Friday, December 13, 2013

Review: The Sum Of All Kisses (Smythe-Smith Quartet) by Julia Quinn


The Sum of All Kisses (Smythe-Smith Quartet, #3)The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While I really enjoyed the characters and gaining a new perspective on the plots of the two previous Smythe-Smith books in the series, I didn't feel like the stakes were high enough in this story. There was plenty of action towards the end of the novel, but by then the characters were already in love and planned to get married, so I didn't feel like the external conflict mattered. It was dramatic and shocking, but I never worried that there wouldn't be a happily-ever-after.

I love Julia Quinn as an author, but I would recommend starting with another novel if you've never read her work before. Starting with the first Smythe-Smith book, "Just Like Heaven," would help the plot of this one make sense. I was pleasantly surprised that I liked Hugh's character. From what I remember, he was more-or-less seen as the villain in "Just Like Heaven" so it was nice that the truth about him was revealed. It was refreshing to read about a character with a disability who didn't have psychological issues as the main focus of the novel. Hugh was an intelligent gentleman with a cane, not a brooding, tortured soul.


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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show


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!

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 add your name to the Linky widget 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.

Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show

1. tie Edenbrooke or Blackmoore

I just finished Blackmoore, and now I'm having a hard time deciding which Julianne Donaldson title I like best. Adventure, a swoon-worthy hero, drama, a hugh regal house, what's not to love about both of her books? I could see both of them making an awesome miniseries. They'd be right at home on the BBC, PBS, or Hallmark Channel.






2. The Entire Bridgerton Series

A regency family with eight siblings looking, avoiding, and accidentally falling in love: one with a duke, one with the wrong sister, one with a Cinderella girl, one with a mysterious writer, one with a penpal, with a spouse's relative, one with an unfortunate son, and one with a girl who is already engaged? Oh the drama for their poor momma. The Bridgerton series has great potential to be a interwoven family drama, with a much happier outcome than Downton Abbey. Because of its adult content, I could see it on a women's network like Lifetime or We.




3. My Life Next Door

Such a sweet and refreshing novel. A healthy, fairly realistic teen romance, with some family drama thrown in. I could see it on the same shelf as "Ten Things I Hate About You," "Say Anything," and "Pretty In Pink." It would make a great full length film or tv movie on ABC family.





4. How Not To Be Popular

This novel was cute, funny, with a bit of retro clothing hipster thrown in. Pre-Lady Gaga, a teenage girl decides she's going to throw together strange outfits to express herself and keep others away. It would make a funny Disney movie.



5. Songs for A Teenage Nomad

A great book for music lovers, this novel really inspired me. I could see it as an MTV series because the character reminds me of the girls from "Freaks and Geeks" and "My So Called Life" with less angst and more expression.




6. Once Upon A Prince

An awesome, romantic novel for people who love modern fairy tales and enjoy watching the royal family. This would make a prefect Valentine's Day movie, either on the big screen on television.




7. The Entire Anne of Green Gables series

While I've enjoyed the episodes I've watched of "Emily of New Moon" and the PBS version of Anne of Green Gables, isn't about time to re-vamp this awesome series for girls? I'm calling for a new series that follows Anne from Green Gables to Rainbow Valley. Come on PBS, Disney, etc, what do you say?



8. Daddy Long Legs

Man I love this book so much. There's not a decent "non-musical" film out there. Hey, I'd settle for a modern-day retelling.




9. The Entire Blackbird series

How is this paranormal, Twilight-esque series, with hints PG-13 "50 Shades" S&M, not an anime yet? If this was a YA novel and not a manga, it would be a household name.




10. Howl's Moving Castle series


I love the Disney/Miyazak film, however this would be epic as a live-action series. There were enough changes between the current film and the book that a live-action series of this novel could still be new and fresh. Following the entire series would be even better.




Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Review: Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck


Once Upon a PrinceOnce Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I know that an ordinary girl meeting a prince and falling in love with him is far-fetched. However, Rachel Hauck actually took the fairy-tale stereotype and made it believable and refreshing. She was inspired by Will and Kate’s romance and marriage. The result is a great, clean romance about a recently dumped young woman, Susanna, and the kind stranger who comes to her rescue. Their romance progresses slowly but realistically, from kind stranger to friend to heart’s desire.

I was really impressed that the novel begins before Susanna is dumped and doesn’t skip over the emotional scene. Hauck doesn’t shy away from material a lot writers would consider difficult to get right.

I also enjoyed that the book is set on St. Simon’s Island, a real island on the Georgia coast. I wasn’t able to take a vacation this summer, but this was the next best thing. I was surprised to learn that Hauck doesn’t live on St. Simon’s, she really captured it.

Definitely a Rachel Hauck fan now. I'm planning to pre-order the next book in this series: "Princess Ever After."


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Friday, August 30, 2013

Review: Austenland by Shannon Hale


Austenland (Austenland, #1)Austenland by Shannon Hale
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For me, Austenland started great, veered off on a boring course for a while, and finally got back on track in the end.

So, in a nutshell, a single, Darcy-obsessed chick is given the trip of a lifetime to Austenland, a regency themed vacation, similar to winning on role on PBS’ Regency House Party (for those of you awesome enough to have watched that :) ). I personally would LOVE if such a place existed. I am not ashamed to admit that I have googled “regency fair” to see if renaissance-fair style Austen festivals exist (none near me).

But the Darcy-obsessed chick gets to Austenland…and it’s all very anti-climatic. She’s bored. Instead of being happy, taking in all the details, checking out the costume-clad Darcy wannabes, she wants to go back to her normal life. Because the character was bored, I was bored. A less dedicated reader might have sat the book aside.

However, if you stick with it, it DOES get better. Plot twist I didn’t see coming. And a happy ending that saved the whole book.

Sadly, the movie isn't showing near me. So I guess I'll be waiting on DVD.


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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Top Ten Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels


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!

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 add your name to the Linky widget 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.

Top Ten Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels

1. Sense & Sensibility
I know that Elinor and Marianne Dashwood find love and happiness by the end of the novel, but I think it would be interesting if this book had a sequel. I could see it being set years later with Margaret as the main character. I want her to end up as happy as her sisters!




2. The Host
I have read that Stephenie Meyer is planning to write more books in the Host universe, HOWEVER, I would love a direct sequel of this one. I almost wish Mrs. Meyer would have given Wanda and Ian a baby in their plot line instead of Edward and Bella. I mean, could a soul and a human have a half soul/half human baby?? I still have questions about their relationship!




3. I Capture The Castle
If you read my blog often, I'm sure you'd like for me to shut up about this book already, lol. I've said it once, I'll say it again, I wish this book would have continued. I was so unhappy with the way it ended.



4. If You Find Me
While I was so, so glad that Carey finally spoke up about the abuse her and her sister survived, the book left me wondering what happened next? Does Carey's case go to trial? Does she go to college? Do her and Ryan get married and live happily ever after? Does her step-sister get over herself or become a teen mom?



5.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I enjoyed this book, but it's ending is also kinda sudden and leaves some lingering questions open. Does Charlie get past all of his issues? Does he always remain a wallflower? Does he stay close with Sam and Patrick? Does he graduate and go to college? It'd be interesting to know.




6. Watership Down
Maybe I'm just a Watership Down nerd, but I would love a sequel to this! The Tales from Watership Down are nice, but I'd also like to know more about Hazel's descendants...who takes over after Hazel?




7. The Duke and I
Don't get me wrong, Julia Quinn's second epilogues are great. Yet, I still wish there was a direct sequel to this book. I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I'll just say this, when I read the recent "Bridgertons: Happily Ever After" I felt like I was still left hanging on the second epilogue to The Duke and I. I wanted more of the story! Maybe one day she'll write more or write a book about their children.






8.  Wuthering Heights
Although the novel clearly marks the end for Heathcliff and Catherine, Sr., I wonder what became of Catherine Linton and Hareton Earnshaw? Did Catherine Linton have emotional issues and nightmares due to Linton's death and Heathcliff's attitude problem (to put it lightly!)? The saga could continue!




9.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
I just have a hopeful feeling that maybe we really haven't heard the end of the Harry Potter series. Surely there must be some not-quite-as-bad-as-Voldemort-but-dangerous villain that pops up sometime during Harry's new career? Ideally, I would see this story taking place between the ending and the epilogue. Having the story deal with Harry and the gang's kids would just be cheesy to me. I'd rather continue to follow their pre-kid days...maybe read about Hermione and Ron's wedding?




10. Breaking Dawn
I know some people just wish this series would die already, lol. However, honestly, I felt cheated by the ending of this book and would like one more to finish and send it off correctly. Basically, I was shocked that the main villains ran off to fight another day. I want that day to be finished. I could see a sequel starring Renesmee "Nessie" (hopefully at this point she would have the good sense to start calling herself Rene) who has grown to be a tough but beautiful warrior vampire chick. Her, Jacob, and Nahuel could fight the Volturi to the end. I'd also like her to end up with someone other than Jacob...he can be her guard/protector...but the pairing, romantically, is just strange.



Friday, June 14, 2013

A "Jane-In-June" Review: Jane Austen's World by Maggie Lane


Vonze: 5 out of 5

Book Description: (from Goodreads.com) "It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is one of the world's most popular novelists, a sharp and witty writer whose stories enchant on their own and in numerous film and TV adaptations. Jane Austen's World takes a look at the woman behind the literature, revealing her private life and examining the world she inhabited—a time when England was developing into a colonial power, the Napoleonic Wars raged, and the Regency took hold. No other book truly captures Austen's spirit as well."

My Thoughts: Jane Austen's World by Maggie Lane is the perfect addition to your Jane Austen collection, as well as, the perfect gift for any fellow Jane Austen nut. I received this for Valentine's Day (from sweet Oshie), and immediately began diving in. Honestly, this one took a while to read. While I am very interested in Jane Austen as a person and a writer, the book reads a little like a textbook. It's broken down into different sections and topics dealing with Jane's life, works, and her legacy. I usually managed 3-4 pages a night because the information was a lot to ponder and take in. Overall, I learned a lot about Jane and a ton about the Regency era in general. It actually helped me out in a History class I took last quarter. I highly recommend this if your a Jane nut, or interested in women's history or biographies.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Review: Darth Vader and Son & Vader's Litte Princess by Jeffrey Brown

It's officially June and with Father's Day just around the corner, I think these books would make a great  geeky gift.



Release Date: April 23, 2013
Hardcover, 64 pages

Release Date: April 18, 2012
Hardcover, 64 pages

Vonze: 5 out of 5

My Thoughts: These books are super geeky cute. The illustrations, as well as, books' shape and size, look similar to a real children's picture book.

I was a little surprised to find that neither book has a plot or overarching storyline. Rather, both books are made up of funny and cute one panel comic strip situations. Similar to the cover, Darth Vader is doing funny and unrealistic stuff with his kids.

While a lot of reviewers thought "Darth Vader and Son" was funnier, I, personally, am biased for "Vader's Little Princess." To me the situations were so cute that they were funny, much like LOLCATs and all the other kawaii stuff on the Web. Since Leia has no screen time knowing that Vader is her father, 'Little Princess' is more ironic and asks a bigger "What If." And you know the saying, "Daddy's Girl" and "Momma's Boy" (although a book titled Padme's Tiny Jedi Man would be going a little far).

All and all, I can't wait till the day that I can give these to my Star Wars geek husband as a Father's Day Gift :).

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (21)



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that was created by Breaking the Spine to spotlight a blogger's eagerly anticipated new books.

For this Waiting on Wednesday, I picked Blackmoore: A Proper Romance by Julianne Donaldson.

Release Date: Sept. 9, 2013

Book Summary: (from Goodreads) "Kate Worthington knows her heart and she knows she will never marry. Her plan is to travel to India instead—if only to find peace for her restless spirit and to escape the family she abhors. But Kate’s meddlesome mother has other plans. She makes a bargain with Kate: India, yes, but only after Kate has secured—and rejected—three marriage proposals.

Kate journeys to the stately manor of Blackmoore determined to fulfill her end of the bargain and enlists the help of her dearest childhood friend, Henry Delafield. But when it comes to matters of love, bargains are meaningless and plans are changeable. There on the wild lands of Blackmoore, Kate must face the truth that has kept her heart captive. Will the proposal she is determined to reject actually be the one thing that will set her heart free?

Set in Northern England in 1820, Blackmoore is a Regency romance that tells the story of a young woman struggling to learn how to follow her heart. It is Wuthering Heights meets Little Women with a delicious must-read twist."

My Thoughts: I first learned about Julianne Donaldson during Goodreads' 2012 Choice Awards. I was a little surprised that, with such good ratings and reviews, I hadn't come cross her debut novel "Edenbrooke" on my own. Afterwards, I bought a copy of Edenbrooke and was not disappointed by the hype. In Edenbrooke, Julianne Donaldson created one of the hottest clean romances I have ever read. The tension between her hero and heroine was amazing to me, even though there's next to no touching, kisses, etc. After such an amazing debut, I really feel she's an author to watch. I have eagerly been checking in to her Goodreads author page from time to time, and finally, I am excited to have a release date for her next novel. As a big fan of both Little Women and Wuthering Heights, this book will be one of my most anticipated reads of 2013. If it's half as romantic as Edenbrooke, it will be awesome.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Review: Point Your Face At This by Demetri Martin


Point Your Face at This: DrawingsPoint Your Face at This: Drawings by Demetri Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release Date: March 19, 2013

Received via Netgalley.

I'm honestly, probably, a little bias because I already love Demetri Martin's comedy and I've watched all of the episodes of his show via Netflix. How to describe him? He's like a smart Napoleon Dynamite, Bob Dylan/Neil Young, hipster, nerd, with a dash of best friend who is bored and likes to doodle in class.

This book showcases more of his clever and witty drawings. They play a big part in his comedy. I don't know how he comes up with some of them. Some are laugh-out-loud hilarious, some are genius, some are both, some are shocking, a few are a miss. Four stars, because, although, it's great overall, I feel like his best material was used or saved for his shows.

Therefore, if you're not familiar with Demetri Martin, I recommend watching his show. If you're already a fan, you're already familiar with his comedy style, and you'll love this book.


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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (20)



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that was created by Breaking the Spine to spotlight a blogger's eagerly anticipated new books.

For this Waiting on Wednesday, I picked The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn.

Release Date: October 29, 2013

Book Summary: (From Goodreads) "Hugh Prentice has never had patience for dramatic females, and if Lady Sarah Pleinsworth has ever been acquainted with the words shy or retiring, she's long since tossed them out the window. Besides, a reckless duel has left this brilliant mathematician with a ruined leg, and now he could never court a woman like Sarah, much less dream of marrying her.

Sarah has never forgiven Hugh for the duel he fought that nearly destroyed her family. But even if she could find a way to forgive him, it wouldn't matter. She doesn't care that his leg is less than perfect, it's his personality she can't abide. But forced to spend a week in close company they discover that first impressions are not always reliable. And when one kiss leads to two, three, and four, the mathematician may lose count, and the lady may, for the first time, find herself speechless ...

New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn's enchanting third novel in the Smythe-Smith quartet is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud and tug at your heartstrings in equal measures."

My Thoughts: Previously in the Smythe-Smith series, Hugh was shot and injured in a duel with Daniel Smythe-Smith from "A Night Like This." I'm thinking having an injury is going to make Hugh a serious and brooding character. For some biased reason I'm imagining Colonel Brandon from Sense & Sensibility. As much as I'm looking forward to reading the book, I am a little disappointed in the American cover. While it's not a bad cover, I was hoping that all the Smythe-Smith books would have a "shoe" on them. Both "Just Like Heaven" and "A Night Like This" have shoes on the cover. Why the sudden change?


 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Review: Diesel Sweeties: I'm a Rocker, I Rock Out. by R Stevens.


Diesel Sweeties: I'm a Rocker, I Rock Out.Diesel Sweeties: I'm a Rocker, I Rock Out. by R Stevens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Release Date: August 14, 2013

Received via Netgalley.

"I'm a Rocker, I Rock Out." is a cute, no fuss, no muss, quick read. The main character, Indie Rock Pete, is a rocker, music elitist, and record collector.  The one or two page length strips are mini-jokes, that, seemingly, do not have a interconnected, overarching plot line. In other words, one panel sets up the joke and the next panel is the punch-line, much like newspaper comic strips. If there's a bigger plot, it wasn't apparent to me based on this book alone.

Some of the jokes were hit and miss. I generally found the jokes related to record collecting and liking-bands-BEFORE-they-get-popular to be really funny. Mainly because my brother and husband collect records, and unlike a lot of people, I search the internet for cool, new music instead of waiting for it to find me. Overall, this comic appeals to record collectors, indie music nuts, hipsters, people in a band or those who wish they were. To me, it kinda had a "Scott Pilgrim" feel. Either you get it because music is your scene or you don't.


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Friday, May 17, 2013

Review: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch


Vonze: 5 out of 5

Book Description: (from Goodreads) "A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down."


My Thoughts: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch is my top surprise find of 2013. The synopsis sounded good, so decide to take a chance on it. What I found was an emotional journey of a strong young woman. The main character, Carey, is a survivor who has to overcome great obstacles as she fits back into normal life. It reminded me a little of the Hunger Games, minus the dystopian elements, because Carey is similar to a contemporary-world Katniss: strong, protective of her little sister, definite mom issues, complete fish-out-water, smart, rural, and not overly girly-girl. I, personally, wonder if the author was inspired by a recent news story about two kids living in an abandoned school bus. Either way, this was a great and quick read for me. As far as contemporary YA novels go, I think this would make a very interesting movie, although paranormal YA movies are in bigger demand.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (19)



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that was created by Breaking the Spine to spotlight a blogger's eagerly anticipated new books.

For this Waiting on Wednesday, I picked Happy Marriage?! Vol. 1 by Maki Enjoji.

Release Date: August 6, 2013

Book Summary: (From Amazon.com) "A working-girl romance. In order to help her father, Chiwa Takanashi agrees to an arranged marriage with the company president, Hokuto Mamiya—a man she doesn’t know—at the request of Hokuto’s grandfather. Maki Chiwa believes the arrangement isn’t binding, but her new partner seems to think otherwise. Can two strangers living together find their way to a happy marriage?! Reads R to L (Japanese Style) for mature audiences."

My Thoughts: I'll be honest, after reading and loving "Stepping On Roses" so much, I'm now looking for the next best thing...and this manga sounds like it will fit the bill. Call me a classic girly-girl, but I like modern-day Cinderella-wags-to-riches stories. It sounds like the book will be humorous as fake-husband and fake-wife get to know each other.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Review: Blood Makes Noise by Gregory Widen


Blood Makes NoiseBlood Makes Noise by Gregory Widen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you're looking for a good thriller or interested in CIA history or Latin American history, this will be a gripping read for you. I'll admit I'm not an expert on the CIA or Latin American, however, though the course of the story I learned more about both. (There's a lot more to Evita Peron than the movie starring Madonna...her entire body was preserved, creating a relic for her people).

The plot, based on true events, follows a CIA agent named Michael. Ultimately, he plays a vital role in moving Evita’s preserved body. Jumping ahead years later, when Michael’s past is more complicated, he is the only one who knows where Evita’s body is located. A race to reach her is created.

To me, the book started slowly. However, it did get better as it went along. Gregory Widen is also a screenwriter, and it was apparent to me while reading this book. I felt that the scenes were mostly carried by dialogue and actions. Compared to what I'm familiar with, there weren't tons of details and vivid descriptions. Not necessarily a bad thing. It just sometimes left me wondering and wanting more information about the characters.

All-in-all, I think it would transition into a great movie.


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Top Ten Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book


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!

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 add your name to the Linky widget 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.

Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book

1. Regency England
I am a regency nerd. Thank you Jane Austen and the many other authors I've read for teaching about this cool time period!



2. Unicorns
I am a shameless unicorn collector. Before it was nerdy-retro-pop-culture-hip, I was hanging unicorn art on my walls...ten years ago, lol. Love a good unicorn fantasy or children's story.




3. Doctors
Whether it's a cheesy romance or a real-life biography, I enjoy reading about characters and people in my husband's field.



4. Dystopia
When done right, dystopian stories keep me up reading at night.



5. Vampires
Okay, I'll admit, at one time this would have been number one on my list. However, right now the overall media world is flooded with vampires and I feel like a need a little break from them. Not collecting as many vampire stories as I was ten years ago.


6. Novels Turned Into Graphic Novels
I honestly think I'm digging the novels-to-graphic-novels trend more and more. Seemingly, they are getting better. I think I enjoy the graphic novels best when the writers and illustrators don't automatically assume I've read the novel.



7. Retellings
It's usually interesting to see an author's take on a classic fable, fairytale, or myth.



8. Anthropomorphic Animals
Generally, I enjoy stories in the vein of Watership Down and Rats of NIMH.



9. Love Triangles
A good love triangle keeps the tension going and the pages turning.



10. Inspirational
When life gets busy and hectic, sometimes it's good to read something inspirational and reflect on the positives in life. From time to time I like reading biographies of inspirational people or general motivating, self-help books.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Top Ten Books I Had a Strong Emotion About

I saw this meme last week on Rex Robot Reviews and decided that I wanted to make my own list. Here goes!

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!

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 add your name to the Linky widget 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.


Top Ten Books I Had a Strong Emotion About

1. The Diary of a Young Girl
I've read this book three different times for school, and each time, it really gets to me. Over the course of her diary Anne starts to feel like a friend. The voice that comes from her writing is timeless and full of truth.



This book is not for the faint of heart. I really admired Ree's determination and strength in the face of dysfunction, danger, and hardship. Her struggle has had a lasting effect on me.




This book has changed the way that I think about hitchhikers, the homeless, and nature. I now better understand how someone can go from having everything to struggling to survive.


4. Crank
At first I avoided this book and didn't get its appeal. However, once I gave it a try, I was impressed at how eloquent it is. It helped me understand how an average teen can fall into the dangerous cycle of addiction.



I guess maybe I should be ashamed that every time I read the ending of this it makes me cry? I had a classmate die at the end of my senior year and every time I read this book it reminds me of the day I found out.


This one makes me cry, too, but for different reasons. In the end, I was so glad that Katniss and Peeta were able to find happiness and have a semi-normal life. I was really worried that both of them were going to die. So for this one, it's more tears of happiness for the characters.



A classic tear-jerker. Better to have loved and lost than never loved at all. It's an older book, but old enough to be retro, cool now.


One of the few times I have wanted to throw a book across the room. I wanted to shake the main character and tell her that she's in love with the wrong guy!


I think anyone who has ever lost a pet is moved by this one.


I always have a hard time finishing this one. I know that the main character is a unicorn, but I always want there to a be way for Amalthea and Lir to be together and live happily-ever-after. I haven't read the sequel...*fingers still crossed*.


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