Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 24 July, 2019 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. In follow-up to last month’s Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts (see post), I finally sorted through my travel photos from my last two trips, omg D= So that stuff I posted on Facebook; stay tuned next month as I will finally post a little bit about those trips! Better late than never, right?
  2. Related to the first point, it’s an excuse to get me all revved up for another trip because omg I need another vacation stat. Work has been a little nutty lately, but nutty of a different sort. Two weekends ago was especially bad, I felt like my mind was racing on several things at once that I was forgetting what I was keeping tabs of. Ugh. Actually almost everything was driving me nuts recently.
  3. Speaking of which, I reeeeeeeally hope to start catching up on comments here soon! I’m so sorry, I’m like months and years behind with comments. I’m slowly trying to squeeze a bit more activity online again, so many things catching my attention these days. On the one hand it’s nice to be on the computer less, but on the other hand I’m leaving so many of you hanging! So sorry.
  4. My fourth poetry collection, Scrawled Stars, is available now! 🙂
  5. The other week my family and I visited the Royal Ontario Museum to see the special exhibit “In the Age of Rembrandt.” A small but interesting collection of Dutch art from around the early modern period was featured. It was nice, like being back in our last trip again; or, as my brother put it, it was like Dutch art was following us 😀
  6. I’m hoping to squeeze in a trip to the art gallery before the end of this month. I need some me time with some art, lol.
  7. Books I’m currently reading: TBD
  8. I bought a ridiculous amount of books recently (see this post and this post). Like, yay, new books! On the other hand, ahhh!
  9. I also got my hands on my first mystery bad from TenTree. I love TenTree’s stuff; they’re soft, and eco-friendly/environmentally conscious, and every purchase contributes to planting trees. It’s a great incentive, a bit more pricey than other retail clothes, but it’s worth it I think.
  10. I reeeeally need to go on a no-spend soon.


And that’s it from me! How is your summer/winter going?

Review: The Duchess Deal

Posted 22 July, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1)
By: Tessa Dare
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

When girl meets Duke, their marriage breaks all the rules…

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury’s to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne’er-do-wells by night. Now there’s a new item on the list. He needs an heir—which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.

His terms are simple:
– They will be husband and wife by night only.
– No lights, no kissing.
– No questions about his battle scars.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.

But Emma is no pushover. She has a few rules of her own:
– They will have dinner together every evening.
– With conversation.
– And unlimited teasing.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…

It’s been a while since I’ve read a historical romance so when the first two books in Tessa Dare’s Girl Meets Duke series recently went on sale, I snatched them up 🙂

Read More

Review: The Collapsing Empire

Posted 19 July, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 1 Comment

The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1)
By: John Scalzi
Format/Source: eBook courtesy of the book club

Our universe is ruled by physics and faster than light travel is not possible — until the discovery of The Flow, an extra-dimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transport us to other worlds, around other stars.

Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war — and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

The Flow is eternal — but it is not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off all human worlds from faster than light travel forever, three individuals — a scientist, a starship captain and the Empress of the Interdependency — are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.

I don’t read nearly as much Scalzi as I should lol. Then this book popped up in’s First-In-a-Series book club (or whatever it’s called…it’s something along those lines) so I decided to check it out 🙂

Read More

Scrawled Stars — My Fourth Poetry Collection!

Posted 17 July, 2019 by Lianne in Writing / 0 Comments

Hello! Meet my fourth poetry collection, Scrawled Stars. It was formally released at the start of July when I received the proof copy and everything was clear to go 🙂

A bit of a story about this collection–or maybe not–but this was actually supposed to have been released last year with my last collection, With Quiet Ardency (see post). But last year was all kinds of a mess so I never got around to compiling anything. So the collection of poems featured here were written around…2017? 2018? thereabouts. Unlike the last collection, which was very thematic, this one is just a general collection of thoughts and feelings and themes (though you may suspect a trend later on as there is a group of poems that are friendship-related; it was a bad time then).

Scrawled Stars should be out on all book retailers soon (end of the month, maybe?) but in the meantime you can definitely pick up a copy via at the following link: Scralwed Stars 🙂

Meanwhile, here’s a snippet of what to expect in this collection (from what I posted so far on my poetry account, @shallibeapoetinstead):

Read More

Review: Provenance

Posted 15 July, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

By: Ann Leckie
Format/Source: Hardback; my purchase

Following her record-breaking debut trilogy, Ann Leckie, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, and Locus Awards, returns with an enthralling new novel of power, theft, privilege, and birthright.

A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned.

Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray’s future, her family, and her world before they are lost to her for good.

The premise of this book intrigued me, as well as the fact that the book is a standalone. Ann Leckie’s work so far as been great–even though the last book in her Imperial Radch trilogy didn’t grip me as much as the first volume–so naturally I kept a lookout for this title 🙂

Read More