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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 πŸ˜›

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) πŸ™‚
  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 πŸ™‚
  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 πŸ˜€
  5. TV Line — To keep track of all the happenings in tv land πŸ™‚
  6. — For all my sci-fi and fantasy news, trailers, reviews, and discussions, this is one website I frequent πŸ™‚
  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 πŸ™‚
  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 πŸ™‚
  9. Duolingo — My way of keeping up with language learning these days πŸ˜› 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?

The Shakespeare Awards!

Posted 27 April, 2016 by Lianne in Meme / 6 Comments

In honour of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Orang-utan Librarian is hosting the Shakespeare Awards! The closing date to participate and vote is 10 May 2016 (see the original post for more details).

I found out about these awards from Pages Unbound. It looked like a lot of fun and since I love Shakespeare so much (see tag), I decided to participate πŸ˜€

Most Tragic

Oooh, tough one…I’d say Hamlet (review) because he was quite a promising young man (bookish, clever, a bit cheeky) only to be swept up by family tragedy and machinations, as well as his own existential crossroads and eventual path for revenge.

Best Comedy

As You Like It (review). Touchstone alone gets my vote for anything comedic. And Orlando and Rosalind are so sweet together. Plus, it was hilarious how everyone ended up in the Forest of Arden at the end πŸ˜› All in all, a pretty feel-good play πŸ˜€

Most Romantic

I’d have to go with Romeo and Juliet (review). Argue what you may about the way it turned out and the rashness/speed in which developments too a turn but it endures for a reason. Re-reading it last year I was startled at how beautiful, romantic, and poetic the dialogue between Romeo and Juliet was.

Most Entertaining

Twelfth Night (review). What’s there not to be entertained about? (see 2012 stage production)

Best History play

Omg so tough! I have 3 favourites…mmm, I’d have to go with Julius Caesar (review; second review to be posted later this year): the drama! the speeches! the blood! Mark Antony!

Best Sonnet

I will have to say Sonnet XVII (review) as it speaks of the power of the word and its endurance through time.

Best Film Adaptation

Drats, all my favourite adaptations are stage performances! But I’ll have to go with the 1968 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet (review) as it was the first adaptation I’ve ever watched and I still love the earnestness of the leads’ performances.

Most Beautiful Language

This took a bit of thinking but Richard II (review) gets my vote for this category. There’s some beautiful passages about kingship and about England here. In addition the play is structurally impressive; the themes, the contrasts, the way the characters are portrayed…I can go on and on about this play (which I will in a few months for the Shakespeare issue of Femnista πŸ˜› )


Measure for Measure (review). I’ve read it twice now (second review to be posted in…July (long story)) and I’m still trying to make sense of some of those storylines.

Most Unpopular

Henry VIII (review). Dull and clearly reads like a propaganda piece for the new monarch. And did I mention forgettable? When I was counting down the remaining Shakespeare plays left to read last year, I totally forgot about this one :3

If this wasn’t being tallied for awards, I would go on and on with my second and third votes for each category easily πŸ˜› Anyway, what do you think of the plays I mentioned? If you voted, who did you vote for? Let me know, I’d love to chat! πŸ˜€

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 12 April, 2016 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: Ten Books Every X Should Read

I admit, I was initially excited by this week’s topic. Then I was scratching my head because I wanted to do something different but I wasn’t sure if I had done a topic similar to this in the past, and if so what topic did I choose πŸ˜› Unfortunately my results didn’t reveal much except the closest theme to this was books if you enjoy X television show or movie. Err, so okay, had to think long and hard on this and decided to split this week’s list into two.

So the first 5 books I’m going to go will be books every history nerd should read. I would’ve gone with 10 for this but stuck to 5 because us history nerds have our own niches, you know? Like any degree. In my case, Russian & Soviet history (with dashes of Ukranian and British history). I tried to mix it up, but I’m just straight-up recommending books as opposed to “all history readers MUST read this”, really (because then I’ll be recommending what some might consider as rather dry reading…unless it’s your forte too) πŸ˜›

Also, disclaimer: I’m aware that it’s a pretty Euro-centric list, it’s just where my interests and specialisations have fallen over the years. Unfortunately I haven’t anything outside of the European and Russian streams that I could recommend in this list (well, the last does fall under world history and there are plenty of examples used in it there).

In no particular order:

  1. Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King (review) — I love this book because it talks about the stunning dome of the Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, how it came about, the socio-political conditions at the time, the architecture and the science that went into it, and of course the architect himself, in a very interesting way.
  2. Marie Antoinette’s Head: The Royal Hairdresser, The Queen, And The Revolution by Will Bashor (review) — I love the many different topics that history books and historians have been covering in the last twenty, thirty or so years, topics I would not have really given second thought to. Marie Antoinette’s various hairstyles comes to mind here; I knew she was really into fashion but the thought that went into the styling, the person behind the crazy styles, the trends and fashions of 18th century France on the whole…Definitely an interesting book to look into.
  3. The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia by Orlando Figes — You knew this was coming πŸ˜› But seriously, if there’s anyone in Russian history you should or want to read from, it’s Orlando Figes. He does a brilliant job in making Russian and Soviet history accessible and interesting. I chose this book in particular not just because it was the first book of his I read but also because it influenced my own studies (I could as far say it was what solidified my decision to pursue a graduate degree) and opened my mind to the possibilities that history can delve into, in this case the whole sub-culture and behaviour system that developed as a result of Stalin’s Great Terror of the late 1930s.
  4. Lancaster and York by Alison Weir — There are a ton of books out there about the War of the Roses, and I think with good reason: it is so difficutl to keep track of all the players involved, especially as it goes down the generations. I’ve read a few books to date, but found this one to date to be the most informative in keeping track of all the players and the events. No easy feat and still a bit of a read, but Alison Weir’s history nonfictions have been pretty good in general, I find so yeah, if you’re interested in this major English upheaval, or are interested in it because of Game of Thrones πŸ˜› , I recommend checking this book out.
  5. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism by Benedict Anderson — And now I come to the cornerstone, the book I swore by when I was in university and grad school (and still revisit on occasion). I decided to include this book in the list as I also did recommend it to another blogger recently, but it’s a fascinating look at why we band together, form groups, what makes a nation or a state or an ethnicity (there are differences) that we are a part of. Is it just language? Language and history? Is it solely a tool of the state or something more? How has it evolved over time? I believe it also touches on citizenship so it’s not just a history book or a sociology or political science book. If you’re into these topics and you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it, it was written decades ago but it’s stil currently THE book to turn to on the subject.


And for this second batch of 5 books, I chose to go with books every classic lit reader & lover should read. I went with the more obscure classic titles that perhaps aren’t as readily known but are nonetheless worth checking out if you enjoy reading the classics πŸ™‚

In no particular order:

  • Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov (review) — I will forever and ever be pushing this book πŸ˜› It’s delightful but heartbreaking and totally in keeping with the type of literature was emerged in Russia so yeah, if you’re into Russian classics and you haven’t read this yet, you should πŸ™‚
  • The Longest Journey by E.M. Forster (review) — Another classic I’m forever pushing πŸ˜› Definitely on the lesser-known side of the scale but thematically I find it fascinating as it looks at Ricky’s coming of age, of finding a place in the world and doing what he wants to do but falling into convention and struggling to make do with the realities set before him. It does come together a little oddly with a family drama sort of pegged on after the fact, but it’s still something worth checking out, I think.
  • The Kalevala (review) — For a Scandinavian epic, surprise, surprise (or was it?) I’ve gone with the Finnish epic. I was pleasantly surprised as I was reading this as I found it a lot more accessible and entertaining than I initially though, the characters–both legendary and epic and those mortal–are fascinating, flawed, and very human.
  • The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham (review) — Not an easy book to read thematically. The movie with Edward Norton and Naomi Watts of course was beautiful and heartbreaking and touched on many issues that the book delved into at great length, but the movie was also more optimistic than the book. Not to say the book didn’t have a spark of optimism towards the end but it is still a sombre read. But still worth checking out for the fascinating characterisations and themes that it tackles.
  • Stoner by John Edward Williams (review) — I often imagine this book hand-in-hand with Forster’s The Longest Journey in a sense of the protagonists and their inner lives. Again, it can perhaps be a bit of a tough read thematically in that it really makes a discussion about our own personal fulfillment as a person and the way life turns out sometimes, but it is beautiful amidst its quietness. I would strongly recommend checking this book out.

  • And those are my lists for this week! What topic did you choose for your list this week? Happy Tuesday!

    Top Ten Tuesdays

    Posted 29 March, 2016 by Lianne in Meme / 19 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 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads (Or Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently if you don’t 5 star stuff…or you could do 5 of my latest five star reads & five of my most disappointing or 1 star reads)

    Interesting topic this week! So a bit of a funny thing: I don’t give 5-star ratings easily, and yet earlier this year I noticed that I gave quite a few already, which is a little weird:

    This screencap was from January

    On the flip-side, I also don’t give 1-stars very easily either so the fact that I had a few already is also very strange. Anyway, that’s the little fun fact I have about my reading so far this year πŸ™‚ Here’s the most recent 5 star reads, starting with the most recent and working my way back in time:

    1. Mona Lisa by Alexander Lernet-Holenia (review forthcoming) — This book will be released by Pushkin Press sometime mid-June so my review won’t be going live until around then but omg, this is a precious novella that’s thought-provoking, a little nutty, and quite introspective and bittersweet all rolled in one. I loved it and read it in one sitting. It’s also a translated work from this Austrian author who lived in the early 20th century so if you’re looking for a translated work to check out, look no further πŸ˜‰
    2. Mistborn: Secret History by Brandon Sanderson (review) — *flailing* That’s all I’m going to say about this book πŸ˜‰
    3. Still Mine by Amy Stuart (review) — This book came out earlier this month and omg this book was fantastic, absolutely atmospheric and eerie, the mysteries leaving me pondering what’s going to happen next or how everything’s going to turn out. If you’re into thrillers and mysteries, this is definitely worth checking out, I can’t recommend it enough πŸ™‚
    4. Fifteen Dogs by Alexis Andre (review forthcoming) — I believe my review is going live next week for this novel, but this book is a gem and absolutely deserving of the Giller Prize last year. It reads like a fable and the story involves Greek gods giving dogs human consciences as a bet of sorts, but the experiences that these dogs went through were absolutely wonderful and sad and thoughtful. Highly, highly recommended! (yay #CanLit πŸ˜€ !)
    5. The Bands of Mourning and Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson (review & review) — *flailing even more* If you haven’t read the Mistborn books by Brandon Sanderson, well, dude, you best get on it πŸ˜‰
    6. Caroline Linden’s Love and Scandals series (reviews forthcoming) — Eep, my reviews for these novels won’t be published until May >_< but they're another great historical romance series I've read more recently. I also found them rather unique in the way that the main couple tackled the problems ahead of them, namely in the second book. The communication and general lack of miscommunication (well, except the third book, of course; the premise in itself rested on a poor first impression) was a refreshing change of pace ;)
    7. The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe (review) — His poetry is gorgeous *happy sigh*
    8. Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter (review) — One of the first stories I read this year, it was sooooooooooo sooooooooo goooooood. If you haven’t read it yet and fantasy is one of your favourite genres, I highly recommend checking it out, the characters and the storytelling and the worldbuilding and the writing (which is pretty much everything) are amazing πŸ˜€
    9. Where Shadows Dance and When Maidens Mourn by C.S. Harris (reviews forthcoming) — I spent the end of 2015 more or less catching up on the Sebastian St. Cyr historical mysteries. They’re a great series, mixing murder mysteries with Regency politics and period issues and everyday life. I love the cast of characters too, they’re fantastic. Highly recommended by the way if you’re into mystery series set in a historical period.
    10. The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra (review) — Love love LOVE this book. I cannot say it enough xD

    And that’s my list of books I recently gave 5 stars to! What books did you give 5 stars to recently? Link me up, I’d love to see your list πŸ™‚

    Top Ten Tuesdays

    Posted 22 March, 2016 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: Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While

    In short, an excuse to flail over books I love and really enjoyed reading (and perhaps was pushing every so often over the last few years). I could do that πŸ˜€ It’s a bit of a mix, hopefully you’ll find something of interest?

    In no particular order:

    1. Andre Alexis’ Fifteen Dogs — Actually, I haven’t gushed about this book yet because my review for it hasn’t gone live yet! (look for it first week of April πŸ˜‰ ) Suffice to say it deserves all of the praise it’s been getting, all of the nominations it’s received and accolades it’s won because it is just such a poignant and thoughtful and moving read about life and living and what it means to be. I cannot recommend it enough.
    2. Anthony Marra’s The Tsar of Love and Techno (review) — Have I gushed about this book recently? If not, here we go: it’s amazing and beautifully written and moving and it’s set in the Soviet Union and omg you should just read everythig by Anthony Marra *hugs the book tightly*
    3. Viola di Grado’s The Hollow Heart (review) — There is of course Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan books (see author tag), Italy’s latest awesome literary export, but there’s also this book. The topic it ventures, the imagination that went into the after-effects and consequences of a particular event to its lead character are just astounding and moving. I cannot recommend it enough, again it was easily one of the best books I read last year.
    4. Marina and Sergey Dyachenko’s The Scar (review) — A lovely reminder how there are standalone fantasy novels out there that self-contained, fleshed out in its worldbuilding and characters and story arcs, and just flat-out amazing. This book has all of them (plus an amazing book cover to boot!). If you’re into reading fantasy novels, this is definitely a novel to check out.
    5. Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park (review) — Mansfield Park doesn’t get as much love as Jane Austen’s other books but it’s so worth checking out as the characterisations and the themes that it tackles are very interesting, very rich, the contrasts thought-provoking. It fascinated me so much that I commented about it again last year when I re-read the book.
    6. Julie Orringer’s The Invisible Bridge (review) — Starting to dig a little further back into my blog here πŸ˜‰ One of the best books I read in…2012. If you’re a reader of historical fiction particularly set during WW2, the thought may have crossed your mind at one time or another how perhaps the setting and genre might be a bit over-saturated (or maybe you haven’t gotten to that point–if not, good for you). I think this book is refreshing in the subgenre in how rich and inter-generational it was, how it covers an area of Europe during WW2 that I don’t often see, and it’s all-around a rivetting read.
    7. Sebastien Japrisot’s A Very Long Engagement (review) — You’ve probably encountered the movie starring Audrey Tautou at some point. It’s a beautiful movie–I’d say it’s fairly up there amongst my favourites–but the novel it was based on is much more amazing, the themes and characterisations much sharper, the language quirky yet revealing.
    8. Anna Gavalda’s Ensemble C’est Tout (review) — Another French literary title! Again, I first encountered this story first through the movie adaptation starring Audrey Tautou and Guillaume Canet, and decided to check out the book. It’s a great book: the characters were wonderful, all struggling to belong and overcome their own troubles, it had me laughing at times and sad in other moments.
    9. John Williams’ Stoner (review) — I agree with the review blurb that said it was a forgotten American classic because it really touches on issues like what happens when you find yourself unfulfilled in your life. It’s a quiet novel but it left me with a lot of feels.
    10. Ivan Goncharov’s Oblamov (review) — And now for a little bit of Russian to wrap it all up πŸ˜‰ There’s so much more to this novel than meets the eye: on the surface it’s pretty hilarious with the titular character being bombarded with visitors when all the while he just wants to stay in bed. But underneath it all is about a person–and a class, if you want to the thematic route–whose potential is unfulfilled and who gradually loses hope. Okay, that got serious (but what Russian novel doesn’t?) but I’d definitely cast it up there as a classic to check out if you’re looking to start reading Russian classics as it is fascinating.

    And that’s my list for this week! Have you read any of the above titles? Been meaning to check out some of them? What books did you list this week? I’d love to hear from you! πŸ™‚