Tag: Ramblings: Not-So-Bookish Thoughts


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 😛

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

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 9 November, 2016 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. Edit to add: I wrote this post before November the 8th and despite not commenting often about politics here on my blog, I feel like I should comment something about last night’s results (because much as I gave up following election days, I did end up following the tracker for a bit)…I can’t. No words. =/
  2. It’s November and NaNoWriMo is here. So far it’s been all right (ish), I have a story idea that I’m excited about and have been furiously writing notes about leading up to the start date (case in point). The plot itself is still vague (I’m a mix between a plotter and a pantser apparently) but the journey should be exciting (provided real life can give me a break and not leave me so tired all the time that I can work a bit; I’m already playing catch-up a bit, lol -_-;). Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo this year? This is me over there, by the way, feel free to add me! 🙂
  3. November is also Sci-Fi Month! Some of my posts have already gone live, but expect a lot more sci-fi here on the blog for the next few weeks 😉
  4. The rest of October was all right, busy with shifts (thankfully) and meeting up with friends (well, one of my best friends; still have to meet up with the other). Never a dull moment at work as there’s been a few nutty things that’s happened to me in the last few weeks but otherwise all is well. This month is looking to be just as nutty in that a few things that I wasn’t able to do last month (am continuing with my general reorganisation/clean out of everything in my room) got pushed to November xD We’ll see.
  5. Daughter released a new song! Well, a bonus song, but still, it’s new! And it’s all kinds of awesome:

  6. I saw this last weekend on Twitter and OMG. Penguins, yo, don’t mess with them.
  7. I couldn’t help myself, I picked up a passport-sized fauxdori :3 I was compelled to pick one up as I’m planning on popping over to the art gallery in the next little while depending on my schedule to check out a new exhibit featuring some Impressionists pieces. Planning on spending a whole day over there, parking myself here and there and sketching away 🙂
  8. Books I am currently reading at the moment: Rick Riordan’s The Hammer of Thor, Julia Gillard’s My Story (was in the mood for some nonfiction and had been eyeing her memoir forever), Christopher Marlowe’s Hero and Leander, and John Steinback’s East of Eden (I knew I was either going to like it or no…and so far I’ve been pretty engrossed by the story 🙂 ). And I may be starting the eARC for Daisy Goodwin’s Victoria shortly xD
  9. Colour me excited: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beren and Luthien is to be published in 2017. Yeah, I’ve read, what? Two variations of the story, but it’s one of my favourite stories from The Silmarillion (review) so it having its own collection is cool 😀
  10. This travelogue entry on San Gimignano, Italy makes me so happy 😀 I was there back in 2010 on my way down to Rome (albeit in December when there was snow and ice on the ground) and it was one of my favourite times in Italy as a whole, it’s a beautiful town and very peaceful. If you ever find yourselves in Italy and in the Tuscan region I highly, highly recommend stopping by there.

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And that’s about it from me for this post! Anyway, hope everyone is having a lovely week 🙂

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 6 October, 2016 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. So my birthday was yesterday 😛 Of course celebrations started over the weekend for me (case in point, followed by the greatest food coma I had ever experienced) but yesterday was nice too (again, see Instagram for the damage done 😛 ). I was tagging my personal photos as #sothisis30 lol; it’s something to get used to, I suppose. Oh, and to end my day? I got called in for a night shift lol #adulting
  2. September was semi-busy (well, okay, work has definitely kept me busy. Never a dull moment on shift, really; and I’ve had some harrowing experiences this month). Thankfully I’ve still been getting a considerable number of shifts given that summer’s over, but we’ll see what October brings.
  3. Guess who finally got a new phone? This girl! 😀 Finally dragged myself to the store early last month right before the iPhone 7 came out and picked up an iPhone 6S. Okay, so I see why an iPhone is very convenient–am especially all 😀 at how sharp the camera and the screen is for photos–but at the end of the day, it’s nice to have a phone that bloody well works (I did mention how my old phone was being an arse in not registering new call/sending calls directly to voicemail, sending/receiving text messages twice, etc, etc.? It was crap, omg)
  4. NaNoWriMo is next month and I’ve been debating for the last few weeks whether I’ll be participating in it this year or not…I technically do have an idea lined up but we’ll see how far the brainstorming goes (coupled with a few other writing projects that I’ve started working on and revisiting last month)…
  5. I bought Johan Johannson’s “Orphee” a few weeks ago and it is absolutely divine. The concept album is based off of the Orpheus tale and it is stunning, definitely worth checking out if you’re into classical music. I have a lot of favourites from this album–heck, I just had the album on repeat for the last few weeks–but I think this one is my favourite track:

  6. I received some sad news that my web host, AP Web Solutions, is closing on 01 January 2017 so I’m on the hunt for a new web host. It’s been so long since I’ve done this, not to mention thinking what I require to maintain my blog (not much, but disk space nonetheless is an issue). And admittedly it has left me wondering how much longer I will be book blogging… (Not any time soon! It astounds me that I’m hitting ten years next year, it’s been such a part of my life now)
  7. Speaking of websites, gah, it frustrates me to no end that my website has been acting sluggish this past week. See, I live on my posts going on scheduled releases because I’m not on all the time now/odd hours working, so when I find that my posts aren’t going live when they’re supposed to, I’m like “You had one job!” and unable to do anything about it until I come home or am on the laptop xP
  8. Books I’m currently reading: Almudena Grandes’ The Frozen Heart (at long last! Only took me some 3-4 years to get around to it 😛 ) and…nothing else, really. Still deciding. I’m also re-reading Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches (review) as part of the #RealTimeReadingADOW (came at a good time, I was actually pondering on re-reading it several weeks ago).
  9. Shocked my best friend last week when we met up because we walked into the bookstore and I said I didn’t feel like picking anything up lol. Truth be told I did order a whole slew of books the day before that, including Frank Herbert The Great Dune Trilogy which I had been eyeing for so long (enjoyed the first three books of the series; have yet to read the last three (or is it four?)) and two of Ian McEwan’s books (The Children Act and On Chesil Beach (which I read years ago but never reviewed here–been meaning to revisit it though) xD Not to mention all the classics I picked up recently (Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound & Other Plays, Ovid’s Metamorphoses) :3
  10. Because I can’t think of a 10th point for this entry and I was going to mention it anyway: Friendly reminder that I do have a wee book giveaway happening right now in celebration of my birthday if you’re interested in signing up for that 😉

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And that’s about it from me for this post! How have you been? If you participate in this meme, link me up, I’d love to read your post! Have a wonderful week, and to my fellow Canadian bloggers & readers a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend 🙂

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 7 September, 2016 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. You know this scene from the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice? This is basically me in real life O_O
  2. So I fell into the hole that is fauxdori/midori/etc. I bought this pretty a few weeks ago, then bought some moleskins to put in it. I don’t bullet journal as I have a separate agenda(s; I hate it when the 2016 months cross over to 2017) for that so yeah, now it’s just a matter of writing in said fauxdori 😛
  3. We still have a quarter of the year to go, but I’ve decided to adopt Metric’s “Celebrate” as my theme song this year:
  4. Speaking of music, so I’ve been listening to stuff by The Chainsmokers. Summer is waning, but it’s the perfect music to listen to this time of the year. Tough choice but my favourite song from them is “Inside Out” 🙂
  5. I might as well just turn this into a music post, lmao. I was browsing iTunes the other week and came across this track; I haven’t really listened to Arvo Part’s piano pieces but this re-imagining is absolutely amazing. I’m looking forward to the whole album when it comes out, they cover a number of different familiar pieces:
  6. I don’t even know where to begin with this, lmao: Most Canadian Heist Ever: Guy In Hockey Goalie Gear Robs Beer Store
  7. Books I am currently reading: slowly but finally reading Margaret MacMillan’s The War that Ended the Peace (only took me three years to get around to the book) and Alice Hoffman’s Faithful (eARC courtesy of the publishers; I’ve been busy the last few weeks to take care of my emails but I finally got around to this). I’m also re-reading Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey at work (and having fun revisiting it) 😉
  8. I don’t experience this too often but I recently went through a bit of a reading slump (maybe in the last three weeks or so). Some books that I thought I would love I didn’t love as much and I can’t seem to settle on a book in particular to read straight. I think part of it is because of a few things happening IRL that’s distracting me, but I think it blew over now. I read quite a bit of poetry recently (you may have noticed on my instagram), which I think helped.
  9. In somewhat related news, because I’m participating in Sci-Fi Month 2016 this November, I had to do a bit of reshuffling with my blogging schedule. Let’s just say I have book reviews scheduled for 2017 already. Oops :3
  10. I need to check out this store soon. It is imperative.

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And that’s about it from me for this post! How is everything with you? 🙂

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 3 August, 2016 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 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. So my phone’s been a major arsehole last month (and still sort of is now). It hadn’t been high on my priority list despite it being how many years old but after a particular incident a few weeks ago where none of the calls were coming in nor were notifications being made about my voicemail (missed the opportunity to pick up a shift as a result), I realised it was time to get a new phone. I’m waiting for the back to school sales to kick in but *le gasp* I just might be getting an iPhone now 😛
  2. I suppose the first point comes at a good time as I’ve been picking up shifts big time last month that the other staff were wondering if I’d become a part-timer lol. We’ll see how this month goes as staffing has changed a bit on the unit but the days off earlier this week was a welcomed change–I was getting really tired towards the end there.
  3. Best way to spend time after a day shift? Scoping out restaurants to eat at for my birthday (even though my birthday is…2 months away?) 😀 I’m hankering for some German food…or at least a place with a massive selection of imported (preferrably German) beer.
  4. By the time this post goes live, I hope to have watched the 2015 adaptation of Macbeth (Edit: Nope, still hasn’t happened. Tomorrow maybe?), but omg how ace is the theme song? So ominous and haunting and chilling! 😀
  5. I haven’t been writing much lately because of offline busy-ness and it’s making me 🙁 I need to work out some kind of schedule for myself…
  6. And for the record, yes, I’m still baffled over that Euro final last month. My dad and I were like O_o for most of it (and the beer running out too soon didn’t help matters). At least it didn’t go into penalty shootouts because I would’ve been extremely fed up then.
  7. Books I am currently reading: Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch (been reading this during the commute and during my breaks), M.K. Tod’s Time and Regret (book blog tour coming up in September!), Henry David Thoreau’s Walden (for a dash of non-fiction), and Love Stories, a pocket anthology from Everyman’s Library (got this on sale. The size was so cute, and short stories are also good to read given my schedule at present).
  8. You probably read this story by now, but it bears repeating because it’s so cute: Woman’s tweet to bookstore’s Twitter account ends in love story 🙂
  9. I learned a valuable lesson a few weeks ago: never let me go shopping when I’m tired from work 😛 I had initially planned on picking up a few bottles of German beer (long weekend over here) and hair spray and I ended up buying a whole bunch of other stuff as well. But this was well worth it, haha (on sale) xD
  10. I’ve only read two out of four of her books to date, but I think Mhairi McFarlane is my new favourite author. Her characters are more or less in the same boat with where I am in my life, ridiculousness and all. Zipped through her books in a day (days off well spent, lol) and laughed a lot along the way 🙂

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And that’s about it from me for this post! How is everything with you? 🙂