top ten tuesday

Hello! WELCOME TO TOP TEN TUESDAY. This is a weekly meme featured on The Broke and Bookish.

This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post and, if you want to, add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s posts (typically put up midnight EST on Tuesday) so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

This Tuesday is: Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else) — I know most people read based on recommendation but we want to know those books you picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about!) Continue reading

wishlist wednesday

Hello! WELCOME TO WISHLIST WEDNESDAY. This is a weekly meme featured on Pen to Paper.

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it’s entirely up to you), that we can’t wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

This wednesday I’m wishing for…

Expected Publication: September 27th 2016
Genres & Keywords: Young adult, fantasy, romance
Works From Author: Six of Crows series, The Grisha trilogy

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Can we just take a second to die over that cover.

If you’ve seen the Six of Crows hardcover page edges, you’ve (obviously) noticed they’re black. I think that was such a cool touch and I really hope it’s the same for Crooked Kingdom.
I read book 1 a few months ago and I have been completely unable to get it off my mind. The story, the characters, the writing… nothing has stuck to me quite like this series has. If the publication wasn’t so far away, I probably would have done a reread but I’m not ready to experience that hangover again. All  I know is that I NEED this book. I NEED, I NEED, I NEED.

We even have an excerpt *SCREAMING*

T H O U G H T S ?

top ten tuesday

Bienvenido! WELCOME TO TOP TEN TUESDAY. This is a weekly meme featured on The Broke and Bookish.

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This weeks theme is . . .

Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit (aka ten book series I think I’m going to abandon, ten bookish habits I want to quit, ten authors I quit reading, ten types of books I’m quitting, ten tropes I want to stop reading about, ten books I marked as DNF (did not finish) recently, etc. Get as creative as you want).

Instead of focusing on just one, I’m going to do a little bit of all of them.

1. Book Series I Think I’m Going To Abandon

The Mortal Instruments series, Cocktail series, Bloodlines series

I once read somewhere that the saddest friendships are the ones the end for no other reason than you just stop talking. I guess it’s kinda the same with these books. Publishing usually takes about a year of more and after all that time, I begin to forget why I picked up the series in the first place. I know, that’s pretty sad. This is not to deter you, though! I remember really enjoying them when I picked it up. So much time has passed now that I feel like I’d have to start from scratch to understand everything that’s going on and I’m not sure I want to do that. After a while, I just didn’t feel the need to continue with the series.

2. Book Series I’m Definitely Abandoning

Strange Fate

This review here says it all. Most have been waiting 16 years for the final book is released. When’s the release date? 2030. Yeah, I don’t think so.

3. Bookish Habits I Want To Quit

Judging a book by its cover. I realized that I get too caught up in the aesthetics of a book. I’ve read a ton of amazing books, despite the not-so-appealing cover and I know for a fact I’ve missed out on some really awesome stories because I couldn’t get passed the cover. It’s so superficial of me and a quality I hate having so I’m making it my mission to stop judging a book by its cover.

Letting a few negative reviews get in the way of my reading experience. A lot of times negative reviews have saved me from reading a book I know I would have hated. But sometimes there are some mixed reviews on a book I was really interested in, an those few negative remarks have me rethinking. It’s turned me into a really picky reader and diminishes the easy-going, pick-up-anything-that-catches-my-fancy kind of vibe that attracted me in the beginning.

Book domination. I think we’re all a little familiar with this one! I’ll have a super busy week ahead of me and the book I’m reading just won’t let me go. I’m so wrapped up in the story that I could care less that I have a research paper due the next day. Great for the book & author, very bad for me.

4. Authors I Quit Reading

Karina Halle, Kristen Ashley, Tiffany Reisz

I’m going to break this one down since each was for a different reason. I was a big fan of Karina Halle and would read anything the second it was published. After a while, however, I felt like her stories began to lack quality and true depth. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either and I was left with a meh feeling by the end.
Kristen Ashley was another fave but after reading more than a dozen of her books, I felt like I could write one. That’s how predictable they became. Girl meets boy, connection develops, steamy times, she gets kidnapped or put in some kind of danger, happily ever after.
Tiffany Reisz. I just can’t take the emotional torture she puts me through. Maybe one day I’ll pick up her novels again. If you don’t mind books that squeeze every inch of feel out of you, then reader, meet author!

THOSE ARE MY TOP TEN FOR THIS WEEK. WHAT DO YOU THINK? READ ANY OF THESE BEFORE? HAVE SOMETHING YOU WANT TO ADD? I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS!

wishlist wednesday

Hey there! WELCOME TO WISHLIST WEDNESDAY. This is a weekly meme featured on Pen to Paper.

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it’s entirely up to you), that we can’t wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

This Wendnesday I’m wishing for . . .

After going through thousands of five star reviews I just had to ask myself how Uprooted slid through my cracks. Retellings are right up my alley and I hear this is the holy grail of ’em all. As soon as I get my greedy hands on this book, I’ll make sure to tell you if it lives up to its beaming reputation (although I’m sure it does!). This will be my first time reading a novel by Naomi Novik and if the reviews are anything to go by, it’ll be an amazing experience. I can’t wait to give it a try and get lost in the world of magic and dragons!

Published: May 21st 2015 by Macmillan
Genres & Keywords: fantasy, romance, young adult, fiction
Works From Author: Temeraire series

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Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, ambitious wizard, known only as the Dragon, to keep the wood’s powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman must be handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as being lost to the wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows – everyone knows – that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia – all the things Agnieszka isn’t – and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But no one can predict how or why the Dragon chooses a girl. And when he comes, it is not Kasia he will take with him.

WHAT’S ON YOUR WISHLIST WEDNESDAY? I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS!

top ten books for readers who like romance

Hi! WELCOME TO TOP TEN TUESDAY. This is a weekly meme featured on the lovely Broke and Bookish.

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week we have Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like . . . Romance

Shatter Me // Anna and the French Kiss // Fangirl // The Raven Boys // Beautiful Disaster

The Bronze Horseman // Cruel Beauty // Sweet Filthy Boy // Puddle Jumping // Me Before You

My heart flutters just by making this point ♥ Some of these are light, funny romances, others forbidden and painful . . . yet all equally beautiful. *sniffles*

WHAT DO YOU THINK? HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE BOOKS? I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS!

wishlist wednesday

Hola! WELCOME TO WISHLIST WEDNESDAY. This is a weekly meme featured on Pen to Paper.

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it’s entirely up to you), that we can’t wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

This week I’m wishing for:

After reading Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy, I have no doubt in my mind this new series is going to be epic. The only problem . . . Six of Crows isn’t out yet *sheds a tear*
Good thing I have amazing books on my tbr that should hold me over 😉

Expected Publication: October 6th 2015 by Henry Holt and Company
Genres & Keywords: Young Adult, Fantasy
Books From Author: The Grisha Trilogy

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

My review of Shadow and Bone // My review of Siege and Storm // My review Ruin and Rising

WHAT DO YOU THINK? HAVE YOU READ ANY OF LEIGH BARDUGO’S BOOK? IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE ON YOUR WISHLIST? I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS!

monday recommendations

Hi there! WELCOME TO MONDAY RECOMMENDATIONS. This is a weekly meme feature at the lovely Bookshelves and Paperbacks.

You pick a genre or a trope every Monday, and recommend five titles for that genre or trope. For example, you can recommend YA Contemporary novels one Monday, non-fiction titles the next Monday. You can interpret this meme as broadly as you like.

Here are this weeks fantasy recommendations, from me to you:

The Raven Boys // Red Rising // Snow Like Ashes // Shadow and Bone // The Young Elites

I chose these books, not just because they have pretty amazing covers, but because they make the fantasy genre. These are some of my top favorite books of all time. They have literally made my sacred “holy grail” shelf. And not only are these books great, but their entire series as well.

Honorable mentions: The Mistborn series, Fever series, Charley Davidson series, Night Huntress series, and Penryn & the End of Days series.

Keen Cover Friday #3

Aloha! WELCOME TO KEEN COVER FRIDAY. This is a weekly meme featured on Keepbooked.

The cover I’m going googly-eyes over this week is:

(click here to read my review)

Published: February 15th 2014
Genre: contemporary, suspense, romance, new adult

Six months ago, I was happy. I was simply Naomi Carradine.
One month ago, I was admitted into a psych ward.
Yesterday, Lachlan visited me. Kissed me. And told me that I’m starting to lose my mind.
Hours later, Max haunted my thoughts, reminding me I’m not crazy and that he needs my help.
A few minutes ago, I drifted further from reality, trying to unravel the past.
And now…everyone thinks I’m insane. But, I know he’s real, and I know he needs me.

Do you believe me?

That cover does not disappoint . . . and neither does the actual story! I try not to judge a book by it’s cover, and these gorgeous covers aren’t helping my one-click Amazon addiction. This is one of the first books I’ve ever picked up without doing any prior research. I was in a pretty bad book slump *shivers* and needed something, anything to propel me out of it. Job well done, Calia Read, job well done.

You’re in for one hell of a ride with this one. Don’t let that peaceful and gentle-looking cover fool you!

WHAT DO YOU THINK? HAVE YOU PICKED THIS ONE UP? DID YOU SEE THE TWIST COMING? DOES THE COVER HAVE YOU DROOLING TOO? I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS!

Wishlist Wednesday #2

Hola! WELCOME TO WISHLIST WEDNESDAY. This is a weekly meme featured on Pen to Paper.

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it’s entirely up to you), that we can’t wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

This week we have:

The Law of Moses has been blowing up my feed for months . . . and it was only just released! Seeing as it’s written by Amy Harmon, I can see why all the fangirling is happening. If the reactions are anything to go by, it seems like this one is going to be a tearjerker. Have your tissues at the ready! *begins hoarding Kleenex boxes*

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Publication: November 27th 2014 by Amy Harmon
Genres & Keywords: new adult, romance, contemporary
Books From Author: The Law of Moses, Making Faces, A Different Blue, Infinity + One, Running Barefoot & Purgatory series

If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.

And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.

And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all…a love story.

My review of Making Faces // My review of Infinity + One

Have you read this one or any of Amy Harmon’s other books? What else is on your wishlist? Let me know what you think!

Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2015

Hi! WELCOME TO TOP TEN TUESDAY. This is a weekly meme featured on the lovely Broke and Bookish. This week we have Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2015. The new year is right around the corner and that means . . . new releases

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Fantasy books my hands are twitching at the thought of getting ahold of:

Fairest // Red Queen // A Court of Thorns and Roses // Golden Son

Romance books I can already hear my heart breaking over:

Confess // Where Sea Meets Sky // Never Never

Honorable mentions (2015 books without covers or titles): Winter (Lunar Chronicles, #4) // The Young Elites #2 // Penryn and the End of Days, #3

Aren’t those some of the best covers and titles? *makes grabby hands* It doesn’t hurt that the blurbs are also amazing! We had some great releases in 2014 and I’m so excited for what’s to come . . .

WHAT DO YOU THINK? HAVE ANY OF THESE BOOKS ON YOUR RADAR? WHAT 2015 BOOKS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO READING? I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS!