Monday, March 2, 2015

Granted Wishes by Tanya Vought

Granted Wishes
by Tanya Vought

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Just released: February 2, 2015
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 234 pages
Rating: 3

The Granted Series:
Granted Wishes
book 2 - tba

A decision that will change her life forever. After the loss of her husband, Gracelynn Calhoun has struggled with her life and career. Forced to take a four week vacation or be fired from her job, she surprises everyone including herself and agrees to the vacation. The owner of Antonetti Suites, Giovanni works hard and doesn’t have time for relationships or love. That is until he literally crashes into Gracelynn. She brings back all the feelings he thought he would never feel again. With the odds stacked against them in every way possible, will they forge ahead together or will this be the end of the road for their newfound love? Will the whispers from above bring them together or will misunderstandings ruin what could be an amazing second chance at love?

My two-bits:

This was a clean contemporary romance. Although there were some unsavory parts for the most part the romance was sweet.

It took awhile for the couple to finally unite because of their previous relationships which ended in sad losses for both. However, the chemistry between the two was established pretty early in the story. So, not a lot of resistance on either side.

Interesting reveal and magical-like intervention in this story which lends to a good cozy read during the holiday season.

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* review copy courtesy of publisher

* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge - square: Romance

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stacking the Shelves - 2.28.15

Stacking the Shelves
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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

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Bought:

Girl On Train
by Paula Hawkins
-Mystery, Thriller
Amazon | Goodreads

For Review:

Race To Tibet
by Sophie Schiller
-France, Historical
courtesy of France Book Tours
Thanks !
Amazon | Goodreads

Wishful Thinking
by Kamy Wicoff
-Chick-lit
courtesy of BookSparks
Thanks !
Amazon | Goodreads

AND binge watching....

Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Season One tv series
Amazon | imdb

=====> it is hilarious with a kind of pulp fiction and 70's vibe

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* comment and TELL me what you have acquired for your shelves recently

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby

Funny Girl
by Nick Hornby

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Just released: February 3, 2015
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
Genre: Historical 1960s, Humor
Hardback: 464 pages
Rating: 5

Set in 1960's London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Insightful and humorous, Nick Hornby's latest does what he does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed, and forces us to examine ourselves in the process.

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My two-bits:

Behind the scenes look at the whole span of the lives of people involved in a successful tv show of the 60s - from starting out and breaking into the world of entertainment to the end of a series and on to a spin-off show and then revival.

What makes this story so fun are the individual characters (actors, writers, producers, directors, etc.) and how they are presented and described whatever their personality type and sexuality all set in the 60's in London.

Had a touch of the Mad Men vibe.

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* review copy courtesy of publisher

* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge - square: White Cover

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

The Book of Strange New Things
by Michel Faber

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Published: 2014
Publisher: Hogarth
Genre: SciFi, Spirituality
Hardback: 512 pages
Rating: 4.5

It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC. His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter’s teachings—his Bible is their “book of strange new things.” But Peter is rattled when Bea’s letters from home become increasingly desperate: typhoons and earthquakes are devastating whole countries, and governments are crumbling. Bea’s faith, once the guiding light of their lives, begins to falter.

Suddenly, a separation measured by an otherworldly distance, and defined both by one newly discovered world and another in a state of collapse, is threatened by an ever-widening gulf that is much less quantifiable. While Peter is reconciling the needs of his congregation with the desires of his strange employer, Bea is struggling for survival. Their trials lay bare a profound meditation on faith, love tested beyond endurance, and our responsibility to those closest to us.


My two-bits:

There were touching moments in regards to long distance relationships whether on another city, country or planet the issues that arise are the same.

Feelings of loss, grief and hope are presented so well that are cause for pause while reading this story for both human and alien beings.

But the biggest take away for me from this book was in regards to connections - making connections and maintaining connections with others.

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* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge - square: Over 400 pages

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books

Top Ten Tuesday
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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!

Note: I will do a variation of this meme with my Top 3 picks.

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February 24: Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books (Or you could pick movies/tv): We've done this topic before so you could always do heroines you love since the last time we did this topic, heroines in a particular genre, etc.

CLAIRE
Outlander
by Diana Gabaldon
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=====> She is tough and independent. She is modern and a mover and shaker in whatever time period she inhabits.

FLAVIA
BOOK
by Alan Bradley
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> She is spunky with a logical and inquisitive mind.

LISBETH
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> She has mad computer skills with fierce attitude and fight in her.

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* Who are your top 3 heroines from books?