Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: Displacement: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley

Displacement: A TravelogueDisplacement: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was very happy to receive an ARC of this! I've been a fan of Lucy Knisley for a while. I believe I was first introduced to her work through other artists I follow on DeviantArt. Her comics are like a journal entry from a friend. Very personal and sincere. If you haven't followed her comic, please visit: lucyknisley.com/comic/

Overall, with Displacement: A Travelogue, I was very impressed by her honest and sensitive exploration of aging and her relationship to her grandparents. Before reading it, I wrongly assumed there would be the old stereotype of grandparents nagging younger generations about marriage, kids, work, and the good old days. I'm happy to report that Displacement is so much more than that. It's a very mature look at family, caring for elderly family members, allowing them to still have their freedoms, working to preserve their legacy, and striving to grow closer.

I was a little shocked that with health problems and Alzheimer's, Knisley's grandparents wanted to go on a cruise. The line between safety and freedom was very thought-provoking. I appreciated Knisley's honesty that if she didn't go with her grandparents, few people in her family would. I hate to think of what could have happened to the couple if she hadn't been there. Helping them was a major undertaking that not many individual would have wanted to do alone.

I definitely plan to read more of Knisley's work in the future! I've enjoyed her strong and authentic voice.


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

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.


Overall, this was a mixed year in my reading journey. It was hit or miss. I didn't have a lot of time for reading, so to reach my reading challenge quota, I mostly picked short things. We moved, and several of the books I intended to read are still in storage. Here's to 2015 and more good reads ahead!

Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

1.) Hyperbole and a Half - This was so encouraging and inspirational to me. Once you get past the strange illustrations, it's a very motivation and fun collection of stories. I have started and stopped making comics several times. This book inspired me to pick them up again.

2.) Stargirl - Although Stargirl is sweet and simple, it reminded me of the importance of being yourself and being happy. Stargirl reminded me to embrace my eccentricity and that if people don't understand, maybe they will when they mature, or if they don't, then they're not worth the time.

3.) Dad is Fat - This was so funny and sweet. I felt like I was jammed into the New York apartment with Jim, his wife, and 5 kids (Catholic, as Jim is quick to explain), ready for hijinks. I could have read it in one sitting.

4.) The Complete Persepolis - This eye-opening book made me truly thankful for the freedoms that I have and taught me about a culture that I have little experience. I felt that I was on a journey with the main characters and was sorry to see it end.

5.) Princess Ever After - This highly anticipated title didn't disappoint! Unique, sweet, and well researched, I love the world that Hauck has created in this series. I'm hoping she'll continue.

6.) Seconds - I felt like I waited years for new work from Bryan O'Malley. I like how O'Malley explores philosophical issues through comical but unique characters. He's great at capturing awkwardness and flaws, and creating strong female characters.

7.) Fangirl - Hands down, one of the most unique contemporary YA titles out there. It's not for everyone. But I feel that it can really be appreciated by the fan fiction community and any nerd who understands how fandoms work. I'm all about an author's original canon pairings, but I enjoyed Rowell's exploration of a character who isn't.

8.) On the Way Home - I loved the Little House books as a child, and enjoyed reading an actual travel diary from Wilder. A lot of people wouldn't find amounts of rain and food interesting, but between that, there are snippets of what would become Wilder's writing style: her upbeat, warmhearted spirit.

9.) Dragonfly In Amber - By far this longest novel of the year. Honestly, I picked this up because I couldn't wait for more episodes of the new show. Gabaldon is an extremely intelligent, detailed, and talented writer, and it shows through her immersive historical research and effortless love story.

10.) A Civil War Courtship: The Letters of Edwin Weller from Antietam to Atlanta - As a history fan, this book deepened by understanding of the era from the perspective of a Yankee solider in the South. Like stepping into a time machine.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

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 Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

1.) Felicia Day via The Guild #1 - I feel so unhip for not knowing Felicia Day prior to this year. The Guild #1 was a good read, and the original web series was fun for me and Oshie.

2.) Allie Brosh via Hyperbole And A Half - I honestly can't put into words how encouraging this was to me.

3.) Jerry Spinelli via Stargirl - Jerry has such an easy-going and comforting writing style. Stargirl now has a place on my favorite list.

4.) Rainbow Rowell via Fangirl - As I've mentioned before, Rainbow Rowell is very refreshing because she's up-to-date with geek culture that's still on the outskirts of mainstream.

5.) Georgette Heyer via The Nonesuch - Over and over again I've seen Georgette Heyer compared to Jane Austen. I finally discovered that much like Austen, Heyer is very witty and good at creating interesting social scenes.

6.) Jenny Lawson via Let's Pretend This Never Happened - I started the year off right with Jenny Lawson's hilarious but shocking memoir. I wasn't previously familiar with her blog, but now I'm a fan.

7.) Jim Gaffigan via Dad Is Fat - I knew Jim from his stand-up and Pale Force, but not the land of humor writing. He's funny in all forms.

8.) Amy Poehler via Yes Please - She's just as crazy in print as she is on tv, in a good way!

9.) Lucy Knisley via Displacement - Another author that I knew of, but hadn't read. I was a fan of her comic online. With Displacement, I was very impressed by her honest and sensitive exploration of aging and a person's relationship to their grandparents.

10.) Hunter Davies via The Beatles Lyrics - Kudos to Davies for putting together a fun reference of the stories behind the Beatles lyrics. I learned awesome tidbits about some of my favorite songs.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

In My Mailbox (Nov 2014)

In My Mailbox: 


I wanna give a HUGE shout-out to the Giving Thanks Box Swap and Emma at MissPrint for the jaw-dropping loot!!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2015

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.



This top ten list was a challenge for me! I started working on it back in October, but became frustrated because a lot of the 2015 titles are sequels to books I haven't read.

Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To In 2015



1.) The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn - Quinn is my favorite romance author and I blog about her books a lot. I was bummed that this title wasn't a 2014 release. Glad it comes out soon.

2.) Untitled Graphic Novel by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks- this project was announced early 2014...so I'm hoping it'll be released by the end of 2015, maybe? After reading Fangirl, I'd say that a graphic novel is a good fit for Rainbow Rowell.

3.) The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick - I really connected with Fitzpatrick's 2012 release "My Life Next Door," but was disappointed by this year's "What I Thought Was True." In retrospect, "What I Thought Was True" wasn't a bad story, just more bitter than I expected. Anyways, I'm curious to see what happens in a return to The Garrett family.

4.) A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab - I'm very intrigued by the concept of traveling through parallel universes, so I'm putting this one on the "to-watch" list.

5.) Silly Kingdom 2 by Katie and Shaggy Shanahan - are my Canadian webcomic heroes. Unfortunately the release of Silly Kingdom 2 has been pushed back...although I completely understand that balancing art and life takes time. Looking forward to seeing more of their work in the new year.

6.) Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder - I really liked Yelena's character from the Study series. Although I am behind on the books, I'm glad Snyder is continuing to write that world.

7.) The Golden Key Chronicles by  A.J. Nuest - I randomly found this title, but it sounds tailor-made for my bookshelf: fantasy, romance, and time-travel.

8.) Heart In A Box by Kelly Thompson and Meredith McClarten - The synopsis sounds reminiscent of Scott Pilgrim, in a total good way. Possibly darker.

9.) I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest - A mystery about two girls who create a female superhero. Looks very unique, in my humble opinion.

10.) Last Chance Llama Ranch by Hilary Fields - Not a lot of info on this one yet, but it certainly sounds like a witty romance.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Review: The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer




Vonze: 4 out of 5

Book Summary: (Goodreads) "STARTLING NEWS

When they learned that Sir Waldo Hawkridge was coming, the village gentry were thrown into a flurry. The famed sportsman himself! Heir to an uncounted fortune, and a leader of London society! The local youths idolized "the Nonesuch"; the fathers disapproved; and the mothers and daughters saw him as the most eligible--and elusive--man in the kingdom.

But one person remained calm. When she became a governess, Ancilla Trent had put away romance, and at first she could only be amused at the fuss over Sir Waldo. But when he ignored the well-born beauties of the district, a shocking question began to form: could the celebrated gentleman be courting her?"

My Thoughts: For years, I repeatedly read that Georgette Heyer is a good author to check out after Jane Austen. Heyer sat on my to-read list, unread, until this year.

The Nonesuch started a little slow and I felt bombarded with characters. However, once the plot thickened, I really enjoyed Heyer’s wit. The author’s ability to create an immersive community and sense of humor did remind me of Jane Austen. Overall, it’s a sweet read for Regency fans. I wasn’t crazy about the name Waldo. I kept picturing “Where’s Waldo” in my mind, placing the hero in a red, striped shirt.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Review: The Woman Who Would Be King by Kara Cooney



Vonze: 3 out of 5

My thoughts: I love learning about fascinating female historical figures. That's why I was drawn to "The Woman Who Would Be King".

Before picking this up, I would have considered myself a light intermediate of Ancient Egyptian history. Since childhood, I've watched a lot of documentaries, visited museums with mummies, and even seen King Tut's artifacts.

However, this book informed me about aspects of Ancient Egyptian culture, I guess, I missed all those years. That said, the information wasn't what I was looking for when I picked this book. I wanted to be inspired by Hatshepsut. But there's not enough real information about her to be inspired. Instead I learned about incest marriages required by religion, regardless of age. Explicit worship of statues. I felt graphic information was dwelt on too much.

Beforehand, I somehow assumed that the book would focus on Hatshepsut from the moment she became king and tell me what we do know about her. I felt that the book would be inspiring and heavy on the girlpower. However, it mostly feels like a book of speculation, because it focuses on covering the possibilities. Another reviewer stated it would work better as historical fiction. I agree.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

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