Sunday, July 5, 2015

Broke and Bookish Haul for 6/21 - 7/4

Lauren's Book Haul


Book Outlet Haul
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Hild by Nicola Griffith 
Prisoners of the Palace by Michaela MacColl 
The Infernals by John Connolly
The Creeps by John Connolly
City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi 
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi 
Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi 
Lock In by John Scalzi
Tremor by Patrick Carman
Pulse by Patrick Carman
Blackout by Robison Wells
The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
Emma by Jane Austen
The Survivors by Will Weaver
Fool's Gold by Philippa Gregory
Stormbringers by Philippa Gregory
Changeling by Philippa Gregory
Daughter of the Gods by Stephanie Thornton
Nexus: Ascension by Robert Boyczuk
Sekret by Lindsay Smith 
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Landline by Rainbow Rowell



B&N Haul Bought by the Boyfriend
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor
Rogue by Julie Kagawa
Talon by Julie Kagawa
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
Blood & Beauty by Sarah Dunant


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Our June Faves & Our July TBR

How are we already in July?? Either way, here's our faves of June and what we plan on reading in August! 

June Favorites

Daisy's Pick


You might know that I'm in love with the Throne of Glass series and obviously I couldn't wait to get my hands on A Court of Thorns and Roses, and while I've pretty much NEVER loved a novel about the fae before, I TOTALLY loved ACOTAR!! Masterful storytelling and sexyness and Feyre is my girl!

Jana's Pick

The Perils of Pleasure (Pennyroyal Green, #1)

The Perils of Pleasure by Julie Anne Long
I only read two books in June, and this was my favorite of the two. Sometimes I just need a good historical romance, and this one was really sweet. It's not my favorite by a long shot, but I enjoyed the characters and their witty banter.

Lauren's Pick

I cannot express all of the love, laughter, and hardships this book put me through. And I'd go through them again in a heart beat.

Jamie's Pick

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

I KNOW I KNOW. It doesn't come out until 2016 but I had no self control after I got it at BEA soooo I read it immediately. IT WAS SO GOOD. I loved it so much. I need book 2.


July TBR

Daisy's Pick


It's this month's book club read and since I've been meaning to read this FOREVER it's the perfect choice! I've heard amazing things about it, so I'm excited :)

Jana's Pick

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
I haven't gotten to this one yet!!!!! I KNOW!!! And since Queen of Shadows is coming out really soon, I thought it was time to catch up!

Lauren's Pick


I just CANNOT wait to get to the second book is this series. I absolutely loved A Discovery of Witches and I just HAVE to know what happens next with Diana and Matthew!

Jamie's Pick

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

I loved Adi's debut Let's Get Lost so I'm really looking forward to this next book!


Tell us your favorites of June and one book on your July TBR!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Our Top Ten Books We've Read So Far in 2015



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It's about the halfway point so let's discuss the books that have been our favorites thus far! How has everyone's reading year been so far??


Julia's Picks

1. Soulbound by Kristen Callihan -- I adore this series. It is one of my favorite paranormal series; every book is different and engaging. But why I loved this one was because I really enjoyed seeing the hero redeem himself after all the crap he pulled in previous books. I reviewed this one so you should check it out!

2. The Slow Regard of Silent Thing by Patrick Rothfuss -- This surprised me. I thought I would be bitter reading it, thinking about how much more I'd like it if it were book three, but it was a charming novella. It was extremely different to read but I couldn't help but fly through the pages. I didn't review this here, but you can read it over on my booklikes blog.

Daisy's Picks

3. Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier -- This was the first book I finished in 2015 and it was AMAZING! So much fun and I loved the plot and all the characters (the sister bond is awesome) and basically just cannot wait for the next one! My review

4. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger - I know I'm LAAAAAATE to this party, but I read The DUFF in January and basically ALL THE FEELINGS! The romance and the friendship and just YES. And obviously I've since failed at reading Kody Keplinger's other books since then, but I will! My review


Jana's Picks

5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas -- I have not had a book hangover like the one I had after finishing this book since I finished Twilight. That was almost ten years ago! There are so many feels, the writing is beautiful, there were some steamy swoony times, there was SO MUCH ROMANCE, and I just loved all of it! Here's my review if you're interested!

6. The Devil You Know by Trish Doller -- I gobble up mysteries like a carb addict (ahem, me) gobbles up rolls on Thanksgiving. This one is SO GOOD! Definitely one of my favorite YA mysteries ever. Here's my review.


Jamie's Picks

I would like to second Jana's pick of A Court of Thorns and Roses!

7. The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta -- I've read Melina's contemporary books (some of my ALL TIME FAVE BOOKS EVER) but I was way late to the party on her fantasy trilogy. IT IS AMAZING AND JUST GOT BETTER AND BETTER WITH EVERY BOOK.

8. The Start of You & Me by Emery Lord -- I LOOOOVED Emery's debut novel and this one was JUST as amazing -- it's adorbs, has great friendships and just is all around AMAZING.


Kimberly's Picks

... Jamie and Jana took mine! *pout* But seriously, A Court of Thorns and Roses is AMAZING!

9. Rook by Sharon Cameron -- Oh my gosh this book! First, I ADORE the Scarlett Pimpernel. One of my all time favorite books/movies. Rook felt like a fantastic retelling that was also a love letter to the original story and the movie. Slow burn romance, wickedly smart characters, devious crimes, heroic deeds... What else can you ask for?

10. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid -- This book totally made me cry. It's pretty rare to see books that focus on the "Happily Ever After". We meet the couple, watch them fall in love, and then the story ends... Usually. After I Do was a heartbreakingly honest story of marriage. The highs and the lows, and how scary those lows can be. (I'd only been married about 2 months when I read it too. haha!) Such a great read. 



Lauren's Picks

... I might've been late to the party, so I snuck in and added my picks after ten were already picked! Shhh.. don't tell the other girls!

11. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon -- All the feels. All of them. This was one of those life changing books for me. No more words. I still haven't been able to write a review.

12. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness -- I'm so over vampires, demons, witches.. but the book almost ignores those identifiers. Of course people are what they are, but the story pulls you in and the usuaclich├ęs of these creatures just drop away. 


Tell us your favorite reads thus far!!





Monday, June 29, 2015

For the Love of Everything Dystopian

Last month I posted of my first love, historical fiction. Now I have to show my affection for my second love, everything dystopian/post-apocalyptic. I still remember years ago, slowing filling my bookshelves with stories of survival, bleak skies.. characters enduring hardships that make me feel brave by just reading about them. Here are a few dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels that stole my soul.

Wool by Hugh Howey


An epic story of life, love and survival at all odds and one of the most-talked and anticipated books of the year. In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies. To live, you must follow the rules. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple and deadly. They are allowed outside. Jules is one of these people. She may well be the last.

I cannot express how much I loved this entire series. Wool is the first installment that kept me awake many nights. The world-building aspect of the novel is absolutely amazing. There are many characters to keep up with, but damn it was worth it. This is a lengthy novel, and so are the other two installments.. but I loved all the detail. It just made everything more realistic and believable. I urge EVERYONE to at least check out Wool, but I know if you do, you'll have to read the entire series!


The Passage by Justin Cronin


An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy - abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl - and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape - but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world.

This was another lengthly novel that I admit was a bit sluggish at times, but was once again worth it. I love how one of the main character completely changes his course halfway through the book.. and it felt completely genuine. A man decides to stake his entire life for one little girl. She may be the most special girl in the world, but to him, she was just a little girl in need of an adult. This story will always stay with me.



Into the Forest by Jean Hegland


Set in the near-future, Into the Forest is a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home. Over 30 miles from the nearest town, and several miles away from their nearest neighbor, Nell and Eva struggle to survive as society begins to decay and collapse around them. No single event precedes society's fall. There is talk of a war overseas and upheaval in Congress, but it still comes as a shock when the electricity runs out and gas is nowhere to be found. The sisters consume the resources left in the house, waiting for the power to return. Their arrival into adulthood, however, forces them to reexamine their place in the world and their relationship to the land and each other.

I remember reading this book years ago. Two sisters stay in the same house hoping and waiting for the power to come back on, for people to show up alive and well.. for anything normal really. Years and years pass and the sisters learn to live off their small garden and stock of dwindling supplies. The world is bleak and honestly, this book is as well. I think the realism and how the author didn't force a happy ending or any kind of "coincidences" of good fortunes for the sisters on us.

Cross-posted at The Tattooed Biblio

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Cocktail & Conversation--Things To Save!

Every other Thursday here at The Broke & The Bookish is A Cocktail Conversation time. One of the TB&TB members will pose a question to 2-3 of the other members of TB&TB crew about books, life, music, etc and then they'll answer and we can converse about it. So grab a cocktail & cozy up for some conversation. It's 5 o'clock somewhere, friends. 

THE QUESTION
If your house was on fire, what are some of the bookish and non-bookish things you'd save?

Lauren says...

Firstly I'd grab the wiener dog. He may be crazy/spoiled/spawn of satan at times, but he's almost 8 years old and has been with me through thick and thin. Next would have to be my MacBook Pro. The damn thing cost so much, I would just HAVE to grab it. Plus the boyfriend has his first novel saved on it. As for bookish things, I honestly wouldn't grab anything. I own almost 800 books and it's not like I'd have time to pick and choose any. I've got over 200 ebooks on my Kindle Fire, but then again, I could just buy a new one and re-downloaded the books again. So I guess I've taken the practical route on this question, but then again I was once in my house under a mattress when a tornado ripped through my house. I'm not big on possessions, but it would suck so bad if my damn apartment burned down. 

Jana says...

We're just going to assume my cat is already sitting my car waiting for me with the engine running because I'm really bad at handling stressful situations. Like REALLY bad. Non-bookish would be my photo albums. I would just die if I lost all those memories. (In most cases I'd be like Lauren and grab my laptop, but I have a complete back-up of my computer stored in a fire safe so I've basically already planned for the fiery apocalypse.). Bookishly speaking... I'd probably grab a tote and fill it with favorite books of mine that have been personalized to me by the author (On the Island, The Lunar Chronicles, Kiss of Deception, The Book Thief, etc.). I can always replace books and my Kindle, but those signed books are very special to me. Can we just not have a fire, though, please? Just the idea of it is stressing me out.


Jamie says...


Well besides my husband and my phone (which I'm just assuming this fire takes place at night and my phone is right next to me on the nightstand) and maybe my bra because I'd really like for the whole world not to see me sans bra....I know exactly what I would grab. It would be so tempting to want to grab my computer and some beloved books or some clothes I love but I know those things can be replaced. The pictures would be the hardest thing for me not to grab but they aren't in a very accessible place so that would be pretty devastating. HOWEVER, the bookish thing I would save are the Nancy Drew books my mom gave me -- you can read my whole post about why they are special to me here. And the non-bookish thing is the blanket my stepdad had made for me after my mom passed away that is made from some of my mom's t-shirts . They were all these very iconic t-shirts that just reminds me so much of my mom or ones she wore a lot and I could never replace it EVER so it might seem like a weird thing to grab but I would.

 the books & a peek of the blanket underneath


Discuss: What bookish and non-bookish things would you save from a fire?


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Jamie's Top Ten Favorite Top Ten Tuesday Topics We've Ever Done


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5 years. FIVE YEARS. No matter how I write it it still looks insane!

5 years ago I was super involved with a Goodreads group that I created in 2008 and I decided that I wanted to start a blog but didn't think I read enough to support a whole blog on my own. So I put the idea out there and some of my FAVORITE members from the group responded and we started putting it together and debuted the blog 5 years ago (yesterday really).  I loved it SO much that I started my own blog the very next day.

I haven't been AS active on this blog as my own these past 5 years but Top Ten Tuesday has still remained my baby all these years. When I came up with the idea I didn't think anybody would want to play but OH MY GOD YOU ALL ARE AMAZING. Thanks to ANYBODY who used to do TTT, still does or even reads the posts but doesn't participate. Thank YOU for the support and for making Top Ten Tuesday the weekly fun that it is. TRULY I MEAN THAT. I know the topics aren't always easy or perfect but I'm giving my brain some kudos for coming up with topics for these past 5 years (yes we debuted Top Ten Tuesday our first week!).

SO THAT BEING SAID, here are my Top Ten TTT Topics From The Past 5 Years (RIDICULOUSLY HARD OKAY CONSIDERING WE DID ALL OF THEM)

1. Top Ten Seasonal TBRs -- I know this is cheating but I really love the seasonal TBRs 4 times a year. Even though I'm a mood reader, I like making a plan and I LOVE finding new books from people's TBRs.

2. Top Ten Inspiring Quotes From Books (Well, really ANY quote posts) -- I LOVE QUOTES. Also I have found anytime we do a quotes post I find new books to add because I love getting a little snippet of a book!

3. Top Ten Places Books Have Made You Want To Visit -- I looove good settings and it was so fun to think of all the places I've "traveled" via books and I LOVED reading YOUR posts because I definitely added some books based on their setting. I really loved the post for this I did on my own blog.

4. Bookish Pet Peeves -- RANTING IS FUN.

5.  Underrated Books/Authors lists -- I LOVE when we get a chance to spotlight all those underrated authors and books.  It's so nice to see so many books I may have not heard of.

6.  All of the end of year & beginning of year topics (best books, new favorite authors, bookish resolutions, most anticipateds) -- cheating like a boss on this one but I seriously LOVE the end of the year and beginning of the year topics. Makes wrapping up and starting the new year easy.

7.  Books I'd Give A Theme Song To: I love music JUST as much as I love books (depending on the day maybe even more) so this one was perfect for me which is why I decided to make it a topic hahah

8. Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist -- this was sooo fun to talk about all the kinds of books I'm just DYING to find 1) because my imagination ran wild 2) you guys gave suggestions for things I was pining for and 3) YOU GUYS ARE SO CREATIVE. PLEASE WRITE ALL THOSE BOOKS.

9. Ten things on my bookish bucket list: this one was so fun to think of things I wanted to do related to books and general book nerdery! You guys made me realize there are some things I didn't even know NEEDED to be on my bucket list.

10. Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their Own Books: This happens a lot to me when I read...I read a character who isn't the main character but I wonder SO much about their story and want a whole book about them. Had SO much fun with this topic!

Honorable mentions: Top Ten Characters I'd Want On A Deserted Island With Me, Characters Who Would Have Sat At Our Lunch Table, Favorite childhood books/childhood books I'd like to revisit posts (omg flipping out about childhood faves is THE BEST). Top Ten Bookish Problems We Have (hahah book people problems are so fun and the rest of the world doesn't appreciate), Characters We Wish We Could Check in With, 

BONUS FUN:

Some freebie topics I loved coming up with for my own blog during freebie weeks:

- Back in 2012 I did top ten things books have made me want to do after reading them!
- Top Ten Characters Who X: we got to pick anything and I picked characters who loved words!
- Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like Not-So-Easy-To-Like Characters

What have been some of your favorites??








Monday, June 22, 2015

Tahleen's thoughts on the last Three Pines mystery

So, over the past year, I've been working on finishing the Three Pines series by Louise Penny. I mentioned this before. But I didn't mention why I was working through them--it was sort of a mission of mine. You see, my library's director was the person who got me started on the series, as she was a big fan. Then she read the tenth book, The Long Way Home, and told me she was completely turned off by the entire series because she was bothered so much by this book's ending. But she wouldn't tell me why, since it would reveal a major plot point, so of course I had to read all of them to figure it out. And I finally did.

Heads up, small spoilers for those of you who haven't read the series through book 9.

In this latest book, Clara asks Gamache for help in a personal matter. Her husband, Peter, and she separated and agreed to get together exactly one year later to discuss their marriage. The only problem is, Peter never showed up. Clara is worried, and after some hemming and hawing, asks for some help from the professionals. And so the search for Peter begins.

I won't reveal too much about this final book, as I don't want to give anything too big away, but I wanted to see what others who've read it thought. I wasn't as big a fan of it as the other books, as I felt actions for many characters were out of... well, character. Especially Gamache and Clara. Things just didn't feel the same as in the previous book, and though I read it quickly, I didn't really enjoy it as much as the others. I was annoyed that Gamache allowed Clara so much control of the entire search, and I am still annoyed by the ending. Not upset, just... annoyed. The whole thing felt like a cop out and too quickly wrapped up. (My director felt more strongly than I did; she really didn't like it.)

That said, I still do like the books, and I am anticipating the eleventh book this August. I'm very curious to see where Penny plans on going with everyone's stories, since the major plot lines have all been resolved. But it looks like poor Gamache will never get to enjoy his retirement, in any case.

Have you read this series? What did you think of the last book?


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