Monthly Archives: December 2013


Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 31 December, 2013 by Lianne in Meme / 22 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme 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!

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I Read In 2013 (overall or you can pick a specific genre if overall is too hard)

This was such a year in books! So many great titles…I’ve spoken about many of these titles throughout the year so I’m not even going to comment on them now ^_~

In no particular order:

  1. Edward Rutherfurd’s Paris (review)
  2. Patricia A. McKillip’s Winter Rose (review)
  3. Jennifer Close’s The Smart One (review)
  4. Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project (review)
  5. Nina Schulyer’s The Translator (review)
  6. Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments (review)
  7. Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle (review)
  8. Deborah Harkness’ The Shadow of Night (review)
  9. Travis Holland’s The Archivist’s Story (review)
  10. Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies (review)

And some honourable mentions:

  • Daniel Abraham’s The Long Price Quartet (review #1, #2)
  • Anthony Marra’s A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (review)
  • Marina & Sergey Dyachenko’s The Scar (review)
  • Patricia A. McKillip’s In the Forests of Serre (review)
  • Ned Beauman’s The Teleportation Accident (review)
  • Jason Mott’s The Returned (review)
  • John Scalzi’s Redshirts (review)
  • Jo Walton’s Among Others (review)
  • Christopher Morley’s The Haunted Bookshop
  • Hannu Rajaniemi’s The Quantum Thief (reveiw)
  • John Travis’ The Vatican Diaries (review)
  • Alexander Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo (review)
  • P.D. Viner’s The Last Winter of Dani Lancing (review)
  • Daniel Silva’s The Fallen Angel
  • Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl (review)
  • Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane (review)

And that’s my list for this week! What were some of your favourite books this 2013? Happy New Year! =)

2014 Shakespeare Reading Challenge [Master List]

Posted 30 December, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments


2014 Shakespeare Reading Challenge hosted by caffeinatedlife.net

William Shakespeare is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, playright in the English speaking world. You’ve probably encountered his works one time or another, either in high school English or from a movie adaptation, a quote or a scene used in a novel or a reference made in a song. Maybe you’ve been meaning to check out his other works or maybe you’d like to re-visit a play of his you’ve enjoyed when you were in school. Well, this reading challenge is all about William Shakespeare’s works.

Please sign up for this reading challenge IN THIS POST, thank you! (all sign-ups posted int his list will be moved to the appropriate list)

This post contains the master list of all the book reviews made by participants for this challenge. Linking your reviews here is optional but strongly recommended just so that we can share titles and thoughts with other bloggers, learn new titles out there and get to know each other in the process 🙂

If you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment or email me at webmaster [at] caffeinatedlife [dot] net. Have fun and I look forward to reading your reviews!

A Year in Re-Reading: a 2014 Reading Challenge [Master List]

Posted 30 December, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 7 Comments


A Year in Re-Reading: a 2014 Reading Challenge hosted by caffeinatedlife.net

While my to-read pile is constantly expanding and shrinking, there’s always been a couple of books in the back of my head that I’ve been meaning to re-visit, either to see if my understanding of the novel has changed or just re-read it for fun, but I keep putting it off for one reason or another. So I decided to that maybe a reading challenge will compel me to re-visit a couple of these books in 2014 and thought maybe others would be interested in joining me for this 🙂

Please sign up for this reading challenge IN THIS POST, thank you! (all sign-ups posted int his list will be moved to the appropriate list)

This post contains the master list of all the book reviews made by participants for this challenge. Linking your reviews here is optional but strongly recommended just so that we can share titles and thoughts with other bloggers, learn new titles out there and get to know each other in the process 🙂

Once again, if you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment or email me at webmaster [at] caffeinatedlife [dot] net. Have fun and I look forward to reading your reviews!

Everything España: a 2014 Reading Challenge [Master List]

Posted 30 December, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 9 Comments


Everything España: a 2014 Reading Challenge hosted by caffeinatedlife.net

Spain is a very interesting country with a very rich culture and history. I’m personally always on the lookout for novels either set or coming from this country so I thought it would be interesting to host a reading challenge all about this Iberian country (something I haven’t really come across online in the blogosphere) 🙂

Please sign up for this reading challenge IN THIS POST, thank you! (all sign-ups posted int his list will be moved to the appropriate list)

This post contains the master list of all the book reviews made by participants for this challenge. Linking your reviews here is optional but strongly recommended just so that we can share titles and thoughts with other bloggers, learn new titles out there and get to know each other in the process 🙂

Friendly reminder about what books are acceptable in this reading challenge:

  • Books set anywhere in Spain (either completely or partly)
  • Books written by a Spanish author (born in or is a citizen of Spain). Authors like Arturo Perez Reverte and Carlos Ruiz Zafon are acceptable but authors like Gabriel García Márquez and Isabel Allende are not (unless their novels are set in Spain). If you need help figuring out what books are written by Spanish authors or are set in Spain, please refer to this Pinboard I made on Pinterest, this GoodReads list or this Wikipedia page.
  • Books either written originally in Spanish or translated to another language (but still falling under criteria 1 & 2 (within Spain))
  • Re-reads are acceptable
  • Fiction and non-fiction titles are acceptable

And that’s about it! If you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment or email me at webmaster [at] caffeinatedlife [dot] net. Have fun and I look forward to reading your reviews!

4th Annual End of the Year Book Survey

Posted 27 December, 2013 by Lianne in Meme / 5 Comments


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Jamie @ Perpetual Page-Turner is hosting her End of the Year Book Survey again this year! 🙂 It’s a fantastic way to reflect and recap a year in awesome reading 😀 By the way, I do apologise in advance for some of the answers in this survey, I realise some of them might be repetitive but it goes to show how much I enjoyed those titles 😉

Best In Books 2013

1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)
Because there’s no such thing as choosing one favourite book (no, seriously, I think it was a fairly good year in books) 😉 I had to narrow this down because it was a lot longer than this in an earlier draft…thank goodness for this Tuesday’s TTT!

  • Fantasy: Patricia A. McKillip’s Winter Rose (review), Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane (review), Marina and Sergey Dyachenko’s The Scar (review)
  • Science Fiction: John Scalzi’s Redshirts (review), Hannu Rajaniemi’s The Quantum Thief (reveiw)
  • Historical Fiction: Edward Rutherfurd’s Paris (review), Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies (review)
  • Classics: Christopher Morley’s The Haunted Bookshop, Alexander Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo (review)
  • Contemporary: Jennifer Close’s The Smart One (review), Nina Schulyer’s The Translator (review)
  • Mystery/Suspense/Thriller: Daniel Silva’s The Fallen Angel, P.D. Viner’s The Last Winter of Dani Lancing (review)
  • Paranormal/Urban Fantasy: Deborah Harkness’ Shadow of Night (review)
  • Foreign/World: Luigi Pirandello’s The Late Mattia Pascal (review)
  • Light/fun: Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments (review), Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project (review)
  • Young Adult: Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl (review), Dianna Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle (review)
  • Non-fiction: John Thavis’ The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church (review)

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