Books: Summer Wrap-Up [2018 edition]

Posted 7 September, 2018 by Lianne in Lists / 1 Comment

I can’t believe it’s already September! Seems like yesterday summer was just rolling in and I had just finished classes, lol. Anyway, as with every year, here’s some of my favourite boks read between the first week of June and today. Moreso than last year I haven’t read as much as I used to; I’ve been busy at work and meeting up with people and trying to work on other projects. But I did read whenever I can.

In no particular order:

  • The remainder of the Bridgerton books by Julia Quinn (see author tag) — Okay, I was purposely putting off finishing the series because I never want it to end, lol. But it was fun to finally get around to the younger Bridgerton siblings’ stories and romances and just hang out with the Bridgerton clan as a whole 🙂
  • Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (review) — Neil Gaiman’s books never disappoint and I was happy to finally read the last of his full-length novels that I haven’t read. I love how he draws on other mythologies and legends, and evokes that sense of wonder and mystery in his stories.
  • Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (review) — Okay, I didn’t rate it as amazing-AMAZING but it was the perfect summer read; had me glued to the page figuring out what happened to the plane and who amongst the cast of characters had a hand in events.
  • Still Water by Amy Stuart (review) — I loved her debut novel Still Mine (review) so I was excited to read the follow-up. It did not disappoint, adding more questions to the characters we already know and delving deeper into their survival and their sorrows.
  • The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich (review to follow) — I cannot stress how important this book is and the stories that Svetlana Alexievich was able to record and collect from the Soviet women who served during the war.

And that’s my list! What were some of your favourite reads this summer (or winter, depending on where you are in the world)? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Interested in any of them?

August Updates

Posted 31 August, 2018 by Lianne in Website / 1 Comment

So, how was everyone’s August? Mine was hella busy (more about it next month when I post my Bookish & Not-So-Bookish Thoughts). Fun fact: I was planning on posting recaps of my time in Portugal but I’ve just been so busy, I haven’t actually sat down with enough patience to sift through the photos. Oops. Fingers crossed I do get around to posting about it next month 🙂 In the meantime here’s what has been going on here at the blog for the month of August:


  1. Books reviewed recently: Noah Hawley’s Before the Fall (review), Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys (review), and Curtis Sittenfield’s Eligible (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. Read and reviewed one advanced reading copy (wow, first one in ages!): Amy Stuart’s Still Water (review. You can read all of the ARCs I read in the past over at this tag.
  3. Reviewed two movies in the last two months: The Death of Stalin (review) and Crazy Rich Asians (review). You can check out all of the past movies I’ve watched and reviewed in this tag.


And that’s about it, lol! Well, it’s back to the grind (working the long weekend, and then back to school starting Tuesday). Wishing everyone a lovely start of September! 🙂

Review: The Ludwig Conspiracy

Posted 29 August, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Ludwig Conspiracy
By: Oliver Pötzsch
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

In 1886, Ludwig II, the fairytale king of Bavaria, was deposed after being declared insane by doctors who had never met him. He died mysteriously soon thereafter, his eccentric and beautiful castles his only legacy.

When an encoded diary by one of Ludwig’s confidants falls into the hands of rare book dealer Steven Lukas, he soon realizes that the diary may bring him more misery than money. Others want the diary as well—and they will kill to get it. Believing the diary to contain the secret truth behind Ludwig’s death, Steven and the detective Sara Lengfeld go on the run, investigating each of Ludwig’s three famous castles for clues. Just what in the diary could be so explosive that Ludwig’s deranged modern-day followers will do whatever it takes to keep it hidden?

I’ve been meaning to read something by Oliver Pötzsch for ages. I ended up picking up this book partly because it was on sale but also because it was a standalone and I wasn’t in the mood to pick up a series at the time.

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Review: The Passage

Posted 27 August, 2018 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Passage (The Passage #1)
By: Justin Cronin
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

I’ve seen this book around since it was first released, thought to pick it up at some point but of course other books came first to my hands. Anyway, what finally prompted me to pick up the book was seeing the trailer to the television adaptation and a number of friends all reading it around the same time 😛

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Movie: Crazy Rich Asians

Posted 24 August, 2018 by Lianne in Entertainment / 2 Comments

This contemporary romantic comedy, based on a global bestseller, follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family.


Okay, so I’m usually pretty slow in watching movies that are just released and whatnot, but I just had to see this movie (and so did my mum–so it became a family event). I still remembered much of the basic plot of this story from the book (review) so I was curious to see how they adapted it.

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