Tag: Music: General

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 5 November, 2015 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 12 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. Guys, I don’t watch baseball; I’ve always been more of a soccer fan (and a bit of hockey when the Maple Leafs hover anywhere near the playoffs, and of course the Winter Olympics) but this past month I’ve perhaps caught on the baseball fever as the Blue Jays made it to the post-season for the first time in 22 years (I remember the last time they won back in 1992 and 1993–good times). Learnt more about the sport than I have when I was growing up and we played it occasionally at school πŸ˜›
  2. On a semi-related note to the above point, we’ll see how closely I follow rugby hereafter. Le sigh that it’s all over; I didn’t get to watch the final match live but the highlights were wonderful. Now what am I supposed to do with myself now aside from crying in a corner over how badly Chelsea has been losing lately? Meanwhile, this moment from the Canada v France match is still giving me so much life:

    Not my gif, but it’s an excuse to post it because it’s so friggin’ cute πŸ˜€
  3. Have you ever experienced going back to an album that was released a year or two before and only realising the second time around how awesome it is? It happened to me with Tegan & Sara’s “Heartthrob” this past month. I remember casually going through the tracks when it first came out last year but then didn’t think much of it afterwards. I popped it in last month whilst moving and reorganising things and bam! Couldn’t stop listening to it. This track in particular was on repeat for quite a while, haha:
  4. Speaking of music, I recently listened to Of Monsters and Men’s latest album “Beneath the Skin” thanks to one of their songs being used in the latest Jessica Jones trailer (post). I’ve listened to one of their songs before after it was featured in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (review) but OMG this album is amazing!!! I can’t stop listening to it. I have a few favourite tracks from the album but I especially love this song:
  5. So early last month was my birthday. As always it was a quiet affair, though strangely enough we ended up celebrating over the weekend leading up to the fifth (my birthday fell on a Monday this year xP). My age didn’t quite hit me until a week after, haha, but it’s strange to think that I’m at the end of my 20s.
  6. Jeg lΓ¦rer dansk πŸ˜› As if I don’t have enough languages on my learning plate, brushing up on Italian and casually learning Spanish on the side (and let’s not get started with French; I tried brushing up on it time and again, only to get immensely frustrated. Realised the other day that my listening skills in that language is especially horrid *blushes*), I started learning a bit of Danish for fun. It’s pretty disorienting at first, especially after coming off a Romance language, but it’s actually a lot of fun and pretty simple grammatically in some ways. Just don’t ask me to speak it πŸ˜›
  7. Books I am reading at the moment: I slowly started Federico de Roberto’s The Viceroys. You may have seen me complain a wee bit some time ago on Twitter about reading an eARC pdf format for a 640 page book on my Kobo. Well, this is it. I’ve also been casually leafing through Coleridge and Shelley’s poems when I feel a hankering for a poem or two as well as re-reading Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure when travelling in the subway.
  8. I would’ve also added Susanna Kearsley’s Named of the Dragon to my currently reading list but I whipped through it in the last day or so (suffice to say I really liked it πŸ™‚ ). I’m quite surprised at how many books of hers I read this past year; to think a good number of her books had been sitting on my TBR queue for a few years too…
  9. I know I say this month in and month out but I reeeeeeeaaaaalllllly need to go on a book-buying ban *has bought too many books recently that she lost track*
  10. Bored? Take this test. I take these tests for fun, but this test was uncannily accurate about some of the things I’m going through right now O_o


And that’s about it for me! Haha, just noticed that this BNSB post is heavy with the YouTube videos this time around! xD How was your October? Any exciting plans happening for you in the coming weeks/looking forward to upcoming events and holidays? Still recovering from the end of daylight savings? Wishing you all a wonderful November! And if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this month, best of luck & happy writing πŸ™‚

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 10 July, 2014 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 8 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.).

This entry is brought to you by a casually-strolling Mario Goetz (not my gif, as always)

  1. Question: let’s say you won a book from a giveaway hosted by a blog and you never received it…do you email to inform the blogger about the situation? I know that some bloggers mention that it’s not their responsibility if the book never arrives or is lost and while this blogger never mentioned anything, I dunno if there’s any point to give the heads up anyhow…?
  2. Random shout-out/recommendation/pluggage: Lucy Clarke’s A Single Breath (review). A perfect summer read, IMO. And I had the opportunity to ask her a few questions about the book πŸ™‚
  3. In some bookish news: Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists (review) is going to be adapted for television by BBC. Interesting, interesting…
  4. Book haul! Okay, in the past week or so, a lot of my pre-orders and other assortments of books pouring into my mailbox (hurray! πŸ˜€ ) Suffice to say, my TBR pile is now bursting and there is no room in my new bookshelf for all of these books xP

  5. Okay, I’m normally not one to watch musicals and movies involving music (weird, as I do love music)–I still have yet to finish watching The Fiddler on the Roof and the only musical I’ve watched is The Sound of Music–so Begin Again starring Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley sort of fell out of the periphery for me. However, I decided to look at the trailer again after hearing Keira Knightley sing “Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home” for the soundtrack. It’s really catchy (I can’t stop listening to it! πŸ˜› ) and I think she has a nice voice:
  6. Speaking of movies, as if I wasn’t excited enough for Guardians of the Galaxy (the soundtrack, by the way, looks amazing), they release this trailer:

And now for my World Cup section of this week’s thoughts. I’m placing them behind a cut again in case you’re not a football fan πŸ˜‰

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Ten Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 10 October, 2013 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 12 Comments

10 Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

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.). According to her, “Basically, anything goes, and it’s a nice opportunity to let your readers get to know you on terms besides books. I generally do ten items, but there isn’t a set amount- go crazy. Or don’t.”

  1. Desperately trying to restrain myself but I can feel the resolve slipping…Must keep reminding myself that I have no space on my bookshelves whatsoever. None at all. Nada. *keeps convincing herself of this*
  2. Has anyone read Chrstopher Morley’s The Haunted Bookshop? I’m currently reading it and OMG, I love it so far. It’s one of those books readers should read and would definitely appreciate. Very delightful. There’s some serious trivia, name-dropping and referencing going on here, many of whom I’m not familiar with but am very intrigued about. I wish I had been keeping track of the quotes since I started reading, there’s so many great lines throughout (too lazy to go back on my Kobo…ehh, we’ll see…)
  3. Have you guys heard of this? Alexander McCall Smith brings Jane Austen into the 21st century. And it’s not just Alexander McCall Smith, other authors are re-working/modernising/whathaveyou the other titles as well…I’m on the fence, we’ll see how the re-workings turn out…
  4. Minus the rain, my birthday was pretty good. I mentioned this on Instagram but I’m not much of a cake person–so much so that I missed out on some great cakes while in Austria, but that’s another story for another day–but strangely enough I had not one but two cakes (strawberry shortcake and a fruitcake (that was more like a strawberry cake, really)) and two pieces of cannoli. Not complaining =P And I was perfectly contented with my massive schnitzel and German beer, haha, so yeah, it was a nice way to celebrate my birthday =)
  5. I’m pretty xD that I was gifted Marc Jacobs’ Honey fragrance. I guess I’ve gotten a little more serious about fragrance this past year (partly thanks to reading The Perfume Lover and learning more about perfume) and I’ve been sort of eyeing it since my trip to the mall recently with my Mum and we ended up trying out all of the fragrance, lol. This one stuck out for me, it smelled sweet and fresh and not overpowering or incredibly distinct or anything like that.
  6. Somehow survived the first of a few midterms this semester as well as a case study assignment essay…thing. I’m trying not to think about either, not sure how well I did =/ (darn this tendency for perfectionism *grumble, grumble*)
  7. One of my reading resolutions this year was to do a bit of re-reading and re-visiting some old favourites, post my thoughts here, etc. I think I’ve only re-read two or three books this year. I’m thinking of maybe making it in a reading challenge for next year or something like that…that or host a reading challenge focused on Spanish literature (kind of like the ones I’ve participated on French literature and Italian literature). Thoughts? =)
  8. Thanksgiving is this weekend for us Canadians! Not that we do anything special around this time but I’m hearing wonderful things on the menu for this Monday so we’ll see =D Now if only Daylight Savings would end soon, I’m getting weirded out at how early it gets dark out now *has gotten used to the sun setting at 9 in the evening; darn evening classes for spoiling me like this, lol*
  9. On another note, the winner of this year’s Man Booker will be announced on Tuesday! Sadly I haven’t gotten around to any of the titles that have been shortlisted, even though I’ve been eyeing about three of the six books. What did you guys think about the announcement that the prize is going to be opened to American authors next year? I never mentioned about it here but I’m a little against the idea; I like the notion of the Man Booker as a Commonwealth-centred prize…
  10. This song is stuck in my head at the moment:

If you’re participating in this, be sure to leave a link! I’d love to read what’s going on with you, bookish or otherwise =)

Writing: NaNoWriMo [Day 14]

Posted 14 November, 2012 by Lianne in Writing / 2 Comments

I’m doing okay, a lot slower than last year, but I’m there (well, I think I’m behind today but I am writing in my notebook here and there so who knows what my word count is at the moment). It’s not exactly meshing together just yet because I’m bouncing around in the novel; as I mentioned last time, I’m writing the scenes that come to me first–dialogue-wise, scene-wise–and then linking them up afterwards. Perhaps not the best approach I’ve done but it makes up for the fact that I don’t have a clear, linear A to B to C story structure so much.

Anyways, this is a bit of a fun post because it’s not so much about my writing progress as it’s a music post ^_~ Okay, so I’m also procrastinating a bit (and working on two articles at the moment) but I’ve done this a few years ago for a Script Frenzy script that I did where I put together a soundtrack for it =) I haven’t quite gelled a solid soundtrack that reflects this story project but here’s a few songs I’d feature ^_~ (more hints as to what I’m writing about, eh?)

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