also, he’s quite the reader šŸ˜€
  7. Sebastian St. Cyr from Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries by C.S. Harris (see author tag) —
  8. Sebastian Grey from Julia Quinn’s Ten Things I Love About You (review) — So I have a thing for guys named Sebastian, it seems…But no, seriously, I thought his character was great, I had a marvellous time reading his character.
  9. Benedict Bridgerton from Julia Quinn’s An Offer from a Gentleman (review — I have a soft spot too for characters who are overlooked in the family. Benedict is a Bridgerton through and through, but he is quieter compared to his older brother and happy-go-lucky younger brother (and there’s also the youngest but there’s the gap and the youngest wasn’t mentioned as much in the early books). But he’s lovely in his own way.



I’m drawing a blank on a tenth character, but I’m amazed I got nine anyhow! Who are your book boyfriends/girlfriends? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! šŸ™‚