Happy Canada Day!

Posted 1 July, 2017 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

Just wanted to greet my fellow Canadian readers and bloggers a Happy Canada Day! Hope you all enjoy a wonderful long weekend and the festivities 🙂

Canada is celebrating its 150th this year (founded in 1867) so there’s been a lot of build-up and commemoration surrounding this year’s celebration. Twitter’s been rather funny in compiling conversation topics like food you can only find in Canada and what a Canadian stand-off is like but anyway it’s nice to see a lot of discussion about what we love about our country and what we’re proud off.

No lists from me this year–bookish or otherwise–but if you’re looking for some Canadian reads you can check out my Canadian literature tag 🙂

And to my American readers and fellow bloggers, a happy Fourth of July to you all!

June Updates

Posted 30 June, 2017 by Lianne in Website / 4 Comments

Oops, forgot to put a note here. Haha, anyhow, here’s what’s been going on here at the blog for the month of June:

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  1. Books reviewed this month include: Bandi’s The Accusastion (review), Julian Barnes’ The Noise of Time (review), and Mhairi MacFarlane’s Who’s That Girl? (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. No ARCs were reviewed this month! You can check out all of the ARCs I’ve read and reviewed to date in this tag.
  3. For this month’s So You Want to Read…, I focused on Spanish author Arturo Perez-Reverte. You can check out that post over here. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
  4. Omg, I actually watched and reviewed a few movies recently: Doctor Strange (review) and What Maisie Knew (review). You can check out all of the past movies I’ve watched and reviewed in this tag.
  5. I also read and reviewed one comic: Doctor Strange, Vol. 1: Way of the Weird (review). You can read all of my comic book reviews in this tag.
  6. I also one unboxing post for Paper Panduh which you can read over here. You can read all of the previous boxes I’ve unboxed at this tag

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And that’s about it for the month of June! Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend (and to my fellow Canadians a fantastic long weekend) 🙂

Review: Animal Farm

Posted 29 June, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Animal Farm
By: George Orwell
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

Mr. Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organized to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges…

Moving along in my re-read, up next is Animal Farm. Like 1984 (review), I first read this book years ago when I was in undergrad and goodness, could this be any more a blatant allegory to the Russian Revolution (right down to the rise of Stalin)?

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Review: 1984

Posted 28 June, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

1984
By: George Orwell
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase

‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’

Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent – even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101 . . .

So, backstory time: I first read this book in 2008. It was the heyday of me studying Soviet Russian history and I was just reading up everything I could get my hands on related to the regime, and dystopian literature reflecting on the events was one of them. So George Orwell came into my reading list at long last. I liked it the first time but despite it being the time that I started book blogging, I never got around to typing out a review of sorts about the novel. Fast forward to almost ten years later and with current events spiralling about, this book returned to attention, even selling out at some stores. I had been meaning to re-read it for some time now so I decided to pick it up again.

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Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 27 June, 2017 by Lianne in Meme / 15 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Best Books You’ve Read in 2017 So Far

Pretty straightforward, lol. I can’t believe we’ve already halfway through the year–seems like yesterday we were just ringing in 2017. But then again time has been feeling kind of wonky for me lately xD Anywho, I haven’t been reading as much this year compared to previous years but nonetheless I’ve read some

In no particular order:

  1. The Love Song of Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce (review) — I read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (review) a few years ago and greatly enjoyed it but this book was beyond precious, I love it even more! Which is surprising in that I didn’t expect to love LOVE it the way I do…It’s a quiet novel but it’s powerful in its look at life and imminent death and love and just the sum of human experience and relationships. If you haven’t read this book I strongly recommend checking it out.
  2. In Search of Duende by Federico Garcia Lorca (review) — It’s no secret that I love Federico Garcia Lorca’s works so when I saw that his essays were compiled in this book, I just had to check it out. It’s an illuminating book discussing that mysterious concept of duende and its relation to Spanish character and culture. Totally up my alley of academic interests, but also informs some of his own works too.
  3. Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon van Booy (review) — After years of eyeing this book I finally read it and it did not disappoint! There are so many wonderful quotations, I could just fill my quotes book with them! But its look at love and time and experiences is quite marvelous too…I sense an early theme running here of the books I love this year 😛
  4. The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes (review) — Another book I only got around to reading now, lol. Again, totally up there in my alley of interests in that it looks at the subject of what it’s like to be a creative under the Stalinist era, the lengths you go to survive to appease the government you’re under and what happens to your artistic integrity in the process. Soviet identity, Russian identity, what is art?…As I mentioned in my book review, where was this book when I was writing my thesis? lol. Brilliant book.
  5. Only Beloved by Mary Balogh (review) — Okay, I’ve been picking and choosing my way through the Survivors’ Club series but I had to pick this book up as it sort of book-ends the other book of hers that I read. Not only is Mary Balogh’s writing wonderful to read, but the story of George and Dora reminds me of Persuasion (review) *happy sigh*
  6. Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen (review) — I love her comics, period. If you haven’t checked out her stuff before, you’re in for a treat–and now she’s compiled them in two books!
  7. Of Yesteryear by Lauren Eden (review) — I love the book cover. I also love her poetry.
  8. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson — My review of this novel won’t be going live until next month but it’s another one of those delightfully quiet reads that I’ve read this year, and perfect for the summer. I thought the characterisations of Sophia and her grandmother were especially well done.
  9. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire (review) — A fantastic novella with interesting characters and the concept of the paranormal felt different somehow. I’m becoming quite the fan of Seanan McGuire’s works!
  10. The Return of History by Jennifer Welsh — Hmm, for some reason I thought I had reviewed this book but I guess I didn’t. Anyway this was 2016’s CBC Massey Lecture Series feature and it was an excellent book looking at where we are right now in history, the challenges we face moving forward. Definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for explanations about where we are right now.



And that’s my list for this week! What were some of the best books you’ve read so far this year? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! Happy Tuesday 🙂