Review: The Levelling: What’s Next After Globalization

Posted 2 October, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Levelling: What’s Next After Globalization
By: Michael O’Sullivan
Format/Source: Hardback; my purchase

The world is at a turning point similar to the fall of communism. Then, many focused on the collapse itself, and failed to see that a bigger trend, globalization, was about to take hold. The benefits of globalization–through the freer flow of money, people, ideas, and trade–have been many. But rather than a world that is flat, what has emerged is one of jagged peaks and rough, deep valleys characterized by wealth inequality, indebtedness, political recession, and imbalances across the world’s economies.

These peaks and valleys are undergoing what Michael O’Sullivan calls “the levelling”–a major transition in world economics, finance, and power. What’s next is a levelling-out of wealth between poor and rich countries, of power between nations and regions, of political accountability from elites to the people, and of institutional power away from central banks and defunct twentieth-century institutions such as the WTO and the IMF.

O’Sullivan then moves to ways we can develop new, pragmatic solutions to such critical problems as political discontent, stunted economic growth, the productive functioning of finance, and political-economic structures that serve broader needs.

The Levelling comes at a crucial time in the rise and fall of nations. It has special importance for the US as its place in the world undergoes radical change–the ebbing of influence, profound questions over its economic model, societal decay, and the turmoil of public life.

I heard about this book from an article that was featured in The Economist sometime during the summer. It’s a topic that’s become increasingly highlighted given events around the world. So I picked it up as it was just published sometime over the summer (I was going through a sociopolitical economics phase in my reading over the summer. Summer reading fun, eh?)

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September Updates

Posted 30 September, 2019 by Lianne in Website / 1 Comment

And here we are at the end of September (*cue the Green Day song*) and this post is coming a bit late today (for some reason I thought I had already typed and scheduled it, but I guess I was wrong). Anyway things are picking up on my end again as I’m back at uni for another semester. Work’s busy as always. And of course I’m trying to squeeze time to see people, catch up on important adult stuff, write, and read (and failing miserably on the last two). So here’s what has been going on at the blog in the meantime:


  1. Books reviewed this month include Emily A. Duncan’s Wicked Saints (review), Okiyan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer (review), and Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone’s This is How You Lose the Time War (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. I sadly was not able to get around to my summer reading wrap-up list this year. Sign of the times, lol :3
  3. Friendly reminder that my latest poetry collection, Scrawled Stars, is available online now (, the Book Depository, and elsewhere)! You can learn more about it in this post. Stay tuned to my Instagram account and this space as I have an announcement coming up about my poetry books. Cheers!


And that’s about it about the blog for this month. Bit of a busy week for me as October rolls in but yeah, Happy October everyone πŸ™‚

Review: Everything I Never Told You

Posted 26 September, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Everything I Never Told You
By: Celeste Ng
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.

So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.

A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

I’ve long had this book on my wishlist but just never got around to picking it up sooner. It was only when I not only heard continuous rave reviews about her second book, Little Fires Everywhere, and that it was going to be made into a television series that I decided to finally get around to her books. Oh, that and I see her tweets a lot on Twitter πŸ™‚

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Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 24 September, 2019 by Lianne in Meme / 23 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: Books On My Fall 2019 TBR

Wow, where has the time gone? Well I hope everyone had a lovely summer (or winter, depending where in the world you are) and that you had plenty of reading done. I managed to get a bit of reading done this summer, which was a pleasant surprise given I was also juggling a myriad of other things like work and social events (wow, I think I’ve gone out more this summer than I had in the past =O The introvert part of me is shocked, ahahaha). School and work is back in full swing, alongside other happenings in my creative and personal life, so in the meantime the following are books I hope to get around to this season–fingers crossed!

  1. The Good People by Hannah Kent — I think I listed this in my summer TBR list but the opted to read it this autumn instead; seems more of an autumn read anyhow πŸ™‚
  2. Melmoth by Sarah Perry — I think I listed this one in my spring TBR list but then decided after reading a page or two that this would be much cooler to read in the autumn. Hah, so we’ll see how it goes πŸ™‚
  3. The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown — Picked this book up earlier this year and I’m excited to read it, the premise sounds very interesting and kinda chilling.
  4. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison — Had this book on my TBR pile for yeeeeeeears…Given that I finally got around to reading some books long on my TBR pile, is this the year I finally read this book too?
  5. A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan — Spot a trend in my readings so far? This was given to me as a birthday gift I think last year…Sort of held off on reading it as I want to just immerse into it. Seems like the season for it, right? πŸ™‚
  6. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving — I, errr, started reading this over the summer, put it down and opted for other books, so now I’m hoping to pick it up again and just finish it lol.
  7. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng — Read her first book, Everything I Never Told You last month and absolutely enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to reading this book sometime this season.
  8. Transcription by Kate Atkinson — This book screams autumn for me for some reason. Anyway I enjoy reading her books and this one sounds like it’ll be a great read.
  9. The Book of M by Peng Shepherd — I thought about reading this during the summer but decided to hold it off until the autumn. So we’ll see πŸ™‚
  10. Belgravia by Julian Fellowes — Might read this sometime this season. We’ll see, lol.

And that’s my list of books that I hope to tackle in the next few months πŸ™‚ What are you hoping to read this season? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! πŸ™‚

Review: This Is How You Lose the Time War

Posted 20 September, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

This is How You Lose the Time War
By: Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Two time-traveling agents from warring futures, working their way through the past, begin to exchange letters, and fall in love in this thrilling and romantic book from award-winning authors Amal-El Mohtar and Max Gladstone.

Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading.

Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future.

Except the discovery of their bond would mean death for each of them. There’s still a war going on, after all. And someone has to win that war. That’s how war works. Right?

Cowritten by two beloved and award-winning sci-fi writers, This Is How You Lose the Time War is an epic love story spanning time and space.

The title first piqued my attention, followed by the premise. So I had to pre-order a copy for myself.

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