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April Updates

Posted 30 April, 2016 by Lianne in Website / 8 Comments

April, April, you came and now you’re leaving. At least the weather’s finally getting nicer and I got to wear some nice spring clothes again? 🙂 Regardless of the weather, the blog was pretty busy:

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  1. Books reviewed this month include: Ilana C. Myer’s Last Song Before Night (review), Andre Alexis’ Fifteen Dogs (review), and Cynthia Swanson’s The Bookseller (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. Two ARC were reviewed this month: Gaito Gazdanov’s The Flight (review) and Ashley Hay’s The Railwayman’s Wife (review). You can check out all of the ARCs I’ve read and reviewed to date in this tag.
  3. Several movies were reviewed/posted about this month: The Martian (review), the 1968 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet (review), and the 1996 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet (review). You can check out all of the movies I’ve read and reviewed in the past in this tag.
  4. Also in conjunction with the 400th death anniversary of William Shakespeare, I also watched and reviewed two stage adaptations done by The Globe: one for As You Like It (review) and one for All’s Well That Ends Well (review). You can check out all of the theatre adaptations I’ve watched and reviewed in this tag.
  5. I also compiled a list of Shakespeare characters that I found most memorable. And participated in the Shakespeare Awards hosted by the Orang-utan Librarian.
  6. For this month’s So You Want to Read…, I focused on Poetry round 2 in conjunction with National Poetry Month. You can check out my recommendations in this post as well as my first batch of recommenations over here. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
  7. On a final note, to anyone who is interested: series 4 of Orphan Black has started but unlike previous years, I won’t be making batch posts recapping the episodes. Instead I will make just one general post about the season when it is over (as I don’t have time right now to do the batch episodes and scheduling my posts this year has been rather, err, advanced). So stay tuned with that!

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And that’s about it from me for the month! How was your April? Wishing everyone a lovely May! 🙂

March Updates

Posted 31 March, 2016 by Lianne in Website / 14 Comments

I think every March I’m just going to post the following meme:


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😛 Anyway, March, goodness, where did you go? Granted, it wasn’t an easy month with Daylight Savings deciding to hit us over the head (I woke up early the following day after the change because I had to be somewhere and I was like “It’s only 6am, not 7am” -_-;) and then Easter came early, lol. But it was also a busy month offline for me (as I noted here) as well as here on the blog 😛

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  1. Books reviewed this month include: Winston Graham’s Ross Poldark (review), Jane Gardam’s Old Filth (review), and J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Story of Kullervo (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. Three ARC reviews was posted this month: the anthology The Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War (review), Amy Stuart’s Still Mine (review), and Tricia Dower’s Becoming Lin (review). You can check out all of the ARCs I’ve read and reviewed to date in this tag.
  3. One comic was reviewed this month, Rocket Raccoon: A Chasing Tail (vol. 1) (review). You can check out all of the comics I’ve read and reviewed in the past in this tag.
  4. Tolkien Reading Day was celebrated on March 25th and this year’s theme was on life, death and immortality. I reflected on these themes in this post
  5. For this month’s So You Want to Read…, I focused on books by Susanna Kearsley which was a lot of fun as I got around to reading almost all of her books in the past year. If you haven’t checked out her books and want to for the first time, here’s my list of recommendations to check out first. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
  6. You may have noticed that I have a shiny new title card to go with this post as well as earlier this week for my Top Ten Tuesdays post. In the coming month you’ll actually be seeing more of this as I recently purchased a graphics bundle to help prettify my blog 😀 I’m still working out what posts will feature title cards, what will work and what won’t, but in any case, expect more updates in the coming months!
  7. You may have also noticed this week that I have a Book Depository banner on the static menu side. This blog is now an affiliate of The Book Depository (after years of ruminating whether or not to join). Just a quick rundown (this is also on my “About The Site” page): for every purchase made through my affiliate link, I will receive a 5% commission. This revenue will be used to help maintain the blog and books (like giveaways hosted here).
  8. And on a final note, earlier today I posted up the results to the reader survey I held last month as a part of my blogoversary. Suffice to say the results were interesting and informative. You can check them out in this post. Thank you again to all who filled it out! 🙂

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And that’s about it from me for the month! How was your March? Read any awesome books, did anything particularly cool? Happy reading & a happy April to all 🙂

Reader Survey Results!

Posted 31 March, 2016 by Lianne in Website / 12 Comments

Alrighty, so last month as you know was my 9th blogoversary and part of this year’s festivities, I decided to hold a brief reader survey. I was curious to see what my demographics look like (visitor stats only tell you so much, you know? And I don’t pay nearly as much attention to it as perhaps I ought to), what’s popular on my blog, etc. So, without further ado, here are the results from the survey (charts and graphs courtesy of Google–I started making my own but that was time-consuming and Google did it in its collection of the results) 😀


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I should note that the results might be slightly skewed by a percentage or two as someone did point out to me last month that they may have filled out my survey twice.

Do you remember how you first encountered my blog?

So first up was just a brief survey to see how readers first come across my blog. From the 32 that responded, it looks like only 1 came from a book review I posted on one of the major book social media websites while majority either did not remember where they first met me (fair enough, I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to tell you if we first met via Twitter chat or a book meme :3) or first came across my blog through a book meme. So book memes = great way to meet other bloggers!

How often do you visit my blog?

I suppose I was overreaching with the “Every day” option, lol 😛


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February Updates

Posted 29 February, 2016 by Lianne in Website / 8 Comments

Hmm, wow, well, February was quite an interesting month for me IRL (see post) but also online here with my blogoversary and a whole slew of book reviews 😛

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  1. As I mentioned at the end of last month, all of my book reviews this month were from the historical romance genre, lol 🙂 So books reviewed this month include: Julia Quinn’s Ten Things I Love About You (review), Sarah MacLean’s Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart (review), and Brandon Sanderson’s Shadows of Self (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. Two ARC review was posted this month: Lori Ostlund’s The Bigness of the World (review) and Patricia A. McKillip’s Kingfisher (review). You can check out all of the ARCs I’ve read and reviewed to date in this tag.
  3. So of course in keeping with this month’s theme, the author I featured for this month’s So You Want to Read… was Julia Quinn who has quickly become my favourite author in the historical romance genre. If you haven’t checked out her books and want to for the first time, here’s my list of recommendations to check out first. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
  4. Early February marked my web space’s ninth blogoversary. My, how time flies! I’m also hosting a wee book giveaway (as well as a reader survey) in celebration of this milestone. It ends tonight at midnight so if you haven’t entered and wish to do so, there’s still time! Details on the giveaway & general celebratory remarks can be found here, lol 🙂
  5. My brief reader survey is still up if you haven’t had a chance to fill it out yet. I’m just curious to hear from readers and visitors of my blog. Results will be posted sometime next month. Many thanks in advance!
  6. Kate @ Parchment Girl invited me to a Q&A over at her blog this month. You can check it out over at this link.
  7. Another post of Eclectic Ponderings is up! I have questions that need answering/input 😉
  8. On a final note, I found out about Litsy over the weekend. I’m eclecticreading over there; if you have an account there, let me know what your username is and I’ll add you 🙂

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And that’s about it from me for the month! How was your February? Happy reading & a lovely March to all 🙂

Eclectictales.com’s Blogoversary!

Posted 5 February, 2016 by Lianne in Website / 61 Comments

Ciao everyone! It’s February again, which means one particular thing on this blog: it’s my blogoversary 😀 Huzzah!


Not my gif, as always, but this is basically me right now (in my head, of course)

So yeah, my blog/web space turns NINE this year, which basically means I’m ancient here in the book blogging community, lmao j/k. But all joking aside, it seems like yesterday that I just started got this web space and trying to figure out exactly what to do with it. It wasn’t until GoodReads came around about a year afterwards that I learned there was such thing as book blogging and a book blogging community which I thought was really cool, and hey! I like reading a lot so naturally my web space went the direction of book blogging.

I feel at this point I should say something profound about the experience so far, lol xD The blogging experience is constantly changing–just look at the book blogging community and the various discussions that have surfaced in the last month or two, or even the way my book reviews evolved over the last several years–but suffice to say I’m still blogging on my own terms and I still enjoy it. Sure, sometimes I wonder if my posts are being read at all (I see my stats when I log in, but that’s as far as they register in my mind), blogging about books and genres that I don’t see very many bloggers read as well or comment on, but it happens; as long as I’m happy writing up my thoughts about it, it’s all good (I think I mentioned it last year but I consider this to be my equivalent of what would be a book journal). And it’s nice to see a comment every now and then saying that they’re curious about the book I mentioned or recently read and will check it out; I always enjoy recommending books alongside talking about them, so I feel my job is done when someone takes up my recommendation (for good or for ill, lol) 🙂


Not my gif, but a 12th Doctor gif always seems rather apt xD

So yeah, for now I’ll keep doing what I’m doing, and as always I’m very thankful to those who’ve stuck around with the blog, commented, chatted with me; your flailings, conversations, and friendships mean a lot to me 🙂

Just out of curiosity, for this year’s blogoversary I decided to conduct a wee little survey to see what readers and visitors of my blog are most interested in and whatnot. It’s totally voluntary and won’t be part of the following giveaway; I’m just curious to hear from readers. The survey will be open for the rest of the month. You can fill it out at the following link–

eclectictales.com reader survey (of sorts) (closed now)

I’ll try to squeeze the results sometime in March. Many thanks in advance! 🙂

As a thank you to you all, I am hosting a book giveaway with an opportunity to win one of the following nine books (see what I did there? 😛 ) I read in 2015 and enjoyed:

  • Darragh McKeon’s All That Is Solid Melts Into Air (review)
  • Julie Schmaucher’s Dear Committee Members (review)
  • Daphne Kalotay’s Russian Winter (review)
  • Viola di Grado’s The Hollow Heart (review)
  • Brandon Sanderson’s The Alloy of Law (review) or any of the preceding Mistborn books/from the first trilogy (#1, #2, #3)
  • Any of the books from Deborah Harkness’ All Souls trilogy (see author tag)
  • Any of the books from Rachel Bach’s Paradox trilogy (see author tag)
  • Lindsey Kelk’s Always the Bridesmaid (review)
  • Alexis M. Smith’s Glaciers (review)



This giveaway is open internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to your country. The contest will run until Monday, February 29th @ 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

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 🙂


Not my gif; I’m in a gif-posting mood at the moment, clearly. So sorry if this is lagging your bandwidth -_-;