Review: The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity

Posted 18 January, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity
By: Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy
Source: eBook; my purchase

The Presidents Club, established at Dwight Eisenhower’s inauguration by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover, is a complicated place: its members are bound forever by the experience of the Oval Office and yet are eternal rivals for history’s favor. Among their secrets: How Jack Kennedy tried to blame Ike for the Bay of Pigs. How Ike quietly helped Reagan win his first race in 1966. How Richard Nixon conspired with Lyndon Johnson to get elected and then betrayed him. How Jerry Ford and Jimmy Carter turned a deep enmity into an alliance. The unspoken pact between a father and son named Bush. And the roots of the rivalry between Clinton and Barack Obama.

Time magazine editors and presidential historians Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy offer a new and revealing lens on the American presidency, exploring the club as a hidden instrument of power that has changed the course of history.

I picked this volume up around the time of former President George HW Bush’s funeral. There was a lot of talk about the small club of former presidents and how they only meet on occasions of presidential libraries being open and funerals, and I remember coming across this book time and again so I decided to check it out.

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Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 16 January, 2019 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. Food coma. That is all 😛
  2. In all seriousness, my Christmas holidays was good. Lots of events happening on top of Christmas and New Year’s with family birthdays and then a whole slew of Christmas meet-ups/get-togethers but it was a lot of fun, I was happy to spend my downtime with these people in my life 🙂
  3. And when I wasn’t going out for Christmas lunch or dinner, I was working, hahahaha. I worked Christmas Day and Boxing Day (evening shifts) so that gave me leeway to take New Year’s off. In previous years I have worked New Year’s Day–usually short-shifting from evening to day shift, FML–but this was the first year I actually said Nope, I’m taking time off and spending it with my family. And I did 🙂
  4. Alas, back to the grind now. School resumed this week, sad face. I’m taking three courses this semester and one of them is shaping up to be a bit of a head stomper so yeah, this semester should be fun #cries #sarcasm At least I got the professional course that I wanted (a requirement for my degree) in gerontology (as I already work with the elderly population anyhow).
  5. I’m trying to keep my work schedule to a minimum/whatever’s on my master schedule. It’s going to be tough as we’ve been consistently short-staffed these days and of course there are people moving *tear* But an opportunity sort of came up too within my hospital and I’m trying my hand with it.
  6. Books I’m currently reading: been reading/finishing up Mikhail Zygar’s All the Kremlin’s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin which has been a fascinating read of recent Russian history and politics. Spent the last two days wholly engrossed with Deborah Harkness’ Time’s Convert so I’m looking at my TBR queue for my next fiction read…Maybe Dominic Smith’s The Last Painting of Sarah de Vos?
  7. In continuation with my project to acquire all my favourite books in hardback, I got Deborah Harkness’ Shadow of Night and The Book of Life recently, which completes my collection of her books in hardback (realised I forgot to add The World of All Souls in that photo, oops). Now I have two books left on the list (Elizabeth Gaskell’s North & South and Ian McEwan’s Atonement in case you were wondering).
  8. I also spent my time off trying to catch up here and organising myself for projects I want to work on this year. Bit tricky as balancing school and work already takes up a lot of time, and honestly my momentum here has been snail-like at best (even though I’ve said I’m reverting back to blogging casually). It’s hard, half the time I’m wondering if I should just retire my blog altogether. Most of the people I keep in touch with are on my Instagram anyway, and honestly I’ve never had a very big reading audience to begin with. I don’t know, I guess I’ll feel out how this year goes.
  9. Speaking of blogging, yeah, clearly I’m never going to post about my time in Portugal, now am I? I haven’t even pressed to grab a copy of the raws (the photos) from my Dad. Oops.
  10. But hey, my writing projects *fingers crossed*


And that’s it from me! How have you been? Have a lovely week!

9th Annual End of the Year Book Survey

Posted 14 January, 2019 by Lianne in Meme / 1 Comment

Jamie @ Perpetual Page-Turner‘s End of the Year Book Survey is back for 2018! It’s always fun to recap at the end of the year 🙂 To those interested, here’s my previous years’ entries.

Admittedly, and you will see when I list my stats, I didn’t read much in 2018. I was busy with offline matters, and on top of it I was in a fairly major reading slump. Nonetheless I decided to fill out the survey for 2018, haha.

And without further ado:

2018 Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read:
According to my personal list, 81 books O_O That’s….significantly lower compared to previous years.

Number of Re-Reads:
6 books, lol.

Genre You Read The Most From:
According to Goodreads, poetry was the genre I read the most from, followed by non-fiction (I really got into a non-fiction cick in the latter half of the year).

Best In Books

01. Best Book You Read In 2018? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2018 release vs. backlist)
Neil MacGregor’s Germany: Memories of a Nation, Svetlana Alexievich’s The Unwomanly Face of War, Julia Quinn’s When He Was Wicked, Joseph Stiglitz’s The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe, and more…Sense a general trend as to what I read this year? xD

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Comics: Justice League: A League of One

Posted 11 January, 2019 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

Justice League: A League of One
By: Christopher Moeller
Format/Source: Paperback; my brother’s purchase

An ancient evil awakens, one so long forgotten by the modern world that even the Justice League of America is unprepared to meet it. When a prophecy foretells their deaths at the claws of the last dragon on Earth, Wonder Woman must tear apart the League she loves in order to save them. But will that be enough to thwart fate?

A shipwrecked alien on the JLA Watchtower lands the Justice League in the middle of a generations-long war between two civilizations. But the motives of both sides are shrouded in secrets, and when the League attempts to learn the truth, they instead uncover a danger that threatens to unmake reality itself!

Written and painted by master storyteller and artist CHRISTOPHER MOELLER, JLA: A LEAGUE OF ONE and JLA CLASSIFIED: COLD STEEL—collected together for the first time—reveal never-before-seen sides of the legendary Justice League of America, all presented in Moeller’s extraordinary artwork.

My brother bought this volume a while ago and was telling me for ages to read it. So here I am, reading it 😛

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Comics: Captain Marvel: In Pursuit of Flight (Vol. 1)

Posted 9 January, 2019 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

Captain Marvel: In Pursuit of Flight (Vol. 1)
By: Kelly Sue DeConnick (Goodreads Author) (Writer), Dexter Soy (Illustrations), Emma Ríos (Illustrations), Richard Elson (Illustrator), Karl Kesel (Illustrator), Al Barrionuevo (Illustrator)
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

The “Mightiest” of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is back!

Ace pilot. Legendary Avenger. One hundred percent pure bad-@$$. Carol Danvers has a new name, a new mission – and all the power she needs to make her own life a living hell. As the new Captain Marvel, Carol is forging from a challenge from her past!

It’s a firefight in the sky as the Banshee Squadron debut – but who are the Prowlers, and where has Carol seen them before? And how does secret NASA training program Mercury 13 fit in? Witness Captain Marvel in blazing battlefield action that just may change the course of history! Avengers Time Travel Protocols: engage!

Collecting: Captain Marvel 1-6

I reckon that there will be a massive infux before the Captain Marvel movie is released in theatres later in March, but I couldn’t wait, I had to find a Captain Marvel comic beforehand. I heard a lot of good things about this particular volume and for the longest time the internet was telling me it was out of stock or not available. Well, thank you to secondhand bookstores, I managed to find a copy of this title 😀

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