Category: Miscellaneous

Stickii Club Subscription Service [October 2017]

Posted 14 November, 2017 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 1 Comment

It was bound to happen that I was going to subscribe again to Stickii Club, lol, it was just a matter of time πŸ˜› I decided to subscribe to the October subscription of their Cute Pack after seeing a preview of what the month’s pack will include. It was so cute, I couldn’t resist πŸ˜›

As always, you can click on the images to enlarge and read what each item is; apologies in advance for the somewhat crappy photos, I had opened the kit on the dining table, lol:

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Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 8 November, 2017 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 12 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. So, shitfest ahoy: my college went on strike mid-last month, right after my Reading Week. As annoyed as I was about school, I’m more annoyed at how this will affect the rest of the school year and into my plans next year. They finally got back to the bargaining table last Thursday but still, that’s about three weeks of schooling gone (and going into the fourth week. That’s a bloody month). So yeah, I am not amused.
  2. I also had a bit of a headache at work–long story there–but suffice to say I started working back at my home unit again. It’s an adjustment, it’s been a long time since I was there so the patient population changed, and of course there’s a bit of the routine and mindset to get used to again. My schedule at work is also a bit tossed around thanks to the college strike.
  3. So, kind of pissed off on top of all the other craziness that’s been happening in my life recently: I realised a while ago that my engagement/outreach on my Instagram account, @eclecticreading, dropped considerably early last month. Looks like I’ve been shadowbanned for whatever reason–bloody algorithms–which is a bummer, but quite annoying in that I’m trying to promote my poetry book too, you know? Luckily I found some tips on how to reset my account from that status, made some changes to the way I’m posting and whatnot and now my account is back to normal, thank goodness.
  4. But I came to the conclusion that when life is crap, just watch this video on Liam Gallagher, it never fails to get a laugh out of me:

  5. I attended my first pen show last month! I heard about Scriptus from the pen and stationery show I frequent so I went to the event on October 29th with my brother and my mum. I was amazed at how many exhibitors were present and how many people attended! It was so busy, it was hard to maneuver around the salon area and check out properly all the pens and inks and paper laid out! But I had a good time, a little overwhelming, but it was cool, and I picked up some awesome ink along the way, lol.
  6. Books I am currently reading: I finally properly settled in and started reading Robert Shearman’s Everyone’s Just So So Special; I had stared reading it a few months back but I couldn’t quite get into it so I put it down for a while, read some other books, and only got back to it now. A good time to read it too as I haven’t really been able to stick to a novel lately…I also started reading Frank Herbert’s Heretics of Dune. I thought I wouldn’t get around to reading it because of everything that’s been going on but ehhh, it couldn’t be helped πŸ˜‰
  7. It’s that time of year over at GoodReads where you vote for the best books of 2017…And once again I find myself scrolling through the lists, recognising a few titles, but unable to vote because I’m so behind, lol…
  8. I’m kind of bummed out that I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo this year but there’s just no way I can fit it in. Plus, I’m having a bit of a creative drought right now πŸ™ So I guess I’ll just focus on promoting my first poetry book, Shall I Be a Poet Instead (did I mention I’m hosting a giveaway for a copy of this book here on the blog?), as well as getting the final draft done for my other book (fingers crossed!) πŸ™‚
  9. I am however participating in Sci-Fi Month this month! πŸ˜€
  10. I know it can be a hectic time for everyone, but I’m looking forward to the Christmas season πŸ™‚ And I admit, I’m also pretty relaxed going into this season because I actually already bought most of my Christmas gifts to people already, I just have a few left to pick up and then I’m good :3 But there’s all the Christmas cards I look forward to writing… πŸ˜€


And that’s it from me! How is everyone doing? Hope you all have a lovely November πŸ™‚

Sci-Fi Month 2017: Introduction Post

Posted 1 November, 2017 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 3 Comments

Happy November 1st! It’s also the start of Sci-Fi Month, hosted by Rinn Reads and Lisa @ Oh, the Books! πŸ˜€ This is the fifth year that I’m participating in this event and I’m looking forward to sharing the following posts with you all as part of this event:

Schedule for This Month’s Event

  • Wednesday 1st – Introduction Post
  • Friday 3rd – My book review of Christopher Priest’s The Inverted World
  • Thursday 9th – My book review of Dan Simmons’ Hyperion
  • Friday 10th – My book review of Dan Simmons’ The Fall of Hyperion
  • Monday 13th – My book review of Mur Lafferty’s Six Wakes
  • Tuesday 21st – My Top Ten Tuesdays post on sci-fi novels I’m thankful to have read
  • Wednesday 22nd – My book review/re-read of Frank Herbert’s Dune Messiah
  • Thursday 23rd – My book review/re-read of Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune
  • Friday 24th – My book review of Frank Herbert’s God Emperor of Dune
  • Wednesday 29th – It’s a Wrap!

Just Briefly About Me

Okay, a repost from last year but for those of you who are new to my blog and don’t know much about me: I’m Lianne *waves* and I pretty much grew up watching science fiction (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Babylon 5 (if you haven’t watched this show yet, you really must, it’s an excellent tv show; see my post on why you should watch it), Quantum Leap, etc). I only got around to reading the classic science fiction titles more recently but I do enjoy the genre; some of my favourite science fiction novels include Frank Herbert’s Dune (review), Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and more recently Rachel Bach’s Paradox trilogy (see tag).

You can view all the posts I’ve made for previous Sci-fi Months in this tag and all of my science fiction-related posts in this tag πŸ™‚


And that’s about it for this introductions post! I had initially planned on finishing up reading the Dune novels for review but I’ve just been so busy this year that reading has just been slower for me amongst other activities >_< Anyhow, you can also follow the event month-long on Twitter via the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth or the Twitter account @SciFiMonth. I hope you enjoy the reviews I’ll be posting throughout this month! πŸ™‚

Another Year Older… (Birthday (Book) Giveaway!)

Posted 5 October, 2017 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 20 Comments

It’s that time of year again…No, not Christmas (though that’s coming up real soon, isn’t it?), but it’s my birthday, lol. Yeah, I have to say this past year went by pretty quickly, and surprisingly enough with quite a number of big things going on (temporary move/change of status at work, travelling off to Iceland & Denmark earlier this year, going back to school (again), the publication of my first poetry collection). So I’m 31 today (yup, yup, definitely clearing off from my 20s here) and it’s just onward and upward from here.

As some of you know, I’m not big on splashy celebrations and whatnot (although the last few years I’ve noticed I no longer confine my celebrations to the day of but rather spread it out over the course of a week…lmao I didn’t even do anything remotely like this when I was younger!) but as with previous years, I’ve decided to host a wee book giveaway here at my blog featuring some of my favourite reads in the past year πŸ™‚ You have a choice from one of the ten:

  • The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes (review)
  • Hyperion by Dan Simmons (review forthcoming)
  • Any book from Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series (see author tag)
  • China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan (review)
  • The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessey by Rachel Joyce (review)
  • Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon van Booy (review)
  • Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid (review)
  • Forty Words for Sorrow by Giles Blunt (review)
  • Miguel Hernandez’s poetry (review)
  • Mur Lafferty’s Six Wakes (review forthcoming)

To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter below! This giveaway ends on 12 October 2017 at 11:59pm EST and is open internationally so long as The Book Depository delivers to your country. A winner will be chosen and contacted the following day (or thereabouts), so please make sure you enter a valid email address πŸ˜‰ The winner will be announced on this same post.

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Bonne chance! Here’s to the year ahead πŸ˜€ Oh, and before I forget, there’s still a bit of time to enter the giveaway I’m hosting at Goodreads for a copy of my debut poetry book, Shall I Be a Poet Instead? You can enter that giveaway over here. That contest closes midnight πŸ™‚

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 4 October, 2017 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 6 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. Quite a bit of happenings since my last post. First up: I had applied sometime in August for a temporary part-time position at my old unit (thinking ahead here: my present position is up at the end of the year and I like having scheduled shifts, especially with me being back in school and all; I’d be heading back there anyway as a casual again so I figured what the hell) and found out sometime in September that I got the position πŸ™‚ So I’m heading back to my old unit in a few weeks xD I’m sad to leave the unit I’m presently at, the staff’s solid and despite of the increasing busy-ness on the floor I still enjoy working there.
  2. In other news, school has been…nutty. I could go on and on ranting about the way that the programme is designed but ugh, anyway. Suffice to say it’s taking out a lot more time than I expected because there’s like a bajillion tiny assignments we’re required to complete along the way (FML)
  3. Tomorrow’s my birthday! Been scrambling all this week to finish my assignments as soon as possible so I can relax tomorrow πŸ˜› Not that I have any big plans tomorrow (German beer and my blu-ray of Wonder Woman awaits me) but it’d be nice to have the day without thinking about schoolwork or work, lol. As for turning another year older, well…lol.
  4. Speaking of my birthday tomorrow, keep a lookout on my blog, I’ve got something fun in store πŸ˜‰
  5. Meanwhile, until Friday the 6th I am currently hosting a giveaway on GoodReads for a signed copy of my debut poetry collection Shall I Be a Poet Instead? (see post) I’ve been meaning to do it but I had just been a bit busy on my end to take care of setting up a giveaway…Anyway, it’s only open to residents of Canada and the US for now but keep an eyeout here, I’m planning on holding a giveaway over here as well in a month or so πŸ™‚
  6. Ugh, because I’ve been so busy, I haven’t been able to clamp down and work on putting together my next poetry collection ;_; I’m off next week because of Reading Week but I very much doubt I’d get around to doing it…but we’ll see.
  7. Books I am currently reading: Frank Herbert’s God Emperor of Dune at long last. I finished re-reading Dune Messiah and Children of Dune and finally, after what? 15 years since I started reading this series I’m finally making my way to reading the last three books in said series xD How exciting…Meanwhile, I also started reading Charles Baudelaire’s The Flowers of Evil which arrived in the mail yesterday with a few other books.
  8. Has anyone been watching Star Trek: Discovery? Part of me is happy that Star Trek is on again (grew up watching DS9 and all) and the cast looks great, but part of me is still miffed that they’ve stuck to story-telling around the 22nd century/pre-Kirk/around Kirk’s time. What’s wrong with writing a series set in the post-Voyager universe? The situation is ripe for story-telling…
  9. Speaking of adaptations, I’m usually pretty wary whenever it comes to adaptations of my favourite books but exception to the fact: I’m so freakin’ excited for A Discovery of Witches (book review; Instagram account). I never thought of Matthew Goode in the role of Matthew Clairmont and ever since he was cast I’ve been like “Yes! He’s the character” and seeing him dressed up as the character + all of the BTS images of them filming has me all πŸ˜€
  10. I’ve done about 5 out of the 10 listed here. What do you think of this list?


And that’s it from me for now! How’s everyone’s week been going? πŸ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all my fellow Canadians!