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Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 28 June, 2016 by Lianne in Meme / 16 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: Freebie Week

Yay, freebie week! Well, for this freebie TTT I’ve decided to focus on Ten Books On My Summer TBR List 🙂 I’ve gone back on a book buying ban so I’m hoping to make a considerale dent on my TBR pile in the next few months. I didn’t list any classics in the following list below, but I hope to get around to a few I’ve been meaning to read (I’m just not entirely sure which ones just yet 🙂 ). Anyway, in no particular order:

  1. The Storms of War by Kate Williams — This book comes highly recommended but I put off reading it until the summer because it just seems like a summer read. Must be the book cover’s doing 😉
  2. Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar — One of the more recently historical fiction titles, it focuses on Stephen siblings, namely Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf. Should be an interesting read as it looks at the artist community from the Edwardian period.
  3. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah — I finally got my hands on this a short time ago. I heard so many good things about it, I’m glad to finally be getting around to reading it…soon-ish
  4. The Perfume Garden by Kate Lord Brown — Part of the story is set in Valencia, Spain, which instantly places itself in my summer TBR list 😀 On a semi-related note, this is shaping up to be a historical fiction summer, isn’t it? 😉
  5. The Frozen Heart by Almudena Grandes — Is this the year that I finally read this book? It’s one of the books that has been sitting on my TBR pile the longest…
  6. Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia A. McKillip — For something magical and different in this mix of hefty (but very interesting) reads 😀
  7. The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni — On the classic literature spectrum, is this the year that I finally tackle this Italian classic? Bonus incentive: I got the I got the Pocket Penguins edition of this book 🙂
  8. The Lake House by Kate Morton — Speaking of putting books off, oops, again I didn’t get around to reading this book last season (I just haven’t been in the mood…and bloody hell is the hardback heavy to read in bed). Maybe this summer?
  9. The Silkworm and Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith — Now that I have both books in my possession, I’ll just book binge it sometime in the next few months.



And those are just some of the books I hope to tackle this summer! What books are on your summer TBR queue (or winter, depending where in the world you are)?

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 31 May, 2016 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: Beach Reads Week

I think I say this year in and year out but I’m not one for the beaches. Nonetheless I am big on bringing a book or two with me when I do go away for vacation so the following is a list of recommended books to take with you to the beach/to the cottage/on vacation/wherehaveyou 🙂 I tend to bring some lighter fare, so you’ll notice an absence of my usual recommendations in the classical literature & literary genres 😉 So in no particular order:

  1. Still Mine by Amy Stuart (review) — This was such an atmospheric novel that was also pretty fast-paced and all around unputdownable. Definitely a perfect book to bring with you on the plane or on the train or at the cottage 🙂
  2. The Guilty Plea by Robert Rotenberg (review) — Either this book or the first Detective Green novel, Old City Hall (review), would make for a good beach read if you’re into mystery and suspense novels with a cast of charactes ranging from all aspects of the case: the homicide detective, the Crown attorney, the defense, the suspect, the witnesses, etc.
  3. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (review) — Oops, do I sense something a trend here? Another mystery novel, this time from J.K. Rowling’s mystery pseudonym. This one’s a slower burn compared to the previous two novels I recommended but I nonetheless enjoyed reading the twists and turns and getting to know the hulking, abrasive Cormoran Strike.
  4. Made to Kill by Adam Christopher (review) — Still in the realm of mysteries, but with a sci-fi bent, this book was pretty interesting: robots, espionage, Hollywood glamour, and good ol’ noir mystery.
  5. The Martian by Andy Weir (review) — Sure, it’s hella intense as you read and watch as Mark Whatney struggles to survive on his own on Mars whilst NASA figures out a way to bring him home, but it’s fascinating and the character himself is entertaining despite of the crappy situation he finds himself in.
  6. Always the Bridesmaid by Lindsey Kelk (review) — For some light fun now (well, lighter anyhow), I recommend this book. I’ve been pushing this book quite a bit in the past year, and with good reason: it’s pretty hilarious, in the same vein as Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’ Diary and the BBC sitcom Miranda, and some of the observations on-point.
  7. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters (review) — If this doesn’t fuel the wanderlust further, well… 😛 This book is absolutely stunning, I can’t believe I didn’t get around to reading it sooner, but it’s perfect for those sunny summer days out, contemplating about life and all that 🙂
  8. The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (review) — And now for a different locale, there’s this book. Poor Inspector Peter Glebsky just wants to have a holiday up at a ski chalet and gets sucked into a mystery of sorts that may or may not involve aliens. Yup, you read that right 😛
  9. Girl in the Afternoon by Serena Burdick (review to be posted in early July) — No beach/vacation read recommendation list is ever complete without a dash of dysfunctional families. For that I present to you this year this book: it’s set in the latter half of 19th century Paris (at the time the Impressionists were emerging as a movement) featuring a young woman whose family and those she loves are holding a lot of secrets. Suffice to say I could not put it down.
  10. A Single Breath by Lucy Clarke (review) — I recommended this book last year but it bears repeating and recommending again because it’s fantastic: set in a remote Tasmanian island where the widow finds out that her recently-deceased husband was not what he seemed to be. I found this book absolutely absorbing from start to finish. Also, I mentioned I’m not big on beaches and stuff, but I’d make an exception for this island that the main character ended up in, the location sounds absolutely calming.



And that’s my list of recommended beach/vacation reads! What books did you list for this week? Are you going away for the summer months?

The Happy Tag

Posted 27 May, 2016 by Lianne in Meme / 14 Comments

I saw Kara and Jenni Elyse do this meme a little while ago and thought of snagging it and doing it myself. Not only does it look like fun but it’s nice to think about all the things that makes one happy every now and then, yes? 🙂

Books

  • Persuasion by Jane Austen (review)
  • The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (review #1, #2, #3)
  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (review)
  • Captain Wentworth’s Diary (review) and Colonel Brandon’s Diary (review forthcoming) by Amanda Grange
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen (review)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (review)
  • Anything by Julia Quinn (see author tag) and Caroline Linden (see author tag)
  • New books! 😛

Words

  • eclectic
  • succinct
  • copious
  • wanderlust
  • travel
  • cielo (words in other languages count, right? 😛 )

Movies/TV Shows

  • Jane Austen adaptations
  • BBC’s North & South
  • Miranda
  • The Thick of It (very good show to de-stress to 😛 )
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
  • The Young Victoria (2009)
  • Amelie (2001)
  • Tangled (2012)
  • Studio Ghibli movies 🙂

Scents

  • coffee
  • thyme
  • basil
  • peppermint
  • mountain air (whatever that really smells like, lol)

Songs

Miscellaneous

  • mail (not bills though!)
  • bookstores
  • travelling
  • mountains
  • long trips on a train
  • coffee



And that’s my list of things that make me happy 🙂 What books/movies/songs/etc make you happy? Link up if you do this meme, I’d love to read your answers! 😀

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 17 May, 2016 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: 10 Books I Picked Up on a Whim

I’ve been trying so hard not to do this often, but there are times when one can’t help it 😛 In no particular order:

  1. In Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward — I first heard about this novel from Elena @ Books and Review and had been meaning to check it out. I’m in a bit of a mood for mysteries lately so I ended up picking this book up. Looking forward to reading it soon enough!
  2. The Perfume Garden by Kate Lord Brown — Partly set in Spain + premise sounds like a book by Kate Morton = yes, I’m picking this book up even though it’s not on my “I need this in bookshelf ASAP” list 😛
  3. The Storms of War by Kate Williams — I was curious about this book in passing but again wasn’t intending on picking it up any time soon. I saw it again when I was browsing a website and for the deal it was up for, I couldn’t resist, I snatched it up (how pretty is that book cover, btw?)
  4. Scandal on the Stage by Eva Leigh — It was on sale on Kobo, never heard of the author or the book but after reading the premise I decided to pick it up (heroine was a playwright, that was probably the biggest pull).
  5. Time and Again by Jack Finney — I can’t remember if I picked this book up on sale because it wasn’t like I was in any particular rush to pick up and read this book, but there you have it. It’s quite the classic nonetheless, I hope to get around to it…eventually 😛
  6. The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro (review) — Moving along from my TBR list to books I already read, I wasn’t planning on picking this book up but I could never really say no to Alice Munro 😛
  7. The Devilish Mr. Danvers by Vivienne Lorret (review) — I tend to pick up a lot of historical romances on a whim these days, but picking up Vivenne Lorret’s The Rakes of Fallow Hall series was definitely a whim buy that was worth it; by the last novel I grew to love all of the characters and now have the author on my to-watch-out-for-new-releases list 😉
  8. Hollow Heart by Viola di Grado (review) — Sort of a whim buy? I had read about it in passing, heard good things about it. Normally I sort of wait before picking up a book I’m keen on just to think it further but in this case I snatched it up pretty quickly 😉
  9. Always the Bridesmaid by Lindsey Kelk (review) — I kept seeing this book around last year that I decided to pick it up. Definitely worth it: I had a lot of fun reading it with the references and the friendships (the texting between the friends definitely reminded me of my best friend and I).
  10. The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (review) — This book was definitely in my radar but nowhere up my list of books to pick-up ASAP. I was in the mood for something quirky last year so I picked it up. It’s definitely a strange mish-mash of science fiction and a noir mystery; at the centre of it all is Inspector Peter Glebsky who just wanted to take a little holiday…



And that’s my list of books for this week! What books did you buy on a whim?

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 10 May, 2016 by Lianne in Meme / 13 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 Websites I Love That Aren’t About Books

Wait, there are websites out there that aren’t about books? j/k 😛

In no particular order:

  1. Hand Luggage — I forgot how I came across their website but I love it! Got a lot of great ideas about places I want to travel to one of these days (and the accompanying photos are stunning) 🙂
  2. World of Wanderlust — Another fantastic travel blog website that I believe I first stumbled across on Bloglovin. She travels solo quite a bit so her tidbits are especially useful, but her lists and recaps on the places she’s been to are also interesting to read and keep a mental list of 🙂
  3. Good Tickle Brain — I love the way she recaps and features Shakespearean plays–they absolutely crack me up!
  4. Sarah’s Scribbles — Another one of my favourite illustrators out there! Her comics are amusing, relateable, and astute; if you haven’t checked it out, her compilation Adulthood is a Myth (review) is fantastic 😀
  5. TV Line — To keep track of all the happenings in tv land 🙂
  6. io9.com — For all my sci-fi and fantasy news, trailers, reviews, and discussions, this is one website I frequent 🙂
  7. BBC Culture — It covers a whole range of topics from art to movies to books :P, I always have a lot of fun reading up on interesting topics they focus on and lists of movies and books to check out. But browsing around this section of the BBC website, you can check out a whole array of other topics, like in its “Future” section 🙂
  8. Common Room — These fantastic ladies cover a variety of topics, from television to movies to lifestyle and recipes. Granted, I’m in the books section quite a bit but they also have an excellent podcast and the stuff they cover are great 🙂
  9. Duolingo — My way of keeping up with language learning these days 😛 I mostly use the app but I also log into the website every now and then when I’m on the laptop. It’s pretty great–language learning that’s easy and fun! I started picking up Danish this way, which was pretty cool.
  10. Neko Atsume (app) — Because cute cats, need I say more?



And those are some of my favourite websites (and one app)! What did you list for this week?