Tag: Meme: Other

The Happy Tag

Posted 27 May, 2016 by Lianne in Meme / 14 Comments

I saw Kara and Jenni Elyse do this meme a little while ago and thought of snagging it and doing it myself. Not only does it look like fun but it’s nice to think about all the things that makes one happy every now and then, yes? πŸ™‚


  • Persuasion by Jane Austen (review)
  • The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (review #1, #2, #3)
  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (review)
  • Captain Wentworth’s Diary (review) and Colonel Brandon’s Diary (review forthcoming) by Amanda Grange
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen (review)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (review)
  • Anything by Julia Quinn (see author tag) and Caroline Linden (see author tag)
  • New books! πŸ˜›


  • eclectic
  • succinct
  • copious
  • wanderlust
  • travel
  • cielo (words in other languages count, right? πŸ˜› )

Movies/TV Shows

  • Jane Austen adaptations
  • BBC’s North & South
  • Miranda
  • The Thick of It (very good show to de-stress to πŸ˜› )
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
  • The Young Victoria (2009)
  • Amelie (2001)
  • Tangled (2012)
  • Studio Ghibli movies πŸ™‚


  • coffee
  • thyme
  • basil
  • peppermint
  • mountain air (whatever that really smells like, lol)



  • mail (not bills though!)
  • bookstores
  • travelling
  • mountains
  • long trips on a train
  • coffee

And that’s my list of things that make me happy πŸ™‚ What books/movies/songs/etc make you happy? Link up if you do this meme, I’d love to read your answers! πŸ˜€

The Shakespeare Awards!

Posted 27 April, 2016 by Lianne in Meme / 6 Comments

In honour of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Orang-utan Librarian is hosting the Shakespeare Awards! The closing date to participate and vote is 10 May 2016 (see the original post for more details).

I found out about these awards from Pages Unbound. It looked like a lot of fun and since I love Shakespeare so much (see tag), I decided to participate πŸ˜€

Most Tragic

Oooh, tough one…I’d say Hamlet (review) because he was quite a promising young man (bookish, clever, a bit cheeky) only to be swept up by family tragedy and machinations, as well as his own existential crossroads and eventual path for revenge.

Best Comedy

As You Like It (review). Touchstone alone gets my vote for anything comedic. And Orlando and Rosalind are so sweet together. Plus, it was hilarious how everyone ended up in the Forest of Arden at the end πŸ˜› All in all, a pretty feel-good play πŸ˜€

Most Romantic

I’d have to go with Romeo and Juliet (review). Argue what you may about the way it turned out and the rashness/speed in which developments too a turn but it endures for a reason. Re-reading it last year I was startled at how beautiful, romantic, and poetic the dialogue between Romeo and Juliet was.

Most Entertaining

Twelfth Night (review). What’s there not to be entertained about? (see 2012 stage production)

Best History play

Omg so tough! I have 3 favourites…mmm, I’d have to go with Julius Caesar (review; second review to be posted later this year): the drama! the speeches! the blood! Mark Antony!

Best Sonnet

I will have to say Sonnet XVII (review) as it speaks of the power of the word and its endurance through time.

Best Film Adaptation

Drats, all my favourite adaptations are stage performances! But I’ll have to go with the 1968 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet (review) as it was the first adaptation I’ve ever watched and I still love the earnestness of the leads’ performances.

Most Beautiful Language

This took a bit of thinking but Richard II (review) gets my vote for this category. There’s some beautiful passages about kingship and about England here. In addition the play is structurally impressive; the themes, the contrasts, the way the characters are portrayed…I can go on and on about this play (which I will in a few months for the Shakespeare issue of Femnista πŸ˜› )


Measure for Measure (review). I’ve read it twice now (second review to be posted in…July (long story)) and I’m still trying to make sense of some of those storylines.

Most Unpopular

Henry VIII (review). Dull and clearly reads like a propaganda piece for the new monarch. And did I mention forgettable? When I was counting down the remaining Shakespeare plays left to read last year, I totally forgot about this one :3

If this wasn’t being tallied for awards, I would go on and on with my second and third votes for each category easily πŸ˜› Anyway, what do you think of the plays I mentioned? If you voted, who did you vote for? Let me know, I’d love to chat! πŸ˜€

Meme: Liebster Award

Posted 24 December, 2015 by Lianne in Meme / 2 Comments

Marianne @ let’s read nominated me back in July for the Liebster Award and it’s taken me a while before getting around to answering her questions (oops). Thanks again for the nomination, that was very nice of you! πŸ™‚

The Liebster rules are thus:

  • Link and thank those who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions the nominator provided.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
  • Post 11 different question for your nominees to answer.
  • Contact your nominee to let them know that you’ve nominated them.

Here are the questions she asked:

01. Who, what, and/or where does your blogging inspiration come from?
Not sure where by blogging inspiration comes from really; I guess in a way over the years the community has been an inspiration in the way we’ve come together and discuss books, really. In terms of content though it’s really the books themselves that inspire me to blog since most of my blog posts are indeed book reviews πŸ˜‰

02. What do you like about blogging?
The ability to express myself, my thoughts, connecting with other bloggers and readers on the subject of books and otherwise.

03. What was the most meaningful book you ever read?
Ooh, very tough question. It’s hard to pin it down to one book, really, I’ve read plenty of books over the years that hold meaning to me for one reason or another. So off the top of my head of books that were meaningful to me (for a variety of reasons): Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (review #1, #2, #3), Williams’ Stoner (review), and Pope John Paul I’s Illustrissimi.

04. Who is your favourite author?
J.R.R. Tolkien, hands down. But I also love Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Ivan Turgenev, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and Ian McEwan just to name a few more πŸ™‚

05. What is your favourite quote?
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” – The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

06. What is your favourite time of year?
Autumn because it’s rather cool weather-wise. Plus, there’s something rather melancholy about the autumn season…

07. If you had to teach a subject at school, what subjects do you think you would be most equipped to teach?
History, haha, namely European (especially British) and Russian history. But I am capable of picking up and teaching any history. Also International Law and Politics. And possibly English given how many classics I’ve read, as well as Philosophy.

08. What is the best thing about you?
Errrr, I dunno, lol.

09. If you could only wear one colour for the rest of your life what would it be?
Blue xD (which that, along with grey and black, dominated my wardrobe in high school)

10. What was the last movie you watched, was it a good one?
Omg, tough question! I can’t remember what the last movie was that I watched…Oh, wait, now I do: The Man from U.N.C.L.E πŸ˜› (review to be posted…next year?)

11. What did you want to be when you were a child?
An artist, a writer, and an astronomer πŸ™‚ In that order.

I’m not nominating anyone in particular, you’re free to answer the following questions if you have time (and link me to it, I’d love to read your answers!) πŸ™‚

  1. Subject in school you disliked but nowadays think you could go back and get through it without complaint/problems?
  2. Can you speak another language? If so, which languages? If not, which languages would you like to learn?
  3. Favourite book you’ve read this year that you’d recommend to others?
  4. Least favourite book you’ve read this year?
  5. Is there a particular book or movie or album you’re looking forward to this 2016?
  6. What’s one sport that you’ve never watched but have been meaning to?
  7. Favourite chocolate or candy?
  8. Name one author you hope to check out for the first time in 2016.
  9. What’s one book genre you’ve been meaning to read more from but haven’t?
  10. What’s the best or most amusing Youtube/internet meme/news article/headline/whatever you’ve come across recently?
  11. What’s one hope/dream/goal you wish to accomplish or you wish would happen this coming 2016?

And a Happy Christmas Eve to all! πŸ™‚

Blog Awards & Questionnaires

Posted 25 January, 2015 by Lianne in Meme / 6 Comments

I was tagged some time ago for two of the following awards but didn’t quite get around to them until now (oops :3) So here they are, I’m finally answering them–yay! πŸ™‚

The Liebster Award

Thank you to Keely @ ireaditandwept for nominating me for this award!

The Liebster rules are thus:

  • Link and thank those who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions posed to you, list 11 random facts about yourself, nominate 11 bloggers and ask them 11 questions.
  • Inform them of nomination by commenting on one of their posts.

Here are 11 4 random facts about myself (because I’ll be giving another 7 more in the next award, thus the total coming out to 11 πŸ˜‰ ):

  1. I’m left-handed but I do perform a few tasks with my right hand
  2. I’ve been a Germany NT supporter since 2006
  3. Autumn is my favourite season
  4. Favourite color first and foremost is blue πŸ˜‰

Here are the questions she asked:

01. What was the first book you ever read?
I can’t remember, to be honest; read too many growing up :3 And before that my mum used to read to me πŸ™‚

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