Top 10 Tuesday – Top Ten Beach reads

Each Tuesday The Broke and The Bookish provide a book related Top 10 theme.

This week’s topic is Top 10 books I’d recommend to read at the beach.  I’ll read just about anything anywhere, but these seemed most beach appropriate to me – even if some do provoke tears.  With one exception I picked all books that I’ve read this year (the exception I read last year). 

The first four book are light easy reads – perfect for the beach.

Lola and the Boy Next Door – Stephanie Perkins
Welcome to Temptation – Jennifer Crusie
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – Jennifer E. Smith
Attachments – Rainbow Rowell

These four are still easy to read, but slighly heavier.  If it bothers you to possibly cry a little at the beach these aren’t for you.  It doesn’t bother me.

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
The Garden of Happy Endings – Barbara O’Neal
The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh
On the Island– Tracey Garvis-Graves

And these two I haven’t read yet.  They are being released this summer so hopefully I’ll get to read them by the pool (there’s a scarcity of beaches in Nebraska)

Where We Belong – Emily Giffen
Defiance– C.J. Redwine


Top 10 Tuesday – Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves

Each Tuesday The Broke and The Bookish provide a book related Top 10 theme.


This weeks free week on the Top Ten meme from the Broke and the Bookish came at the perfect time.  I’ve been working on this list of Literary pet peeves for a couple weeks now because I’ve started to feel like I’m repeating myself in my reviews.  Now instead of re-explaining why books lose stars for cliffhangers I’ll just link to this post.

  1.  Cliffhangers – In my opinion book 1 should never end in a cliffhanger.  I don’t mind loose ends or not knowing all the details, but if book one ends with a major cliff hanger I feel like the author doesn’t trust their own writing to be compelling enough for me to continue reading then I don’t trust them to continue writing a story I care about.  When I think of the most successful series, the first book can stand alone if it needs too:  Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Divergent, Twilight.  Examples of books where a cliffhanger made me not want to read the sequel(s):  Uglies/Pretties, Pure
  2. Absentee Parents/Demonizing parents – Ugh.  This is worse than the YA trend of absentee parents.  I’m aware that parents aren’t always right and teenagers are figuring out who they are separate from their parents.  But I find it incredibly frustrating when books portray all the parents as selfish and uncaring. 
  3. Wilting flower heroines / controlling male love interests – Twilight, the gift that keeps on giving.
  4. Language that tries too hard
    1. Overly flowery (Purple Prose)
    2. Attempts to create futuristic teen slang
  5. Under explained dystopia – I am totally ok with leaving some elements of “how they got here” to sequels, but if the author leaves too many holes to be filled in during subsequent books I fear they won’t fill them all in and I’ll be left with questions once the series is over or that they’ll don’t know how to fill those holes and will haphazardly fill them in the final  book in a way that doesn’t make sense.
  6. The Neverending Series (here’s looking at you Gallagher Girls). – I don’t mind this in contemporary fiction when an author has a certain protagonist that they revisit because every book has an ending.  You pick up the next book to read about the next chapter in their lives.  But in the case of the Gallagher Girls I thought the first couple books were really cute and now I’m just bummed cause I read book three and was bored (been there done that) and it doesn’t seem like there’s any indication the series will ever end (or really go anywhere).
  7. Lack of punctuation – I don’t care that they did it on purpose and that there’s a reason for it.  “Evening” and “The Road” were just hard to read because of it.  I won’t read another book that does this regardless of how well reviewed it is.
  8. Paperback book size variations – This drives me crazy everytime I organize my books.  I have to choose between organizing in alphabetical order (what I would like to do) and organizing by size so my bookshelves look nice.  Why are there so many different sizes of paperback?
  9. Books written in the first person especially if they alternate perspectives – Yeah I don’t noticewhen you put the chapter narrorator’s name at the top of the chapter, so I’ll start the chapter in the mindset of the previous narrator and get confused a couple pages in and have to go back. 
  10. Movie covers on books – I think these always look really cheesy and never live up to the original cover.

Top 10 Tuesday – Top Ten Books Written in the Past 10 Years That I Hope People Are Still Reading in 30 Years

Each Tuesday The Broke and The Bookish provide a book related Top 10 theme.

This week’s topic is about books written recently that I hope people are still reading in 30 years.  

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – There are so many social undertones to this book that are relevant and I can’t see those not being relevant in the future.

2. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – I’m sure these will still be read, but I hope they are able to pull as many kids into reading since kids growing up today will have access to the movies instead.

3. The Help – Kathryn Stockett

4. Exile by Richard North Patterson – I’m fairly certain this won’t be widely read in 30 years as it’s not all that highly read right now, but it’s a fascinating book about terrorism and the historical conflicts that block peace in the middle east.

5. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – As awesome as I think this book is, the reason it made my list is that Rainbow is awesome and I want her to be read and heard for a long time.  (My copy of Eleanor and Park shipped today!)

6. The Passage by Justin Cronin – I put this on here because if people are still reading it in 30 years it will mean the sequels live up to the first book.

7. Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Kraukhauer – Jon Kraukhauer is an amazing non-fiction author.  This is a look at a religion that’s history is based entirely in the US. 

8. Bad Girls by Laura Ruby – Or something similar.  I think this is a great book for teen girls to read so they can be aware of the effect of gossip and try not to judge each other based on sex.  They also need to be aware of the dangers of cell cameras and that digital pictures never go away.

9 & 10.  The Kite Runner / 1000 Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Top 10 Tuesday – Top Ten blogs/sites I visit that aren’t about books.

Each Tuesday The Broke and The Bookish provide a book related Top 10 theme.

I’ve broken these out into categories.  I’ve gone months without checking some of these and then I’ll start checking them 2-3 times a day.


I lost 28lbs last year and it’s 90% due to discovering Intermittent Fasting and 10% due to running.  These are my two favorite fitness sites.



  1. – They comb through the universe for Husker news so I don’t have too.

 General News

  1. – I don’t get on here as much as I used to since they are limiting the amount of articles you can view without paying so much now.

 Pop culture

  1. – Sometimes this is about books (she is an author, but most the time it’s just about whatever is on Rainbow’s mind).  If you are a fan of Rainbow’s first novel, Attachments, you should head over to her blog.  There are three deleted scenes from the book.

 Home Improvement

  2. – Lately I’ve been on a DIY kick and this if my number 1 over the past month.
  3. – Not exactly a home improvement site, but that’s why I’m on there.  I got a chandelier on craigslist this weekend for $20!

Top 10 Tuesday – Top Ten Books from my Childhood

Each Tuesday The Broke and The Bookish provide a book related Top 10 theme.  This week the theme is “Top 10 authors I’d like to see on a Reality TV Show”.   I don’t watch enough reality TV to participate.  Seriously all of my authors would have to be on either House Hunters or Moving Up (okay, okay  – I do watch “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding) but still not enough variety.  So I’m going back and doing one of the Top 10 lists from before I started blogging.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

I love this book.  I remember “reading” it to my parents when I was four.  I was not an early reader – just a really good memorizer.

 The Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain

I had a lot of these books.  I remember laughing hysterically at the one about Nightmares.

The Ramona books by Beverly Cleary

I’ve mentioned Ramona before, but she’s just that cool.  Also one of the movie adaptations of books that I thought was awesome.  They totally captured the spirit of Ramona.

Sweet Valley Twins by Francine Pascal (who know who really wrote them)

It’s almost embarrassing now, but I DEVOURED these when I was 8-10.   Looking at the synopses I think I read thru book 74.  If you gave me a number, I could tell you the book title.  In case anyone is interested they stopped at 118.

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I still reread this one.   It’s the perfect mix of sad with a happy ending.  I really wanted to be like Sara – kind to everyone regardless of my personal circumstances.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This book felt almost magical to me. 

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Oh Anne.  I still love Anne.  Seriously wonderful literary character.  The perfect example of someone with flaws, but who you just love inspite/because of them.

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Fun, fun, fun! 

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I can’t find my old copies of these and I have been yearning to reread them lately.  Half price book store here I come!

Bonus 2 – These were my favorite books to read to my brother when he was little

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr

This is just fun to read.  It’s sing-songy (and I love that)

Superfudge by Judy Blume

I enjoyed reading the Fudge books to myself when I was younger, but my biggest association with them is hearing my brother giggle when I read them aloud.  Might be my favorite sound in the world.

Top 10 Tuesday – Top Ten Quotes from Books

Each Tuesday The Broke and The Bookish provide a book related Top 10 theme.

I tend to remember things that made me laugh so I think these are more laugh inducing then thought producing.  I started with 22 quotes and narrowed to 13 and I can’t choose any more to delete.  I love all of these – It’s John Green’s fault, no other author got more than 1 quote – I used three from “The Fault in Our Stars”.

    1. “If God gave him a second brain it would die of loneliness”- Brenda in One False Move by Harlan Coben
    2. “But the plans were on display…”
      “On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”
      “That’s the display department.”
      “With a flashlight.”
      “Ah, well, the lights had probably gone.”
      “So had the stairs.”
      “But, look, you found the notice, didn’t you?”
      “Yes, yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard’.”
      Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
    3. “Is that a bulletproof vest? See, now that’s so insulting. That’s like saying I’m not smart enough to shoot you in the head.” – Eddie DeChooch, Stephanie Plum Series 
    4. “I really am happy for Kiley. And for you and every other happily married lady. Except for that I’m not happy for you. I kind of want you all to drop dead.” – Beth in Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.
    5. “This Book is dedicated to the rule breakers, the troublemakers, and the revolutionaries.  Sometimes the hand that feeds you needs a good bite.” – Dan Wells dedication in Partials
    6. “Your brain, Peekay, has two functions; it is a place for original thought, but also it is a reference library. Use it to tell you where to look, and then you will have for yourself all the brains that have ever been” –  Doc in The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
    7. “We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” –   Veronica Roth, Divergent
    8. “Emma, I’m sorry, I can’t help you. This is a disaster. You’re completely vulnerable. It’s like going into battle in a nightie.” Sophie Kinsella, Can You Keep a Secret?
    9. “Don’t be jealous of anyone. I guarantee you, if everyone walked into a room, and dumped their problems onto the floor, when they saw what everyone else’s problems were, they’d be scrambling to get their own problems back before someone else got to them first.” ― Kim Gruenenfelder, A Total Waste of Makeup
    10. “I’ve had many enemies over the years. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s never engage in a fight you’re sure to lose. On the other hand, never let anyone who has insulted you get away with it. Bide your time and strike back when you’re in a position of strength—even if you no longer need to strike back.” ― Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    11. “We are literally in the heart of Jesus,” he said. “I thought we were in a church basement, but we are literaly in the heart of Jesus.”
      “Someone should tell Jesus,” I said. “I mean, it’s gotta be dangerous, storing children with cancer in your heart.”
      “I would tell Him myself,” Augustus said, “but unfortunately I am literally stuck inside of His heart, so He won’t be able to hear me.”
      John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
    12. “To be fair to Monica,” I said, “what you did to her wasn’t very nice either.”
      “What’d I do to her?” he asked, defensive.
      “You know, going blind and everything.”
      “But that’s not my fault,” Isaac said.
      “I’m not saying it was your fault. I’m saying it wasn’t nice.”
      John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
    13. “My name is Hazel. Augustus Waters was the great star-crossed love of my life. Ours was an epic love story, and I won’t be able to get more than a sentence into it without disappearing into a puddle of tears. Gus knew. Gus knows. I will not tell you our love story, because-like all real love stories-it will die with us, as it should. I’d hoped that he’d be eulogizing me, because there’s no one I’d rather have…I can’t talk about our love story, so I will talk about math. I am not a mathematician, but I know this: There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a Bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”
      John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Top 10 Tuesday – Top Ten Books I’d like to see made into movies

Each Tuesday The Broke and The Bookish provide a book related Top 10 theme.

It is so rare that a movie based on a book lives up to my expectations that I’m hesitant to even do this top 10.   I’ve included my ideas for casting in a few of them.

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna – I really saw a young Anna Paquin when reading this (so much so that I wondered if the main character was named after her), but I think she’s a bit too old to play Anna so my next thought would be Hailee Steinfeld.

St. Clair – I see Zac Efron. I know he’s a little too tall and well known, but that’s who I see.




2. The Brass Verdict by Michael Connolly

I loved “The Lincoln Lawyer”.  It was one of the few movies that lived up to the book to me.  Matthew McConaughey was Mickey Haller.   Unfortunately I don’t think  “The Lincoln Lawyer” did well enough in theatres for the sequel to get made.


3. All American Girl by Meg Cabot

4. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell





Lincoln – John Krasinski  (This one was tough because no one fits the exact description of Lincoln, but I think John could do a really good job playing Lincoln)

Beth – Minka Kelly – she’s probably a little too pretty but I find her sooo appealing in everything (WHY did she have to leave Parenthood for Charlie’s Angels?)                                                                 

Jennifer – Tina Majorino 

5. The Passage by Justin Cronin

6. Divergent by Veronica Roth

Tris – Saoirse Ronan would be so great, but has probably been in too many big titles to do this now

Four – Chris Pine is too old, DAMN.  And no one else is quite right for me.

 7.One False Move by Harlan Coben (Myron Molitar Series)

8. The Scarecrow by Michael Connolly

9. No Safe Place by Richard North Patterson

10. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola – Lucy Hale

Cricket – No one is as perfect as Cricket.  Plus tall actors are rare (as are short ones – I swear 90% of them are between 5’9 and 6’0″).   Best I could come up with is Alexander Ludwig.  He doesn’t fit the exact look of Cricket but he’s tall and has the right combo of cute but goofy looking IMO.