Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 4 April, 2017 by Lianne in Meme / 9 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: Fandom Freebie

Decided to approach this week’s topic as a general freebie 😛 Seeing as it’s National Poetry Month, I figured I’d go with the topic of my 10 Favourite Poets 😀 especially as I’ve become such a reader in poetry in the last year or so (see poetry tag of all the poetry I’ve read and reviewed to date) *hearts*

In no particular order:

  1. Federico Garcia Lorca (see author tag) — I’ve loved his poetry for so long now that I can no longer recall how I first encountered his works. His poetry is haunting and beautiful and his use of imagery is so curious. I always recommend his stuff first whenever someone asks me about poetry because it’s just gorgeous.
  2. Rainer Maria Rilke (see author tag) — I got around to reading his poetry last year and really just appreciated the imagery he uses, that oneness with nature and with God. His Duino Elegies were especially sublime to read.
  3. Anna Ahkmatova (review) — I mentioned the story in my review but I actually did a bit of research around her works when I was writing my MA thesis but I actually didn’t sit down and read her poetry until more recently. And yeah, I was blown away, her poetry is wonderful.
  4. Osip Mandelstam (review) — Similar story to Akhmatova, I didn’t get around to reading his poetry until more recently and I immediately fell in love with his work, you could feel the toil and the struggle in his words, you can almost smell the air and feel the Russian soil that he speaks of.
  5. Christina Rossetti (review) — It actually took a second read of her works for me to fully appreciate her writing and her poetry. I mentioned it on Instagram (see post) but I especially love her poem “A Chill Blank World.” That last line, you guys
  6. Vera Pavlova — My review of her poetry book If There Is Something to Desire won’t be going live until next week but suffice to say I really enjoyed her poetry, the themes range from love to motherhood to womanhood. Can’t wait to read her next poetry collection translated into English!
  7. Rupi Kaur (review) — I read her poetry book, milk and honey, last year after seeing it everywhere and understood the buzz around her works: her poetry is raw, open, and empowering.
  8. Lauren Eden — My review of her poetry collection, Of Yesteryear, won’t be going live on my blog until next year but her minimalist-style of poetry coupled with her themes of love was definitely up my alley and came to my fingertips at the right time.
  9. William Shakespeare (see author tag) — His sonnets are wonderful, but his writing all around is sheer poetry. How could I not add him on my list? 😛
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien (see author tag) — Okay, he’s known for his novels, but his poetry and attempts at writing familiar tales like Beowulf and the story of King Arthur with his own words and interpretation are just glorious to read. It’s a pity we only have drafts and fragments and that he didn’t complete a final draft from amongst those works.

And that’s my list for this week! Do you read poetry? If so, who are your favourite poets/poetry books? What did you feature in this week’s TTT? I’d love to read your list (slow as I am getting around to them–apologies in advance)! 🙂

Review: Mouthful of Forevers

Posted 3 April, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Mouthful of Forevers
By: Clementine von Radics
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Titled after the poem that burned up on Tumblr and has inspired wedding vows, paintings, songs, YouTube videos, and even tattoos among its fans, Mouthful of Forevers brings the first substantial collection of this gifted young poet’s work to the public.

Clementine von Radics writes of love, loss, and the uncertainties and beauties of life with a ravishing poetic voice and piercing bravura that speak directly not only to the sensibility of her generation, but to anyone who has ever been young.

Haha, I think this book was following me around for some time last year, popping up on GoodReads lists and whenever I was at the bookstore. So I finally caved in and picked up a copy to read 😛

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March Updates

Posted 31 March, 2017 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

Happy spring! Well, the weather’s been up and down over here but at least we’re slowly moving towards warmer weather…Anyhow, it’s been another one of those busy months for me both on and offline (moreso offline); I’m still working out some kind of schedule in which I get back to comments in due time. In the meantime, here’s what has been going on at the blog:


  1. Books reviewed this month include: Sylvia Plath’s Ariel (review), Ian Rankin’s Knots and Crosses (review), and Osip Mandelstam’s Voronezh Notebooks (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 the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard for a change of pace. You can check out that post over here. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
  4. Tolkien Reading Day was on March 25! Here’s my post celebrating the day, talking a bit about this year’s topic on Tolkien’s poems and songs.


And that’s about it from me and the blog for the month of March! Pretty straightforward, eh? Wishing you all a great April ahead! 🙂

Review: Two CBC Massey Lecture Books

Posted 30 March, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

After reading Margaret MacMillan’s History’s People (review) a while ago I decided to revisit two CBC Massey Lectures (see tag) I had previously read but never got around to reviewing here (which also happens to be the two first lectures I’ve read from the series) 🙂

The Malaise of Modernity
By: Charles Taylor
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

In Malaise of Modernity, Charles Taylor focuses on the key modern concept of self-fulfillment, often attacked as the central support of what Christopher Lasch has called the culture of narcissism. To Taylor, self-fulfillment, although often expressed in self-centered ways, isn’t necessarily a rejection of traditional values and social commitment; it also reflects something authentic and valuable in modern culture. Only by distinguishing what is good in this modern striving from what is socially and politically dangerous, Taylor says, can our age be made to deliver its promise.

I read this book back in 2011 after seeing a blogger friend had read it and greatly recommended it. It also happened to be the first Massey Lecture book I had ever read. I found the premise interesting as every now and then I do find myself wondering about the topics mentioned in this book. I greatly enjoyed reading it the first time around, which was still the case the second time around, only this time perhaps it left me a little wanting. I suppose this is the general case with this lecture series as it serves as an introduction to the larger topic without losing its audience entirety with its intricacies.

One major thought that struck me as I was re-reading this book was how this book could really go hand-in-hand with Soren Kierkegaard’s The Present Age: On the Death of Rebellion (review). Much of this book talks about individualism and its impact on changes in the broader social scene, whether it is seen as a detriment to society or not. Intertwined throughout his argument is its impact on the political scene and the socio-economic scene. In retrospect the arguments felt a little more muddled rather than structured–it’s hard to explain in retrospect, but as I was reading it, I wished it focused on each aspect of his argument or each part of the human experience rather than going back and forth between elements. I was also surprised at how the political element played a role in his overall discussion for some reason; it makes sense, of course, given how much the political impinges on general society, but I was expecting the focus to be broader as oppose to individuals and their civic duty.

I had initially gave this book a full five stars but this time around I gave it four stars because, as interesting as the discussion was, it didn’t come to any definitive answer. I suppose any book of this nature can offer any concrete solution or address about the future, but I wasn’t terribly convinced by his wrap-up. It’s nonetheless a fascinating discussion and a book worth checking out if this topic is of any interest to you.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Review: Skirrid Hill

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

Skirrid Hill
By: Owen Sheers
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Ideas of separation and divorce—the geographical divides of borders, the separation of the dead and the living, the movement from childhood to adulthood, and the end of relationships—drive this poetry collection from one of Great Britain’s rising young talents. The collection revolves around the poems “Y Gaer” and “The Hillfort,” the titles themselves suggesting the linguistic divide in Wales, from poems concerned with childhood, a Welsh landscape, and family to an outward-looking vision that is both geographic and historic.

You might’ve seen me mention Owen Sheers in passing here and there, but I’ve enjoyed his novels (see author tag) and his writing style. I knew he was a poet but I had never gotten around to reading any of his poems until last year when I went on the poetry binge 😛 And here we are 🙂

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