Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 10 October, 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. Thank God I’m on Reading Week. The last two weeks have been torture. Sure, I’m slowly sifting through a ton of schoolwork right now, but at least I’m away from school/the classroom. Getting through some of those lectures have been tedious…
  2. Meanwhile I picked up some shifts over the past weekend, nights namely plus an overtime right before Thanksgiving. So guess who spent most of Thanksgiving sleeping? #thisgirl
  3. Honestly though I’m still working on what it means to have some kind of work-school balance. Because school is boring me at times and I’m so tempted to pick up shifts here and there because a) money and b) my schedule is looking sad af these days but then I have to remind myself that I have a tendency of overreaching (which I think I’ve been doing lately and that’s why I’m feeling so burnt out). It’s a vicious cycle.
  4. Last Friday was my birthday, which was spent mostly running errands. However my family and I had dinner at an Italian restaurant called Scaddabush which was nice. It was all in all a rather quiet affair, as have been some of my previous birthdays.
  5. On of my birthday gifts this year, wheee. Don’t think I’ll get around to reading this any time soon but it’d be super cool to re-read the first three books before getting aroudn to the last one…
  6. Books I’m currently reading: Neil MacGregor’s Germany: Memories of a Nation (absolutely fascinating!), Catherine Merridale’s Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin (kinda meh so far as it’s reading more like a standard Russian history textbook rather than focusing clearly on the Kremlin), and Deborah Harkness’ The World of All Souls 🙂
  7. As you can see I’ve been in a non-ficiton sort of mood. I think it’s because of all of this theoretical readings I have to do for school.
  8. One of the big ponderous things I’ve been going through the last few weeks is what my analogue set-up is going to be for 2019. Exciting stuff, but also a touch stressful as clearly I’m the type of person who works with more than one planner over the course of the year. Anyway I picked up my stuff yesterday (including a Hobonichi Techo *_*) and am looking forward to getting ready for 2019! 😀
  9. A coworker got me into pumpkin spiced latte. Why haven’t I drank these previously?
  10. I have book giveaway happening right now. Ends Sunday night!


And that’s the ehhh of what’s going on with me lately. Back to schoolwork for me now. How are you doing?

With Quiet Ardency — Giveaway!

Posted 7 October, 2018 by Lianne in Books, Writing / 1 Comment

I actually meant to post this a few days ago but I’ve been so busy these last few weeks that I just didn’t get around to it >_< Anyway, my latest poetry collection, With Quiet Ardency, is available online now on all book retailer websites (Amazon, the Book Depository, etc.) as well as It’s a poetry collection that’s a bit more personal and due to a number of setbacks and emotional upheaval, the release was delayed for some time. More about the book in this blog post but it’s available now, haha.

I actually hosted a giveaway on my poetry IG account a while ago in celebration of its release but I’m hosting a giveaway here as well 🙂 This contest is open internationally and will run from 07 October to 14 October 2018 @ 11:59PM EST. Please use a valid email address when you enter in the Rafflecopter below. The will be contacted the following day and they will have 24 hours to claim their prize or I will raffle another winner.

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Please let me know if you have any questions about the contest and whatnot. Good luck! 🙂

Also, just a heads up, for the month of October, my books Shall I Be a Poet Instead? and With Quiet Ardency, are 30% off over at 🙂 Please check it out!

Movie: Little Italy (2018)

Posted 1 October, 2018 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

A young couple must navigate a blossoming romance, amidst a war between their families’ competing pizza restaurants.


I saw the trailer around the time that I watched Crazy Rich Asians and I thought it looked cute; big bonus being that it was filmed here in Toronto, lol. My friend and I were in the mood for a rom-com so we decided to check it out, lol.

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September Updates

Posted 28 September, 2018 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

So if I thought last month was nutty with work and all kinds of social events happening, this month was equally nutty in that school started for me. So while some scheduled posts continued to roll in on the blog, I find I am still behind at blog-hopping and getting back to comments left here. So massive apologies, I will get around to your comments…eventually *facepalm* So without further ado, here’s what’s been going on around the blog for the month of September:


  1. Books reviewed recently: Svetlana Alexievich’s The Unwomanly Face of War (review), Julie Lekstrom Himes’ Mikhail and Margarita (review), and Stephen King’s On Writing (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. I posted up my summer reading wrap-up list at the start of the month.
  3. My third poetry collection, With Quiet Ardency, is available now! After almost spending a whole year working on finishing it and littered with all kinds of delays, it’s finally out, lol. You can read more about the process–and where you can purchase a copy–over in this blog post. I recently hosted a book giveaway for a copy of this book on Instagram but keep your eyes peeled here as I will hold a giveaway here next month 😉
  4. I know I said I’m going back to some version of casual blogging like I did years and years ago when I first started, but just a heads up nonetheless that don’t be surprised if there’s no new posts over here for a while. School is starting to pour in with the midterms and papers (coupled with me rolling my eyes along with it), my work schedule is a bit everywhere, and yeah, I’m not reading as often or as fast as I used to, lol (or rather, enough to add content here on the blog like I used to). Having said that, and I guess it’s no surprise, I won’t be participating in Sci-Fi Month in November this year as my November will be very busy. Hopefully I can get back to fixing the site a bit in December after my exams–and post my photos from Portugal! (ahhh, delays)–but we’ll see.


And that’s about it about the blog and my thoughts on what’s coming up! lol. Autumn is in full swing (I hope) so yeah, wishing you all a wonderful weekend and a lovely start to October 🙂

With Quiet Ardency — My Third Poetry Collection!

Posted 24 September, 2018 by Lianne in Writing / 0 Comments

So this post is a long time coming, lol…Meet my third poetry collection, With Quiet Ardency. You could say I’ve been working on this collection for some two years, and one of the reasons why I didn’t finish it sooner (other than work and school constantly getting in the way, fml) is because, if I’m being 100% honest with you, I had a hard time letting it go into the world. As you may suppose, this poetry collection’s theme is love, and there is a personal story behind it that I won’t go into details 😛 Suffice to say, it took a bit of time before I was brave enough to just put the finishing touches to this book and send it off to xD

Anyway, it should be out on all book retailers soon but in the meantime you can definitely pick up a copy via at the following link: With Quiet Ardency 🙂

Meanwhile, here’s a snippet of what to expect in this collection (from what I posted so far on my poetry account, @shallibeapoetinstead):

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