Review: Selected Poems

Posted 19 May, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

Selected Poems
By: Marina Tsvetaeva
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

An admired contemporary of Rilke, Akhmatova, and Mandelstam, Russian poet Marina Tsvetayeva bore witness to the turmoil and devastation of the Revolution, and chronicled her difficult life in exile, sustained by the inspiration and power of her modern verse.

The poems in this selection are drawn from eleven volumes published over thirty years.

Marina Tsvetaeva is another one of those poets I’ve long heard about and indeed studied a bit about in relation to Soviet history and culture but never got around to reading works from until…well, now.

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Review: The Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson

Posted 18 May, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson
By: Emily Dickinson
Format/Source: Hardback; my purchase

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts on December 10,1830, to a prominent family of academics, lawyers, and statesmen. Following her education at Amherst Academy and Mt. Holyoke Female Seminary, Dickinson embarked on her impassioned journey as apoet. Composing first in a fairly conventional style, the poetess soon began to experiment with her writing; her frequent use of dashes, sporadic capitalization of nouns, broken meter, and idiosyncratic metaphors made her work unparalleled for its time.

Dickinson’s poetry dealt not only with issues of death, faith, and immortality, but with nature, domesticity, and the power of language to transfer emotions into written text. An obsessively private writer – only ten of her some 1,700 poems were published during her lifetime – Dickinson withdrew from social contact at the ageof 23 and devoted herself to writingin secret. It wasn’t until her death in 1866 that the scope of Dickinson’s work was realized, when her sister Lavinia found her prolific collection in a dresser drawer.

Since this time, Emily Dickinson’s writing has had significant influences on modern American poetry; her complex use of language and form has contributed to her reputation as one of the most innovative poets of the 19thcentury. This collection of some of her finest works illustrates not only Dickinson’s talent as a writer but her profound love of language, nature, and life.

I read some of Emily Dickinson’s poems in passing a few years ago (a-ha! Found the review); didn’t think much of them at the time (these were my early days dipping into poetry) though I thought the poet and her life was rather interesting (fellow introvert and all). I think it was after reading Nuala O’Connor’s Miss Emily (review) that I thought I should go back and give Dickinson’s poetry another go.

Having read this collection, I’ve come to the conclusion that alas, I think Emily Dickinson’s poetry just isn’t for me. This collection is broken down to three series, depending on the time period in which they were written and published, and then further broken down depending on theme (life, love, time/death, nature). They vary in length and style–you could almost feel her experimenting with variations of imagery and rhyme and structure over the course of her poetry–and I think I’ve mentioned it before but her choice of imagery are rather curious.

Having said all of that, though, it’s purely personal preference that I say that her poetry just isn’t for me: her poetry doesn’t quite move me the way other poets’ works do, they don’t seize any great emotion from me. There’s no particular poem that stands out in memory for me. I do however appreciate how her poetry seems like a predecessor to much of the contemporary poetry that I’ve read in terms of going with your own structure and style, so there’s that. I’m glad to have revisited her work again, but I think that’s it for me and Dickinson’s works for now.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 17 May, 2017 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 3 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. Yes, I am back, lol. Spent a busy two weeks at the end of April/first week of May in Iceland and Denmark. I still have yet to really go through my photos but I will post about my adventures over there at some point…soon xP But yeah, it was pretty busy, from going toe-to-toe with Mother Nature in Iceland to visiting every palace I could in Denmark to combatting a variety of health mishaps towards the end of my trip (I only started recovering from my cold when I got back ;_;). But all in all I had a good time 😀

    Sorry for the size of these embeddings, I’m too lazy to look at the script code on how to make them smaller…
  2. If I have time this summer, I would like to reorganise my “Travel” category a bit. It’s not visible right now under my categoris section but a few years ago I did have that category on public featuring all my previous adventures around namely Italy. Good ol’ days 🙂
  3. So, back to reality. My first shift back last week was a bit rocky as there was a turnover with almost two-thirds of the patient population on my unit so I was getting to learn a whole number of them all over again. I’m getting a bit more shifts again, but I’ve also been busy catching up and running errands so there’s that. Fun times are over, lol.
  4. But in happier news two major boxes I’d been waiting for arrived! 😀 Pictures and general squeeing can be found over here xD
  5. Speaking of writing material and going back to my travels, I posted on my Instagram recently how I used my Midori traveller’s notebook for that trip. I think I posted last year that I got a Midori TN for my birthday in the anticipation of using it for this trip. And let’s just say it was well used 😀 I thought you might find it interesting if you’re into taking sneak peek at people’s notebooks 😉
  6. So back to reality and back to getting on track about my poetry collection. Ugh, I have the draft completed, it’s just preparing a proper pdf file to get it printed ;_; It’d be nice to get a proof copy done soon before I start working on a new project that I’m pretty excited to put together…
  7. Sailor Moon washi tape. Need I say more? 😛
  8. Books I’m currently reading: Robert Harris’ Conclave. I just finished reading Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train yesterday and omg, can I say that was a rather stressful read? Just reading it from the perspective of those characters, oh my…Anyway, I’m still deciding as to what book to read next from my TBR pile: Georgette Heyer’s The Quiet Gentleman? One of Joseph Boyden’s books? Another thriller perhaps?
  9. Book haul from my trip. I’m still amazed I was able to squeeze all that stuff into my luggage!
  10. And the notebook fiend strikes again! As if I don’t have enough notebooks just sitting there waiting to be used (like my TBR pile just sitting there waiting for me to read them all).


And that’s about it! How’s everyone’s week/month been going? Happy hump day! 😛

WontonInAMillion Anniversary Box [2017]

Posted 16 May, 2017 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 2 Comments

So yesterday I gave an overview unboxing of my subscription box from Paper Panduh (see post). Today I’ll be giving you a glimpse of another box that arrived recently: WontonInAMillion’s anniversary box! 😀

WontonInAMillion is an Etsy shop selling planner stickers, supplies, washi tapes, and other accessories featuring various dimsum characters. I’ve been shopping from this store for the past year and I love her stuff, they’re so cute, and Cynthia is so nice. I was so happy that I was able to snag one of her anniversary boxes in celebration of her second anniversary of her shop 😀

You can click on the images to enlarge and read what each item is:

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Paper Panduh Subscription Box [April 2017]

Posted 15 May, 2017 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 2 Comments

Happy Monday! So, something different on the blog today: so if you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that I posted something about a subscription box I recently signed up for. It’s called Panduh Box and they offer two types of subscriptions: one box for monthly paper and planner goodies and one box for stickers. I decided to go with the planner box as I saw the sneak peeks floating around on Instagram; it was the pen and the planner clip that initially sold me to it, lol.

Anyhow, the theme for this month’s box is “Functional” and you can definitely see it in the stuff included in the box. My box arrived whilst I was on holiday so I only got to unbox it last week when I came home 😀

You can click on the images to enlarge and read what each item is:

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