Category: Miscellaneous


Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 18 September, 2019 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 1 Comment

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

  1. Much as I’m not a big fan of the summer weather, where did the summer go? The summer was just…busy, lol. If I wasn’t working, I was going out and meeting up with people. I’m surprised I haven’t retreated into an anti-social shell, it’s just been go-go-go all summer O_o
  2. Of course, now it’s September and it’s back to school for me. God help me, these classes are just so blah. While my previous degrees had its own share of problems and stressors, at least it was really interesting and mentally stimulating. What I’m studying now is like, 90% nonsense and not directly correlated to my profession. Or maybe I’m just getting older and cantankerous and noticing how things are just not aligning in the real world.
  3. Or you know, maybe all the craziness from summer time is finally catching up with me *ponders* Doesn’t help that my work schedule is just a mess right now because I didn’t know what my school schedule was going to look like. So I’m actually working a bit more than I ought to right now…Which might be a good thing because ahhh, lots of expenses coming up soon x_x
  4. Guys, guys, Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light is finally going to be released next year, I’m so excited! Need to carve some time to re-read the first two books in anticipation for it.
  5. Actually there are a lot of awesome books coming out at the end of the year and into the next year…Indigo last week (the major bookstore chain here in Canada) topped up my points to redeem $100 so naturally I took advantage of this and bought a bunch of pre-orders. Colour me excited ๐Ÿ˜€
  6. This was actually one thing I was very happy about last summer: I actually got to read a bit more. This is the first year–or second?–that my reading actually dropped considerably. Between other hobbies, work, school, and other social events, I’ve just been too exhausted before bed to read like I used to. Bit last summer I was able to read a bit so that was nice. Fingers crossed I can continue at a reasonable pace this autumn.
  7. Books I’m currently reading: I started reading Elena Ferrante’s Frantumaglia; been sort of stalling on it for some reason, maybe because it’s such a huge collection of letter and articles and thoughts about her works. I’ve also sort of started reading Sarah Perry’s Melmoth as the book positively looks like an autumn read. Plus:
  8. So I’ve made the decision that I will take a mini-vacation come Reading Week in February 2020. Usually people would go on vacation somewhere warm in the dead of winter, but not this girl: provided there are no hiccups with flights and whatnot, I’m hoping to book for Prague ๐Ÿ™‚ Still deciding on a back-up location in case those plans fall through but otherwise my mind is set on Central Europe in Feburary (think of how pretty it’ll be there). And if I have homework to do, I’ll try my best to do it before I leave, otherwise I’ll bring it with me (yeah, that would suck, but I don’t trust one of my courses next semester. And I’m determined to take a break sooooo…)
  9. I finally watched John Wick 3 last week. Hah, good decision not to watch it in theatres because my family and I were like !!! for maybe the first 20 minutes or so lol (it was good though, I always enjoy watching these movies).
  10. So many albums coming out recently! Keane and a collaboration album with Johann Johannson coming out at the end of the week, Charli XCX last week, MUNA and Post Malone the previous week, Of Monsters and Men last month or so, Foals next month…My ears are deaf, but happy ๐Ÿ™‚

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And that’s it from me! How is your September going so far?

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 24 July, 2019 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

  1. In follow-up to last month’s Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts (see post), I finally sorted through my travel photos from my last two trips, omg D= So that stuff I posted on Facebook; stay tuned next month as I will finally post a little bit about those trips! Better late than never, right?
  2. Related to the first point, it’s an excuse to get me all revved up for another trip because omg I need another vacation stat. Work has been a little nutty lately, but nutty of a different sort. Two weekends ago was especially bad, I felt like my mind was racing on several things at once that I was forgetting what I was keeping tabs of. Ugh. Actually almost everything was driving me nuts recently.
  3. Speaking of which, I reeeeeeeally hope to start catching up on comments here soon! I’m so sorry, I’m like months and years behind with comments. I’m slowly trying to squeeze a bit more activity online again, so many things catching my attention these days. On the one hand it’s nice to be on the computer less, but on the other hand I’m leaving so many of you hanging! So sorry.
  4. My fourth poetry collection, Scrawled Stars, is available now! ๐Ÿ™‚
  5. The other week my family and I visited the Royal Ontario Museum to see the special exhibit “In the Age of Rembrandt.” A small but interesting collection of Dutch art from around the early modern period was featured. It was nice, like being back in our last trip again; or, as my brother put it, it was like Dutch art was following us ๐Ÿ˜€
  6. I’m hoping to squeeze in a trip to the art gallery before the end of this month. I need some me time with some art, lol.
  7. Books I’m currently reading: TBD
  8. I bought a ridiculous amount of books recently (see this post and this post). Like, yay, new books! On the other hand, ahhh!
  9. I also got my hands on my first mystery bad from TenTree. I love TenTree’s stuff; they’re soft, and eco-friendly/environmentally conscious, and every purchase contributes to planting trees. It’s a great incentive, a bit more pricey than other retail clothes, but it’s worth it I think.
  10. I reeeeally need to go on a no-spend soon.

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And that’s it from me! How is your summer/winter going?

Bookish & Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 19 June, 2019 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 1 Comment

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

  1. Busy, just busy.
  2. Actually I’ve started catching up with people, which will continue well into the summer. Might as well see everyone before school drags me right back to hell ;_;
  3. Okay, so I caught the basketball fever as the Raptors made it to the NBA Finals and then won the championship. After years of crashing out somewhere along the playoffs, they finally did it and we’re all ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ The last few weeks has also been quite a whirlwind lesson on learning the technical rules of basketball (you know I’m more of a football/soccer person). #WeTheNorth
  4. I finally caught up replying to everyone’s letters more or less, thank God! I had a stack of some 20 letters that had built up over the last few months that I meant to reply to. So that feeling of accomplishment is quite acute ๐Ÿ˜€
  5. Next up on my endless list of things and projects to complete: my next poetry collection! Still in the editing process but I did finalize the number of poems that will be going in (and the division of the next few collections). It’s just adding them to the final template and other details like the cover and whatnot. So fingers crossed, end of the month it will go for a proofing!
  6. Speaking of poetry, I’m about to hit 200 posts over at my poetry IG account. Stay tuned for a giveaway ๐Ÿ˜‰
  7. Will I ever get around to sorting through my trip photos (from two different trips, no less)? I don’t know D=
  8. Books I’m currently reading: Should I even bother mentioning that The Saga of Icelanders is still on my ‘Currently Reading’? Other books are squeezing in but I haven’t given up on it or anything, I will get back to it. In the meantime I started reading (at long last) V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic. I actually just finished reading Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic and am now figuring out what book to settle with next…Schwab’s Vicious? Newitz’s Autonomous? Something else altogether?
  9. I caved and bought a leather cover for my Hobonichi Weeks. I keep seeing them on Instagram and they’re too pretty not to get xD I won’t be getting it in a while but it’s something to look forward to in the mail.
  10. I should go back on a no-spend. Hmm, we’ll see.

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And that’s it from me! How is your June going?

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 22 May, 2019 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

  1. I’m back! I think I’ve more or less settled back to the routine of it all, which is especially hard after coming back from Europe. When I came back it was actually pretty hard because I was greeted by stress at work, some weird-ass developments in my personal life, and of course I got super sick ๐Ÿ™ That was not fun.
  2. But Europe! My brother and I had so much fun dallying around the Netherlands, a day at Belgium, a few days in Iceland, and layovers in Germany. Checked out a lot of art while in the Netherlands–van Gogh! Rembrandt! Vermeer!–and of course the beauty of Iceland’s landscapes. Our day trip to Brussels was also a highlight, wish we had more days to spend wandering around Belgium <3
  3. And the food…omg…

  4. And now I’m itching for another trip, maybe a weekender. It sounds crazy but 25% of me is like “It’s feasible.” lol we’ll see xD
  5. Meanwhile, I bought three books while I was away, which is like two more than what I usually do, lol:

  6. Books I’m currently reading: I’m still ever slowly working my way through The Saga of Icelanders. I think this will be my major summer reading project to tackle, lol. Still figuring out what else to read…Likely will settle on Mhairi McFarlane’s Don’t You Forget About Me which I picked up while I was away…Also started Winston Graham’s Warleggan but I haven’t gotten far in it
  7. Speaking of stories, so we’re finally free: final episode of Game of Thrones aired last Sunday. I was on board until halfway through episode 8.04 when
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  8. All this frustration has reminded me why I don’t really watch television these days. Oops.
  9. Going back to an earlier point, so on Instagram people are starting to talk about summer getaways and I’m like “;_; I’m just working this summer, FML” (and probably reducing my hours a bit as well to work on my own personal projects/reorganise my goals and my life). So maybe said earlier point of a mini-vaca is an actual possibility. Ahhh!
  10. It would be nice to catch up with everything at some point…

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And that’s it from me for now! How have you been?

eclectic tales is back!

Posted 15 May, 2019 by Lianne in Miscellaneous, Travel / 2 Comments

I’m back! Meant to post this sooner but I was busy when I returned to Canada on the 10th and then I got sick shortly afterwards (still recovering; spent the last few days in bed weak AF spurred further by my irritation over the crap writing from the latest episode of Game of Thrones *shrugs*). But anyway, I’m back from almost two weeks bouncing around in Europe lol (so much so that Rogers (the company I’m with for my phone) stopped messaging me after a while telling me about their roaming fees, ahahahaha), namely the Netherlands and Iceland but with some day trips/layovers in Belgium and Germany.

Fingers crossed I will properly post about my time there at some point here in my blog (I know I said this about Portugal and then never did. Oops. Still sifting through those photos to be honest!). But in the meantime I did post a bit over at Instagram ๐Ÿ™‚