Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 18 September, 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. Much as I’m not a big fan of the summer weather, where did the summer go? The summer was just…busy, lol. If I wasn’t working, I was going out and meeting up with people. I’m surprised I haven’t retreated into an anti-social shell, it’s just been go-go-go all summer O_o
  2. Of course, now it’s September and it’s back to school for me. God help me, these classes are just so blah. While my previous degrees had its own share of problems and stressors, at least it was really interesting and mentally stimulating. What I’m studying now is like, 90% nonsense and not directly correlated to my profession. Or maybe I’m just getting older and cantankerous and noticing how things are just not aligning in the real world.
  3. Or you know, maybe all the craziness from summer time is finally catching up with me *ponders* Doesn’t help that my work schedule is just a mess right now because I didn’t know what my school schedule was going to look like. So I’m actually working a bit more than I ought to right now…Which might be a good thing because ahhh, lots of expenses coming up soon x_x
  4. Guys, guys, Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light is finally going to be released next year, I’m so excited! Need to carve some time to re-read the first two books in anticipation for it.
  5. Actually there are a lot of awesome books coming out at the end of the year and into the next year…Indigo last week (the major bookstore chain here in Canada) topped up my points to redeem $100 so naturally I took advantage of this and bought a bunch of pre-orders. Colour me excited 😀
  6. This was actually one thing I was very happy about last summer: I actually got to read a bit more. This is the first year–or second?–that my reading actually dropped considerably. Between other hobbies, work, school, and other social events, I’ve just been too exhausted before bed to read like I used to. Bit last summer I was able to read a bit so that was nice. Fingers crossed I can continue at a reasonable pace this autumn.
  7. Books I’m currently reading: I started reading Elena Ferrante’s Frantumaglia; been sort of stalling on it for some reason, maybe because it’s such a huge collection of letter and articles and thoughts about her works. I’ve also sort of started reading Sarah Perry’s Melmoth as the book positively looks like an autumn read. Plus:
  8. So I’ve made the decision that I will take a mini-vacation come Reading Week in February 2020. Usually people would go on vacation somewhere warm in the dead of winter, but not this girl: provided there are no hiccups with flights and whatnot, I’m hoping to book for Prague 🙂 Still deciding on a back-up location in case those plans fall through but otherwise my mind is set on Central Europe in Feburary (think of how pretty it’ll be there). And if I have homework to do, I’ll try my best to do it before I leave, otherwise I’ll bring it with me (yeah, that would suck, but I don’t trust one of my courses next semester. And I’m determined to take a break sooooo…)
  9. I finally watched John Wick 3 last week. Hah, good decision not to watch it in theatres because my family and I were like !!! for maybe the first 20 minutes or so lol (it was good though, I always enjoy watching these movies).
  10. So many albums coming out recently! Keane and a collaboration album with Johann Johannson coming out at the end of the week, Charli XCX last week, MUNA and Post Malone the previous week, Of Monsters and Men last month or so, Foals next month…My ears are deaf, but happy 🙂

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And that’s it from me! How is your September going so far?

Review: Bellewether

Posted 16 September, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

Bellewether
By: Susanna Kearsley
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Some houses seem to want to hold their secrets.

It’s 1759 and the world is at war, pulling the North American colonies of Britain and France into the conflict. The times are complicated, as are the loyalties of many New York merchants who have secretly been trading with the French for years, defying Britain’s colonial laws in a game growing ever more treacherous.

When captured French officers are brought to Long Island to be billeted in private homes on their parole of honour, it upends the lives of the Wilde family—deeply involved in the treasonous trade and already divided by war.

Lydia Wilde, struggling to keep the peace in her fracturing family following her mother’s death, has little time or kindness to spare for her unwanted guests. And Canadian lieutenant Jean-Philippe de Sabran has little desire to be there. But by the war’s end they’ll both learn love, honour, and duty can form tangled bonds that are not broken easily.

Their doomed romance becomes a local legend, told and re-told through the years until the present day, when conflict of a different kind brings Charley Van Hoek to Long Island to be the new curator of the Wilde House Museum.

Charley doesn’t believe in ghosts. But as she starts to delve into the history of Lydia and her French officer, it becomes clear that the Wilde House holds more than just secrets, and Charley discovers the legend might not have been telling the whole story…or the whole truth.

Alas, here we are, the last of the Susanna Kearsley novels sitting on my TBR queue. It’s funny, I seem to always read her books around the summertime but they seem perfect for the season. So here we are 🙂

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Review: My Sister, the Serial Killer

Posted 12 September, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

My Sister, the Serial Killer
By: Okiyan Braithwaite
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

My Sister, the Serial Killer is a blackly comic novel about how blood is thicker – and more difficult to get out of the carpet – than water…

When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…

I had started hearing and seeing this book around quite a bit over the later half of the summertime, hearing positive things about the book as well as the fact that the book is quite a quick read. I was in desperate need of some distraction at the time (that would be…early August when I read it) so I decided to pick up this book.

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Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 10 September, 2019 by Lianne in Meme / 12 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 TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why

Well, well, look who’s making an appearance for this week’s TTT 😛 This week’s topic sounded really interesting so why not, here’s some books on my TBR that I seem to be avoiding and why O_O

  1. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving — Admittedly I did start reading the first few pages or so but then stopped and opted for another book. I don’t know if it’s the length or the fact that I’m not sure what to expect with this book but I’m guessing thats why I’m avoiding it on my TBR lol.
  2. The Dagger and Coin series by Daniel Abraham — I have the entire series on my TBR so why haven’t I cracked it yet? Simply put, I need to re-read The Dragon Path and I just haven’t gotten around to it. Maybe if I get my TBR pile a bit smaller I might finally get around to reading the series as a whole.
  3. The Century trilogy by Ken Follett — I’m no stranger to massive, Tolstoy-length-esque books but these books are huge. Need to carve out a considerable amount of time to trackle these books.
  4. Life and Fate by Vassily Grossman — I’m also no stranger to Soviet Russian literature but I wasn’t expecting this book to be as huge as it is; I feel like I need to be in the right mood to read it. Maybe this winter, who knows…
  5. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison — I’m not sure why I’m avoiding this book on my TBR pile, there’s nothing quite amazing as a standalone fantasy. I guess because it’s a bit on the hefty side? I don’t know, I don’t know
  6. Frantumaglia by Elena Ferrante — It looks intense, lol. I need quiet time to tackle her thoughts lol.
  7. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson — Another chunkster on my shelf. Am I ready for it? Not sure yet, don’t think so.
  8. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien — I snatched this book up as soon as it became available to avoid it becoming sold out like other books that won Giller Prizes in the past. So why haven’t I read it yet?!
  9. The Labyrinth of Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon — I don’t want this series to end ;_; I need to savour it as much as I could, hence why I haven’t devoured it yet.
  10. The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner — I bought this book years ago and have yet to read it; not sure why I’m circling it, it has all of the elements to a book that I would enjoy. Hmm. Maybe next summer?



So what books are you avoiding on your TBR queue? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

Review: Wicked Saints

Posted 4 September, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1)
By: Emily A. Duncan
Format/Source: Hardback; my purchase

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

I admit, it was the book cover that drew my attention first. I ended up picking up this book after it was featured in an Indigo Book Box which was pretty exciting (I never buy book boxes so this was a first).

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