Monday, August 18, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Must Reads

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 10 Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read

This is a difficult one for me because I'm usually the one in my family/circle of friends recommending books, not the other way around. I had to think of things I see great reviews on most often.


5. Eleanor and Park/Fangirl -- I always see good reviews of these, but have yet to pick up a Rainbow Rowell book. Kind of worried they might not be for me, but I'll have to try them out eventually to find out for sure.


4. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor-- Loved the first two books and have read tons of great reviews on the final one in the trilogy. Really need to get my hands on this!


3. 1984 by George Orwell-- Another of my sister's faves, and since I'm big on dystopian, I really have no excuse for not reading it. I'll get around to it eventually. :D


2. 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James -- Just with all the general hype and now the film coming out, lots of people have been telling me to read it. Yeah, I won't be though. :/


1. Infernal Devices series -- My sister really loves these, even more than the Mortal Instruments. And since I really love TMI, she really wants me to read the other Cassie Clare series. I plan to. Just haven't gotten around to it yet.

That's it for me! How about you?

The 10 Kinds of Villains and How They Can Deepen Your Story


It's been a while since I did a post on villains, but the above picture is one of my faves from Pinterest and it makes me laugh every time I see it. I hope you've all seen enough of the featured villains to appreciate the humor. It got me thinking about different kinds of villains and the different roles they can play in a story. As an author, you don't want to do the same kind of villain all the time. Changing it up can add depth and variety to your plot, pulling your readers into it even more efficiently. Which is pretty much the whole point.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Knife of Dreams Read-Along, Week 5



Welcome to week 5 of our Knife of Dreams Read-Along! This week we read chapters 19-23. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that's come before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk. Eivind Fonn is our host this week and will probably post over at dabdabofdarkness.com! Make sure to check out his answers too! 

Ogier Elder Source
1. Our favorite Ogier bachelor is finally married.  Any wise words for the newlyweds?  The Ogier are torn on whether to leave this world or help humanity out.  Do you think Loial will be able to sway them?

I've said this before, but I think Loial is greatly underestimating his new wife's loyalty to him. He's afraid she won't let him do what he wants and finish his book, but she's obviously protective of him, especially around his mother. So, if he can just play them off each other a bit, he can probably get everything he wants.

I think it's awesome that Loial is going to speak to Ent Moot--er, Great Stump. If anyone can sway them, he can. He's Loial, after all. And he's seen more of the world since meeting Rand in book 1 than most Ogier have seen in decades. He knows what's really going on. I totally loved his litany about previous wars throughout history and what role the Ogier played. Don't know if the Stump will be entranced, but I certainly was! :D

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Follow Friday: Suggest a Question!

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!


Suggest a question! We need questions of the week for future FFs. Any ideas?


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It seems to me that a while ago we had a music question. Like what song would make a great trailer for your favorite book or something. I think we should do more music questions. We can do music for trailers, music to go with favorite scenes, music that works well for certain genres, or even songs that you think describe a particular scene or character very well. We could even include youtube videos so people can listen. That might be fun. :D

What question would you suggest this week?


Monday, August 11, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: To Read or Not to Read

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 10 Books I'm Not Sure I Want to Read

Don't know if I can come up with ten, as this happens to me very rarely! (Sorry no book cover pics today. Didn't have the time.)

10. Moby Dick by Herman Melville -- Like #s 9 and 8, I want to get through it just to say that I have, but every time I almost pick it up, I suddenly remember a YA novel I need to read. :D

9. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy -- I read Anna Karenina last year and the writing was really hard to wade through. In addition, my translation of this Russian literature is really clunky. I've tried several times and failed to get into it. I really want to read it, but I'd almost need to be doing NOTHING else to accomplish it. Yeah, like that's gonna happen anytime soon.

8. Ulysses by James Joyce -- I read a lot of JJ in college, and I really want to get through this tome, just to say that I have. Yet, anyone who knows anything about it knows it's pretty daunting.

7. Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver -- There are such mixed reviews about this trilogy. I have a close friend and fellow writer (thanks Jernae!) that gave me a run-down of why it's annoying, and it has everything to do with the love triangle. After hearing what she had to say, I came to the conclusion that, like her, I'd probably be really annoyed by it, so I probably won't be picking it up.

6. Four by Veronica Roth -- I really liked the Divergent trilogy, and wasn't terribly bothered by the end as some people were, but even so. I've never been a fan of re-reading the same stories from another character's perspective. I get the attraction if it's a story or characters you really are in love with, but for the most part, it's just not for me.

5. L.A. Noir by John Buntin -- I've been reading this for a while and am still only about a third of the way through. I'm interested in the subject matter (Mickey Cohen and the mobs in the L.A. of the '20s-'30s) but for some reason, the way it's written is just kind of...boring.

4. The Omen Machine/The First Confessor by Terry Goodkind -- I LOVE the Sword of Truth series, but I read The Law of Nines and was kind of disappointed. Because of that, I've been hesitant to buy these two most recent books.

3. Russia in the Age of Peter the Great by Lindsey Hughes -- Despite my love of Russian history and even this specific matter, the book is really clunky and a great segue into a nap.

2. Aztec by Gary Jennings -- I've had this since I was a teenager and haven't read it. I'd still like to try it again, but I think it was really out of my league when I first got it and tried to read it. And it's VERY long. So I may try to read it again sometime, but for now I'm like, meh.

1. 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James -- I've read plenty of excerpts of this and between the pornographic content and the really terrible editing, I will definitely be skipping it.

What Top Ten books are you not sure you want to read?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Knife of Dreams Read-Along, Week 4



Welcome to week 4 of our Knife of Dreams Read-Along! This week we read chapters 13-18. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that's come before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk. Sue over at Coffee, Cookies, and Chili Peppers is hosting this week! Make sure to check out her answers too! 

Sorry I'm about twelve hours late this week, but here they are!


Elayne (Obviously not pregnant here) Source
1. Elayne seems to be having an ‘interesting’ time because of her pregnancy. Do you think that she is right to be so confident of her continued survival just because of Min’s viewing? Are you concerned that she and Birgitte are going to make a massive error of judgment because of either tiredness or pregnancy-induced irrationality?

I think assuming she'll be okay because of Min's viewing is only logical. Without her, the babies certainly couldn't survive so young, so she's got to at least live. I suppose maybe she could live in a coma or something, but that seems an unlikely scenario. If I was her, I'd be much more worried about making a political blunder, or having an accident with the One Power, than about actual survival. It was kind of freaky that the power keeps sliding away from her in weird ways. I'd be more worried about that than anything else. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Follow Friday: Social Networking!

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!


Social Share! What is your favorite social network and leave us a link so we can join you!

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My favorite by far is Pinterest. I waste SOOO much time on this network. I'm on it nearly every day, follow hundred of boards for dozens of different subjects, and have 70 boards of my own. Yup, you read that right. 70.

Every year in Salt Lake, they have a Pinterest conference. I haven't been able to go the past two years, but I'm hoping maybe next year. *Sigh* It would be guilty pleasure bliss. :D

Check out my boards here: http://www.pinterest.com/lkhillbooks/

What's your favorite social network?