Review: Hide and Seek

Posted 15 March, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Hide and Seek (John Rebus #2)
By: Ian Rankin
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

A junkie lies dead in an Edinburgh squat, spreadeagled, cross-like on the floor, between two burned-down candles, a five-pointed star daubed on the wall above. indifference, treachery, deceit and sleaze that lurks behind the facade of the Edinburgh familiar to tourists. day, about a seductive danger he can almost taste, appealing to the darkest corners of his mind…

I immediately started reading this book after finishing Knots and Crosses (review); I wanted to read more of John Rebus’ cases, and it’s always nice to have a number of books in the same series reading and waiting to be read in your TBR pile 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 14 March, 2017 by Lianne in Meme / 18 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 Books On My Spring TBR

Because I can never say no to a seasonal TBR list 😉 Not that it’s feeling especially spring-like here where I’m at (we’re in the middle of a snowstorm O_O), but it’s something to look forward to, lol, even if I’m still in the middle of a reading slump (+ work leaving me exhausted these days = I haven’t been reading as much in the last little while O_O )

In no particular order:

  1. Spiritual Writings by Soren Kierkegaard — A bit of a cheat as I am reading it right now but I did purposely put this book on my spring TBR because it’s my current read for this season of Lent 🙂
  2. Everything Beautiful Begins After by Simon van Booy — Another cheat as I’m currently reading it but it’s preparation for my trip next month 🙂 Get me in the travelling mood. On another note, I think it’ll alleviating my reading slump a bit, got me hooked from the first page (see my Instagram post).
  3. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed — I’m planning on bringing this with me on my trip next month. Heard good things about it and I dunno, I could use a bit of advice *shurgs*
  4. Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane — For something light and fun, I hope to read this sometime this spring.
  5. The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer — I’m in the mood for something set in the Regency period or thereabouts. Seeing as I only have a few historicals of this nature on my TBR pile, I think I’ll be picking this book up sometime soon.
  6. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien — This was recently longlisted for the Baileys Women Prize 2017 (though it’s been listed for a number of literary awards in the past year) so it’d be nice to read this soon-ish.
  7. The Accusation by Bandi — Oh man, this book hit headlines as it was smuggled out of North Korea. I’m so curious t read this book. Soon, soon…
  8. Forty Words for Sorrow by Giles Blunt — This book caught my attention as it was adapted into a miniseries here in Canada so I’m curious to read it. It’s always interesting to read a mystery novel set in Canada (or any book of any genre, really, lol).
  9. The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes — What are the chances that I’ll get around to this book this spring? Seems slim enough…
  10. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney — For a bit of family drama in my reading xD

And that’s my spring TBR list! What books do you plan on reading this season? Let me know, I’d love to check out your list!

Review: Knots and Crosses

Posted 13 March, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Knots and Crosses (John Rebus #1)
By: Ian Rankin
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Detective John Rebus: His city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders…and he’s tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. Once John Rebus served in Britain’s elite SAS. Now he’s an Edinburgh cop who hides from his memories, misses promotions and ignores a series of crank letters. But as the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn’t just one cop trying to catch a killer, he’s the man who’s got all the pieces to the puzzle…

I had long seen Ian Rankin’s books on the bookshelves at bookstores but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I actually picked up a book of his. I enjoyed his Malcolm Fox novels (see author tag) and the glimpse into the Complaints division of the police force, but of course the author is more famous for the John Rebus novels. I finally picked up a few a couple of months ago, which was pretty exciting 🙂

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Review: Ariel

Posted 10 March, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

By: Sylvia Plath
Format/Source: Hardback; my purchase

The poems in Sylvia Plath’s Ariel, including many of her best-known such as ‘Lady Lazarus’, ‘Daddy’, ‘Edge’ and ‘Paralytic’, were all written between the publication in 1960 of Plath’s first book, The Colossus, and her death in 1963

I’ve read her novel The Bell Jar (review) years ago but oddly enough never got around to her poetry. I was sort of mulling over the poetry section at the bookstore a few weeks ago and decided to finally read some poetry by her. Again, it took a bit of contemplating as I wasn’t sure which collection to start with…some were suggesting new readers start with Colossus, others said Ariel. I decided in the end to go with Ariel as I seem to see it referenced more, and this edition was very pretty 😉

In retrospect, knowing what she was going through and her biography, her poems take on a particular depth, revealing much of the turmoil she was going through, the thoughts of death and discomfort that she was thinking and feeling. Poems about being a woman locked into taking a particular role to poems about her time in the hospital and her depression, these poems are visceral, strange at times, detached at times, but telling. I say strange at times because…it’s hard to explain unless you read quite a bit of poetry but some of the metaphors and illusions she touches on are odd ones, images I never thought of using in a poem. There are certain images that she likes to use over and over, like poppies and bees.

I’m trying to think if there’s a particular poem that was my favourite from this collection…”Daddy” was a haunting one, as was “Sheep in Fog” (some of my favourite lines came from that one), “Tulips” and “The Moon and the Yew Tree.” All in all I really enjoyed reading Sylvia Plath’s Ariel and am keen to pick up her other collected poems at some point.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Review: No Matter the Wreckage

Posted 9 March, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

No Matter the Wreckage
By: Sarah Kay
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Following the success of her breakout poem, “B,” Sarah Kay, in collaboration with illustrator Sophia Janowitz, releases her debut collection of poetry featuring work from the first decade of her career. No Matter the Wreckage presents readers with new and beloved poetry that showcases Kay’s talent for celebrating family, love, travel, and unlikely romance between inanimate objects (“The Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire”). Both fresh and wise, Kay’s poetry allows readers to join her on the journey of discovering herself and the world around her. It is an honest and powerful collection.

Moving along in my poetry binge mood last year, I picked up this collection. I had no idea she was pretty big online, I remember seeing this book in passing last year or the year before during the Goodreads awards, but I ended up contemplating–and then picking up–this book after pondering over how pretty the book cover is and seeing a lot of positive reviews about this. My poetry reading has focused mostly on the classics to date, so I was keen to check out more contemporary poetry books and poets and this seemed perfect.

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