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April Updates

Posted 25 April, 2017 by Lianne in Website / 1 Comment

Wow, and here we are more or less at the end of another month…well, there’s still a few days to the month, but there’s a reason why this post is going live early. I guess what really struck me this month was how Easter has already come and gone; seems like yesterday it was the start of Lent. Well, the weather is slowly but finally getting nicer outside, which is a plus.

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  1. Books reviewed this month include: Kate Clanchy’s Selected Poems (review), Federico Garcia Lorca’s In Search of Duende (review), and a re-read of Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. No ARCs were reviewed this month! You can check out all of the ARCs I’ve read and reviewed to date in this tag.
  3. For this month’s So You Want to Read…, I focused once again focused on Poetry as part of National Poetry Month. You can check out that post over here. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
  4. On a final note, you may have seen this post go live on your feed earlier today but I am going on hiatus as of today, April 25th until May 8th. I’m actually hopping on a plane later this evening and will be on vacation during that time. So no new posts until May 9th. In the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram as I will occasionally post photos as to what I’m up to across the Atlantic 😛

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And that’s about it from me and the blog for the month of April! Wishing you all a wonderful May, and be good while I’m away 😛

eclectictales.com is going on hiatus!

Posted 25 April, 2017 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

Just a heads up that eclectictales.com is going on a mini-hiatus starting today (more or less) until May 8th as I will be going on vacation (whoo-hoo!) 🙂 So until then there will be no scheduled posts going live; Twitter archive links will continue to run, but if I’m already not around much over there, I will certainly be rather quiet over there unless my posts from Instagram cross over. Which, yeah, Instagram will be the only place where I’ll be somewhat active. Feel free to follow my adventures there!

Until I return (and when I do, I will post about my wanderings around Iceland and Denmark at some point), wishing you all a wonderful remainder of the month and a great start to May! 🙂

March Updates

Posted 31 March, 2017 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

Happy spring! Well, the weather’s been up and down over here but at least we’re slowly moving towards warmer weather…Anyhow, it’s been another one of those busy months for me both on and offline (moreso offline); I’m still working out some kind of schedule in which I get back to comments in due time. In the meantime, here’s what has been going on at the blog:

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  1. Books reviewed this month include: Sylvia Plath’s Ariel (review), Ian Rankin’s Knots and Crosses (review), and Osip Mandelstam’s Voronezh Notebooks (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. No ARCs were reviewed this month! You can check out all of the ARCs I’ve read and reviewed to date in this tag.
  3. For this month’s So You Want to Read…, I focused on the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard for a change of pace. You can check out that post over here. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
  4. Tolkien Reading Day was on March 25! Here’s my post celebrating the day, talking a bit about this year’s topic on Tolkien’s poems and songs.

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And that’s about it from me and the blog for the month of March! Pretty straightforward, eh? Wishing you all a great April ahead! 🙂

February Updates

Posted 28 February, 2017 by Lianne in Website / 4 Comments

Goodness, it’s already the end of February and two months into 2017? Seems like yesterday I was just getting ready to celebrate another blogoversary! Anyway, I hope everyone had a lovely February; mine was fairly busy, a shock considering I was thinking it was going to be a quiet one, but anyhow, here’s what has been going on at my blog in the meantime:

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  1. Books reviewed this month include: Vivienne Lorret’s When a Marquess Loves a Woman (review), J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun (review), and Elena Ferrante’s Troubling Love (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. One ARC was reviewed this month: Colleen Oakley’s Close Enough to Touch (review). You can check out all of the ARCs I’ve read and reviewed to date in this tag.
  3. For this month’s So You Want to Read…, I focused on Amanda Grange and her Jane Austen hero books (seemed like the perfect time of year to be showcasing her books, especially now that I have read all six Jane Austen hero novels) 🙂 You can check out that post over here. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
  4. And finally, I celebrated my tenth blogoversary earlier this month (see post). I can’t believe it’s been ten years since I first started steadily book blogging. Thanks again to everyone who commented and celebrated with me, and congratulations again to Wattle in winning my wee book giveaway! I hope you enjoy the title you selected 🙂

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And that’s about it from me and the blog for the month of February! How was your February? Wishing you all a wonderful March & that you’re having a great week 🙂

Eclectictales.com’s Blogoversary!

Posted 3 February, 2017 by Lianne in Website / 24 Comments

The month of February hits a milestone of sorts for the blog (not necessarily the space as I moved recently, but just existence of the blog as its own entity): eclectictales.com turns TEN.


Not my gif, as always

Yup, you read it right: 2017 makes ten years of me blogging. It’s pretty surreal to think it’s been that long since I’ve started blogging (steadily; I think I mentioned in my About the Site section that I had a previous blog/domain but had to stop for offline reasons). And after ten years, one does learn a few things along the way… 😛

  1. It’s easy to follow what others are doing (format-wise, books read and reviewed that are popular right now, etc.) but at the end of the day it’s your blog: you do the thing that makes you happy.
  2. Blogging is an ever-changing process: you pick up new ways of formatting or presenting your thoughts and ideas, the focus of your blog shifts and changes…Gosh, just look at some of my posts circa 2012 compared to now. It’s normal, and it’s part of the fun.
  3. You don’t have to review every book you’ve read–I learnt that recently, actually. I use my blog as my book journal so to speak (as with the amount of books I read per year, I will have used up a lot of notebooks O_O) and for the last few years my approach has been to record my thoughts as much as I can on the books that I’ve read. But sometimes when you don’t have much thought about a book you’ve read, why struggle churning out what turns out to be a wee & generalised review? This is still a hobby at the end of the day, not your dissertation.
  4. Yeah, it’s dismaying when no one comments on an awesome book you’ve reviewed (or a review you’re particularly proud of having clobbered together), but it happens. It’s there, maybe one day someone will read it and appreciate thoughts in it. But as long as you’re happy with it and you’ve got it jotted down somewhere, it’s all good.
  5. On a related note, at the end of the day stats don’t matter, really. I mean, yeah, I too wish I got more traffic and more readers, but those that drop by and comment do make my day 🙂
  6. Being different has its benefits in terms of what you offer in your reviews and what readers come across in your blog. What do I mean? Well like my url suggests, I do read an eclectic range of books, perhaps a little more far out than what you may necessarily come across, and while perhaps that may contribute to a lack of traffic or comments at times, I do get the occasional comment saying they appreciated coming across this book or that that they had never heard of and want to check out now. I’m always happy to recommend titles to people!
  7. The book blogging community is a supportive place. Yeah, it’s had its weird drama moments from time to time but the friends I’ve made over the years through the community and the memes and the discussion are priceless. #hugsforall
  8. Scheduling blog posts = life saver.
  9. Blogging burnout happens–and it’s okay. I never thought I’d be one of those people who would experience it, and perhaps it’d be a surprise to you to know that I did experience it considering my blog posts are scheduled at a daily frequency, but the hiatus time I had back in December? Sure, I was experiencing headache after headache transferring my blog over to the new server but in the same vein it gave me the time to step back and take a break, which I didn’t realise I even needed. !
  10. I guess this reiterates #1 a bit but most of all? Have fun blogging!


As always I’m thankful for everyone’s support and friendship over the years of chatting about books and other things; I honestly don’t think I would’ve continued blogging for as long as I have (or perhaps with the same vigor as before) if it wasn’t for your guys.


Not my gif but this is for you all, this cute puppy in a bowl 😛

As a thank you to you all and in celebration of my blogoversary, I am hosting a book giveaway! Now, I’m doing it a bit different this year; rather than going by my favourite reads in 2016, I’m going to give you an option to choose any one book I’ve read & reviewed on my blog.

Now, this prospect sounds crazy daunting as I’ve written over 900 book reviews in the last 10 years (see tag; omg where to start?!) O_o But there’s a few ways to navigate through and discover/decide what book to choose:



This giveaway is open internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to your country. The contest will run until Monday, February 13th @ 11:59PM EST. Please make sure you use a valid email address when you enter (as the winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email or I will draw a new winner). You can read the rest of the terms and conditions with the Rafflecopter below 😉

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And that’s about it! In bocca del lupo! If you have any questions about the giveaway or any issues with Rafflecopter, please email me at webmaster [at] eclectictales [dot] com or comment in this post. Many thanks again for all of your support over the years 🙂