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Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 15 March, 2016 by Lianne in Meme / 23 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 On My Spring TBR

Ahh, spring. New season means new TBR reading pile! πŸ™‚

In no particular order:

  1. Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life — This book showed up on my winter TBR list and goodness knows how many times before that…And I’ll keep adding it to these seasonal TBR lists until I read it πŸ˜› (Though preferrably soon so that I can read A God of Ruins which has been longlisted for this year’s Baileys Prize)
  2. Anne Girard’s Madame Picasso — This always felt like a spring read for me, hence why I didn’t quite get around to it late last year. Perhaps this is the season I’ll read it?
  3. Alina Bronsky’s The Hottest Dishes of Tartar Cuisine — I had been eyeing this book for quite some time now so I was pleased to finally get my hands on it last year. I’m greatly looking forward to reading this!
  4. Kate Mosse’s The Taxidermist’s Daughter — I only have this book of hers left to read. This book sounds absolutely intriguing and Gothic…like Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites (review) but set in England. Can’t wait to read this one too! πŸ™‚
  5. Kameron Hurley’s The Mirror Empire — I’ve had this fantasy novel on my TBR pile for a long while now. After reading a short story of hers more recently (which I greatly enjoyed btw!), I figured it’s time to bump it up the reading list πŸ™‚
  6. Emmuska Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel — I have a ton of classics sitting on my TBR list waiting to be read. Unfortunately most of them are some 400+ pages and one honestly has to be in the mood and the mindset to tackle such a chunkster. Thankfully this one is on the shorter end of the page count so I’ll likely start here πŸ™‚
  7. Robert Galbraith’s The Silkworm — Another book I listed on my winter TBR list last year but never got around to reading. With my pre-order of Career of Evil shipping sometime in the next few weeks, I reckon I’ll just binge through the two books πŸ˜›
  8. Garth Nix’s Clariel — I’ve been slowly making my way to re-reading the first Abhorsen trilogy in preparation to read this book. I should be done soonish so when I do, I’ll be reading this one! πŸ˜€
  9. Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Major Works — I also think I’ll be slowly chipping away at this massive collection of Shelley’s poems (well, mostly his poems anyway) sometime this spring, just for a change of pace from the above reads…
  10. Kate Morton’s The Lake House — I thought I could get around to reading this book in January/February but other books butted in before this one (to be fair this book is some 500 pages strong). I always associate Kate Morton with the spring time so it seems like a good time to read this book πŸ™‚

And those are the list of books on my spring TBR queue! What are you planning to read this spring (or autumn, depending where in the world you are)? πŸ™‚

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 1 March, 2016 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: Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For X

Oooh, yay, an open-ended topic this week *rubs hands* Well, I recently read a book that left me rather grumpy and frustrated (good book, but omg, the feelings it left me with), which got me thinking about this week’s TTT. So I decided to go with Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For Something Light/Different After a Heavy Read

In no particular order:

  1. Something by Julia Quinn (see author tag) — One of my favourites from the historical romance genre, she’s easily an author I’d turn to for something light. Her books are also on the funny side of the genre, so that’s a bonus! πŸ˜€
  2. Something by Sarah Addison Allen (see author tag) — A long-time favourite of mine, definitely an author I turn to when I need something comforting after a strenuous or frustrated read. I haven’t read First Frost yet but her books have not disappointed me. Also, it might be all the food mentioned in the book (characters often have a sweet tooth or happen to be quite the baker) but I find her books very sweet and fluffy too xD
  3. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett (review) — I love all of the Discworld novels I’ve read but this one has to be the funniest I’ve read to date. The Night Watch is in tatters, Sam Vines just wants it to be respectable, a dragon is on the loose, the Patrician is in this…What more could I ask for?
  4. Persuasion by Jane Austen (review) — It’s always nice to turn to a favourite read when you are in the need to lighten your mood. In my case: Jane Austen’s Persuasion πŸ™‚
  5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams — If you’re having a rough day, well, there’s Arthur Dent. The Earth is set for demolition to make way for a super galactic highway and he ends up to be the last human alive on board a ship with a bunch of strangers. And he has a headache…
  6. The Paradox trilogy by Rachel Bach (see author tag) — Sometimes a kick-ass heroine is what you need to read about after a tense read. Look no further than Dev Morris, merc for hire, who only wants to kick ass and be the best to join the elites and ends up getting caught up in some crazy stuff.
  7. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (review) — Or a mystery with lots of literary references, offbeat humour, and a mash-up of a whole ton of genres and elements is something you need to cure the heaviness after a tense read. Also in the vein of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, this book was hilariously fun, and Thursday Next is awesome.
  8. Cotillion by Georgette Heyer (review) — Anything by her, really, but there are some of her historical romances were a lot funnier than others. Like Cotillion: crazy premise meets crazier plot to resolve premise leads to absolute mayhem. I remember laughing quite a bit alongside the madness of this book.
  9. The J’Adore series by Isabelle Lafleche (see author tag) — For the more stylish end of the bookish spectrum, there’s the J’Adore series, mixing together high fashion with the law πŸ™‚
  10. Redshirts by John Scalzi (review) — Are you a fan of Star Trek? Noticed how all the redshirts get killed off first? Yeah, read this book. It’s pretty nutty what happens there, perfect to keep your mind off of heftier matters.

And that’s my list for this week! What books do you read or turn to when you finished reading a frustrating or heavy read and are in need of something lighter? What theme did you feature for your TTT this week? Let me know, I’d love to check it out πŸ™‚

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 9 February, 2016 by Lianne in Meme / 21 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: Valentine’s Day is next week…let’s do a Valentine’s Day themed freebie! Top Ten Books That Would Make Great Valentine’s Day Reads (or anti-Valentine’s day reads), Top Ten OTPs, Top 10 fictional crushes, top ten great love declarations in fiction, swoony quotes from books etc. Get creative!

Thought a bit for this year’s Valentine’s Day-themed freebie and decided to go with favourite romantic sentences/passages. I did this a few years ago (see post) and greatly enjoyed putting the list together so I decided to do it again and see if I’ve accumulated any new ones in my quotes journal since (not to mention I didn’t want to do any repeats; I listed some classic favourites in that first post!) πŸ™‚

In no particular order:

VOYNITSKY: Let me speak of my love. So long as you don’t drive me away, that’s all I need to be the happiest man on earth.
– “Uncle Vanya” by Anton Chekhov (review forthcoming)

Before everything goes to hell like most Russian classics, there’s hopeful declarations like this πŸ˜€

…She had already grown into his life, he thought.
Ross Poldark by Winston Graham (review forthcoming)

I love this sentence! Demelza really did just grow into Ross’ life; if you haven’t read the book but you’ve seen the tv series, I think the show captured it just as well <3

“You come to me,” he whispered. “Into every dark place. Into every memory. Into the empty eyes of winter. I go alone and find you with me. Why do you care for me?”
Winter Rose by Patricia A. McKillip (review)

Everything about this book was like a dream, trying to place these thoughts and feelings into some descriptive sentence or turn of phrase. This is one of them; the love story was mysterious and dream-like and filled with such longing…

I love you. I love you. From back to front, I love you.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (review)

This was such a striking message in a very eerie and atmospheric read.

“Hearts cannot be broken, Diana. And only love makes us truly immortal.”
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (review)

There’s no comment I could say that could go with this quote, it is what it is πŸ™‚

He shifted on his feet. “Perhaps if we were different creatures,” he said, “less alike.”

She heard her voice breaking. “It seems a strange reason not to love one another.”

“I didn’t say I didn’t love you.”
I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira (review)

Excuse me while I sob in that corner over there ;_;

Promise you’ll come back.

I’ll come back.

And stay alive?

I’ll do my best.

Even though I broke my promise?

I’ll come back.

Even though I’m useless?

I’ll come back, Florence. Trust me.
Summer in February by Jonathan Smith (review)

Because I clearly accumulate sad romantic quotes ;_;

Love is so short, forgetting is so long.
– “Tonight I can write the saddest lines” by Pablo Neruda (review)

Probably my favourite line hands down from Pablo Neruda’s poetry, it’s so haunting <3

“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (review)

Another classic πŸ™‚

These are the small consolations that death offers. Her husband still turning the key to an undiscovered chamber of her heart.
All That Is Solid Melts Into Air by Darragh McKeon (review)

Okay, I admit, at this point I was having difficulty finding other quotes to fit this theme; all of the quotes I tend to jot down are either ironically humourous to me or poignant in some manner. So I ended up with this very sad quote but still lovely in that even after all that time, her husband is still in her thoughts and in her heart (this quote btw is not a spoiler as it was from the first page of the book πŸ˜‰ ).


And that’s my list for this week’s TTT! For more Valentine’s Day-related posts, I compiled this list last year πŸ™‚ What did you feature for this week’s TTT?

Also, I’m currently holding a wee book giveaway in celebration of my 9th blogoverary if you’re interested in entering for that πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful week!

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 2 February, 2016 by Lianne in Meme / 21 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 Historical Settings You Love / Ten Historical Settings You’d Love To See

There was an option this week and I decided to go with the past πŸ˜‰

In no particular order, 5 historical settings I love:

  1. World War Two — I don’t know, there’s something about the World War Two setting that’s interesting for storytelling, the immediacy of the situation. A lot of my favourite novels are set in this time–Julie Orringer’s The Invisible Bridge (review), Louis de Bernieres’ Captain Correlli’s Mandolin (review), and Ian McEwan’s Atonement (review)–are set in this period.
  2. Early Modern/Renaissance Italy — Well, I love the country so I love the setting of Italy in books πŸ™‚ I think most of my historical fiction reads set in Italy have centered around the early modern/Renaissance period of Italian history which was an interesting and colour period. Marina Fiorato’s books (see author tag does a wonderful job in bringing that period of history to life…
  3. Any period in Russian history — Of course, student of Russian history I was πŸ˜› Whether it’s during the Soviet period (Travis Holland’s The Archivist’s Story (review) or a sweep of Russian history (Edward Rutherfurd’s Russka (review)), I will likely check it out πŸ˜‰
  4. Any period in British history — Need I say more? My fascination in British history is long-standing (going back to when I was very young) so naturally my interest carried on to setting in historical fiction πŸ™‚ I seem to especially stick to the Regency period for historical romances, lol
  5. Pre-revolutionary and post-Napoleonic to early 20th century France — I dunno why, I’m not so big on the Revolutionary period itself, but everything before that, the stuff after that and going into World War Two are my favourite time period settings for books set in France. The Belle Epoque is especially a favourite, so much was coming out at that time in the arts and in the literary scene.

And now, 5 historical settings I’d love to see (more of):

  1. Pre-20th century Spain — I’ve read quite a bit set in early 20th century Spain and a few historical fiction books set in the 19th century and the medieval period (less than 5), but I’d love to see more books set in pre-20th century Spain. Maybe I just haven’t encountered them in my various forays to the bookstore and parusing on GoodReads but Spain has such a rich culture, surely there should be more books set there…And in English (or better yet, work on my Spanish so I can read all the stuff published in Spanish) πŸ˜›
  2. Pre-20th century Scandinavian countries — I’ve read a few (again, less than 5), but I haven’t see more, especially set in the early modern period. Denmark, Norway, Finland…Yeah, it’d be nice to see more books set in that region and not in the mystery/crime genre.
  3. Pre-20th century Philippines — Outside of the big classics, I actually haven’t read a historical fiction novel set there. It’d be nice to read some πŸ™‚
  4. Pre-Petrine Russia — Pre-Petrine Russia (or early modern/imperial Russia) is such a fascinating period with such a rich culture and quite an upheaval of events, it’s the perfect setting for a historical fiction novel. I mean, the madness alone of the Time of Troubles is enough of a drama on its own…
  5. Mongolia. Any period. — Hell, even a contemporary novel set in Mongolia. I’ve always been curious about that country.

And that’s my list this week of favourite historical settings and settings I’d like to see more of in books. Are any of these your favourites? What settings did you choose this week (past or future)? πŸ™‚

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 26 January, 2016 by Lianne in Meme / 24 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

Oooh, what to choose, what to choose…*thinks* Okay, how about Favourite (Theatre/Drama) Plays? That’s different, and something I don’t think I really compiled together outside of Shakespeare (see author tag) πŸ˜€

Warning: There’s a lot of Shakespeare in this list πŸ˜›

In no particular order:

  1. Pedro CalderΓ³n de la Barca’s Life is a Dream (review) — I forgot how I came about this play but it’s a very interesting one. There’s family drama, but its deeper philosophical ponderings on life, fate, and the line between illusion and reality were very fascinating, and quite ahead of its time.
  2. William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (review) — Forever and ever will this be one of my favourite plays. I revisited it for the first time in years (since reading it in high school, actually) and it was much funnier than I remembered.
  3. William Shakespeare’s Hamlet (review) — Hamlet gets such a rap these days for his melancholy but it’s a fascinating play with so many aspects to it. Not to mention so intense!
  4. William Shakespeare’s Richard II (review) — It took a second read for me to really appreciate how wonderful and complex and structurally amazing this play is. Definitely a favourite amongst Shakespeare’s histories.
  5. William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice (review) — This play has a special place in my heart as it was the first I had studied in high school. It still holds up years later in the themes it tackles and the characterisations and some of the major speeches it contains.
  6. Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest — Read this play years ago but never reviewed it here but suffice to say I remember really enjoying it, I thought it was very amusing.
  7. Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II (review) — Hands down my favourite Marlowe play. It’s got it all: politics, fast-paced development of events, drama (omg the drama, the theatrics). Of all his plays I read, I recommend this one fist and foremost.
  8. Federico Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding (review) — Definitely the most memorable of his plays that I read with all the drama and bloodshed, the imagery and the tragedy.
  9. Sophocles’ Antigone — Strangely enough I never reviewed Sophocles’ plays despite having talked about re-reading it here but anyway. It was one of those plays I read in first year university and that had stuck after all this time. There’s just something about Antigone’s inner strength, in sticking to her principles despite the changing laws of the land.

And I actually couldn’t decide on a tenth play, it was a toss up between Shakespeare’s As You Like It (review), Julius Caesar (review), and Much Ado About Nothing (review), and Aeschylus’ The Oresteia (review forthcoming). And those are some of my favourite plays! Have you ever read any of these plays (or watched any of their adaptations)? For some more theatre/play goodness:

What was your freebie topic for this TTT?