Review: Down Among the Sticks and Bones

Posted 22 June, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2)
By: Seanan McGuire
Format/Source: eBook; courtesy of reading club

Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.

This is the story of what happened first…

Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.

Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got.

They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.

I read the first book, Every Heart a Doorway (review) a few years ago, and made a note to check out the rest of the series when I get a chance. So naturally I downloaded this book when it was featured in the Book Club a few months ago.

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Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 18 June, 2020 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 0 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. So. Life, eh? lol since my last post…Well, still following lockdown measures although things are slowly starting to reopen here now. I just want things to be normal enough that I don’t have to be as worried leaving the house, you know? Like, the worry lingers in the back of your mind. I just want to be able to run an errand or see someone without thiking about hand hygiene (to my already eczema-ridden hands) and possibly encountering the virus somewhere (I live with high-risk people at home) and whatnot.
  2. I’m starting to miss eating out at restaurants lol. The occasional bubble tea. Pizza. Haven’t had any of that stuff in a while lol.
  3. Work also continues although I’ve started taking more days off. I want to enjoy my summer a bit, work on creative projects, take care of myself more…
  4. On the plus side, I was working on a project proposal at work and my team was approved for funding! Quite a surprise as we had submitted it before lockdown so my colleague and I completely forgot about it lol (the results were delayed because of the lockdown and the reduction of non-essential services). We’re so happy and proud of it, especially as it’s nursing-led 🙂
  5. I don’t remember if I mentioned it in my last Bookish post but I’ve started exercising regularly since April and it’s been such a help. I’m not dying as much as before at work, and I did lose a bit of weight. So yay that! Going to try and mix it up soon enough between different kinds of exercises (right now it’s mostly crunches-type and squats and the like, so more pilates-style) but I’m also a creature of habit sooooo…lol.
  6. Books I’m currently reading right now: I’m finally reading N.K. Jemisin’s The Inheritance trilogy! Only took me how many years? lol. Looooooooved The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, book one in the trilogy, so now I’m on to book two, The Broken Kingdoms. I’ve also slowly started re-read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Two Towers. Will this be the summer of reading chunksters and epics?
  7. I had to re-purchase The Inheritance trilogy as an ebook because of the omnibus was huge and hard to read in bed. I think I’m of the mind now that while omnibuses are a good idea, it’s not practical as a physical copy to read.
  8. I guess I’ve been quite productive, I’ve also been writing more lately, finally getting back to some old writing projects and finishing them up.
  9. I received my my Polene purse in the post a few weeks ago. It’s so beautiful, you guys, I can’t even begin to say. The craftsmanship is amazing.
  10. I’m thinking of taking a break from social media again. We’ll see.


And that’s it from me! How are you all holding up since my last post? Stay safe, everyone 🙂

Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 16 June, 2020 by Lianne in Meme / 23 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 Summer 2020 TBR

Wow, you guys, it’s been forever since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesdays xD I hope this post finds you all well. Not sure how my summer’s going to turn out other than work as usual but here’s some books I hope to tackle in the coming weeks 🙂

In no particular order:

  1. Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets by Svetlana Alexievich — Been going through quite the nonfiction wave lately and I believe this is one of the last two nonfiction titles left on my TBR list. About time I get to it, it’s only been sitting there for the last few years, lol.
  2. The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner — Another book that has long been sitting unread on my eReader, I always held it off since it felt like a summer read (with an island involved)
  3. The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin — This trilogy in one volume has long sat on my TBR pile. I actually started reading it but it is quite a tome (and quite uncomfortable to read in my usual reading posture lol) but I’m glad that this is the year I finally am reading it lol. Bit of a cheat to include it here but I am slowly chipping my way through it.
  4. The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson — Another book that’s long sat on my eReader. Dash a bit of science fiction into my TBR list this summer 🙂
  5. Fire Dance by Ilana C. Myer — I really enjoyed her first book and with the third book in the trilogy coming out sometime this year I guess it’s time to read this second volume 🙂 Been meaning to for some time now but yeah, still haven’t.
  6. Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini — My mum actually picked up this book and thought maybe I’d like to read it (certainly piqued her interest) so yeah, just might get around to reading it this summer.
  7. Loving a Lost Lord by Mary Jo Putney — It’s also been a while since I’ve read some historical romance. So here we go, picked this book up sme time ago. Never read anything from this author so I’m looking forward to it 🙂
  8. The Tenth Muse by Catherine Cheung — Picked this book up on a whim. It’s not terribly long, which is incentive for adding it to this season’s wishlist, but the premise sounds interesting too.
  9. Circe by Madeline Miller — This book has been circulating quite a bit for the past year or so. So why not, might make it a summer read.
  10. The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell — For something light…I found out about this book by the movie adaptation starring Blake Lively that was released earlier this year. As I still have to massively catch up with Daniel Silva’s books, I could read this in the meantime for a dash of thriller on my to-read.

And that’s my list of books that I hope to tackle this summer 🙂 What are you hoping to read this season? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

Review: Embers

Posted 11 June, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

By: Sándor Márai
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

A castle at the foot of the Carpathian mountains in the 1930s. Two men, inseparable in their youth, meet for the first time in forty-one years. They have spent their lives waiting for this moment.

Four decades earlier a murky, traumatic event – something to do with a betrayal, and a woman – led to their sudden separation. Now, as their lives draw to a close, the devastating truth about that moment will be revealed.

Embers is a masterpiece – an unforgettable story of passion, fidelity, truth and deception.

I’ve mentioned this in the past but I tend to buy books while I’m on holiday, local/national authors from the country I’m visiting. I picked up this book whilst in Budapest; it has long been on my wish-to-read radar anyway, but it was perfect picking this book up in Hungary 🙂 If I remember correctly I started reading this book on the travel back home, lol.

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Review: We Need New Stories

Posted 9 June, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

We Need New Stories: Challenging the Toxic Myths Behind Our Age of Discontent
By: Nesrine Malik
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

It is becoming clear that the old frames of reference are not working, that the narratives used for decades to stave off progressive causes are being exposed as falsehoods. Six myths have taken hold, ones which are at odds with our lived experience and in urgent need of revision.

Has freedom of speech become a cover for promoting prejudice? Has the concept of political correctness been weaponised to avoid ceding space to those excluded from power? Does white identity politics pose an urgent danger? These are some of the questions at the centre of Nesrine Malik’s radical and compelling analysis that challenges us to find new narrators whose stories can fill the void and unite us behind a shared vision.

I first heard about this book from the Guardian books podcast. It sounded really interesting so I decided to check it out last year.

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