Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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. (Meme description from The Broke and the Bookish.)

1. Tessa Bailey - How have I gone so long without knowing about Tessa? I adore her Line of Duty series! She has hot heroes, witty banter, awesome heroines, dirty talk and steamy scenes! I've told her on Twitter I'd gladly read a manual on operating a fan if she wrote it. Thankfully, Tessa writes books fast, so whenever I finish one, another is about to come out. It's great! Also, Tessa is super nice, funny, and willing to humor fans on Twitter.

If you're a fan and haven't joined Tessa's Bailey Babes Facebook, I highly recommend! Lots of extra scenes are in the files section, including the triple Line of Duty wedding.

2. Christina Lee - I learned about Christina from Tessa. They interviewed each other in a blog post and talked about their hot heroes. I couldn't resist picking up Christina's Between Breaths series after. I really liked All of You (fantastic shower scene in there.) But, Before You Break really hit me with its great characters and emotional depth. I'm looking forward to reading the next book, Whisper to Me, soon.

3. Marie Lu - This one is kind of a cheat? I tried reading Legend a couple of years ago, but randomly quit "right before it got good" according to my friend. So, Marie Lu is new to me in the sense I finally finished one of her books? That aside, The Young Elites was AMAZING. I wish I could talk about it with someone because spoilers, but ugh it was so awesome. That ending! I still think about that ending. I'm telling you all, if you get to the ending, KEEP READING. Make it through the epilogue! It is worth it. (Probably would have quit the series if I hadn't read it.)

4. Jill Shalvis - Jill's books are like... I don't know. She writes awesome book versions of the "chick-flick" movies I love to watch? Jamie from The Broke and the Bookish and The Perpetual Page-Turner, reviewed book one in the Lucky Harbor series, Simply Irresistible, when she was looking to experiment with romance. Might not have picked Jill's books up without Jamie's rec. I liked the settings and characters so much in Lucky Harbor that I bought almost all the series and then branched out to Jill's Animal Magnetism and Wilder series. Lots of steamy scenes, banter, and good-guy heroes. Ideal books for a romance movie fan.

5. Claire Legrand - So, adding Claire Legrand to this list was a little weird? I very much enjoyed the writing in her book Winterspell. However, I didn't like the book itself so much. Reasons I wasn't a huge fan will be in a review soon. I couldn't leave out Legrand because I was so in love with her writing. Still, I'll probably read a few of her other books before forming an opinion.

6. Kayla Itsines - Okay, so technically I'm still reading this one. I just started the Bikini Body Guide today. Oh my lord, my legs will not support my weight if I bend or squat. This stuff is hard! But Kayla's informative guide, demonstrative pictures, and cheerleader/drill sergeant disposition make it slightly more enjoyable than I feel it would otherwise be.

7. Robin LaFevers - I was so intimidated by Grave Mercy, His Fair Assassin #1, because it was so huge. But, once I started reading, I don't think I stopped. The political plots were interesting, the magic/background of the order was very well done. Each character (except one obvious douche-waffle) drew me in and made me want to know more about them. I'm looking forward to when I have time to go back to the series and read about Sybella and the Beast du Waroch.

8. A. C. Gaughen - I've loved Robin Hood since Disney's 1973 animated animal version. It's not a surprise Maid Marian was my favorite, as the prettiest, and the only girl with agency. I've always wanted Marian to have a bigger role in the Robin Hood movies I've seen. Before reading Scarlet, I thought Scarlet was a girl Robin Hood, but no, it's even better! She's a knife-throwing, plotting, genderbending, member of the Merry Men, her male companions' equal in all the ways that count. Way to go on the girl power front Gaughen!

9. Jennifer Rush - I'm not sure why I am super in love with the Altered series. It's like an awesome action flick in book form, but not sucky! (Rude to say, but some action books are not my cup of tea.) I love, love, love that Anna can kick ass and take names, protects her boys, but is still human and makes mistakes. The fact she's surrounded by four hot, diverse, and awesome guys at all times doesn't hurt either. It's like, not a guilty pleasure (I dislike that term.), but something I wouldn't expect to enjoy, but totally do.

10. Gayle Forman - I almost feel bad Forman isn't higher on the list, since so many people love her books. I tried, and liked, If I Stay, but it didn't impact me as much emotionally as I thought it would? I mean I have tear ducts of iron after a lifetime of watching Steel Magnolias, Terms of Endearment, and reading A Rose for Melinda. But, I don't know, I was expecting more of a sob fest than what actually happened. Still a good book though! I'm looking forward to read Just One Day some time soon.

Happy Reading,


  1. I enjoyed Marie Lu's writing this year as well! :-) Great list!

    1. Thank you! Yeah, she's awesome with character and world building. Thanks for your comment!

  2. I love Foreman. I also put LaFevers on my list. Great picks!

    here's mine

    I also have a $30 gift certicate to Amazon giveaway, so check that out if you want.

    1. Thank you for letting me know about the giveaway. And yay for more Grave Mercy fans! Thanks for your comment.

  3. Robin LaFevers made my list too! I am dragging my heels over Mortal Hearts. I don't want it to be over. I still need to get to Young Elites. I loved the Legend trilogy, so I am confident I will enjoy this new series too. Thanks for sharing! ~Megan


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