Tuesday, January 31, 2012

top ten Book Club Books

Top Ten Books that would make Great Book Club Picks

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.
 
I am doing mine a little differently… I am listing books I have never read, but think would make great Book Club Books… now all I need is a group of friends who are willing to read these books with me!   

I actually came up with a list of twelve books…one for each month of the year.  I also tried to pick books that would appeal to both women and men.

     1.      Left Neglected by Lisa GenovaAn unforgettable story about finding abundance in the most difficult of circumstances, learning to pay attention to the details, and nourishing what truly matters after a brain injury steals her awareness of everything on her left side

     2.      The Help by Kathryn StockettA deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

     3.      The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

     4.      Textual Healing by Eric SmithThe story of Andrew, a self-deprecating, once famous author, his small bookstore in Hoboken, and the colorful characters that surround him

     5.      11/22/63 by Stephen King - On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed forever.  If you had the chance to change the course of history, would you? Would the consequences be worth it? 

     6.      Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer - Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.

     7.      An Abundance of Katherines by John Green - On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

     8.      The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. 

     9.      The Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell - The book is like 6 perfect little novellas, arranged as Russian matroyshka dolls, and as you read, you bore in, and bore back out. Each doll is a different period in time, the outermost being in the early 19th century, the latest being somewhere around 2200. (from a review)
 
     10.   The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri - THE NAMESAKE covers three decades and crosses continents, all the while zooming in at very precise moments on telling detail, sensory richness, and fine nuances of character.

     11.   The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas - A novel of enormous tension and excitement, it is also a tale of obsession and revenge. 

     12.   The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - It is a story of fate, hope and belief, and more than that, it's about the power of love to endure beyond the bounds of time.
 
Would you join my book club?
 

Monday, January 30, 2012

review: Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK

Title by Author: Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK by Betsy St. Amant
Series (if applicable):
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: Jan 2012
Page Count:  368
Source: netgalley.com
Blurb:
Sixteen-year-old Addison Blakely has tireless played the role of PK—preacher’s kid—her entire life. But after Wes Keegan revs his motorcycle into town and into her heart, Addison begins to wonder how much of her faith is her own and how much has been handed to her. She isn’t so sure she wants to be the good girl anymore. Join Addison Blakely as she attempts to separate love from lust, facts from faith, and keep her head above water in her murky, fishbowl existence.

Review:

While I loved the first two-thirds of this book, the last part crumbled for me.  Addison Blakely is hilarious and very much a teenage girl with a huge crush on the bad boy.  She’s lost her best friend from childhood, due to differences, her dad is dating her teacher, and she somehow volunteered to help run the school Talent Show.  Then, it seemed, that the writer realized that she was writing a Christian novel for teens, and the last third of the book was all about that, tying things up with a neat little bow.

I fell in love with the story and Addison immediately!  She is such a teenager, and the author got it perfectly.  She was dealing with her conflicting feelings of being both a teenage girl with a crush on the bad boy and being the perfect daughter to the town’s preacher.  I love the struggle that Addison goes through, and I love how human she is!  She is funny, intelligent and trying to sort out her feelings.  She is always daydreaming, she carries around Jane Austen in her bag at all times, and she is trying to figure out her place in the life that she lives.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chance to Win Austentatious!

You've read my review (I hope) and you know that I absolutely fell in love with this book!  Now is your chance to WIN a copy!


Just go to Alyssa Goodnight's website for a Fun way to Win!  It's a Scavenger Hunt, and Yours Truly is part of the Blog Tour!  Have a blast - let others know about it, and Enjoy the Tour!  Make sure you get your hands on this book, one way or another!

Monday, January 23, 2012

top ten Hilarious Book Titles


Top Ten Most Hilarious Book Titles You’ve Come Across

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.
 
 
I actually have had my hands on these books, or have actually read them!  Love this question!

     1.      My Nest isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space by Lisa Scottoline
     2.      Strangling Your Husband is NOT an Option by Merrilee Boyack
     3.      Forty Reasons Why Life is more fun After the Big 4-0 by Liz Curtis Higgs
     4.      Are You There, Vodka, It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
     5.      Since You’re Leaving Anyway, Take Out the Trash by Dixie Cash
     6.      Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas by Louise Rennison
     7.      I Almost Divorced My Husband, but I Went on Strike Instead by Sherri Mills
     8.      You Don’t Sweat Much for a Fat Girl: Observations from the Shallow End of the Pool by Celia Rivenbark
     9.      The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands by Dr. Laura Schlessinger
     10.   Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass, or Why You Should Never Carry a Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office by Jen Lancaster

The following are titles that I have recently come across, that deserved to be mentioned!

     11.   Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds by Dav Pilkey
     12.   How to Defeat Your Own Clone and Other Tips for Surviving the Biotech Revolution by Kyel Kurpinski
     13.   I Should be Extremely Happy in Your Company by Brian Hall
     14.   Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgiveness by Alexander Fuller
     15.   My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland
     16.   Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank and Other words of Delicate Southern Wisdom by Celia Rivenbark
     17.   Why You Should Store Your Farts in a Jar and Other Oddball or Gross Maladies, Afflictions, Remedies and Cures by David Haviland
     18.   Crazy Aunt Purl's Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair: The True-Life Misadventures of a 30-Something Who Learned to Knit After He Split by Laurie Perry
     19.   You Just Don't Duct Tape a Baby: True Tales and Sensible Suggestions from a Veteran Pediatrician by Norman Weinberger, Allison Pohn
     20.   Oops! I Forgot My Wife: A Story of Commitment as Marriage and Self-Centeredness Collide by Doyle Roth

I want to thank Bookish Nerd  for pointing some of these titles out!

So, Which one of these is your favorite?  Which one have you actually read?
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