Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Top Ten Authors We Own The Most Books Of


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Jamie owns:


*I realized in doing this that I don't own that many books of the same author!*

7 Megan McCafferty books -- I own the whole Jessica Darling series though at the moment my sister has a couple of those books plus Bumped and Thumped.

6 Jodi Picoult books -Hilarious because I've never read a single JP book! Someone gave me all of them except one which I picked up at a used book sale. (Have you read her? Where to start?)

Daisy owns:

 

16 J.K. Rowling books -- I own the whole Harry Potter series in English as well as in Dutch, The Casual Vacancy and The Cuckoo's Calling.

11 Jill Mansell books -- Jill Mansell is an insta-buy author for me, I love her books!

Julia owns:


21 Eloisa James books - I don't even know how I have so many! I have all of her series books, so there is 7 in the Desperate Duchessess, 4 in the Essex Sisters, all her fairy tale retellings and a bunch of short ebooks brings that total so high. But what can I say? I love her books!

18  Sherrilyn Kenyon, Johanna Lindsey and Julia Quinn books - So I had a tie for second according to Goodreads, and these numbers make a lot of sense. Kenyon has all of her Dark-Hunter books. I must have gotten to 16 before stopping (I know I have two of her non-DH series). There is way over 20 books in that series now, I just stopped buying them. With Johanna Lindsey, I started collecting her Mallory novels back when I just started to get into reading romance, so there are 11 or so of those. Then there are all the one off's of hers I have. I would go to library sales as a teen and pick up anything with her name on it, so this makes sense. Finally Julia Quinn, whose books I buy instantly for the most part. This one would be higher I think if my sister didn't take over the reigns in buying the most recent series. She's a romance author who I know is going to make me laugh. The 18 books of hers that I own are some of my favorites.

Tahleen owns:


11 Bill Bryson books -- A Walk in the Woods, At Home, The Mother Tongue, The Lost Continent, and Made in America are all the ones I own in print, while Shakespeare: The World as Stage, Notes from  Small Island, Neither Here Nor There, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and One Summer: America, 1927 are all the ones I own on audio CD. I am a big big fan. Love.

4 John Green books -- 5 if you count my two copies of Paper Towns, one in print and one on audio. The only one I don't have, actually, is Looking for Alaska, which I've read anyway. Oh, and I guess Let It Snow, which was written with Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle, and is also adorable.

Kimberly says:

9 Mary Higgins Clark books
7 Michael Crichton books

What are author's do you own the most books of? Also, I'd love to hear if you think you have the MOST of one author! Anyone have over Julia's 21??





Monday, July 28, 2014

Tahleen talks about the Three Pines series by Louise Penny

Most of you know I mostly review young adult literature on this blog, mostly because I am a young adult services librarian and need to keep up with what is being published, or at least be familiar with it. However, I also need to be familiar with adult titles, as I also work on the reference desk for adults. My favorite genre has got to be mystery, and I gravitate toward the cozy subgenre.

Enter Louise Penny. I had heard the Three Pines series was good, the first of which is titled Still Life, and I decided to try it out. It was a good decision.

The whole series has a coziness around it, despite the murder and underlying sense of dread threaded throughout the books. I love reading about the little village of Three Pines, with its quirky characters and homey feel. I want to eat at Olivier's Bistro, where one can order things like open-faced melted goat cheese and arugula sandwiches on warm baguette, red lentil and curried apple soup, and fresh-baked croissants with a café au lait, warm cider, or glass of wine. I want to browse through Myrna's Livres, Neufs et Usagés, and find some mysteries like this one on a well-worn shelf surrounded by comfy chairs. (Oh by the way, it's set in Quebec, Canada, hence the French.) I want to be friends with all the people in this town, a town of people who found their way here when they most needed to. Louise Penny is just wonderful with description and imagery, and I always just want to jump into this place.

And Chief Inspector Armand Gamache! I want him to be my grandpa. Though he is probably too young for that, but still. He is just the best, which makes that dread I talked about earlier all the more sinister. If you've read the first few books, you'll know. If not, watch out for Arnot.

I've only read the first three in the series, and I am so glad that I don't have to wait for most of them to be published. Each book gets deeper and deeper into conspiracy and sabotage, and I worry for the inspector.

I listened to the first book in the series, and  Ralph Cosham fits the tone of the books perfectly. It took me a little while to warm to his narration, but as I progressed through the book I knew he was perfect. I hear his voice now when I'm reading the print copies I take home from the library.

To sum it up, if you're a mystery fan, especially Agatha Christie, this series is for you.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Daisy's Mini-Review of The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno


Title/Author: The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno
Publisher/Date published: HarperTeen, July 8th 2014
How I got this book: received it from the publisher as an egalley

Goodreads summary: You take it for granted. Waking up. Going to school, talking to your friends. Watching a show on television or reading a book or going out to lunch.

You take for granted going to sleep at night, getting up the next day, and remembering everything that happened to you before you closed your eyes.

You live and you remember.

Me, I live and I forget.

But now — now I am remembering.

For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Now, she’s figuring out why. Now, she’s remembering her own secrets. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led... and the love that she can’t let go.

So at first glance I thought this would be a paranormal read, but it's actually contemporary, which I was kinda glad to know about before I went in, because it's a bit of an adjustment in expectations.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a fast read, I breezed through it in a couple of hours and Katrina Leno's writing style made it easy for me to do this. It's interesting and I did want to know what was going on, but in the end I wasn't all that invested in the story. I really want to recommend another book if this is your kind of thing, but I'm afraid to spoil things for you, so if you do want to know, just tweet me and I'll tell you what book I'm talking about (@DBetweenpages).

There's a whole lof of confusion and a whole lot of stuff that is messed up and that I went WTF about, but it all adds up and I liked it. One thing I really liked was seeing how everybody else was handling Molly's blackouts (I don't really know what else to call them) and especially her sister, her sister is awesome.

I'm being cryptic, I know, but bottom line: I liked it, but it didn't blow me away, but it also took me no time at all to read it, so it was ok.

My rating: 3 stars

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Cocktail & Conversation -- Before The Summer Is Over I Want To...



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.


Tell me one thing on your summer bucket list or something you hope to do or accomplish before Summer 2014 ends! Also, what's one book you hope to read before the end of summer?


Jana says:


I want to edit the video of my European vacation from two years ago, and burn it to DVDs. I still haven't seen it, and want to re-live my dream vacation! It's just a daunting task, and I have no idea where to begin. Ummm. There's so many! I'm REALLY wanting to get to Atlantia by Ally Condie, though.


Bridget says:


We just moved so I want to organize all my books too!! We also need to buy at least one more bookshelf. So that's definitely a goal for us to accomplish before the end of the summer!

I would like to finish the available books of the GoT series before the end of the summer, but that's three LOOONG books so we'll see!

Daisy says:

I really want to accomplish convincing the boyfriend that we really need a cat in our lives and then actually getting one. One book I hope to read before the end of summer is A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin.

Jamie says:

I really, really want to go fishing before the summer ends. I haven't been fishing since I was little and I randomly decided one day I'd like to do it this summer so I told Will to which he probably added to his mental "Random Things My Wife Wants To Do" list.  I'd really like to read at least the 2nd and 3rd Harry Potter books before the summer ends. I read book 1 last year and I need to get back to trying to read this series. Review books and new books always seem to get in the way.



What about you, dear readers? What is one thing you want to accomplish before the summer ends? A book you want to read before the end of summer?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Top Ten Characters I'd Want On A Deserted Island With Me


 Jamie's Picks

1. Katniss from The Hunger Games series: We'd have food because she's a great hunter and can really think on her feet when faced with danger!

2. June from the Legend series: She is smart and pretty badass. She'd be a GREAT person to have around!

3. Perry from Under the Never Sky series: Perry is a fearless leader and has shown that he can provide for his tribe even in the most dire of circumstances! He's also a good hunter so he and Katniss would work well together! Plus he has some heightened senses which would be VERY useful!

Lori's Picks

4. Rhett Butler from Gone With The Wind: I think I could have a very good time with him on a deserted island. ;) He's really smart and would be a good conversationalist. He's also strong and knows how to survive. So I think we'd make out all right.

5. The Baudelaire Children from Lemony Snicket: Violet is really good at inventing things, so that would be a big help. Klaus has read a ton of books, so he'd know what we needed to do. Sunny has sharp teeth, which would possibly come in handy if we needed to cut something.

Julia's Picks:

6. Ruark from Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss: So call me romantic, but hell if I am not going to pick guys from romance novels for my list! I'd like to have fun on this desert island. I chose Ruark because of his varied background. I haven't read the book in a while, but I recall him breaking out of jail, being a pirate, rescuing the heroine and living for a bit on his own on a Caribbean island. Seems like he would be a great companion!

7. Jack Talent from Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan: This is the book I am reading right now. I think he would be a great asset to our island. He is a shifter so he can shift into things that can protect us. I think he is immortal, which is helpful. He's not much of a conversationalist though, but I think having the protection and his assistance would be great... or you know maybe he could shift into a boat and get us out of there (I don't think he can shift into a boat). Look out for this review though; so far this book is great!

8. Tarver from These Broken Stars: A non romance novel pick is Tarver. Since the majority of his book is him and the lead lady stranded in a strange land, I think he could help. He's got military training and survival skills galore. And he's smart.

9. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series: I was sitting her weighing pros and cons of bringing Harry when I realized my answer was staring me in the face. Hermione! She was always super good at magic, was raised a muggle so we would have stuff to talk about, and lived in the woods for a year. Maybe she has that magical tent with her?

10. Colin Bridgerton from The Bridgerton Novels by Julia Quinn: Finally, I want someone who can make me laugh on my island with me. I think Colin may have traveled at some point and maybe have fought somewhere, but I really can't say. I actually think he would be pretty useless at the island thing, but I would be entertained, which would help me from not going crazy.

Who would you want on a deserted island with YOU??








Monday, July 21, 2014

Books I Will (Probably) Never Read

Never say never, right?  I can accept "probably never" because things change.

I recently moved all of my stuff back to my parents' house.  The amount of books and other artifacts of my life have the upstairs of my parents' home nearly bursting at the seams.  At night I have nightmares about the room over the garage, which houses my books, collapsing from the weight.  There are books in suitcases and boxes and double stacked on shelves and on the floor.  I am looking at this as a good time to go through everything and finally get rid of a lifetime of accumulation...which has grown wild over the past eight years of storing this and that at my parents' because it just didn't fit in my current life.  I don't know how long I'll be living with my parents, but I would eventually like to not feel like I am living in a storage facility.

It's not quite this bad, but it's close!
Photo found on Google Image Search for Book Avalanche


Aside from my clothes, my books are the biggest part of all of the clutter.  The simple solution is to ruthlessly go through my books and donate/trade/sell the ones I'm over.  I've attempted to do this in the past with moderate success.  That was before I had to try to live amongst the chaos.  I need to get real and get serious really fast.

This situation, combined with a post I read over at BookRiot about a very similar topic (the writer used the qualifier "good"), led me to think of the books I own that I know I will never read.  I can't say that any or all of these will wind up in my get rid of pile, but I think I can safely cross these off my list as possibilities...

1.  Ulysses by James Joyce.  I tried this one.  I read 10 or the 18 episodes.  I just don't feel the need to finish.  If I hadn't read the summary before listening to and following along with the text, I wouldn't have known what was going on.  I may eventually read the episodes focusing on his wife because I've heard they are beautiful.  But as for finishing the whole thing?  No thank you.  I love a book that challenges me to think harder or to contemplate my opinions.  I don't like a book that frustrates me and is difficult on purpose.

2.  The Illiad or The Odyssey by Homer.  I think I could eventually read one or the other, but I do not foresee myself reading both of them.  I already own The Odyssey, so I'll probably stick to that one.  I'm not huge on epic poetry, so I think I can let this one go.

3.  The Complete Works of Shakespeare.  I have a friend who would keel over if he saw this.  The man loves his Shakespeare.  I'm just not that into him.  I think his work is fantastic and I've enjoyed what I've read, but I just don't see myself ever voluntarily slogging through the history plays.  (OMG! I do love the dark lady poetry!)

4.  Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.  I read The Fountainhead as an undergrad.  I really enjoyed the story and the characters.  I called it a favorite for a couple of years.  It was a phase.  It was a phase that apparently a lot of people go through.  I can see it for what it was.  While I was never an Ayn Rand fanatic, I figured that I would read her other major novel at some point.  Nah...

5.  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by John Gibbon.  I found a very lovely set of the unabridged version at an antique store a few years ago.  I am not going to get rid of these books because I searched long and hard for that set!  However, I just don't think I am going to read them.  And that is OK.

6.  Allegiant by Veronica Roth.  I sped through the first two novels in this series.  I was going back and forth between Nook, iPad, and my phone so that I didn't have to stop reading them.  Then I got to the third book and the narrative structure changed.  I've been told that there was a reason for it, but the change was a deal breaker for me.

7.  The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien.  I read The Hobbit when I was in high school.  I really didn't like it.  Fantasy novels and stories just aren't my thing.  If I hadn't been Harry's age when they first started coming out, I probably never would have gotten into Harry Potter (blasphemy, I know!).  Anyway, my parents own the trilogy and it's in with my stuff, but I won't read them.  I haven't even seen the movies, except for the first one.  I fell asleep during my first attempt to watch it and I don't even remember what happened upon finally finishing the first movie.

8.  The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.  I just don't want to know.  I know that this book prompted the formation of the FDA and food handling standards.  But I just don't want to know.

9.  Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.  I loved the early 90s movie.  I tried reading the book not too long ago and read the first half, but I couldn't get myself to finish the book.  I think it's partly because I'm an only child so I don't get the sister dynamic and because I thought the girls were just too good and nice.  I will probably eventually read this to a daughter, but it's not one I would ever pick up myself.

10.  Truman by David McCullough.  This book came in a boxed set with his biographies on John Adams and Teddy Roosevelt.  I'll read the other two in the set, but I just don't like Truman.  I am not a fan of some of the decisions he made while he was sitting president.  I'm not interested in learning more about him.  I am just not going to go there.  But I can't get rid of the book because it's a boxed set.

These are just some of the books I can cross off of my TBR list without a second thought.  It's very freeing.  I can't wait to see what others I can add.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Broke and Bookish Book Haul for 6/8 - 7/19

Daisy's Book Haul


So this will be a pretty epic haul for me as it spans a month and a half and I have been buying books...

Bought:


-Going La La by Alexandra Potter: I really like Alexandra Potter's books and this sounds adorable.
-Vixen in Velvet by Loretta Chase: because OBVIOUSLY I need to know how the last of these three sisters wins her man.
-Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo: OMG I ALREADY READ THIS AND IT WAS AMAZING!! And heartbreaking and just ALL THE FEELINGS. If you are interested, my raving review can be found here. I have series hangover.
-Brazen by Katherine Longshore: because Katherine Longshore's books are awesome and I needed to have this one in my life as well.


-Assassin's Apprentice
-Royal Assassins
-Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb: which has the WRONG COVER @#(%&)&! GRRRRRR! I actually own TWO copies of the wrong cover because it's second hand and people can't be bothered to put the book up with the cover that is actually the cover of the book they will be sending you and just LOTS OF FRUSTRATION. So I've been dying to read this series but I don't really like the new covers they're doing and am trying to hunt down a copy of the right cover for Assassin's Quest as we speak... *sigh*


-Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan: I crave fluffly contemporaries in the summer and this sounds like it has fluff potential.
-New Beginnings by Victoria Schwab: every since she stole my heart with The Near Witch, I've been hoarding Victoria Schwab's books without actually reading them, but I do intend to! This sounds really cute!
-Fool Me Twice by Mandy Hubbard: same goes for Mandy Hubbard, and I'm always the girl who wonders 'what if', and a what if you could get a chance at a do-over of a failed relationship sounds like my kind of book.
-Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson: so I keep hearing people rave about this book and I want in on the action. And I survived reading (and watching) The Fault in Our Stars, so I think I might be able to handle this as well now.
-The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: this book is amazing. And I already owned a paperback copy, but as my boyfriend is reading it, which is awesome, and he is not so gentle with my books as I'd like him to be, which is less awesome, I decided it was time to get the gorgeous hardcover for myself. So nobodoby but me is allowed to touch this. Ever.


-A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall: so this was a gift from Debby @ Snuggly Oranges who is awesome and had an extra copy of this, it sounds super cute!
-Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard: I've heard AMAZING things about this book and when I came across it in the bookstore I just had to buy it because HELLO fantasy novel with dragons!
-The Thousand Names by Django Wexler: this also sounds like a fantasy novel that will be right up my alley and I'm always looking for that next series to get lost in.
-Malice by John Gwynne: it is epic fantasy and I have been eyeing this since it was released so when I got an e-mail saying the price had gone down I just clicked BUY and the rest is history.

And I would also list all the awesome egalleys I received for review, but we're leaving to have dinner over at the boyfriend's parents' and I simply don't have the time, but they include The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (which I've read and very much enjoyed), Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White and A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin by Sophie Jordan, so I'm one very happy girl!
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