Movie: Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Posted 7 January, 2019 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.

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I finally watched this movie on New Year’s Eve! lol. The blu-ray I believe was released around October, but then I asked for it as a Christmas gift, but then it took another week before we got around to watching it because I was working all week…And here we are, a review 🙂

MAJOR SPOILERS if you haven’t seen the movie or Avengers: Infinity War! (because I’m way to lazy to put some comments in spoiler tags, LOL)

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Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 19 December, 2018 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. She is allllllllllive! I finished the semester on December 12 with my last exam then, which was an absolute relief because I was so done with the semester. I dunno, it was just assignment and examination after another, and I really didn’t care for any of the essays I was writing so it made for a rather miserable experience. I was clearly spoiled during my undergrad in discovering a field in history that I loved and was passionate about lol.
  2. Work continues to be what it is *shrugs*
  3. But then starting last week it’s been non-stop Christmas celebrations when I’m not working, lol: met up with two friends so far, tonight I’m going out with my coworkers, and then over the weekend it’s my brother’s birthday and then meeting with another friend. It’s not even Christmas and I’m already hovering over food coma status x_x But it’s all fun, lol, it’s good to sit back and celebrate and catch up with friends 🙂
  4. In the meantime, bwhahahaha, I can finally catch up on a whole bunch of other stuff that fell by the wayside because of the end of the semester…like this blog! Not that I had been reading much the last few weeks (DDD=) but there are book reviews I had been meaning to post for some time now. So hopefully I can get those typed up and schedule them out. And reply to comments before the end of the year!!! Pretty sure I have a few dating back to September… =3
  5. My writing also fell by the wayside the last few months, both poetry and prose.
  6. Books I’m currently reading: TBD
  7. I know as book bloggers and voracious book readers that we say we’re going to make a dent in our TBR piles, but I really hope I do in the next few weeks: I think because so much has been on my mind the last few months and I was just so preoccupied bouncing back and forth between school and work, I felt like I was in a book slump when it came to reading. I didn’t read much except for some poetry and when I did read prose, it was non-fiction (I guess to balance all the nursing theory and general theory that I was being bombarded with). So I’m really hoping to take a step back and relax with a book the next little bit (also helps that I took a week off in January before school starts. I need that break).
  8. Speaking of breaks, my travel plans for February have been pushed off due to some unforeseen offline issues that my family’s been dealing with. Fingers crossed I can get a break at the end of the second semester.
  9. In the meantime I’ve started prepping my 2019 analogue system. Quite fun! More about it in the new year 😉
  10. I really need to get back on a no-spend of some sort. Kinda went at it HARD the last few weeks with the spending and all the deals and whatnot #oops

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And that’s it from me! How have you been? Have a happy holidays! 🙂

Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 18 December, 2018 by Lianne in Meme / 11 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. In Jaunary 2018 the meme was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic: Winter TBR List

So funny thing happened to me this fall: I barely read. Between school and work and other offline, life things happening, I either was too tired to read or was not in the mood for reading (brain was just everywhere) or I was having a book slump. The slump’s sort of recovered–when I did read the last few months, it’s either been poetry or non-fiction–so hopefully that continues into my Christmas holiday 🙂

In no particular order:

  1. The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien — Back on my list this season as I didn’t get around to it during the fall…Seeing as I didn’t get around to my wish of re-reading LOTR this year, I can settle with reading this book instead, lol.
  2. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin — I mentioned I had started reading it earlier this year but just never got around to continuing…It’s either this series or her Inheritance trilogy that I read this winter, surely (the Inheritance trilogy has been on my winter TBR pile for years now).
  3. The Day is Ready for You by Alison Malee — For some poetry on my TBR pile 🙂
  4. Journey to Armenia & Conversation About Dante by Osip Mandelstam — Osip Mandelstam’s poetry is absolutely gorgeous and some of my favourites so I’m curious to read his nonfiction travelogue and essay.
  5. The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn — For something light and cute and fun, I can always count on Julia Quinn’s books 🙂
  6. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan — Another book I didn’t get around to reading this past fall but if I’m looking for another break from some of the heavy duty titles on my shelf, I can always turn to this book, lol. You know, rich people problems 😉
  7. The Case of Comrade Tulayev by Victor Serge — Continuing my yearly theme of “Winter is for Russian literature”, this title has been sitting on my shelf for years. I thought about starting it earlier this year but after a page or two, I decided to leave it off for the winter time. Seems like the perfect read for…well, now.
  8. The Lost Painting of Sarah de Vos by Dominic Smith — This book has been on my wishlist since Melinda @ the Book Musings mentioned it. Finally got my hands on it a few months ago but yeah, have yet to read it. Maybe for a change of pace and a turn to historical fiction/thriller/mystery, I’ll get around to reading this title 🙂
  9. Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness — My friend gifted me the book for Christmas so wheeeee! Back into the world of All Souls 🙂
  10. Persuasion by Jane Austen — After a conversation with two friends about this book recently, I realised it’s time for a re-read! 😀



And that’s my list of books that I hope to tackle this winter (hopefully during the time I’m off before school starts back up again)! What are you hoping to read this season? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

November Updates

Posted 30 November, 2018 by Lianne in Website / 1 Comment

November, where have you gone? This month had been ridiculously busy; seemed like the constant case of just trying to catch up–and barely making it. And it kind of showed here too, lol:

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  1. Books reviewed recently: Deborah Harkness’ The World of All Souls (review), Sarah Beth Durst’s The Queen of Blood (review), and The Reluctant Queen (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. Reviewed one comic this month: Monstress (vol. 3) (review). You can read all of the comics I’ve reviewed over at this tag.

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And that’s it! lol, it really was a busy month for me. I’m on exam mode now but fingers crossed I can post a few reviews before we ring in the New Year (omg, end of the year already).

Review: The Reluctant Queen

Posted 28 November, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Reluctant Queen (The Queens of Renthia #2)
By: Sarah Beth Durst
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

In The Queen of Blood, Daleina used her strength and skill to survive the malevolent nature spirits of Renthia and claim the crown. But now she is hiding a terrible secret: she is dying. If she leaves the world before a new heir is ready, the spirits that inhabit her realm will once again run wild, destroying her cities and slaughtering her people.

Naelin has the power necessary to become an heir, but she couldn’t be further removed from the Queen. Her world is her two children, her husband, and her remote village tucked deep in the forest. But when Ven, the Queen’s champion, passes through her village, Naelin’s ambitious husband tells him of his wife’s ability to control spirits—magic that Naelin fervently denies. She knows embracing her power will bring death and separation from those she loves.

But Ven must find the best possible candidate to protect the people of Aratay. As the Queen’s power begins to wane and the spirits become emboldened, the only way Naelin can keep her son and daughter safe is to risk everything.

Alrighty, here we are, second installment of The Queens of Renthia trilogy. I enjoyed the first book enough so I was wondering how this new character plays a role in the story and where the story was going to go.

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