Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Review + Giveaway: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I actually learned about this book from Goodreads' 2011 Best Humor category. I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't know who Mindy Kaling was until then. Sadly, I didn't check out The Office until 2012 (thank you, Netflix).

Once I discovered the hilarious, awesomeness of The Office, I connected the dots that Mindy Kaling is a comedy writer and played the girly, dramatic character, Kelly Kapoor.

Mindy's witty, bubbly self shines in this book. I flew through her fun childhood, teen, college, and early career memories. I really connected with her bookishness, struggles with weight and image, and love of ridiculous comedy (Monty Python).

The second half of the book was a little slow for me. She writes about her past with hilarious detail, but seemed more private about her day-to-day life now. I thought she would include more stories about working on The Office. Only a few pages are decided to it.

As a whole, I'm looking forth to watching Mindy's career and The Mindy Project (once Netflix streams it!).

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I'm giving away 1 copy of the book! It's U.S. Only, I'll try to have another international giveaway soon :)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: The Guild, #1 by Felicia Day

The Guild (The Guild, #1)The Guild by Felicia Day
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Although the book description/blurb calls The Guild an "Internet phenomenon", I was not aware of it prior to finding it on Goodreads. Glad I didn't miss out!

Cyd is having some personal issues. Her boyfriend is a selfish douchebag and she's currently in therapy. She turns to an online game (similar to World of Warcraft maybe?) for an escape. But she finds so much more: a means of expression, friendship, and self-confidence.

Even if you're not a gamer, I feel that us Internet nerds can relate. The Guild really captures the fun of making online friends for the first time.

I loved this, and I hope to check out more of "The Guild phenomenon" soon!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (22)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that was created by Breaking the Spine to spotlight a blogger's eagerly anticipated new books.

For this Waiting on Wednesday, I picked "What I Thought Was True" by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

Release Date: April 15, 2014

Book Summary: From Amazon: "Gwen Castle's Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her idyllic Nantucket-esque island this summer. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past--or the island--Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true--about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself--with what really is.

Huntley Fitzpatrick delivers another enticing summer read full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions, and a romance that will make every reader swoon."

My Thoughts: I adored the characters and world that Huntley Fitzpatrick created in her first novel, "My Life Next Door." I wanted to crawl into the book and be adopted by Jase's large, happy, non-wizard Weasley-esque family. It was a believable, fresh contemporary YA romance. I'm exciting and eagerly anticipating what Huntley Fitzpatrick has in store for readers in her next novel!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Review: Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck

Princess Ever After (Royal Wedding, #2)Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Princess Ever After is a fun, light read. The main character, Regina, is a Tallahassee girl with a hick side, who just recently left her job as a CPA to restore cars. I enjoyed that her character traits and background were both strong and original. I don't see too many female mechanics in any romance genre.

Little does Regina know, her Gram was actually a princess who had to flee her country, making Regina the rightful heir to the throne. Although the idea has been done before and is a little far-fetched, Rachel Hauck successfully makes the plot as realistic as possible. Regina has doubts, identity issues, and not everyone in the country is ready to welcome her as the monarch with open arms.

The romance in the novel was very sweet, especially if you like love-at-first-sight. Regina and her love interest, Tanner, seemed to be drawn to one another from the beginning.

Personally, I recommend reading the first book in the Royal Wedding Series, "Once Upon A Prince," before picking this one up. I think the politics and history of the imaginary countries of Hessenberg and Brighton are best explained in "Once Upon A Prince," helping the reader to understand why the stakes are so high for Regina and the other characters in this novel.

I hope this isn't the last book in the series. Maybe Hauck will write about the younger sister of Susanna from "Once Upon A Prince" or the twin girls from this story, aging them up, with cameos from other characters.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Review: The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After by Julia Quinn

The Bridgertons: Happily Ever AfterThe Bridgertons: Happily Ever After by Julia Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After is a great collection for Bridgerton/Julia Quinn fans. It contains the previously published “Second Epilogues” (short stories about past main characters) in one volume, and the new, much-anticipated, long-hoped-for-by-fans, novella featuring the series’ matriarch, Violet. In the Bridgerton series, Violet’s husband, Edmund, died young. There’s little mention of him, leading many fans to wonder what that relationship was like. Similar to the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey, there’s just something about Violet’s wisdom and wit that draws you in and makes you want more scenes with her. The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After grants that wish. Violet and Edmund’s story is very sweet and fits Violet’s personality, revealing more about her character. Beggars can’t be choosers, however, I honestly wish that the story was a full-length novel instead of a novella. But, now that it’s said and done, I guess fans can cross their fingers that Julia Quinn will continue the series with the next generation of Bridgerton children.

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In My Mailbox (Jan-Feb 2014)

So, I initially stopped posting "In My Mailbox" because documenting all of the books that Oshie and I buy, trade, download, or are given, was an overwhelming task. My computer is busting-at-the-seams with photos already.

But, I'm going to give "In My Mailbox" another shot. Mostly to show appreciation to the blogs and giveaways that I win time-to-time.

From my awesome secret Santa via Goodreads College Students :)
This is going to help with my Downton Abbey fix!

In January, I won The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith from Miss Print! Also love the bracelet, I wear it to the gym.

From Subway, I was absolutely tickled-to-death to win one of their Hunger Games prize packs! Eat fresh, may the odds ever be in your favor!! It included the Catching Fire Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Kate Egan.

In February, I found several good buys at Books-A-Million, they included:

I finished Cook This, Not That. It has a really good masala recipe in it. I'm currently reading Seraphina.

From Better World Books, I also bought:

I've purposely avoided Flowers In The Attic for a long time. Several of my old high school friends liked it, but I couldn't get past the creep factor. Because of the new TV movie, I decided to finally see what the fuss is about.

Phew, I'm exhausted from all that listing!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Top Ten Worlds I'd Never Want to Live In

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 Worlds I'd Never Want to Live In

(In Order of Dread)

1. Any Warhammer Novel- 40K Universe: Oshie, my husband, loves this universe, but we really, REALLY wouldn't want to live there. Constant war, aliens, demons, humanity's emperor is on life support...not good times, unless you really like chaos.

2. The Song of Ice and Fire Universe: Seemingly, death or tragedy finds everyone in the Seven Kingdoms. Author George R. R. Martin could decide he doesn't like you anymore.

3. The Hunger Games - Panem: Oppression and starvation or your name in the bowl to fight in the Hunger Games? As much as I love The Hunger Games series, I would be a nervous wreck living there.

4. The Saga Universe: War, magic, divided alien races. Fun to read, wouldn't want to live there.

5. Inuyasha - Feudal Japan: I also love Inuyasha, but going between the past and the present to fight demons is not for me.

6. Regency England (Jane Austen, Julia Quinn, etc.): If I had a time machine, I'd love to visit Regency England, but I wouldn't want to stay forever. I'd miss the Internet, refrigerators, my car, being able to wear jeans, etc.

7. Gone With the Wind (Pre, Mid, and Post American Civil War): I would have hated living in a time when America was completely divided. War, death, and lack of supplies.

8. Dune - Arrakis: While I think the female Bene Gesserit group is awesome, being stuck without water or addicted to spice, sounds like a hard life.

9. The Casual Vacancy - Pagford: Depressing small-town politics? Been there, done that.

10. The Southern Vampire Mysteries/True Blood Universe: As a longtime vampire fan, I'm not sure how I'd feel if vampires suddenly revealed themselves. Some things are best left unknown or in books.


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