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: Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far (break it down however you want — by genre, strictly 2017 releases, whatever!) Continue reading

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

Hello! WELCOME TO WISHLIST WEDNESDAY! This is a weekly meme featured on the awesome Pen to Paper. This week we have:

HEIR OF FIRE

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. MaasLost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

*hyperventilates* AFTER months DECADES OF WAITING IT’S FINALLY OUT!! *dying wail noises* After that horrendous cliffhanger I subjected myself to when reading Crown of Midnight because I’m a masochist . . . we finally have Heir of Fire. I don’t think I’ll be able to tear my eyes away once they set themselves on this book. The only thing that’s raining on my parade at this moment is the fact that, once I’ve read it, I’ll have to wait another year 10 years before I can get my hands on book 4 😦

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK? HAVE YOU READ THIS SERIES? IF NOT, ARE YOU INTERESTED IN READING IT? I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS!

What’s Next?

Hello! WELCOME TO WHAT’S NEXT?! This is a weekly meme featured on the amazing IceyBooks. Here are a few books I want to read soon, which first?

Left Drowning by Jessica ParkWhat does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?

Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

Eversea by Natasha BoydAn orphaned, small-town, southern girl, held hostage by responsibility and self-doubt.

A Hollywood A-list mega-star, on the run from his latest scandal and with everything to lose.

A chance encounter that leads to an unlikely arrangement and epic love affair that will change them both forever.

When his co-star and real-life girlfriend is caught cheating on him with her new director, A-list hottie, Jack Eversea, finds himself in sleepy Butler Cove, South Carolina. Jack hopes the sultry southern heat in this tiny coastal Lowcountry town will hide him not only from the tabloids and his cheating girlfriend, but his increasingly vapid life and the people who run it. He doesn’t count on meeting Keri Ann Butler.

Keri Ann has relied on herself so long, dealing with her family’s death and the responsibilities of keeping up her family’s historic mansion, that boys and certainly the meager offering of eligible boys in Butler Cove, have never figured into her equation. But fate has other plans. Suddenly face to face with the man who played the movie role of her favorite fictional character, Jack has Keri Ann yearning for everything she has previously avoided … and Jack must decide whether this funny, sassy girl is worth changing his life for, before his mistakes catch up to him.

1984 by George Orwell While 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is more timely that ever. 1984 presents a “negative utopia”, that is at once a startling and haunting vision of the world — so powerful that it’s completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of entire generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions — a legacy that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

The First Last Kiss by Ali HarrisHow do you hold on to a love that is slowly slipping away from you?
Can you let go of the past when you know what is in the future?
And how do you cope when you know that every kiss is a countdown to goodbye?

This is the story of a love affair, of Ryan and Molly and how they fell in love and were torn apart. The first time Molly kissed Ryan, she knew they’d be together forever. Six years and thousands of kisses later she’s married to the man she loves. But today, when Ryan kisses her, Molly realises how many of them she wasted because the future holds something which neither of them could have ever predicted…

Wicked Nights by Gena ShowalterLeader of the most powerful army in the heavens, Zacharel has been deemed nearly too dangerous, too ruthless;and if he isn’t careful, he’ll lose his wings. But this warrior with a heart of ice will not be deterred from his missions at any cost;until a vulnerable human tempts him with a carnal pleasure he’s never known before.

Accused of a crime she did not commit, Annabelle Miller has spent four years in an institution for the criminally insane. Demons track her every move, and their king will stop at nothing to have her. Zacharel is her only hope for survival, but is the brutal angel with a touch as hot as hell her salvation? Or her ultimate damnation?

SO, WHAT DO YOU THINK? HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS?

POLL NOW POSTED ON MY SIDEBAR 🙂  

 

 

Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who’ve Never Tried Fantasy

Hello! WELCOME TO TOP TEN TUESDAY 🙂 This is a weekly meme featured on the amazing  The Broke and Bookish. This week we have:

 TOP TEN BOOKS I’D GIVE TO READERS WHO HAVE NEVER READ FANTASY

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – The feels with this series . . . THE FEELS. This is the first book I’d slap onto the pile for Fantasy.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – *chants* Karou & Akiva, Karou & Akiva *chants* On top of having one of the cutest romances, this is probably one of the most original stories I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – I’m anal about starting a series in order, so of course Shadow & Bone will be on the list, but the one I really want to slap on there is Siege & Storm (book 2) 😉

Red Rising by Pierce Brown – *screeches: MUUUUSSTTT REEAADDD!!!* Enough said?

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning – *bows down to author* This is a series where each book is as good as the one before.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers – This is a good book to start when reading Fantasy. It has a little bit of romance, plot, and good characters 😀

Fallen by Lauren KateFallen gripped me from the first page and I couldn’t wait to unlock it’s mysteries. And who can ignore a cover like that? 😉

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – This is an old favorite filled with suspense, action and humor.

Angelfall by Susan Ee – *clutches heart* Oh the fiery angst . . . so worth the read!

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones – *giggles* I laugh just thinking about this book! So funny and even has a steamy side *waggles brows*

Honorable Mentions: The Mortal Instruments series, Guild Hunter series, Experiment in Terror series, Divergent series, and so many more. *sighs* So many books and so little time 😉

WHAT BOOKS AND/OR GENRE WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO A FRIEND? HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? ARE THERE ANY OTHER BOOKS YOU’D PUT ON THIS LIST? I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS!