Tag: Ramblings: Not-So-Bookish Thoughts


Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 17 May, 2017 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.).

  1. Yes, I am back, lol. Spent a busy two weeks at the end of April/first week of May in Iceland and Denmark. I still have yet to really go through my photos but I will post about my adventures over there at some point…soon xP But yeah, it was pretty busy, from going toe-to-toe with Mother Nature in Iceland to visiting every palace I could in Denmark to combatting a variety of health mishaps towards the end of my trip (I only started recovering from my cold when I got back ;_;). But all in all I had a good time 😀


    Sorry for the size of these embeddings, I’m too lazy to look at the script code on how to make them smaller…
  2. If I have time this summer, I would like to reorganise my “Travel” category a bit. It’s not visible right now under my categoris section but a few years ago I did have that category on public featuring all my previous adventures around namely Italy. Good ol’ days 🙂
  3. So, back to reality. My first shift back last week was a bit rocky as there was a turnover with almost two-thirds of the patient population on my unit so I was getting to learn a whole number of them all over again. I’m getting a bit more shifts again, but I’ve also been busy catching up and running errands so there’s that. Fun times are over, lol.
  4. But in happier news two major boxes I’d been waiting for arrived! 😀 Pictures and general squeeing can be found over here xD
  5. Speaking of writing material and going back to my travels, I posted on my Instagram recently how I used my Midori traveller’s notebook for that trip. I think I posted last year that I got a Midori TN for my birthday in the anticipation of using it for this trip. And let’s just say it was well used 😀 I thought you might find it interesting if you’re into taking sneak peek at people’s notebooks 😉
  6. So back to reality and back to getting on track about my poetry collection. Ugh, I have the draft completed, it’s just preparing a proper pdf file to get it printed ;_; It’d be nice to get a proof copy done soon before I start working on a new project that I’m pretty excited to put together…
  7. Sailor Moon washi tape. Need I say more? 😛
  8. Books I’m currently reading: Robert Harris’ Conclave. I just finished reading Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train yesterday and omg, can I say that was a rather stressful read? Just reading it from the perspective of those characters, oh my…Anyway, I’m still deciding as to what book to read next from my TBR pile: Georgette Heyer’s The Quiet Gentleman? One of Joseph Boyden’s books? Another thriller perhaps?
  9. Book haul from my trip. I’m still amazed I was able to squeeze all that stuff into my luggage!
  10. And the notebook fiend strikes again! As if I don’t have enough notebooks just sitting there waiting to be used (like my TBR pile just sitting there waiting for me to read them all).

+++

And that’s about it! How’s everyone’s week/month been going? Happy hump day! 😛

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 12 April, 2017 by Lianne in Books / 6 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. Without going into details I’ve been busy. I moved units mid-last month and I’m still sort of settling in; it’s one thing to float a few shifts there, it’s another working there altogether. But anyway…
  2. So I’ve sort of starting posting a bit of my poetry on Instagram whilst playing with my fountain pens, lol:


    I was hoping that I’d put a proof draft through before I leave but I don’t think that’s happening as I’m still figuring out how Lulu Press works (I was initially going to go with CreateSpace but apparently if you’re Canadian revenues become something of a hassle to get), as well as licenses like fonts (because I want a pretty font, dammit #itsaseriousissue ).
  3. Okay, so I’ve also become something of a fountain pen enthusiast in the last few months, posting about them also on Instagram. I am now the proud owner of two Pilot and two Lamy fountain pens. Because one isn’t enough and I use each for different things that I’m writing 😛
  4. Oh yeah, I don’t think I mentioned it here…or have I? That I was offered admission into the nursing programme that I applied for (to bridge to RN). I accepted one of the offers so yeah, I’m kissing my summer goodbye (not that I was planning on having a summer, really; it’s open season for us casuals/part-timers) and going back to school in September. Again 😛
  5. Pssh, not going to lie, I’ve had this song on repeat for the past week. I like the retro-feeling beat to it:
  6. Haha, this was fun: I recently posted my notebook stash after seeing @guiltlessreading’s post on hers. Suffice to say I’ve accumulated quite a number of notebooks and journals that I’m trying to use now :3
  7. Books I’m currently reading: I’m slowly going through W.B. Yeats’ Collected Poems (forgot how I ended up deciding to pick up his poetry, but here we are 😛 ). I also started reading Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s The Nest last week but I haven’t gotten far with it just yet.
  8. I think I’m still in a bit of a reading slump 🙁 There’d be these moments where I can’t put a book down once I get into it, but then there are stretches where it takes forever for me to settle into a book. What is this new norm and how do I make it stop?! O_O
  9. My reviews of those movies won’t be going live here until June (ahh yes, my scheduled posts continue) but I actually sat down a few weeks ago and watched two movies (Doctor Strange and What Maisie Knew, in case you were wondering).
  10. All in all, trying to survive the next few weeks and then I can relax! *thud*

+++

And that’s about it from me!

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 8 March, 2017 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 14 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. Well, February was fun. I was worried early in the month because the shifts seemed to have decreased considerably, but then it picked up a wee bit and I was still able to snag a few per week so all was well (last week was especially nutty; I was on every day + overtime = Lianne took three days off to recuperate). Earlier that month also marked a year since I learned that I passed my licensure exam; insane how time is flying! Seems like yesterday I had just finished and was wondering what to do next.
  2. Speaking of work, I had been applying to part time positions within the hospital and to my surprise, I got a phone call from HR last Friday saying that I was the successful candidate for one of the open postings! D= It’s a temporary part-time position for a medical unit so I’ll be there for a year but still, that’s at least guaranteed shifts a week compared to my current position as a casual. Moving up in the world :3 Granted, I’m going to miss my current home base as I know the patient population well and like working with my coworkers but I’ve floated on the unit that I’ve been accepted to so the change won’t be so bad. I don’t know when I start though, my manager is still working that part out.
  3. In equally happy news, guess who’s going on vacation (soon-ish)? This girl! 😀 At long last I’ve finally booked the vacation that’s I’ve been dreaming of for years: at the end of April I’ll be going to Iceland and Denmark for about two weeks. I’m so excited *flailing* I need a change of scenery xD
  4. So I finally sucked it up and announced on my Instagram my plans to self-publish some of my poetry. I’m on my last round of going through the poems and settling on what font to use (ugh, a few weeks ago I was pouring over details on how font licensing works, what is acceptable at a commercial level, etc. Dry reading, suffice to say, and a bit confusing). I think before I go on vacation I should have it plugged into a format to run by with the printers for a proof. Ahhh! This is becoming a bit real, isn’t it?
  5. I’m looking to invest in a proper fountain pen. Fingers crossed I get a chance to check out this stationary shop here in town sometime this week that carries all sorts of brands popular with the stationary/writing community (e.g. Lamy, TWSBI, etc.). Might as well invest in a nice one to go with my traveller’s notebook (which I will get to use properly soon enough 😀 ).
  6. I love this poem by Marina Tsvetsaeva. And this poem by Christina Rossetti.
  7. Books I’m currently reading: as I’ve mentioned on Instagram & Litsy, for this Lent I’ve slowly started reading through Soren Kierkegaard’s Spiritual Writings (which a) is pretty interesting so far and b) quite timely as I’m still in the middle of a reading slump. Or is this really just life finally getting in the way and slowly my reading down?) I’ve also been slowly reading through Secrets and Confessions from last year’s Scotland Book Trust that Lorraine kindly sent me as well as Rilke’s poetry via the Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets edition (as if having the complete poetry collection wasn’t enough 😛 ). Oh! I’m also re-reading Kierkegaard’s The Sickness Unto Death right now as well.
  8. My copy of Bandi’s The Accusation arrived in the post last week. Haven’t started reading it but I am curious to soon.
  9. I’m pretty sure I read this last year but it gave me a chuckle again recently: From Churchill to Corbyn: the best British political insults
  10. I realised I’ve been a little quiet on the online end this past month. I’m trying to catch up and the like but it might be a little while… :3

+++

And that’s about it from me! How is your February going so far? <-- Hah, in my rush to type this out I forgot remove that bit from last month :3

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 8 February, 2017 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 10 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 case you haven’t heard, my blog turned 10 last week and I’m celebrating with a book giveaway 😉
  2. How was everyone’s January? I’ve been getting mostly day shifts at work, which is a bit of a bummer as I’m so not a morning person, but whatever; at least I’m becoming accustomed to the pace of day shift (nutty as it is)? I’m not even going to comment on the state of world affairs; instead I will leave this tweet here as it perfectly sums up my feelings (well, some feelings, at least)
  3. But here’s a headline that caught my interest: Milky Way is being pushed and pulled across the universe. The astronomer in me was intrigued 🙂

  4. Meanwhile I’m continuing along in compiling my poetry into its respective project compliations, editing, figuring out the logistics. Exciting yet frightening stuff. Nonetheless things are moving along…more about it in the coming weeks? (e.g. I’m thinking of setting up a separate Instagram account to feature some of my poetry when the time comes)
  5. I’ve been experiencing some laptop issues the other day with some registry keys missing and some important updates not coming through. In the process of figuring out what’s going on, it seems my laptop has gotten slower than faster which is irritating O_o #dontyoudaretryanythingsillylaptop
  6. I was completely thrown off-guard when I learned that Max Richter had just released an album (“Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works”) and it is stunning. My favourite track is “War Anthem” but this track is great too:

  7. Books I’m currently reading: The Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson and Ovid’s Metamorphosis (yeah, I’m reading this to and from work and at break–haha, yes, I like to read hefty books at break apparently 😛 ).
  8. I’m still reading poetry and stuff but my reading has slowed down considerably this past month. I think I’m still in the middle of some kind of reading slump; after finishing Ian McEwan’s Nutshell last week I found myself staring at my TBR pile unable to decide what to read next *shrugs* I am looking to do a lot of re-reading this year though; it’s just a matter of organising myself as my re-reading list is quite lengthy (all of the Gabriel Garcia Marquez books I own, some of Shakespeare’s plays, George Orwell’s books, all of Soren Kierkegaard’s works that I own. Yes, I’m quite ambitious like that).
  9. Speaking of re-reading, I feel like re-watching Babylon 5 and Vision of Escaflowne. Too many things I want to do, so little time *le sigh*
  10. I visited the Art Gallery of Ontario in December to see the “Mystical Landscapes” exhibit (Van Gogh! Monet!) and browsed around the other galleries afterwards. This particular painting caught my attention for some reason.

+++

And that’s about it from me! How is your February going so far?

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 11 January, 2017 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 2 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. She’s aliiiiiiiiiiiiiive! lmao, so as I mentioned last week, the blog was on hiatus since the start of December as I had to transfer hosts. It was a massive headache as a) the blog is 9 years old and therefore my database was pretty big, making it quite a slog to re-upload, b) work was busy so I was often too tired to deal with it, and c) if one thing works out, another thing would fall to shit (law of the universe and all). But almost everything is up and running again so huzzah! We’re back in business (and now have 4 months’ worth of book reviews to catch up and publish) 🙂
  2. But on a related note, omg I’m hitting ten years blogging next month O_O Where has the time gone?
  3. My holidays were busy. I ended up working Christmas Day and New Year’s Day so celebrations were either done early or cut short, and then of course there were also family birthdays sandwiched around the time. It didn’t help that a) as I mentioned work has been rather busy lately (I don’t want to turn this into a rant thread but suffice to say our unit’s gotten a lot heavier in recent months) and b) there was a flu outbreak so our unit has been on lockdown. Yay for picking up shifts, but in the same vein everyone’s going stir-crazy. Nonetheless I had a good holiday season; last month I was able to meet up with both my best friends (though omg one of them and I made the mistake of hitting the mall at the height of Christmas shopping and we both wanted to die afterwards. Never again x_x) and last week a few of us met up for dinner which was great (and 6 years in the making, lol).
  4. Is it weird that for a year (2016) marred with such craziness and so many notable deaths that on a personal note it’s been quite a sucessful year for me? It’s mind-boggling, the contrast.
  5. Another development that’s happened since my last post: due to some events that happened last month, I went ahead and applied back to college to start my bridging to become an RN. I wasn’t planning on going back until the year after but events at work + additional encouragement from co-workers left me thinking and eventually deciding to move up my schedule. We’ll see what happens this year…
  6. If you’re following me on Instagram you’ll notice that my latest thing has been buying planner stickers. They’re so cute!!! 😀 And I didn’t know the planner community was actually a thing (I suppose anything and everything can have a community somewhere on the internet). I do use an agenda/planner (a regular practice of mine since high school) but the stickers add a bit of fun to my routine of keeping track of plans and work schedules 😛
  7. Books I’m currently reading: I just finished reading Federico Garcia Lorca’s In Search of Duende last night so I’m sort of staring at my bookshelf at the moment. I’m also re-reading Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago at long last; I kept meaning to for years.
  8. I actually slowed down with my reading last month (*le gasp!* I know, coming from someone who reads x number of books a month), partly again because I was so busy/tired from work and partly because I’ve been working on other stuff. Thank goodness for poetry to keep me reading, but I think I may have also hit something of a reading slump…
  9. Speaking of the other stuff I’ve been working on: so, fingers crossed, I’m going to make a dive this year. After years of writing drafts and whatnot, I’ve decided/come to the realisation that it’s time that I start releasing some of my work to the world. It’s pretty scary, and granted a lot of the stuff I have been working on are nowhere near polished, but I’m thinking of at least self-publishing some of my poetry and see how that works out. I know poetry isn’t for everyone, but would you be interested in reading it if I get around to putting some together? *hides*
  10. On a final note, this news story cracks me up so much. Only in Canada 😛

+++

And that’s about it from me! I hope everyone is doing well and that 2017 is off to a wonderful start for you!