Category: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Book Characters That Remind Me of Myself

Posted May 6, 2019 by Jana in About Me, Top Ten Tuesday / 10 Comments

I’m a very character-driven reader, so connecting with characters is pretty much a requirement for me if I’m going to enjoy a book. I love finding friends in the characters, and I really love finding things I have in common with them and can identify with. It was tough to narrow this list down to ten! I’m excited to see which characters you see yourself in this week!

1. Daisy from Every Time I Think of You by Tracey Garvis-Graves
On the surface, I have nothing in common with Daisy. But Tracey has this perfect way of writing characters you can find common ground with. I identified with Daisy’s feelings of inadequacy, her fear of failure, her concerns for the future, and her desire to tear down the walls she has built around herself.

2. Holland Baker from Roomies by Christina Lauren
She’s so relatable, and I think we can all see at least a small part of ourselves in her. She’s a 25-year-old plain Jane living in New York City (with the help of her two uncles who pay most of her rent), working a dead-end job (that her uncle got her) that is way below her qualifications as she tries to achieve her dream of becoming a published author. Who has been in this position before? *raises hand*

3. Lily from Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore
I really connected with Lily, to the point where I almost forgot I was reading about someone other than myself! Lily is high school me. She’s a bookish, organized, intellectual wallflower with a long list of things she wants to accomplish and her future all planned out. She wants a love story like the movies, but doesn’t think anyone even notices her. She is so me! I was a studious, shy, choir girl who was actually told by one of her best friends that she should be a bank robber because nobody would notice her come and go. I wish I’d had a friend like Lily to commiserate with.

4. Charlie from Save the Date by Morgan Matson
I really connected with Charlie. I understand what it’s like to have everyone needed things from you all the time. She’s kind of the glue that keeps the group together and sane. She’s the peacemaker, and I understand the kind of pressure that comes with that job.

5. Ana from Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Ana connects with music like I do. Music has always been one of the main elements of my life. It brings out such strong emotions and feelings in me. I connect with it on so many levels, just like she mentions throughout this story. I identified with her so much for this reason.

6. Bria from Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
Bria is an artist, and a traveler. Do you know who Bria really is? Bria is ME! Her love of art shone through everything she did, and everything she said. I totally identified.

7. Jane from Austenland by Shannon Hale
After dating a ton of losers, this single, 33-year-old, New Yorker has come to the conclusion that no man can compare to the sexy, debonair, and utterly romantic Mr. Darcy. She has given up on the male gender completely. Girl, I get it.

8. Maddie from Gentlemen Prefer Nerds by Joan Kilby
This girl is a nerdy cat lady. I am too!

9. Ellie from A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody
Ellie reminds me so much of my teenaged self: a bit of a perfectionist, someone who bites off more than they can chew, a people pleaser, a worrier, and a hopeless romantic.

10. Maddie from When A Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
I loved Maddie. I thought she was hilarious, plus she’s bookish, artsy, and painfully shy. I get her. While I don’t have panic attacks when I’m surrounded by a few people, I know what it’s like to be a wallflower. And I know what it’s like to view life through an artist’s eye. I love that she wrote letters to an imaginary captain to avoid jumping into the dating pool. That’s something I could totally see myself doing.


Top Ten Inspirational & Thought-Provoking Quotes from Books

Posted April 29, 2019 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 11 Comments

I love a good quote, and I am always using the highlighting feature on my Kindle so I can remember those gems that make me think or inspire me. This week I’m sharing a few of those quotes with you! Can wait to see what you share!

1. “Somehow difficulties are easier to endure when you know your dream is waiting for you at the end.” 
― Lisa Mangum, The Golden Spiral

2. “When the sun shines, you let it shine on you” 
― Gayle Forman, Just One Day

3. “The world is vicious.’

Thomas brushed a lock of hair back from my face, his gaze thoughtful. ‘The world is neither kind nor is it cruel. It simply exists. We have the ability to view it however we choose.” 
― Kerri Maniscalco, Hunting Prince Dracula

4. “The most powerful weapon is hope.”
― Juliet Marillier, Heart’s Blood

5. “One often meets her destiny on the road she takes to avoid it.” 
― Jessi Kirby, Golden

6. “Maybe there were a hundred different ways to fall in love.”
― Mary E. Pearson, The Kiss of Deception

7. “Every form of art is another way of seeing the world. Another perspective, another window. And science –that’s the most spectacular window of all. You can see the entire universe from there.” 
― Claudia Gray, A Thousand Pieces of You

8. “People are going to judge you for all kinds of reasons for the rest of your life. Because you vote one way or the other, because you go to one school or the other, because you look a certain way. It’s a fact of life: you can’t make everyone happy. But you can make you happy” 
― Leah Rae Miller, The Summer I Became a Nerd

9. “Imagine, and it shall be. There are no limits.⁠⁠⁠⁠” 
― Evelyn Skye, The Crown’s Game

10. “With courage and hope, we can conquer our fears and do what we once believed impossible.” 
― Juliet Marillier, Heart’s Blood


The First Ten Books I Ever Reviewed

Posted April 22, 2019 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 20 Comments

Thanks to Rissi at Finding Wonderland for this week’s topic! I started blogging at The Broke & the Bookish in June of 2010 and started recording my thoughts on Goodreads even earlier, so holy moly I’ve been reviewing books for a LONG time. This week I’m sharing the first ten books I ever reviewed (the date my review was posted, along with the outlet it was posted on appears after the title).

I’m excited to see the first ten books you reviewed! Now, these reviews don’t necessarily have to be long, formal reviews. They could just be a sentence or two on Goodreads or a book retail site. Whatever your heart desires. Does anyone else read their old reviews and cringe a little bit? I do!! It’s also kind of crazy to see how my tastes have changed over the years.

1. The Host by Stephanie Meyer (March 10, 2008 @ Goodreads)
I joined Goodreads in March of 2008, and I’m pretty sure this was my first review there.

2. Traitor by Sandra Grey (May 25, 2008 @ Goodreads)

3. Sailing to Capri by Elizabeth Chandler (June 11, 2008 @ Goodreads)

4. Her Good Name by Josi S. Kilpack (May 1, 2009 @ Goodreads)

5. Where Are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark (July 26, 2009 @ Goodreads)

6. Austenland by Shannon Hale (July 1, 2010 @ The Broke & the Bookish)
My first review ever! Oh, how I agonized over this review. It took me hours and I was so scared to post it!

7. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (July 25, 2010 @ The Broke & the Bookish)

8. Finding The Right Man For You: Dating Advice for Women by Lawrence J. Danks (August 15, 2010 @ Amazon)
This book should be fed to the goats. It was SO awful. lol. It made me SO mad (just go read my review). We were getting very few review requests, so I agreed to read this because “Yay! I’m a grown-up blogger who people are noticing!” I’m much more selective with the titles I accept now. I refused to even post this review on our blog, so it became the first review I ever wrote for Amazon.

9. Jane Morris: The Pre-Raphaelite Model of Beauty by Debra N. Mancoff (August 13, 2010 @ The Broke & the Bookish)
This is so not a pick that is characteristic of me and my blog here, but we were trying to review a very wide array of book genres so I threw in this book from an art history paper I was writing in college at the time that I loved so much I went and bought a copy for my own collection.

10. 501 Must-Visit Destinations by David Brown, Jackum Brown, Kieran Fogarty, and Rebecca Walder (September 9, 2010 @ The Broke & the Bookish)
I love travel, and I was still trying to not just read and review YA for TB&TB so I chose to highlight this one!


Top Ten Rainy Day Reads

Posted April 15, 2019 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 9 Comments

It’s been raining a LOT here in my neck of the woods lately, so this topic is pretty perfect for me. Thanks to Shayna at Clockwork Bibliotheca for submitting such a fun topic through my request form! What do you consider to be a “rainy day read”? When I think of these kinds of books, I think of cozy stories that I can jump into for an entire day rather than just an hour or two here and there. I’ve been going through some hard life stuff for the last week and a half and now I’m passing a kidney stone, so I’ll hopefully be back later to update my picks! For now, here’s the link-up.

What makes a book a rainy day read?
Which books did you pick this week?


Five Uncharacteristic Things I’ve Done Because I Love Books

Posted April 8, 2019 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 13 Comments

This week’s topic (Outrageous Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books) was submitted by Aggie’s Amygdala, and is a pretty daunting topic if I’m being honest! I’ve said it before, though, I’m not just going to select topics based on ones I can easily complete myself! There’s a lot of participants! If the word “outrageous” doesn’t fit your list, then change it! Shocking? Bold? Crazy? The point is to show off our nerdy, bookish badges of honor. Anything goes this week. Now, I’m not one to jump outside of my comfort zone often, so I chose the word “uncharacteristic” to describe my list picks. These are things I normally wouldn’t do.

Started My Own Book Blog
I was never a blogger! I tried personal blogging and whatever, but fell out of love with it. This is honestly the longest hobby I’ve ever had, and that baffles me!

New Moon Midnight Release Party On a School Night
The Twilight series was the first series I really went crazy over. I was not much of a recreational reader since school ruined books for me. Up to that point I never understood the appeal of midnight release parties, but I was SO EXCITED to get New Moon in my hands that I went anyway and was totally exhausted the next day.

Went to ALA Las Vegas with Really Bad Pneumonia
I LOVE attending ALA, so much that pneumonia wasn’t going to keep me away. I sat on everything I could, and I had this pale, cold, clammy sheen to my face the entire time. I was dragging my dead corpse around the convention hall, basically.

Went to Kathryn Purdie’s Burning Glass Launch Party with a Migraine with Aura
Similar to the above, I do bookish things instead of taking care of myself.

I Got Rid of Clothes to Make Room for More Bookshelves
I seriously never thought I’d do something like this, but I got rid of a dresser to get more bookshelves!

What nerdiness is on your list this week?


Top Ten Things That Make Me Immediately Want to Read a Book

Posted April 1, 2019 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 30 Comments

This week we’re talking about why we read the books we read! I’m pretty sure all of us have a list of things we look for when we read a book’s synopsis or read book reviews. Some of us might even be sold on a book’s cover alone! These are the things we’re talking about today. Hopefully you’ll have some suggestions for me based on my list!

1. Travel Destinations

This first one is a bit of an umbrella pick for me, but I had to do it this way or else all ten of my picks for this topic would be different countries! I love traveling to my favorite places and places I’d like to visit through books, so if I see that a book is set in Italy or France or Greece, etc. my interest is immediately piqued.

2. Characters On Vacation

In the same vein as above, I’m all about going on vacation with book characters. If characters are traveling abroad, going on class trips, going to boarding school, or road tripping I get excited!

3. Fauxmances/Relationships of Convenience

This is a HUGE one for me! I love the fake romance/fake marriage turned full-blown love story.

4. Non-Paranomal, Non-Erotic Romantic Suspense

I LOVE romantic suspense, but so much of what’s out there has a paranormal aspect to it or is too explicit for me. I don’t want a romance to be suspenseful because he’s a werewolf. I want a murder or a missing person or a serial killer or SOMETHING with a strong accompanying romance. Those are so exciting and swoony to me, and are my absolute favorite kinds of books.

5. Workplace Romance

I love the tension of a really great, forbidden workplace romance!

6. Nerdy Characters

I love the sexy nerds as romantic interests. I also love nerdy or bookish heroines that I can relate to.

7. On the Water

I love books set on cruise ships, pirate ships, sailboats, yachts, ferries, lifeboats, etc. I gobble them up like you wouldn’t believe.

8. Heists

I love heists! Jewelry, art, antiques, rare books, I’m here for all of it.

9. Wilderness/Survival Settings

I love it when characters are off the beaten path, whether by choice or not. Camping, hiking, getting lost or stranded on a beach or in the wilderness… Perhaps a boat goes down or a plane crashes and the characters have to learn to survive. Throw in a little suspense or danger into one of these settings, and it’s even more of a must-have for me.

10. Underwater Settings

I love books that take place in fantasy underwater cities or compounds. Mermaids are an added bonus!

Do you have any books you’d recommend to me based on my list?
What makes you want to read a book?


Five Audiobooks I Loved & Five I’m Excited to Listen To

Posted March 25, 2019 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 24 Comments

This week’s TTT is an audio freebie! I’ve recently jumped onto the audiobook bandwagon, and so I was really excited to do this week’s topic because I’m hoping to find a lot of audiobook recommendations from all of you! Narrators make or break an audiobook for me, and you’ll see from my picks below which narrators are my favorites!

Five Audiobooks I Loved

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater 
Steve West made me fall in love with Shawn Kendrick.
I also love the musical elements, which Maggie composed herself!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Jennifer Ikeda does a really great job with this book!

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron
Fiona Hardingham is great, and I felt like the atmosphere of the
audio was perfect for the tone of the book.

A Tale of Beauty and Beast by Melanie Callier
I can’t pinpoint why I loved this so much, but I did! I’m a sucker for
B&B retellings, and even though the narrator did a rather crummy job on the
Beast’s voice, I still enjoyed listening.

Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
Phoebe Strole and James Fouhey both have great voices, and I loved listening
to this. It was so rich and exciting.

Five Audiobooks I’m Excited to Listen To

Sherwood by Meagan Spoooner
Fiona Hardingham is wonderful to listen to, and
I loved Meagan’s Hunted so I can’t wait for her next retelling.

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Steve West is one of the narrators, GUYS. I don’t even know what the story is
about, but I bought it anyway.

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas
I’ve actually read and loved this book already, but Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell)
herself narrates it so I need to re-read!

Made for You by Melissa Marr
I’ve heard great things about MacLeod Andrews, and this book sounds great!

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
Julia Whelan reads her own book! I’ve heard she’s an awesome reader, but
I bet she’s even better reading her own book!

What are some of your favorite audiobooks? Why?
Can you recommend any amazing narrators (I LOVE STEVE WEST)?


Top Ten Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Posted March 18, 2019 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 38 Comments

Can you believe Spring is in just a few days?? I LOVE winter, but I’m actually kind of looking forward to warmer weather. I never expect that it will happen, but it always does. This week’s topic might break your wallet, but that’s kind of ok right? What’s on your Spring TBR?

Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash
Virtual reality dating service. What could possibly go wrong?

Bridal Boot Camp by Meg Cabot
This little novella sounds like so much fun!

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda
I love a good murder mystery, and this one set in an idyllic little hamlet sounds like the perfectly creepy kind.

When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
I’m reading Cleeton’s first “Cuba” book right now and can already tell I’m going to want this companion ASAP. I love the writing!

Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
This is out today!! I loved Meagan’s Beauty and the Beast retelling, Hunted, and am excited to see how she retells Robin Hood! Also, I’m pretty excited that Steve West and Fiona Hardingham narrate the audiobook I’ve pre-ordered.

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West
I love Kasie West, and her books are just the kind of light and fluffy springtime happiness I need.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
It’s time, guys! I’ve been wanting to read this for years and now I’m buddy reading it with a friend, so it’s finally going to happen!

The Way You Love Me by Miranda Liasson
This sounds so sweet and heartwarming, plus we’ve got a bookish heroine!

You Say It First by Susan Mallery
This new series sounds like a lot of fun, and centers around fairy tale destination weddings!

The Beholder by Anna Bright
I love a good swashbuckling fantasy, and this one is a mash-up of The Odyssey and Cinderella. I’m there.

Have you read any of these? What did you think?
Do we have any picks in common?
What kind of books do you like to read this time of year?


Ten Standalone Books I Wish Had a Sequel

Posted March 11, 2019 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 20 Comments

Welcome to another TTT! This week’s topic is about standalone books I wish had sequels (we did this same topic back in 2013. See mine here!). I used to really love series, but now I really appreciate a good standalone that I can just read and be done with and not have to worry about cliffhangers or remembering what happened a year later when the next book comes out. That’s not to say, however, that I’m always happy when a standalone ends. Sometimes I want more of the characters, or sometimes there’s a secondary character I read about that I’d like to see at the front of their own book! Whatever the case may be, here’s my list of books I’d like a sequel for.

1. Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
This book isn’t even out yet, but I SO want a book about Birdie’s Aunt Mona!

2. I Temporarily Do by Ellie Cahill
I love the two main characters, and I want to know what happens to them after this book ends. Maybe a really long epilogue would suffice.

3. Till Death by Jennifer Armentrout
Ok, so I don’t technically need a sequel… I just need more romantic suspense like this because it’s amazing. Maybe sexy FBI agent Cole can tackle more serial killers.

4. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
I just need more Josh and Lucy!!

5. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
I love this world, and I’d love more Finn!

6. Love, Lucy by April Lindner
I loved Jesse and Lucy so much in this book, and I want more of their story! What’s college like for these two? (In know there is a companion novella, but it’s not an additional story. It’s just Jesse’s point of view.)

7. Atlantia by Ally Condie
Another awesome world that I’d love to read another book set in!

8. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
There was SUPPOSED to be a sequel and the publisher decided to pull a sucky move. I’d still LOVE to read it!

9. Degrees of Wrong by Anna Scarlett
I just loved this book, and think a sequel would be amazing! I love the world and the characters, and there was room left for more development.

10. Winter by Marissa Meyer
I just really miss my Lunar Chronicles team, and all the companion/sequel novellas aren’t enough! I’m also sad that I haven’t liked anything Marissa has written since… *weeps*

Which books do you wish had sequels?


Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With

Posted March 4, 2019 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 9 Comments

This week’s topic was submitted by Sara @ A Gingerly Review, and is “top ten characters I’d like to switch places with”. What a fun topic! Sadly, my life got away from me and my list will be delayed. I’m sorry! Hopefully I’ll have time to come update it later today!

Which characters would you like to switch places with?

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