Intro

Welcome to Liliana N Bookish blog

“Look, I don’t give you grief over where you get your ideas from.”

(Neil Gaiman, “Smoke and Mirrors”)

Welcome to Liliana N Bookish blog, where I read, rant and leave reviews and recommendations for you lots, especially regarding Russian literature. ūüėÄ

Fixed blog updates schedule: Top Ten Tuesdays, Wednesday K-pop! with Liliana, Tag Thursdays, The Sunday Posts.

All pictures in this blog are taken by me, if not stated otherwise.

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The Madman behind this blog

Updates: What’s actually happening with my reading life?

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Hi!

It’s time to give a proper explanation on whatever is happening to my bookworm life, and why I’m such a slow ass in updating my blog with bookish related stuffs.

(this draft has been rotting for awhile, to be honest /sigh/)

So, currently I’m going through another wave of depression caused by things I cannot speak out because, you know, it’s called¬†personal, but the fact is, I’m feeling very unmotivated, exhausted and I literally desire nothing but being left alone.

Actually, the current situation between and within specific K-pop group fandoms is partially another reason for me being so isolated from bookish world, but I’ll try not to talk about it.

The worst part is that, I actually¬†enjoy being isolated from all of this, although it pressures me that I can’t find myself motivated to do things I usually love doing¬†EVERYTIME EVERYWHERE (put Nation’s Sons – NEVER as a BGM, plz). Also since I’ve been living alone for a while (4 years during university studies, and now 2 years for work), I got used to not talking to anyone and hence, sharing whatever inner problems I have, even with the best friend, not even mentioning family. I got so used to keeping everything to myself I don’t even have the desire to look for communication. The second I get home, I lie on the bed and just stare at the ceiling, having endless thoughts but not being able to connect them with each other or even transforming them into words to write. I got so lazy I don’t even know how to motivate myself.

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I’ve been so behind my blogging schedules due to lack of motivation, and also due to remembering that my blog is dedicated to books in the first place (which can’t be seen recently due to decreased reading speed and amount of books read and huge amount of k-pop related content), I decided I’d rather be on some sort of hiatus rather than ruining the blog with music contents only.¬†Gosh, I already screwed my twitter so hard I need to define what to do with it

Anyways, all I wanted to say that I’m definitely not abandoning my book blog or bookstagram, but only deciding to run it at my pleasant speed and with much less pressure of _always_updating_new_books_i_can’t_get_’cause_i_live_at_the_world’s_end_. Considering how I can’t read at the light speed, I don’t see any reason I have to be updating twice a day on books I never know when I’ll get to read them or being way too stressed over new releases. Currently I have a considerably big collection of books with lots of yet to read titles, so I think I rather focus on finishing them first before piling myself with even more pressure. I hope you can understand.

By the way, I already started cleaning up my twitter, so everyone following me there for _only_ K-pop related tweets please follow me back at @neo_ttaemune, as I’d like to keep @liliananbookish solemnly for bookish purposes ūüôā

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I love you guys!

Thanks for your attention!
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The Madman behind this blog

6 month blogoversary and 100 followers AYYYYY~

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Hi everyone!

It’s… finally here? Hahaha-
I reached my 100 followers here on WordPress and it’s my 6 month blogoversary!

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THANK YOU SO MUCH!

I should’ve been doing some sort of giveaway, as many other bloggers do when they hit their milestones, but, unfortunately, I live in a country where it’s difficult to carry out such things without severe ‘damages’ to my wallet, plus I don’t think I’m confident in running one. Maybe later? Plus, let’s be honest, my stats are still not stable, and the feedback is yet to get to the level of even thinking of hosting a giveaway, so I’ll be more considerable and delay that fun part until I feel more confident.

Anyways!

It’s been exactly 6 months since I decided that I want to challenge myself in running a bookish blog in English, and also devote myself into reading more books, as I’ve noticed the enormous decrease of time I dedicate to reading which was one of my initial hobbies.

Well, what can I say… I didn’t really fulfill that ambition of mine, and, as usual for me, I was very hyped at the beginning. I read one book after another, although, of course, not at the speed of other bookworms out there, but I quickly learned not to compare myself to others way too much in terms of amount of books read within specific time period. Plus I frequently have days when I don’t want to do anything but just chill with my favorite music (that’s why I decided to start my¬†K-pop related segment here on the blog), but it slowly grew up to be a reversal back to times when I was basically too lazy to pick a book to read. I know it all sounds gibberish, but most of my actions and decisions depend on my actual mood, and if I’m, for instance, completely into gloominess, no reading will help me there because I will be distracted by the thoughts running through my mind.

Okay, back to my anniversary thingy.
I’m really, really glad I actually started my little blog. Although I stated at the beginning that I would be focusing a lot on talking about Russian books… well, you know that people grow up, and blogs tend to grow up with them as well, so I unintentionally got affected by the international mainstream. It’s hard talking about books in Russian when there are little to no chances for international audience to read them in English language, which means no basement for long discussions.

I’d like to thank every single one out there who visited my blog, who decided to stay with my blog… I might not be as active as I was at the beginning, but I try my best to deliver the most honest opinion on whatever topic I bring up here on my blog. THANK YOU, and I LOVE YOU ALL.

And so to conclude this post, let’s have fun with the newest release by South Korean rap-rock band¬†N.Flying!

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Wednesday K-pop! with Liliana

Wednesday K-pop! with Liliana: Roy Kim (a.k.a. best solo voice everrrrr)

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Helloooooo, and let me make your August a little bit fluffy and magical, with the help of one of the best male solo vocalists in South Korea~

Yes. Exactly this baby.

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Book reviews

REVIEW: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

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Hello?

Did I really finish reading another book? The second book this month? WTF REALLY

My life is such a misery, lol. I said to myself that I’d be reading more, but all I did was excessively fangirling over k-pop on twitter. I’m really sorry if that bothered your twitter timeline so much…

But anyways, a review! For a detective book which is not my usual reading genre (although I’m such a Sherlock Holmes trash…)


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The Cuckoo’s Calling
by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

Rating: rating-4-stars
Goodreads | Amazon
Book Depository | Barnes & Noble
Published: April 18th, 2013
(Russian version: February 13th, 2014)
Format: Paperback

Synopsis:¬†A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, thelegendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this. (cr.: Goodreads)

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Outside the Book Nook

My photo collection

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Hi! Erm…
Sorry I suddenly disappeared from both Instagram and WordPress. Sometime you just cannot help but have those gloomy times when you don’t want to do anything at all.
Well, yeah, you can’t say so about me judging from the amount of K-pop rant I recently have on my twitter though (and I’m really sorry for that, but I decided to abandon my personal twitter account and merge everything happening onto the bookish one, so if you don’t want to see me spamming your feed with K-pop related tweets (like¬†EVERYTIME EVERYWHERE), feel free to unfollow). But still.

Also as I don’t have much to share on bookish world (I’m being on a reading slump again, torn between three books, actually), neither I have topics I can brainstorm on (suggestions are welcomed!), so how about a little bit of photography?

I can’t say that I’m really good at photography, but there are some shots I really love and feel very proud of. I never studied photography professionally, only just enough to understand basics and to handle my Nikon D3200. I will give some commentaries under photos, as like under what conditions I took this photo, or what I liked about this shot particularly. Mostly all pics are already edited with VSCO Cam.

Hope you can enjoy it as well!

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Wednesday K-pop! with Liliana

Wednesday K-pop! with Liliana: VROMANCE (Vocal princes!)

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Hello, hello, hello, hello~o~o~

Hahaha.
Welcome back to another edition of Wednesday K-pop!, and today you’ll be introduced to another vocal monsters who happen to be under the same management company with¬†MAMAMOO, which is why in K-pop world we call them “younger brothers”~

Happy 1st anniversary for these young men!

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Do The Talking

Do The Talking: Do we really need to try so hard to be socially active? (social anxiety related)

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Hi!

So pretty much a while ago Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader (btw, her blog is awesome, you should really check it out!) shared her¬†11 most secretive blogging confessions¬†(trust me, you’re gonna relate to almost all of that), and she mentioned social activity as one of them, so it immediately triggered a thought in me, and that’s how I came up with today’s discussion topic. Many many opinions are very much appreciated, because I’m seriously interested in what you folks think on this!

So the concern of today is:

Do we really need to try so hard to be socially active?

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Book reviews

REVIEW: My Trip to Adele by R.I. Alyaseer & A.I. Alyaseer

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First book finished in July!

Also my first contemporary book ever since… ever since forever? You know my preferences are fantasy, and that I rarely pick contemporaries… But I couldn’t get past this one because it features one of my favorite Western artists that is Adele.

My most favorite song from Adele will always be¬†Someone Like You, because it’s too close to me and what happened in my life 5 years ago, and this song always triggers the memories of my past whenever I hear it, so, actually despite being the most favorite song, I try to listen to it as less as possible because I’ve overcome my initial pain and I wouldn’t like to have myself drown in that depression ever again.


My Trip to Adele
by R.I. Alyaseer & A.I. Alyaseer

Rating: rating-4-stars
Goodreads | Amazon
Book Depository | Barnes & Noble
Published: September 12th, 2016
Format: eBook (borrowed
with Amazon Kindle Unlimited)

Synopsis: An Adele concert held in Verona becomes the focus for an unhappy married couple, a divorced mother and a devoted lover from three different countries and cultures.
This is the story of three flawed but likeable people. First up is Elias, a Moroccan man living in Rome. He discovers that a black magic spell was cast upon him but starts to doubt whether it was the real cause of the break-up between him and his long-lost love Malika. He decides to search for her in the shadows of Marrakesh after eight years of separation.
Nadia, a single mother from Jordan, is battling her ex-husband in the courts and doing all she can to secure freedom for herself and her only son. Her dream is to take her son to see his idol, Adele, live.
Finally, Yaser, a married man living in Las Vegas, realizes that his marriage is crawling all over him like a slow, painful death, so he starts to rebel against his wife. While faith initially brought them together, it is now causing them to drift apart.
These three characters are on a journey to break free of everything that has haunted them, learning harsh truths about fate, religion, courage, desire and guilt along the way.

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Wednesday K-pop! with Liliana

Wednesday K-pop! with Liliana: MAMAMOO (a.k.a. vocal QUEENS)

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Hello, and welcome to another post of mine, where I will be praising another vocal goddesses. I’ve fallen for them soon after their official debut, and I never regretted my decision of hardcore stanning these ladies, even despite some of their controversies.

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