Top Ten Tuesday April 25, 2017

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.

This week our topic is top ten things that will instantly make us not want to read books. I am going to do this list based on books I never picked up and books I did pick up but couldn’t finish.

An Unbelievable Premise.

The most important thing in any book is for it to be grounded in reality. If your book doesn’t have realistic characters with real struggles, even if it’s a high fantasy, then it will not work out.

Weak Writing

You know right away when the writing isn’t strong. The story the author is trying to tell us could be really amazing, but if the writing isn’t there then the story isn’t going to come together in the right way.

When Characters are Juvenile

Yes, this is young adult fiction but that doesn’t mean that this needs to be written for a young comprehension level or with characters who don’t match. I recently read a book that felt like the author was giving her view on teenagers (whiny, emotional, not good enough struggles or ability to comprehend the world around them) instead of writing teenagers as actual human beings. When you are an adult writing about teenagers you should be writing them as if you’re right in the middle of them, not someone who is so far removed from being a young adult that the entire story comes out mutated. Young adults are young, but they are also strong and are going through so many things and should be written strongly and not as if they are being scolded.

When Multiple Narration Doesn’t Work

When there are multiple points of view, but the voices don’t change with the different characters. If you’re going to do multiple narrations, then I should be able to tell each time it shifts and be able to tell distinctly who is speaking to me.

Social Commentary Fails

When it’s too obvious someone is trying to make a social commentary and it fails. You all know these books are going to be terrible and probably offensive just by the description. Someone tries to make a comment on something and they think it’s a great idea and somehow in the string of people who touched this book on its way to getting published no one else noticed this.

When the Point is too Preachy

This one goes with number five, but books that are trying to make a point and it’s really obvious. Your book should make a point and when I’m done reading it I should know what it is, but it shouldn’t be shoved in my face the entire book. There needs to be a point to YOUR point. You need to show me why this thing you want to teach us is important and show how it comes into play in everyday life. Books that teach a lesson are fine, but there should be a good story with it and not just be a scolding the entire book.

Terrible Cover

They tell you not to judge a book by its cover, but I think many of us are guilty. The cover is really the first thing we see of a book. Most of the books I read are ones I’ve heard about from other people, but don’t know much about. I usually purchase books solely on recommendation and good word from bloggers on Twitter or from authors I know I’ve loved in the past. Really with the exception of books I request from Netgalley I do not read any of the description of the books. I want to be completely surprised when I read books so unless it’s something I’m searching for to request then I don’t read anything on the book. Understandably covers have become really important to me. If a cover is really low quality (you know the ones I’m talking about) then I feel like the quality of the book itself would be low. As much effort needs to go into creating these covers as writing the book. The cover should show how amazing the book is.

Bad Plot Points

When a plot point just doesn’t make sense. This one calls back to number one, but there are some books that make sense in every single way except for one. I DNF’d a book last year that started off so well but about 1/3 of the way through the book something really weird happened. I tried to continue on in the story, but I just could not get over what she was trying to get us to believe and had to stop reading it. You can have an amazing book (and that book had favorable reviews) and one thing can ruin it for people. Unfortunately, it’s really hit or miss at that point though because some people are going to love it and think it’s brilliant and some people just aren’t going to get it.

Too Long

When a book is too long. Young adult books over the past few years have been getting progressively longer. For most of the books that’s great! But for some it just means the first 300 or so pages are so slow! I read these books and I get to that 200-300 page mark and wonder why things aren’t happening yet. Yes, I love the fact that you’re spending time setting up your world, but I need more action. I know the climax is going to come in that last 100 pages at some point, but I still need some sort of action in the first 300-400 pages.

When It’s Just Bad.

Sometimes a book has so many things wrong with it you wonder how it was published or why you decided to accept a review request from that self-published author. We live in a publishing world today where self-publishing is so accessible and easy for people. I have read some absolutely fantastic self-published books. Most of those authors spent time and money having it professionally edited and marketed and actually put in the effort the story deserved. Then there are people who wrote a book, decided to ignore the advice of all the beta readers (or maybe those people were liars) and publish their book without putting in the effort to edit it or make sure it made sense. These are the books that turn people off from self-publishing and it’s sad that there are so many of them that they ruin it for the people who actually tried and have talent. This doesn’t only happen in self-publishing though; it happens with traditionally published books. I finished a book recently that I purchased solely on the recommendation of a publisher’s tweet and it was a terrible book.


What are some things that drive you guys nuts in books?




Top Ten Tuesday April 11, 2017

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.

Today we are talking about the top ten most unique books that we have read! I know some of these on the list aren’t that unusual, but since I haven’t read every book there is, they were still unique to me! This week I have eight books instead of ten just because I couldn’t think of anything else and didn’t want to put ones on here that didn’t deserve it!


The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

This book is steampunk and it’s the first and only true steampunk I’ve ever read and that makes it so unique to me! I’ve never seen the world as portrayed in this book and I really enjoyed it!


Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

What makes me love this book is the basic premise. It’s set in a world where the same one million souls are reborn over and over again until five thousand years later a Newsoul is born. Obviously this prompts much mayhem because why would a Newsoul be born after thousands of years?


The Kin by Peter Dickinson

I first read this book when I was in 7th grade. A girl in my band class had the book and she let me borrow it and I was instantly captivated. It tells the story of group of kids two-hundred thousand years ago who are separated from their Kin. It spans quite a few years and showcases different people. It was the only book I have ever read like it!


Rook by Sharon Cameron

This book takes place in the future, but the world exists as if it’s in the past! It’s so cool to see the world as if it’s the 19th century, but also having space junk fall from the sky and looking at technology that’s now too advanced for them as relics from the past.


Partials series by Dan Wells

These are such fantastic book! What I love most about them is it exists in a world where super soldiers were created to fight wars for Humans, but then the Partials turned on the humans. Not only that, but humans are also now dying from a weaponized virus. Huddled up on Long Island Kira knows something has to be done or all humans will cease to exist. It’s an amazing story and I loved the third book so much which is usually not the case with series endings.


Snow by Tracy Lynn

This book was my first introduction to fairy tale retellings and so far the only one I can think of that I’ve read. It has the classic snow white storyline, but with so many changes. I’ve actually read this book a few times and I rarely read books more than once so you know it’s good!


The Seventh Tower series by Garth Nix

I honestly never even knew that Garth Nix published more than this series until I joined Twitter and saw that he is quite popular for some other books of his! I read these books in middle school and I loved them so much, they remain to this very day the only books that my brother has EVER read for fun…and honestly probably has ever read in their entirety because who actually reads schools books (I was an English major and I know I didn’t).


Safe and Sound by Alli Hope

This book may seem like your typical YA book. It has a guy and a girl who used to be friends, but have drifted apart but still love each other. What makes this book so unique is the gritty, descriptively graphic display of sexual assault as well as the honest commentary on Hailey’s relationship with her mother. I feel like YA’s have gotten used to pushing the envelope, but many of them remain still remain on the safe side of things, but this book pushes everything over the edge and forces reality in your face.



Top Ten Tuesday (April 4, 2017)

Top Ten Tuesday

My list for Ten Quickest Books can be split into two categories: books that are quick reads time wise and books that I read so quick because I could not put them down. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme I am hoping to take part of regularly from here on out that is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish


Fandoms are a special thing to be part of. When you’re in one there are too many inside jokes to count, people who understand things on a level only you do, and people who are just as weird as you. Being part of a fandom links you together with millions of other people all across the world that you otherwise never would have had anything in common with. Through being part of a fandom I was able to meet people from all over the U.S. and from New Zealand, Australia, Norway, the U.K., and Germany. All of these people that I’ve known for over a decade all came together on the WB Harry Potter Dialogue Center. These people, most of whom I am now friends with on Facebook, used to help me with my homework and help me deal with bad days. Being part of a Fandom is being part of a family. A great giant family. I was so lucky a few years ago to meet up with a girl from Norway that I met through Harry Potter.

Fandoms have the power to support others, lift people up from low places, and lend a listening ear. You can bond over what you loved or hated about a book, movie, television show, or song lyric. Constantly coming up with new theories and discovering tiny slivers of things you had always missed can be so much fun and hours can pass before you even know it.

Being part of a fandom is to celebrate your quirks and who you are!



Harry Potter

Lord of the Rings

Television Shows

Pretty Little Liars

The Flash


Walking Dead


Doctor Who


Sharon Cameron

Ruta Sepetys

What fandoms are you proud to call your own?

Top Ten Tuesday March 28, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we are talking about top ten authors I can’t believe I’ve met.

Meg Cabot


I was introduced to Meg Cabot when I was around 10-years-old my mom bought me the book Haunted. I didn’t realize until I was in high school that it was actually the 5th book in the series.  Since that time my collection has grown and grown and during the event I was so embarrassed because I had so many books that I brought three friends so that I would be able to get them all signed. When I told Meg that my favorite series was The Mediator series she told me she was working on another one and my mind exploded because on her website she specifically stated that she was never going to write another one. I am so glad she did!

Richelle Mead


My friends and I were so obsessed with Vampire Academy so when we heard Richelle Mead was going to be 3.5 hours from us we knew we had to go. The day before we were to make the trip a snowstorm blew through and then iced over and my friend and I had to help people push our car out of the ditch at one point. We made it to the event on time and got to sit in the front row and had a blast getting to see an author we all loved so much.


Gayle Forman


The author of If I Stay and Where She Went happened to be at Yallfest one of the years that I was there and I was beyond excited. Where She Went is one of my favorite books and I could not wait to tell her in person. She seems really surprised when I told her I loved Adam’s story so much. Apparently more people favor If I Stay.


Libba Bray

She was another author I was able to meet at Yallfest that year. I love her Great and Terrible Beauty series. The ending of the third book, A Sweet Far Thing is one of my favorite young adult conclusions. I did not realize that she had told me to make a face when we were taking the pic, because it was so loud, but I realized she said then when she took the pic with my sister because she repeated it and I was like…..oh.

Carrie Ryan


I was able to meet Carrie Ryan the first year that I went to Yallfest which was also the first year it existed. I was a brand new baby blogger and my website had only been up for about a month or so when I went. It was also my first time ever going to a book festival and being around so many authors. I love the Forest of Hands and Teeth series and the conclusion, Dark and Hollow Places, is such an amazing book.


Victoria Schwab

The first time I met Victoria Schwab was just a few days after The Near Witch was released. It has been incredible to watch her find the successes that she has had. I’ve been so lucky to attend several of her book launches and signings and see her at Yallfest both times I went. The cool thing that I’ve always thought was so sweet was that she has such a good memory and remembered my name. When I showed up to The Archived launch she greeted me by name and asked how my drive was because she knew I lived 2.5 hours away and threw some mountains. Not only was I blown away that she had remembered, but I just feel that really speaks to the kind of person she is.

Courtney Stevens

I met Courtney during my first SCBWI conference, back when she had really long braids. While interning at the small press I organized a panel event in Nashville and Courtney agreed to take part in it even though Faking Normal hadn’t released yet. A few days before the event her publisher sent her a physical copy of the book so she was able to read us an excerpt. I am so happy that one of the first events she was able to take part in as an author was mine because I love her books so much. The Lies About Truth blew me away when I read it and remains one of my favorite YA’s.


Sharon Cameron

SCBWI 2012

When I talk about how immensely proud I am of Sharon Cameron readers of this blog should not be stunned. What stuns me the most about this incredible authors is that she has brought me along for so much of your journey. The first time I met Sharon I was deep in the depth of fangirling over Ruta Sepetys. Ruta wanted to introduce me to her friend and Sharon kept trying to tell me the name of her debut coming out in the fall of the next year and I just could not get it right. (It’s The Dark Unwinding btw) Rook will always be my favorite of hers because it’s got the best acknowledgement page lol!

 Ruta Sepetys

2011Ruta Sepetys

The first time that I saw Ruta was in August 2011. She was part of a panel event and the only historical author there. She is also the only author I did not speak to at that event. About a month later I borrowed Between Shades of Gray from a friend and could not put it down once I started reading it. I had never emailed an author before, but the second I finished BSG (roughly 3am) I went onto her website and sent her this horribly gushing email that was probably riddled with spelling errors because I had no glasses on and the keyboard on the phone I was using was tiny. I told her about how much BSH had impacted me and how I had never stayed up that late for a book before. I was shocked when I received the most gracious reply from Ruta. This was the first time an author had ever emailed me! (This was pre-blog era) Thus began my friendship with such an amazing author. Every single time I see Ruta she is amazingly nice and genuinely cares about everyone. She has had international success and recognition and I can’t believe I am lucky enough to know her!


Margaret Petterson Haddix

Every one of us has that author we would faint when we meet. Most of us will never get to meet that author, but I was lucky enough to have this embarrassment happen. Okay, fine, I didn’t actually faint, but she thought I was going to. I was still interning for Sharon Cameron during Southern Festival of Books one year, so I trailed around after her all day. Since I live so far away I missed her first panel and wait in the hall for her to come out. Because I didn’t really plan on going to panels on my own that year I did not bother to check who was actually going to be there. I’m leaning against the wall as Sharon comes out of the room and she walks over with another woman and is looking around for a third. She finally flags down the third person and she begins to introduce me to her friends. J.J. Howard who wrote That Time I Joined the Circus was one of them. I had taken part in her blog tour and was excited that I got to meet her in real life. Then I turn to the last woman and Sharon says “Hannah, this is Margaret” and I was already shaking her hand and saying hello when Sharon went “Petterson Haddix” and I FROZE!!!!! I couldn’t move, I couldn’t speak, apparently according to the three of them I went completely white and my face fell slack and they literally thought I was about to faint and kept asking me if I was okay.

I had absolutely no idea that Margaret was going to be there that weekend, I didn’t even bring any of her books and I was so upset. It was the laugh of the weekend how I freaked out so bad. Then I was able to have dinner with Sharon, J.J., Margaret, and my friend Shalena. I was able to sit at a table in an empty Italian restaurant in Nashville (seriously we were the only ones there and we almost left because we thought they were closed). Margaret asked me about my own writing, but I was so shy and still in shock that I just couldn’t talk about it. I really wish that I could go back in time and talk to her like I would have with Sharon or any other one of my friends. It was an amazing moment in my life and I will never forget. Luckily for me the next day while everyone else was seeing Rick Riordan, Shalena and I went over and talked with Margaret for about an hour and it made up for everything from the night before.


Who is your favorite dream author to meet? Or is there anyone you have met that has left you speechless?