Saturday, March 28, 2015

Review: The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (Smythe-Smith Quartet, #4)The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of my most anticipated books of 2015 did not disappoint! A unique read with focus on family secrets. It was refreshing, as most regency romances (and historical romances in general) focus on destitution or personality flaws in the main characters. While Sir Kenworthy's marriage scheme is crazy, above all, he loves his crazy family more...enough to sacrifice his future, his bride's, and that of his future children.

Although I guessed the secret before the main character did, I held my breath for her reaction. I couldn't decided on how it would end! So many choices and complications. So many lives and reputations hanging in the balance. A true page-turner for me! I'm only sad that the next book in the series has yet to be announced...*sigh*.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Much like the teen years in general, Anna and the French Kiss is a roller-coaster of emotion and drama! There were times I loved the main characters, times I hated them, times I thought they were summary, I feel that Stephanie Perkins has a real talent for creating wonderfully entertaining and flawed characters who grow and change.

I love that Perkins made Anna's character a film buff, and recommend readers some great movies. The international setting was a great escape. Although admittedly, it took me a while to process that anyone would NOT want to go to France.

Looking forward to finishing the other books in the series and what Perkins has in store for the future.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Top 10 Books From My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit

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!

Top 10 Books From My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit

I love kids' books, and in my dreams, I'd like to be a children's and YA librarian. I've actually considered it...but I'm a little wary of the future of libraries :(. (If you're a librarian, please feel free to give me your opinion on the job market!)

Anyhow, looking back, the books I read as a kid had a big impact on the type of stories I enjoy today. I still love history (especially anything Victorian), fantasy, vampires, science fiction, and stories of survival.
  1. The Little House Series - I've been meaning to revisit this series for the past two years. Particularly the courtship and marriage of Laura and Manly; the romance stuff that was over my head as a kid. Running my own household with so many appliances...I know it was tough to keep house back in Laura's day!
  2. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Mrs. Frisby was recently one of my top heroines. It's a lovely scifi/fantasy journey that I'd like to take again sometime. I recall really liking O'Brien's writing style.
  3. The Neverending Story - Oh how I wish that the movies followed this book better! With so many reboots, why can't someone out there in screenplay land make a Harry Potter or LOTR worth version of this??
  4. American Girl Samantha Series - Samantha was always my favorite American Girl. I can't really explain why I was drawn to her character more than the others in the series. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that I really admired a Victorian style house in my hometown?
  5. Choose Your Own Adventure - Yes! I love these retro books. I've meet a lot of people who hated them...but for me, reading and more-or-less playing a choosing game, was a great elementary school library experience.
  6. Rikki Tikki Tavi - So sweet! I can't wait to read this one to my future children. For kids, there a lot of action and suspense...examples of why you shouldn't play with snakes.
  7. Bunnicula - Aw, my first vampire series. I was looking for something semi-scary to read for Halloween in 5th grade, and ended up reading the entire series. In my memory, it was spooky and hilarious.
  8. The Boxcar Children - Unfortunately, back in the day, I only read the first book! But I remember really enjoying it and wondering if I could survive in the woods behind my house all
  9. The Mouse and The Motorcycle (Ralph the Mouse) - As the child of motorcycle people, I kinda identified with, and also, envied Ralph the Mouse, as he was also small, but had his own wheels!
  10. Saint George and The Dragon - I recall the illustrations in this one being very beautiful. In middle school, we actually had to re-draw a scene from this story for Medieval week. So I have tons of fun memories attached to it.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Fast Five Friday: Five Book Characters You Relate To

Fast Five Friday is a weekly blog hop created at Cover Girls. Its purpose is to connect with writers, readers, viewers, and bloggers. With that aim in mind, we'd love for you to join us! 

Five Book Characters You Relate To

Katie- Recently, I recall relating to Katie from Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley. I liked that Katie is working to open her own business, following her dreams instead of remaining content to work as someone else's support staff. It's not a situation that's deeply explored in literature, much less graphic novels. During the course of the story, Katie uses her magic to reconnect to an old boyfriend whom she still has a flame for and explore the what-ifs of their situation. Technically, Oshie and I dated several times before tying the knot, and often wish we had a time-machine or time alternating object to start our marriage sooner.

Josephine March - I'm not sure if this is a case of life imitating art or art imitating life. Seeing the 1994 film version of Little Women had a big impact on me as a child. But I'm honestly not sure if I connected with this characters because I saw reflections of myself in her or if I mentally decided I wanted to be like her when I grew up. Either way, I connected and continue to connect to Josephine's sense and longing for adventure, her temper, her love of dramatic stories, and imagination. 

Katniss - I'll be honest, when reading The Hunger Games for the first time, I nearly sat the book aside because Katniss wanted to kill her sister's cat...but lucky for me, I read on and found that I could relate to Katniss in different ways. Much like Katniss, I lost my father too soon. I didn't have to hunt for our dinner and enter my name into a nightmare lottery, but I did have to support my family at an age most people are merely supporting themselves.

Hermione - I love learning just for the sake of learning. As a kid, I actually enjoyed assigned reading and textbooks. I had a secret wish for my school to create a summer reading list...but alas, they didn't push students to read until after I graduated. Much like Hermione, I liked being prepared for class and was kinda horrified at how little my friends studied. Also, growing up, several of my best friends were boys and while our adventures weren't real, we had a lot of fun pretending. So, I relate to Hermione because I see a lot of my younger self in her character.

Alice Cullen - Much like Alice, I am a busy body and I love to plan things. Dinners, parties, birthdays, showers, weddings, etc. I love tiny details and even tend to over do things. As an introvert, I feel that the best way I can entertain people and show them that I care is in the planning, decorations, and ensuring that everyone else is having a good time. And although I don't have dreams that alter the future, I have dreamed of people and places, only to suddenly find out good or bad news about them. Not super powers, but weirdo.


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