Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Top Ten Tuesday
Authors We are Grateful For
brought to you by: the broke and the bookish

Jeni's Picks; 
1. Julieanne Donaldson: I love her book Edenbrooke. It is my go to book if I'm in a reading slump.  Her novelette Heir to Edenbrooke is available to buy. My only complaint was that it was to short. I'm looking forward to her next novel. Hopefully it isn't to far off. 

2. Jennifer A. Nielsen: She is an amazing middle grade author. I love reading her books to my children. We have laughed and cried while reading her books. My daughter even stood up once and shouted "NO, she did not just do that." She is fantastic to meet in person too. My girls just love listening to her speak. Her books will always be an automatic buy for my family. 

3. Richard Paul Evans: His Michael Vey series got my daughter to read and to actually enjoy it. I will always be grateful to him for that. When she meet him in person the first time she could barely speak she was so star struck. He gave her all kind of goodies. I know she will remember that experience for the rest of her life. 

4. Mary Higgins Clark: My grandma introduced me to Mrs. Clark's books in high school. I was immediately hooked.  I loved trying to figure out who her villains were. 

5. Anne Bishop: Her Other's series was what I needed this month. I felt like I was reading a TV drama. I absolutely loved it. I've been so busy that I haven't been reading as much as I usually do. But with her books even just a couple chapters a night were entertaining enough. I thoroughly enjoyed the first three books. I just wish the 4th one was coming out like tomorrow and not until March:(

Emily's Picks

1. Terry Brooks: he introduced me to the world of fantasy.  I love delving into a new world and discovering the imagination of another being.  It's the best kind of adventure.

2. Robin McKinley.  She is one of my favorite authors, and who doesn't love the land of Damar and her strong female leads? 

3. Rosamunde Pilcher.  She introduced me to love stories that have a splash of romance.  I love her stories, they let me in to see the beauties and sometimes the realities of life.  Plus I get to romp in England through her eyes, what could be better?

4. Michal Pollan.  He has taught me to be mindful of the world around me, and to think about what I eat.  I will forever recommend his books. He started me on my journey to discovering my self, which is odd, because it's all about food.  But I am more mindful about my self now.

5. J.K. Rowlings, who taught all of us that there is magic in this world.  More than that, she taught us that there are stronger things to hold on too, like friendship, and loyalty, and standing for what you believe in even when others may falter.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday 
brought to you by: the broke and the bookish

1. "Fear can't hurt you," she said. "When it washes over you, give it no power. It's a snake with no venom. Remember that. That knowledge can save you.” 
― Maureen Johson, The Name of the Star.

2. "You only have to change the value of one variable to affect the outcome of the whole equation.” 
― Susanna Kearsley, A Desperate Fortune

3. "Comfort zones are overrated. They make you lazy.” 
― Melina Marchetta, Saving Francesca 

4. "Simple needs make a simple life.” 
―Liesl Shurtliff, Rump

5. "I love talking to people and hearing their stories. Everyone's got their own story to tell, and when you sit down with someone and really talk to them, you can learn so much.” 
― Dan Wells, Mr. Monster 

6. “Memories are precious ... they help tell us who we are.”
― Katherine Applegate: The One and Only Ivan
7. “Somehow, even in the worst of times, the tiniest fragments of good survive. It was the grip in which one held those fragments that counted.” 
― Melina Marchetta, Finnikin of the Rock 

8. " A person can be educated and still be stupid, and a wise man can have no education at all."
_  Jennifer A. Nielsen, The False Prince

9. "It can take years to mold a dream. It takes only a fraction of a second for it to be shattered."
_ Mary E. Pearson, The Kiss of Deception

10. "Happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous."
_ Mary Rutkoski, The Winner's Curse

Emily's Picks

“It is a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.” J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

“It's a beautiful heart, not a perfect body, that leads to a beautiful life.”   Stephanie Nielson Heaven is Here

“Culture, when it comes to food, is of course a fancy word for your mom.”
Michael Pollan In Defense of Food

“No two people ever view the world from exactly the same perspective, understand things the same way, human or not. The best we can ever do is try.”
― Debra Driza Mila 2.0   

“Other people's houses were always fascinating. As soon as you went through the door for the first time, you got the feel of the atmosphere, and so discovered something about the personalities of the people who lived there.”
Rosamunde Pilcher Coming Home

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday
brought to you by: the broke and the bookish

Jeni's Picks:
Book to Movie Adaptations I'm Looking Forward To
1. Mockingjay (part 2) by Suzanne Collins : The Finale, Yeah!!!!!
2. The Scorpio Races: Crossing my fingers that this one comes true. It still says in development. 
3. The Light Between Oceans: ? release date. Michael Fassbender, enough said I'll go see it. 
4. Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes:  Release date June 2016 we hope. It was supposed to come out in August 2015. 
5. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: February 2016 I can't wait to go watch this with my sister. 
6. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness: October 2016 seems so far away. 
7. I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells: ? release date
8. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepety: The movie is going by the name of Ashes in the Snow. Scheduled to begin filming in early 2016 so maybe this one wont come out till 2017. 
9. Beauty and the Beast Not quite sure about Emma Watson as Belle so we shalll see. Release date March 2017. 
10. The BFG by Roald Dahl: I loved reading this book to my kids. 

Emily's Picks

1. Insurgent by Veronica Roth.  Let's just say I don't get to the movie theater very often.  So, this one I will have to watch on DVD.

2.  The Martian by Andy Weir.  I listened to an NPR broadcast about the book, and it was so interesting, I wanted to watch the movie. 

3. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy.  Carey Mulligan will always be the girl who didn't BLINK.  But I want to watch this movie.  I hope it lives up to my high expectations.

4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.  This is coming out in 2016 and I hope it's just as good as The Hunger Games.

5. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 2016

6. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner.  Like I said, I don't go to the movies that often...