Unboxing Notebooks (ShopJot A5 + Hippo Noto)

Posted 21 December, 2017 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

I’ve unboxed a few large items recently that I never got around to posting over here: one being a TN (traveller’s notebook)-style leather cover for my larger notebooks and another being my reward for a Kickstarter project that I supported earlier this year. Decided to just combine them into one post for easy viewing 🙂 As always, you can click on the images to enlarge and read what each item is:

ShopJot – A5 Leather Cover

Okay, I’ve given in to the whole TN lifestyle whole-heartedly and to complete my little family of TNs, I bought a leather cover for my larger notebooks. ShotJot is based in Alberta, Canada and she makes a whole array of leather covers, some of inner pockets, some without, lots of different textures and styles. I went with a classic caramel-coloured cover, no pockets. It’s an A5 size so it’s larger than a Moleskine cahier notebook but anyway…

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Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 20 December, 2017 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 2 Comments

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. I am back from hiatus! Still have classes technically running until Friday but my brain has already checked out like, even before my health assessment exam x_x
  2. So, things that have been going on with me…School has been back in full swing since the end of November and I’m just as fed up as I was before the college strike. They keep saying they understand how stressful things are and they’re working towards optimising our learning, blah, blah, blah, and yet they heap all the tests on you. Maybe I’m just especially sceptic about their blah-blah because I’d been in the academic system for too long and know what I’m dealing with. Unfortunately our Christmas break has been shortened as a result of the strike…and they were saying it wasn’t #iamnotamused
  3. Work has been okay. Not going to lie, I miss the craziness of the medical unit I was working at previously, but routine is good too. Been picking up a lot of shifts, which is great but also a bummer when you’re also blocking yourself off to deal with schoolwork. I’m working before Christmas and Boxing Day this year but not Christmas Day, which is a nice change. However I am working on New Year’s…on my previous unit, lmao.
  4. At least I did almost all of my Christmas shopping and all of my Christmas cards last month 🙂
  5. Remind me the next time I’m offered an overtime shift to make sure I’m not working a day shift the following day? I worked two overtime shifts recently (day/evening) but the second one was brutal, I was dragging myself through the following day. Never again (as much as possible), 16 hours is too much for one person x_x
  6. After going through issue after issue, my latest poetry collection is finally completed, lol. More about that tomorrow 😉
  7. Books I am currently reading: for something light and fun, I’m reading Candace Camp’s A Winter Scandal. I’ve also slowly started reading Lauren Eden’s second poetry collection, Atlantis. I also have Joseph Stiglitz’s The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens The Future of Europe sitting on my night table but I don’t think I’ll be getting around to it anytime soon…
  8. New Year resolutions are something I don’t really do these days just because they end up being superfluous and broken by the end of January (though I did do the things I set out to do this year: self-published two poetry books, travelled to places I’ve been dreaming to go for ages, went back to school (again)). However I find myself thinking about them this year, more along the lines of the future, what do I want in my life ultimately and what I want to achieve, little things that could be changed (starting with using all the stuff I’ve accumulated in the past few years, lmao). Dunno what got me stopping and thinking about all of these big things, but there you go.
  9. So yes, starting next year I am going on a bit of a no-spend. I’ve done it here and there in the past but it has gotten a bit out of control recently so I figured go on a no-spend (by some parametres of course, too rigid and the plan will fall to pieces within a day) so that I can use what I have. Funnily enough this has more to do with the amount of stationery-related stuff I have as I have actually dwindled on the book-buying a bit (though it will nonetheless fall under the bracket of the no-spend as a way to catch up on my TBR pile right now!). We’ll see, we’ll see. Early days.
  10. Changes are a-coming on the blog in the new year. After I ger through the January hiatus, lol.


And that’s it from me! How is everyone doing? Hope everyone is having a lovely and as stress-free December as possible!

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 19 December, 2017 by Lianne in Meme / 3 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: Top Ten Favourite Books of 2017

So 2017 has been a weird year of reading for me in that I haven’t read as much. Still read a lot, but it was hampered by busy-ness and tiredness from all my offline adventures and fiascos. Nonetheless I have a few favourites from this year’s reading.

Edit: lol I also realise this theme was from last week but since I was on hiatus at the time, I’m doing it now 😛

In no particular order:

  1. The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes (review) — Gorgeous novel about art and time and the person, all set against a period in Soviet Russian history where it was difficult to create and express yourself. And totally up my alley of interests.
  2. Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon van Booy (review) — Another beautifully written book, can’t believe it took me this long to get around to reading it.
  3. The Love Story of Queenie Hennessey by Rachel Joyce (review) — I enjoyed The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry but I absolutely adored The Love Story of Queenie Hennessey: Queenie herself, the characters in the hospise, the realities of growing old and the quiet but powerful reflection on life, on Queenie’s life.
  4. Six Wakes by Muir Lafferty (review) — Definutely one of the more unputdownable books of this year for me, the characters were interesting as was the mystery and the larger ethical questions that the novel raises.
  5. Hyperion by Dan Simmons (review) — Another book I can’t believe I didn’t get around to reading until this year. It’s like Canterbury Tales in a science fiction setting–and different subgenres of sci-fi at that! It’s hard to top such a book.
  6. Of Yesteryear by Lauren Eden (review) — I found her poems to be so relateable and written quite wonderfully.
  7. Miguel Hernandez’s poetry (review) — I love Spanish poetry and discovering his poetry earlier this year was a joy 🙂
  8. Love Sonnets and Elegies by Louise Labe (review) — Another batch of poetry I was happy to discover earlier this year, her poetry was so moving. I reckon I’ll be revisiting it in the near future!
  9. Just Another Viscount in Love by Vivienne Lorret (review) — I love Vivienne Lorret’s books and this book certainly didn’t disappoint!
  10. In Search of Duende by Federico Garcia Lorca (review) — For a bit of non-fiction, I scooped up this book immediately. It was so interesting to read this and read about Lorca’s thoughts about duende and Spanish poetry.

And that’s my favourites from 2017 (some of them, at least; there were a few others that I enjoyed but sadly didn’t make the list)! What books made your top 2017 list? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

eclectictales.com is going on hiatus!

Posted 1 December, 2017 by Lianne in Website / 3 Comments

Hi everyone! As I mentioned yesterday in my monthly updates, eclectictales.com is going on a mini-hiatus starting today until December 18th (last minute decision to add the Monday in there) due to school matters. I’m still in school this week but given the end of the year is upon us, there’s still a few posts I hope to squeeze in until then. Until the 18th there will be no scheduled posts going live but ICYMI archive links will continue to run over at Twitter. You can also catch me over at Instagram 🙂

Until then, have a wonderful start to December! 🙂

November Updates

Posted 30 November, 2017 by Lianne in Website / 1 Comment

Okay, so life’s been keeping me busy, hence why I’m not blog-hopping as often lately or tweeting much outside of my ICYMI archival tweets 🙁 But in the meantime, here’s what has been going on at my blog for the month of November:


  1. Books reviewed this month include: Mur Lafferty’s Six Wakes (review), Dan Simmons’ Hyperion (review), and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beren and Luthien (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
  2. For this month’s So You Want to Read…, I featured German poet and writer Rainer Maria Rilke. You can check out that post over here. For all my previous recommendations under this feature, check out this tag.
  3. I participated in Sci-Fi Month hosted by Rinn Reads! You can check out all of my posts related to that event over at this tag. I had a lot of fun this year 🙂
  4. I decided to update my list of books that left me misty-eyed. What books left you on the verge of tears?
  5. As promised some time ago, I hosted a giveaway earlier this month on my blog, giving away two signed copies of my debut poetry collection, Shall I Be a Poet Instead? Thank you to everyone who entered! I will be holding another giveaway, but I reckon it’ll be after the Christmas holidays as next month is going to be a bit insane. Meanwhile, if you’re interested in picking up a copy, you can do so at the following websites: Lulu, Amazon, B&N, and the Book Depository
  6. So because of all the craziness that’s been going on at my end, the blog will be going on hiatus for a few weeks next month as I scramble to deal with everything. More news about it tomorrow.


And that’s more of less it for this month! Wishing everyone a lovely December 🙂