Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

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. 10 is just a suggestion to aim for if you can hit it -- do a list of 3 or 5 or 20 on your list. Your post, your choice! Really, it's just a starting off point. We realize 10 can be hard and we don't at all always expect it. And we always thumbs up anyone putting a different yet related spin on the topic to make it work for them!

Today's Topic: Top Ten Summer Beach Reads.

To be honest I don't think I'm really a beach holiday person and the summer is easily my least favourite time of the year! :D But having said that I do think that I have a pretty good idea of what makes for a good beach read. The ideal book to read on the beach should be easy to pack in your suitcase, it should be enjoyable and engaging enough to keep your attention in spite of all of the distractions going on (children running around, music playing, etc.), and it should have a light-hearted, fun and upbeat tone that would make it unlikely for you to cry in public. And for an extra bonus point, the book should feature a warm and picturesque setting that matches up with your surroundings. Bearing all this in mind, here are ten books that I think you should strongly consider giving a read over the next few months! :D

1. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen. This author is a contemporary magical realism writer who had been on my radar for quite some time before I finally got around to reading something from her just a few weeks ago. That book was this novel which I absolutely loved and could not put down! The setting (a small town in the American south) is extremely vivid and atmospheric and both the story and writing are just so lovely and touching and beautiful :) My only caveat about this book is that it made me very hungry (as there are some tantalising descriptions of cake and pastries in it!) so I'd recommend having some food close to hand while you're reading! And btw, isn't the above cover stunning?! I wish I owned that copy of it!

2. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. I read The Rosie Project last summer and I vividly remember thinking it would make for a fantastic beach read! The book has two wonderful settings in Melbourne, Australia and New York City and it's just such an adorable and funny story!

3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel-Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I read this book during a summer as well but unlike The Rosie Project that was quite a few years ago. But even though it's been a long time since I last read this book I have very fond memories of it and I remember the book being a very sweet and charming story with a lot of fun literary references. A screen adaptation of this book is also being filmed at the moment with Downton Abbey and Cinderella's Lily James and Game of Thrones and The Age of Adaline's Michiel Huisman starring so now would be a good time to read it!

4. Legion and The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson. I discovered Brandon Sanderson through his epic high-fantasy Mistborn series but his shorter fiction is excellent as well! Legion and The Emperor's Soul is a compilation of two novellas. The first novella, Legion, is a really engaging and fun sci-fi mystery story (nothing to do with the Marvel TV show of the same name just in case you're wondering) about a private detective who hallucinates about people talking to him and is then able to obtain skills and knowledge from them in order to solve crimes. The other novella in this book, The Emperor's Soul, is a high-fantasy story and I have to confess that I haven't actually read that one yet. However, I've heard nothing but great things about it and it did win Sanderson the Hugo Award...

5. The Princess Bride by William Goldman AND As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of 'The Princess Bride' by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden. The Princess Bride would make for perfect beach reading! Both a fairy tale and a fairy tale satire, this book is full of adventure and romance and comedy and is incredibly quotable! And as an added bonus, if you happen to have already seen The Princess Bride's film adaptation then I would highly recommend pairing up the novel with Cary Elwes's memoir of his time spent on the making of that film. His book is full of delightful stories and the audiobook is read by him and many of the cast and crew members!


6. William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher. This is an officially licensed series that rewrites the dialogue of the Star Wars films into Shakespearean iambic pentameter and it would make for fantastic beach reading since the books are all fairly short and are so hilarious and clever and fun! I love this series and I cannot WAIT for Doescher's interpretation of The Force Awakens which is due out in October. I'm especially excited to see how he handles Kylo Ren and BB-8 and I've already pre-ordered the book! :D

7. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher. This book is the first of Carrie Fisher's memoirs and is based on the script for her hit one-woman play of the same name. Recently I downloaded the audiobook version of this book to listen to on my way to and from work and it was just delightful! Not only is Carrie Fisher a fantastic narrator, her book is packed with extraordinary and hilarious stories and is filled with so much wisdom and insight and depth. She was a truly amazing person, I love her so much, and getting to hear so much of her voice recently has been a joy :)

8. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. This book is truly one of the funniest and most unique books that I've ever read and is set in an alternate universe in which everyone takes literature deadly seriously, as in there are gang wars over who really wrote Shakespeare's plays and political parties will attempt to court fans of certain authors. It's such a fun and silly read (in a good way!)

9. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. This book is lovely! Similar in tone to The Princess Bride, the story is incredibly imaginative and whimsical and is full of adventure and humour!

10. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. I had to include at least one classic in this list! :D Out of all of Austen's novels I feel Northanger Abbey is the one that's best suited for a holiday read as the story is very light-hearted and fun and its heroine Catherine Morland is on holiday herself.

So, are you going away anywhere nice this summer? Have you read any of these/are planning to read any of these? What books have you put down for this week?

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Top Ten Tuesday


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. 10 is just a suggestion to aim for if you can hit it -- do a list of 3 or 5 or 20 on your list. Your post, your choice! Really, it's just a starting off point. We realize 10 can be hard and we don't at all always expect it. And we always thumbs up anyone putting a different yet related spin on the topic to make it work for them!

Today's Topic: Top Ten Favourite Covers of Books I've Read

I'm sharing some of my favourite book covers in this post so it's all about the eye candy for today!:D Now I think all bookworms know that we technically shouldn't judge a book by its cover but in practice this is something that I tend to do quite a lot as I love pretty book covers and I'm a big believer that a beautiful book cover can really enhance the enjoyment of a book. And much to my satisfaction, I've also found that book covers seem to have gotten better over the past few years! I think the rise of the e-reader has forced book publishers to step up their game...

1. The Penguin Red Classics editions of Emma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (Illustrated by Kazuko Nomoto).
2. The Court of Thorns and Roses saga by Sarah J. Maas (Illustrated by Adrian Dadich).
3. Katherine by Anya Seton (The Accolade by Edmund Blair Leighton).
4. William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher (Illustrated by Nicholas Delort).
5. The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman (Photograph by Malgorzata Maj).
 

 

6. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Illustrated by Dave McKean).
7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Only a Lock of Hair by Sir John Everett Millais).
8. The Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (Illustrated by Sam Green).
9. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (Illustrated by J.R.R. Tolkien).
10. Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness (I'm not sure who does the UK covers to be honest, I tried to find out...)


 


Do you own any of these? Which of these book covers do you find prettiest? What are your favourite book covers? :)