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Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 19 January, 2016 by Lianne in Meme / 25 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 I’ve Recently Added To My TBR Queue

a.k.a. an excuse to talk about what’s on my bookshelf right now, waiting to be read 😛

Starting from the most recent addition to my to-read pile and working my way back:

  1. Why Kings Confess by C.S. Harris — I’ve been catching up on the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries lately–I forgot how great they are! Reviews to follow 😉
  2. The Lake House by Kate Morton — The change in book cover from her previous novels absolutely irks me, but I did get it for a very good price on Boxing Day so I’ll let it go 😛
  3. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison — I’ve been eyeing this standalone fantasy for a few years now, I heard a lot of positive things about it so I picked it up last month.
  4. Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson — Yeah, got the hardback on Christmas and with Bands of Mourning coming out within the next tw weeks, yeah, it’s all good 😀
  5. Love in the Time of Scandal (Scandalous #3) by Caroline Linden — I have the first two books sitting on my TBR and was initially not thinking about picking up the third. Then Boxing Day sales happened and I snatched it up ASAP, lol.
  6. I See a Man by Owen Sheers — I read his earlier novel Resistance (review) years ago and absolutely loved it. I was quite excited when I heard that he was coming out with a new novel so yeah, I ended up picking it up late last year 🙂
  7. Clariel (Abhorsen #4) by Garth Nix — I was honestly a little hesitant about this book as I thought the first three novels were fantastic and wrapped up nicely. But in the end I succumbed and picked up this book as there’s so much story that can be set in the Old Kingdom and more aspects of it to explore. Plus I heard good things about the book 😛
  8. The Mistletoe Bride and Other Haunting Tales by Kate Mosse — Last year I seem to have been on a quest to collect all of Kate Mosse’s books, lol. I enjoyed her Languedoc trilogy and was curious to read her standalones and short stories. So here we are, this lovely volume sitting on my TBR pile.
  9. A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson — Incentive to finally read Life After Life 😛 It was also on sale, how could I not pick it up?
  10. Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis — It won the Giller Prize last year and I’ve heard good things about this book so I picked it up before it became sold out like what happened to me last time with the previous Giller Prize-winning novel

And those are the books that ended up on my TBR queue recently! What books did you add?

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 5 January, 2016 by Lianne in Meme / 36 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 Resolutions We Have For 2016 (can be bookish, personal resolutions, “I resolve to finally read these 10 books, series I resolve to finish in 2015, etc.)

Happy New Year to my fellow book bloggers! To prepare for this post this week, I decided to take a peek at my resolutions from last year to see if I succeeded in doing some of what I listed. I have to say I succeeded in some bits (got through Middlemarch (review) at long last, whoo-hoo!; and I have something of a schedule when it comes to replying to comments now 🙂 ) and totally missed the mark on others (*ahem*book buying*ahem*) so you’re going to see some repeats here for 2016 😉

Starting with the book-related resolutions:

  1. Re-Read! — This ties in with the second point, but there’s a few books on my shelf I’ve been meaning to revisit for some time (I was a big re-reader growing up). Surely with my blogging schedule filled up for the first few months of the year (I know, I know, how did that happen? :3 ) it should be incentive for me to finally revisit them.
  2. Buy less — I don’t know what happened in 2015, I swear O_O Book-buying ban in effect until Easter again this year *cue tears and gnashing of teeth*
  3. Get back to reading more classics again — Granted, I read quite a number of short stories, novellas, and plays last year but strangely enough I read far less classic litearture last year compared to previous years. I hope to rectify this matter this year as I do have a number of classics that have been sitting long on my TBR queue waiting for me (i.e. Wilkie Collins, Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady, some of Thomas Hardy’s books to name a few) (and resolution #2 should help matters along 😛 )
  4. Try and read the books longest on the TBR pile first — This is 50/50 since I’m such a mood reader but I am hoping to at least chip through the TBR queue from the oldest first. For example, Guy Gavriel Kay’s books have been sitting on that queue for a couple of years now, as well as Patrick Rothfuss’ The Wise Man’s Fear and Almunedas Grandes’ The Frozen Heart. I will read them this year! Hopefully *fingers crossed*

And now for some blogging-related resolutions for this year:

  1. Reorganise…everything — I actually started this over the Christmas holidays, starting with small things like merging categories and getting rid of plugins I don’t use. I think I should be done by the end of the month?
  2. Logo? — My blog’s been around for almost a decade now (celebrating my ninth blogoversary next month!) and I’m thinking in efforts to prettify the blog that maybe it’s time to devise something of a logo? (especially as I’m pretty settled with this url now)
  3. Expand out — I didn’t talk about this last year but I was thinking about this. It didn’t take off or go any further than I wanted it to as I was preoccupied with completing my programme but I do want to offer my writing/editing services on the side in some form (whilst working on/finishing my current writing projects). Plus this discussion post by Ashley @ Nose Graze has me thinking. I’m not sure how I’ll go about any of the ideas that’s half-baked in my head but we’ll see where the year takes me?
  4. Work on the email subscriptions feature — Sort of ties in with resolution #1 for blogging, but the email subscription feature is actually a recent thing here on the blog. I’m actually not sure what it looks like when you guys receive the updates (I think it’s the same as the WordPress emails) and I’ve been meaning to take a look into it and see if there’s any way I can improve it (again, given that it’s attached to Jetpack on WordPress and all)
  5. Figure out a new way to follow blogs — I’ve been using Bloglovin to keep track of the blogs I visit, but I haven’t been logging in to it lately, not to mention I don’t like all of the changes that it’s made in the past year so I’m thinking of just following the blogs I visit regularly by email or something. Not sure yet what works best for me but I’m definitely looking for a change.
  6. Facebook: keep or no? — This has been an ongoing see-saw for me as to whether or not Facebook has actually brought new readers to my blog or not. It doesn’t help that I don’t log in often enough to check what’s happening there (not to mention all the changes) but it may go. I don’t know. Thoughts?

And finally, some writing-related resolutions:

  1. Finish editing your (main) writing project — Oops, sort of tapered off from editing the third draft of my writing project. Surely this final draft will be THE draft?
  2. Unsubsribe from a few writing-related accounts — I follow a lot of writing-related Twitter accounts and blogs and I realised in the last year that rather than they being helpful in my writing journey, they’ve been rather…I’m not sure what’s the word, but as sensible as their advice is, I find it to be more discouraging than encouraging. All around not really helpful? So I plan on unsubscribing from the lot of them (except K.M. Weiland because her advice does help *owns many of her structuring books*) and stick to that one piece of advice Neil Gaiman once gave: “You write. You finish what you write.” Edit: Done and done 🙂

And those are my resolutions for 2016! What are your resolutions for the year?

Meme: Liebster Award

Posted 24 December, 2015 by Lianne in Meme / 2 Comments

Marianne @ let’s read nominated me back in July for the Liebster Award and it’s taken me a while before getting around to answering her questions (oops). Thanks again for the nomination, that was very nice of you! 🙂

The Liebster rules are thus:

  • Link and thank those who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions the nominator provided.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
  • Post 11 different question for your nominees to answer.
  • Contact your nominee to let them know that you’ve nominated them.

Here are the questions she asked:

01. Who, what, and/or where does your blogging inspiration come from?
Not sure where by blogging inspiration comes from really; I guess in a way over the years the community has been an inspiration in the way we’ve come together and discuss books, really. In terms of content though it’s really the books themselves that inspire me to blog since most of my blog posts are indeed book reviews 😉

02. What do you like about blogging?
The ability to express myself, my thoughts, connecting with other bloggers and readers on the subject of books and otherwise.

03. What was the most meaningful book you ever read?
Ooh, very tough question. It’s hard to pin it down to one book, really, I’ve read plenty of books over the years that hold meaning to me for one reason or another. So off the top of my head of books that were meaningful to me (for a variety of reasons): Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (review #1, #2, #3), Williams’ Stoner (review), and Pope John Paul I’s Illustrissimi.

04. Who is your favourite author?
J.R.R. Tolkien, hands down. But I also love Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Ivan Turgenev, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and Ian McEwan just to name a few more 🙂

05. What is your favourite quote?
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

06. What is your favourite time of year?
Autumn because it’s rather cool weather-wise. Plus, there’s something rather melancholy about the autumn season…

07. If you had to teach a subject at school, what subjects do you think you would be most equipped to teach?
History, haha, namely European (especially British) and Russian history. But I am capable of picking up and teaching any history. Also International Law and Politics. And possibly English given how many classics I’ve read, as well as Philosophy.

08. What is the best thing about you?
Errrr, I dunno, lol.

09. If you could only wear one colour for the rest of your life what would it be?
Blue xD (which that, along with grey and black, dominated my wardrobe in high school)

10. What was the last movie you watched, was it a good one?
Omg, tough question! I can’t remember what the last movie was that I watched…Oh, wait, now I do: The Man from U.N.C.L.E 😛 (review to be posted…next year?)

11. What did you want to be when you were a child?
An artist, a writer, and an astronomer 🙂 In that order.

I’m not nominating anyone in particular, you’re free to answer the following questions if you have time (and link me to it, I’d love to read your answers!) 🙂

  1. Subject in school you disliked but nowadays think you could go back and get through it without complaint/problems?
  2. Can you speak another language? If so, which languages? If not, which languages would you like to learn?
  3. Favourite book you’ve read this year that you’d recommend to others?
  4. Least favourite book you’ve read this year?
  5. Is there a particular book or movie or album you’re looking forward to this 2016?
  6. What’s one sport that you’ve never watched but have been meaning to?
  7. Favourite chocolate or candy?
  8. Name one author you hope to check out for the first time in 2016.
  9. What’s one book genre you’ve been meaning to read more from but haven’t?
  10. What’s the best or most amusing Youtube/internet meme/news article/headline/whatever you’ve come across recently?
  11. What’s one hope/dream/goal you wish to accomplish or you wish would happen this coming 2016?

And a Happy Christmas Eve to all! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 22 December, 2015 by Lianne in Meme / 22 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 I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year

Wee, it’s almost Christmas! Who’s expecting books underneath the Christmas tree this year? *raises hand* Anyway, here’s my wishlist of books I’d love for santa to leave under my tree this year…I think I’ve mentioned some of this last year, but hehe.

In no particular order:

  1. A hardback of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion (link / review) — Because of course you need a hardback of your favourite books 😛
  2. A hardback of Jane Austen’s Persuasion (link or link / review) — But wait, Lianne, don’t you own x number of copies of this book already? Yes, yes, I do, but this hardback looks pretty 😀 This edition looks pretty too but grr that they don’t ship to Canada =S
  3. Spanish edition of Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind (link / review) — You’re probably wondering the same question as #2, and yes, I do own two copies of the book, but my second rule after needing a hardback of your favourite books is owning a copy of your favourite books in their original language 😛 (plus: incentive to work on my Spanish)
  4. Federico Garcia Lorca’s Collected Poems: Revised Bilingual Edition (link) — I love Lorca’s poems and this is soooooooooooo pretty 😀
  5. Brandon Sanderson’s Shadows of Self (link) — I need this new Mistborn novel in my life naaaaaaoooooowwwww 😛 Edit: Hehe, actually, this book will be showing up underneath the Christmas tree later this week 😉
  6. Frank Herbert’s The Great Dune Trilogy (link / review) — I believe this book was on my wishlist last year; it’s still there, haha. It’s nice that they compiled the first three books into an omnibus, it really does feel like a trilogy unto itself 🙂
  7. Julia Gillard’s My Story (link) — I’ve been curious to read her experiences as the first female prime minister in Australia for years but for some reason I can’t find a paperback copy of this book, it’s only available on TBD, and for some reason it’s hella pricey O_o
  8. The Complete Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley (link) — I think this is out of stock now, I can’t seem to find it on Indigo, Amazon, or TBD. It’s not the most definitive version of his works, but it’s pretty and would go nicely with my Keats book.
  9. Robert Shearman’s Tiny Deaths (link) — I really enjoy reading his short stories (see author tag) but in fact his first short story collection has been on my wishlist the longest! It’d be nice to get my hands on this one of these days 😀
  10. The rest of Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons series (but the new editions with the new covers and including the second epilogues) — I just had to add this one, but it won’t be happening because the reissues of the last four books won’t be released until sometime next year. Something to loo forward to, though 🙂

Fingers crossed that some of these books will show up under the tree in the next few days! 😀 What books are you hoping Santa will bring you this year? Happy Christmas! 🙂

6th Annual End of the Year Book Survey

Posted 18 December, 2015 by Lianne in Meme / 28 Comments

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How is it that we’ve come to the end of 2015 already? Crazy how time flies…Well, it’s December now, which means Jamie @ Perpetual Page-Turner is hosting her End of the Year Book Survey! 🙂 This is my favourite end-of-year survey (see my previous years’ entries) as it’s a great way to reflect and recap a year in one’s reading 😀

Please note: I’m still reading through to the end of the year, so while all the sections will be answered, I may go back and revise a few answers right through to the 31st 😉 Not to mention I hope I added all of the links correctly; there was a lot of code involved in this post xD

Last update: 31 December 2015

2015 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read:
According to the personal list I’ve been keeping, I’ve read 302 books this year

Number of Re-Reads:
According to my personal list, 35 books (pretty good compared to last year! A bit more than double the number)

Genre You Read The Most From:
According to Goodreads (as of 17 December 2015):

Which is interesting compared to last year:

Best In Books

01. Best Book You Read In 2015? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2015 release vs. backlist)
As always, it is so difficult to list just one book, lol–

Fantasy: Deborah Harkness’ The Book of Life (review), Bee Ridgway’s The River of No Return (review)
Science Fiction: Rachel Bach’s Paradox books (see author tag)
Historical Fiction: Daphne Kalotay’s Russian Winter (review), Jess Walters’ Beautiful Ruins (review), Susanna Kearsley’s books (see author tag)
Classics: L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz (review)
Play: William Shakespeare’s Richard III (review), Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II (review)
Contemporary/Literary: Darragh McKeon’s All That Is Solid Melts Into Air (review), Julie Schumacher’s Dear Committee Members (review), Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven (review), Jane Gardam’s Old Filth (review to be posted in March 2016)
Mystery/Suspense/Thriller: Max Wirestone’s The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss (review), Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham’s Mr. Kiss and Tell (review)
Translated: Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels (review), Viola di Grado’s Hollow Heart (review)
Light/fun: Lindsey Kelk’s Always the Bridesmaid (review)
Romance: all the books by Julia Quinn 😛 (see author tag), Sarah MacLean’s Love by Numbers series (review to be posted in February 2016), Vivienne Lorret’s The Rakes of Fallow Hall series (review to be posted in February 2016)
Young Adult: Neil Gaiman’s Fortunately the Milk (to be posted in March 2016)
Short Story Collection: Alice Munro’s Runaway (review), Anthony Marra’s The Tsar of Love and Techno (review), Robert Shearman’s They Do The Same Things Differently There (review)
Non-fiction: Soren Kierkegaard’s The Present Age: On the Death of Rebellion (review), Philip Slayton’s Mayors Gone Bad (review)

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