Tag: Ramblings: Bookish Thoughts


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.

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

Bookish & Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 19 June, 2019 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 1 Comment

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. Busy, just busy.
  2. Actually I’ve started catching up with people, which will continue well into the summer. Might as well see everyone before school drags me right back to hell ;_;
  3. Okay, so I caught the basketball fever as the Raptors made it to the NBA Finals and then won the championship. After years of crashing out somewhere along the playoffs, they finally did it and we’re all 😀 😀 😀 The last few weeks has also been quite a whirlwind lesson on learning the technical rules of basketball (you know I’m more of a football/soccer person). #WeTheNorth
  4. I finally caught up replying to everyone’s letters more or less, thank God! I had a stack of some 20 letters that had built up over the last few months that I meant to reply to. So that feeling of accomplishment is quite acute 😀
  5. Next up on my endless list of things and projects to complete: my next poetry collection! Still in the editing process but I did finalize the number of poems that will be going in (and the division of the next few collections). It’s just adding them to the final template and other details like the cover and whatnot. So fingers crossed, end of the month it will go for a proofing!
  6. Speaking of poetry, I’m about to hit 200 posts over at my poetry IG account. Stay tuned for a giveaway 😉
  7. Will I ever get around to sorting through my trip photos (from two different trips, no less)? I don’t know D=
  8. Books I’m currently reading: Should I even bother mentioning that The Saga of Icelanders is still on my ‘Currently Reading’? Other books are squeezing in but I haven’t given up on it or anything, I will get back to it. In the meantime I started reading (at long last) V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic. I actually just finished reading Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic and am now figuring out what book to settle with next…Schwab’s Vicious? Newitz’s Autonomous? Something else altogether?
  9. I caved and bought a leather cover for my Hobonichi Weeks. I keep seeing them on Instagram and they’re too pretty not to get xD I won’t be getting it in a while but it’s something to look forward to in the mail.
  10. I should go back on a no-spend. Hmm, we’ll see.

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And that’s it from me! How is your June going?

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 22 May, 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. I’m back! I think I’ve more or less settled back to the routine of it all, which is especially hard after coming back from Europe. When I came back it was actually pretty hard because I was greeted by stress at work, some weird-ass developments in my personal life, and of course I got super sick 🙁 That was not fun.
  2. But Europe! My brother and I had so much fun dallying around the Netherlands, a day at Belgium, a few days in Iceland, and layovers in Germany. Checked out a lot of art while in the Netherlands–van Gogh! Rembrandt! Vermeer!–and of course the beauty of Iceland’s landscapes. Our day trip to Brussels was also a highlight, wish we had more days to spend wandering around Belgium <3
  3. And the food…omg…

  4. And now I’m itching for another trip, maybe a weekender. It sounds crazy but 25% of me is like “It’s feasible.” lol we’ll see xD
  5. Meanwhile, I bought three books while I was away, which is like two more than what I usually do, lol:

  6. Books I’m currently reading: I’m still ever slowly working my way through The Saga of Icelanders. I think this will be my major summer reading project to tackle, lol. Still figuring out what else to read…Likely will settle on Mhairi McFarlane’s Don’t You Forget About Me which I picked up while I was away…Also started Winston Graham’s Warleggan but I haven’t gotten far in it
  7. Speaking of stories, so we’re finally free: final episode of Game of Thrones aired last Sunday. I was on board until halfway through episode 8.04 when
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  8. All this frustration has reminded me why I don’t really watch television these days. Oops.
  9. Going back to an earlier point, so on Instagram people are starting to talk about summer getaways and I’m like “;_; I’m just working this summer, FML” (and probably reducing my hours a bit as well to work on my own personal projects/reorganise my goals and my life). So maybe said earlier point of a mini-vaca is an actual possibility. Ahhh!
  10. It would be nice to catch up with everything at some point…

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And that’s it from me for now! How have you been?

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 21 March, 2019 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 1 Comment

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. Is it the end of April yet? =/
  2. I attended this exhibit some two weeks ago which was wonderful: Monet! Pissaro! Degas! Cassatt! Van Gogh! I wish I had spent more time–I had work that afternoon so it was basically a drop in to the exhibit and then left–as I would have liked to wander around the permanent collections. Alas, maybe next time.
  3. School continues to be a bummer, although I’m liking my ethics class. All this group work, I don’t understand. I don’t understand, almost all of us in this programme has some concept of teamwork since we work in the field in some capacity, so why keep shovelling the group work business? Especially as most of us have different work schedules? I’m getting a twitch now every time I have to deal with this, omg…
  4. Work has also been a bit trying lately. It was hectic in February, sort of eased off at the start of March, and now it’s back to full-on madness. There’s going to be a lot of shuffling around at my workplace because units are moving and opening so I’m seriously considering moving. Again.
  5. Actually, can I just win the lottery? Pack up and take off and that’s that.
  6. Speaking of taking off, almost all of the details of my trip have been set. I usually have everything set a lot sooner but because of school and work and my overall mental exhaustion, it’s taken longer lately for me to just carve some time to hammer everything out. Most of the logistical headaches have been sorted out so suffice to say I am excited now 🙂
  7. Books I’m currently reading: Still slowly working my way through The Saga of Icelanders. I recently finished reading Myke Cole’s The Armoured Saint, re-reading William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and the comic Thor: The World Eaters written by Matt Fraction so I’m looking at my TBR pile as to what to read next…It’s deadline season so I’m trying to keep it light. Sort of.
  8. Yup, reading has slowed down again because of everything. Which is a bit frustrating but sometimes I’m just too mentally tired to engage in anything. How do you guys unwind when you’re stressed or life in general is just being too extra?
  9. On the plus side, prompted after seeing the longest for this year’s Woman’s Prize, I finally read Anna Burns’ Milkman. Review will be posted next week but at least I can say I read one of the books listed this year? Hahaha.
  10. Did I mention I can’t wait until the end of April? 😛

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And that’s it from me! How have you been? How’s your March going?

Bookish & Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 20 February, 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. So what about this month so far? lol, it’s been busy as always, juggling school and work. I can feel my patience and my temper beginning to fray quite a bit–school’s been a bit of a bore/nuisance with the group assignments (whhhhy) (except ethics, I like ethics class), work has been very stressful as our unit has gotten heavier on many levels. I know my self-care’s been on the low end and I’ve been trying to take care of myself more in between but gah, it’s hard.
  2. In a boost career-wise though, I found out that I will be representing my unit at the nursing advisory council that’s held every month. I had applied for it on a whim last month–all the talk about leadership and whatnot at school and with everything happening on the unit recently had me thinking about stuff–and it’s exciting and different beyond bedside nursing.
  3. I’m on Reading Week now, thank God. Spending the week either working (what’s new) or going out for lunch and dinner with friends–yesterday was with a good ol’ friend of mine, tomorrow will be with two of my favourite people from work, lol. Oh yeah, and I’m doing schoolwork in between. No biggie. lol.
  4. I happen to find myself off this Saturday (a rarity; I usually work weekends) so I’m attending a Travelers Notebook meet-up at Wonder Pens’ studio shop. I’ve seen these kinds of events happen elsewhere (and posted on IG) but I’ve never heard of such a meet-up here in the city so despite of being such an introvert, I’m pretty psyched to do this. If only I knew which notebook to bring
  5. Speaking of meet-ups and whatnot, I saw Olafur Arnalds live at the Roy Thomson Hall earlier this month. Olafur Arnalds is one of my favourite composers so to watch and hear him perform some of his music live was such a delight. None of my favourite pieces were performed, alas (“This Place is a Shelter”, “partial” off the new album), but a) “Near Light” was performed, which was a joy, and b) I may have almost lost my shit when I heard them perform “Beth’s Theme” from Broadchurch. Ahhhh!!!!
  6. So guess who just booked her holiday? Yaaaah Lianne’s off to the Netherlands and then to Iceland at the end of the exam period (end of April and into early May) *throws confetti* I’m going with my brother; it’s my graduation gift to him (as he will be finishing his programme then) and a bit of R&R before he writes his board exams (he really wants to go to Iceland, hence it being part of the trip. As for me, I don’t mind going back to Iceland). Suffice to say I can’t wait until April rolls in, lol.
  7. Books I’m currently reading: I’m kind of still debating actually. I think I might read The Saga of Icelanders next to get into the mood of my trip, but I don’t know, I might go with N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season. We will see. Meanwhile I am reading the graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns; am hoping to get through most of the comic book stack before classes (and midterms) start up again.
  8. Another major thing I’ve been doing this month: #InCoWriMo! For the past month I’ve been writing letters to people all over the world–as well as catching up on my own correspondence–which has been a nice break from everything. And it’s so much fun receiving mail from everywhere as well. It’ll be a while to catch up again, I suppose! lol
  9. I want to see this exhibit. I’m hoping I can squeeze this in sometime next month.
  10. This song has been on repeat for the last month, even though it reminds me more of summer lol:

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And that’s it from me! How have you been? How’s 2019 been treating you so far?