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Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 3 March, 2016 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 27 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. Ahhh, job applications, my old friend O_o *fingers crossed*
  2. Is it me or have the Oscars been rather lacklustre for the past few years? I was rooting for The Martian to pull some upsets just because its nominations were so unexpected (not to mention it gets kinda boring when throughout the award season you figure out who’s 95% likely to nab which award) but I was so pleasantly surprised to see Mark Rylance win best supporting, he was awesome in Wolf Hall (review) and Twelfth Night (review) 😀
  3. Following parliamentary proceedings can be mind-blowingly dull but I do admit to being rather entertained when it comes to the PMQs in the UK. I mean, seriously, they started talking about their mums?
  4. Editing is slow, especially as I’ve hit the bulk of the draft that requires a good edit/reshuffling/hammering down. Oh dear O_O At least I’m making progress with the shorter writing projects?
  5. Books I’m currently reading: Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2015 (yay fantasy & sci-fi short stories!), Kate Mosse’s The Mistletoe Bride and Other Stories (Gothic historical fiction short stories!), and Garth Nix’s Lirael (finally started re-reading it. I meant to start right after Sabriel but read other books instead xD).
  6. Ever had the experience of encountering a book that was your favourite years ago/made an impact in some aspect of your life, only to feel rather, errr, lazy to revisit it? I’m going through my shelves at the moment (talked a bit about it over here) and just found myself pondering over the book….
  7. Speaking of reading…hehehehe, I am getting a new eReader *cackles gleefully* My current one has been well-used these last few years but suffice to say I’ve had my fair share of problems with it as well–I’m constantly being booted off when I’m trying to update my library, right now it’s giving me a warning message saying I need to do a factory reset again becasue there’s something wrong with the memory, etc.–so yeah, I’m totally ready for a new one. I’m sure I’ll be sharing my excitement on Instagram when I get my hands on it 😉 Edit: Huzzah! It arrived pretty quickly in the post and is very pretty 😀 Also smaller and slimmer than my old one.
  8. Also from that previous post: Could you please recommend me authors that have last names starting with U and X and wrote books that you enjoyed?
  9. Continuing with my language self-learning, I picked up a Spanish mini-dictionary recently and am now the proud owner of five mini-dictionaries. lmao, gotta catch them all 😛
  10. I found out about this new social media app/site over the weekend called Litsy. It looked interesting and pretty and it’s about books so I decided to sign up and see how it works (haven’t done much with it yet tbh, but I look forward to playing around with it). I’m eclecticreading over there; if you have an account, please let me know, I’d love to add you there! 🙂

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And that’s about it from me! 🙂

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 17 February, 2016 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 22 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. Soooooo…I heard back about the board exam that I took back in January for my nursing licence and…I passed 😀 Received the letter last week and yeah, I was stunned. I wasn’t expecting my results back so soon, but huzzah! I just have a bit of paperwork to fill out but I can’t believe I’m actually done xD
  2. So in celebration of passing my board exam I…bought some books :3 I know, I know, I’m on a book-buying ban and all, but surely this is a good reason to break it for a day, yes? 😀 One needs to celebrate xD


    Not my gif, but this was basically my brain last week. Oops. #noregrets
  3. I’m convinced that there’s something wrong with my Bloglovin account: I’m not getting updates from all of the blogs that I’m following *scratches head*
  4. I actually popped in the previous weekend to watch the Super Bowl and I have to say, after watching rugby last year and learning how that sport is played, I finally understand how American football is played *is proud of herself*
  5. I’ve had Florence + the Machine on shuffle lately and I kinda really love this song right now:

  6. Books I’m currently reading: I’m currently re-reading Beowulf (so that I can re-read Tolkien’s rendition of Beowulf; I read it a few years ago when it came out but I never reviewed it and I don’t think I thought much of it) and am finishing up Elizabeth Boyle’s The Knave of Hearts. I’m also looking to start re-reading Sabriel and work through the first three Abhorsen novels as I have Clariel sitting on my TBR queue and am looking forward to reading it 🙂
  7. Kate @ Parchment Girl interviewed me this month for a blogger feature 🙂
  8. A bit of pluggage but blogoversary book giveaway is still on if you’re interested in entering. I’m also holding a brief reader survey just to hear from visitors. I’ve gotten a fairly good number of responses so far and I’m looking forward to posting the results sometime next month 🙂
  9. I wrote my first password-protected post, lol. It’ll be going live…not this weekend but next weekend. It’s for a novella that recently came out and given how spoilerific the novella was to Brandon Sanderson’s books, having a password just seemed best (I didn’t want to not talk about it either–too many feels with that novella).
  10. Game that I’m really into right now: Neko Atsume. I keep seeing all these cute little cats on my Twitter feed so I finally looked it up and eek, it’s so cute and a fairly low-maintenance game (if you can even call it that).

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And that’s about it from me! How are things with you? 🙂

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 4 February, 2016 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 15 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. Geez, what was up with January? David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey… 🙁
  2. I almost forgot mentioning this offline bit but I wrote my board exam for my nursing license back ine early January. It was all right, to be honest I don’t have any strong feelings about it (panic and crushing worry whether or not I passed, relative calmness that I thought it was a breeze, a mix of both, etc.) because, heh, I didn’t get much sleep the night before O_O Totally messed up, I was absolutely calm about the exam the day before, stopped studying that evening and popped in a tv show to watch and right when I went to bed, I got really sick. So that sucked. Still managed to drag myself out of bed early the following morning to make my way to the exam area, wrote the exam, went home, slept for 10 hours *shrugs* Suffice to say I survived it 😛 Now it’s the waiting game…though I did pass the jurisprudence component that I took a few weeks after so yay xD
  3. Whoo-hoo! Daughter released their second LP, “Not to Disappear”, a few weeks ago and I absolutely love it. At first I wasn’t entirely sure based on the snippet previews I heard as it seems a change from their first album–more instruments and synthetic beats in the background–but it really works. Toss up between “New Ways” and “Doing the Right Thing” as my favourite song off it (oh, and “Fossa.” And “How.” And “Made of Stone.”). “Doing the Right Thing” is such a haunting song as it’s based off the lead singer’s grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer’s:
  4. My year seems to be off to a good start reading-wise:

    8 books getting 4.5 – 5 star ratings? Not bad, not bad 🙂 Though on the flipside, yikes that I’ve already read two 1-star books (ugh, why did I put myself through that instead of DNF’ing?)

  5. Not that I’m using my monthly bookish & not-so-bookish thoughts posts as a tracker or anything, but book buying ban is still in place. Sort of staring at the calendar for that window of time when I can buy books again (Easter, why you so far away?) but in the meantime I rewrote my TBR list and it’s gotten considerably smaller so huzzah! It’s working (and I’ve started reading a book or two that’s been sitting on that pile the longest) 😀
  6. Books I am currently reading: Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Major Works (slowly started reading through this; his poems are interesting but I wish this collection had more poems than text), Ilana C. Myer’s Last Song Before Night, and an outline on Spanish grammar. I’ve sorely neglected my language learning since before the Christmas holidays. Oops.
  7. Was pretty happy these past few weeks in that a number of Shakespeare adaptations I ordered had arrived (photo / photo) 😀 Expect a ton of reviews in late April in conjunction with Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary.
  8. My review of the movie won’t go up for a while but I finally got around to watching The Leviathan (Russian movie from 2014; it won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film in 2015). It’s very Russian in its storytelling and it’s a rather grim tale but the cinematography was stunning and its use of Philip Glass’ “Akhnaten” was perfection; definitely sets up the feel and scope of the movie. I’d recommend it if you’re into that kind of drama.

  9. On the writing front, I’ve started editing that novel whose third draft has been languishing for the past year. I meant to edit it last year but never got around to it, oops, promising myself to get around to it this year. At first I seemed to have been constantly plagued with doubts about it–is it good enough, will anyone want to read it, etc, etc–but managed to pull myself together and start working on it. It’s been exciting, albeit also a little hair-pulling as it’s time to buckle down, work out the kinks and patch up the holes and still keep focused on the overall plot *thud* So yup, fingers crossed that this is it xD
  10. Was rather bummed out to learn earlier this week that Copy.com is discontinuing their services in May. I liked it as my back-up/online cloud storage as it’s like Dropbox but with more security and privacy. I’m sort of looking around for alternatives and am rather meh abut them. Do you use an online cloud storage service (i.e. Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc.)? Any recommendations?

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And that’s about it from me from the past month! How have you been? How was your January? Anything exciting on your end? Drop me a line, let me know! Happy February, and I hope you’ll stick around my blog tomorrow as someone is celebrating their 9th blogoversary :3

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 6 January, 2016 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 16 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.).

Posting this a few hours earlier than usual because I’ll be leaving early tomorrow morning for a workshop (related to point #2, but anyway)…

  1. Happy New Year! How was everyone’s Christmas & holiday season? I hope everyone had a wonderful time with their loved ones and that things weren’t too stressful leading up to it 🙂 My Christmas & New Year was pretty quiet, though I am still recovering from a food coma as on top of the two holidays we also celebrated two birthdays xD *thud* But they were a lot of fun and all around lovely (and the freezing cold winter weather didn’t hit until just before the new year). There’s still the matter of meeting up with my best friends, which I wasn’t able to do before Christmas, but it’ll have to wait until point #2 is through…
  2. So I suppose I should properly recap what’s been happening to me over the month of December. I didn’t really delve much into it because to be honest I didn’t want to jinx myself (I can get pretty superstitious when it comes to these things, lol) but I finished the final course to my nursing programme (thank goodness!!!) and have been studying for my licensure exam that I will be taking next week x_x So this is me right now BIG TIME:


    (Again, not my gif but thank you whoever made this)
  3. Speaking of Christmas holidays and everything, I spent another lovely Christmas season re-watching The Lord of the Rings, haha (well, mostly anyways; our viewing of ROTK was interrupted by some visitor dropping by, so we’re watching that later in the week). It’s a nicely tradition, it still hits me with all of the feels and it’s funny watching it with my family. We were debating whether to marathon through the three Hobbit movies as well but in the end we got lazy and opted to watch the third movie extended edition (which was much better than the theatrical; there were a lot of cut scenes that should’ve stayed in the theatrical cut).
  4. On a sort-of related note, how was everyone’s Boxing Day/shopping post-Christmas? lol. I want to say I wasn’t bad, aside from pre-ordering a bunch of stuff (see point #8), but I think I did splurge a bit more than I meant to. Oops. Oh well, yay books and movies that came my way 🙂
  5. I plugged this song in my first post of the year last week but I really like this song right now:

    Ludovico Einaudi also apparently came out with a new album back in October and I loves it. Too late/too lazy to add a postscript to last week’s entry but it’s a great album nonetheless. Love this song right now:

  6. Sort-of resolutions for 2016. We’ll see how this goes? 🙂
  7. Books I am currently reading: Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (sort of took a break reading this book sometime before Christmas; luckily I stopped at the beginning of a new tale), The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, and Terry Pratchett’s The Truth (I need something to offset the madness happening offline).
  8. So my book-buying ban started on January 1st. I’m suriving so far, probably because I’m more focused on studying at the moment and I’ve got plenty of books on my TBR pile to read in the meantime besides I preordered all the books I wanted for the next two-three months 🙂 Like last year I’ll be ending this found of the book-buying ban on Easter Sunday, give me a breather, and then start the process all over again. We’ll see how this goes, lol.
  9. There’ll Be No Winds Of Winter Before Game Of Thrones Season 6. I saw this post the day it was published on my Twitter feed and I can’t say I’m surprised, I wasn’t expecting it at all this year. I do feel for him, working on such a pressured deadline sucks and being a writer isn’t easy (gosh, I said last year I’d churn out a final draft for my WIP. Did. Not. Happen.). On the other hand it was pretty naive of him to think the show wouldn’t catch up to him; alarm bells were already ringing when series 3 rolled in and the sixth book was nowhere near publication…But anyway. There’s that. Can’t say I’m terribly hyped anyhow *has plenty of other books and series to read and look forward to anyhow*
  10. And before I forget, this lovely news article appeared on my Twitter feed on New Year’s Eve: This Raccoon Who Stole A Doughnut In Toronto Is Your Inspiration For 2016 😛 On a side note, the raccoons seem to be out in full force last year (never forget: #DeadRaccoonTO. I live in a strange city)…

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And that’s about it from me! Not quite ten this month, but anyway…How are you recovering from the Christmas/New Year season? How’s the first week of 2016 treating you? Have a wonderful weekend and a great January! 🙂

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 3 December, 2015 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 4 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 realised recently that I tend to use the word “Overall” a lot when wrapping up my book reviews. Someone remind me to use a thesarus, lol!
  2. You know what sucks? When you find out about a sale item (online) sometime in the afternoon but can’t buy it because you’re out and busy and whatever so you think “Oh, it’s okay, the sale ends at midnight so I’ll be able to get it when I get home.” Only when you get home and you log on, you find out that said item on sale is back to its regular price O_O And it’s not even midnight. I am unamused (and it was an eBook, in case you were wondering) 🙁 But in related news I did find a lot of great stuff on Indigo, including at last my brother’s Christmas gift. Now all that’s left on my Christmas shopping are my best friends 🙂
  3. I never watched Life of Brian from Monty Python (only The Holy Grail; my brother and I like to quote certain scenes) and I’ve never taken Latin at school but lmao I can nonetheless understand this clip with all those cases (I’m looking at you, Russian grammar!):
  4. I think I mentioned it before that I’m a fan of Florence and the Machine? It’s one of those instances where I didn’t really give an album a good listen because I finally listened to “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” last week and I am completely in love with it. I’m kind of sad that she didn’t get to go through with her original idea of developing a high-concept album starting with “Which Witch” as I was curious to see what would come out of that, but I’m glad the demo was included in this album because I really like that song too (I wonder what a polished final version of that song would’ve sounded like). But I love how this finished album features a lot of brass instruments; hands down my favourite tracks off the album are “Hiding” and “Queen of Peace”:
  5. Paris 🙁 <3
  6. On a lighter note: are you Team Trudeau or Team Nieto? 😛
  7. Books I’m currently reading: Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (after weeks and months of circling it, I finally started reading it), Graham Winston’s Ross Poldark (was browsing through my TBR pile trying to figure out what book to read the other day and just got sucked into this story), and Anthony Marra’s The Tsar of Love and Techno (was just approved an eARC of this book the other day on NetGalley–it’s shaping to be a wonderful read! I loved A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (review))
  8. This is brilliant: The nine circles of hell from Dante’s Inferno recreated in Lego by Mihai Mihu (review)
  9. Well this was an interesting list: 50 Gripping Books to Read While Travelling. I definitely agree with Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (review); a few years ago that wonderful chunkster was on my TBR queue for some time and I only got around to reading it while on the train from Trento to Wien and back. Wonderful memories reading that one 🙂
  10. I’ll write more about this in the new year when I post my 2016 resolutions for TTT but in an effort to slow down/enforce a book-buying ban (here we go again, haha), I’m planning to focus a bit more on re-reading again (I used to re-read a lot growing up). I thought about maybe putting together a reading challenge like I did two years ago to keep me on track but A) maybe someone has already put one together for next year but then B) ehhh, I’d rather do it at my pace. So we’ll see.

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Well, that was a fair bit of randomness from me this time around 😛 How was your November? Is your December shaping up to be busy? Hope this month goes well for everyone and as stress-free as possible to fully enjoy the season 🙂 As for me…well, this is going to be me for the first two weeks of the month:


(Not my gif but thank you whoever made this. Alas, no drink included on my part)