East of Eden
By: John Steinbeck
Format/Source: Paperback; won from a contest held by Penguin Classics on Twitter
Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love; and the murderous consequences of love’s absence.
Omg, I fianlly read this book! John Steinbeck is one of those classic authors you often hear about but yeah, I just never got around to reading any of his books though I did add them to my wishlist. So I was pretty psyched when I won a copy of this book from Penguin Classics on Twitter but it did sit on my TBR pile for a while. I guess I was feeling a bit intimidated as to what to expect from such a prolific author as Steinbeck. But I finally started reading it to and from work and during break at work towards the end of last year.
By: Cecelia Ahern
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
What happens when two people who are meant to be together just can’t seem to get it right.
Rosie and Alex are destined for each other, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, the are separated as teenagers when Alex and his family relocate from Dublin to Boston. Like two ships always passing in the night, Rosie and Alex stay friends, and though years pass, the two remain firmly attached via emails and letters. Heartbroken, they learn to live without each other. But destiny is a funny thing, and in this novel o f several missed opportunities, Rosie and Alex learn that fate isn’t quite done with them yet.
I’ve often seen Cecelia Ahern’s books floating around but never thought to pick them up, really. I did see the movie adaptation of this book earlier this year, which I thought was a cute enough watch, but when I saw the eBook on sale, I decided to pick it up and see how the original story compared (also, goodness knows I need some light reads peppered throughout my TBR pile; I’ve amassed a lot of hefty and chunkster titles lately). Contains some spoilers ahead (if you’ve seen the movie, you’re good)!
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: All About Romance Tropes/Types
Heh, it’s been a long while since I’ve done one of these posts. Initially I was going to focus on a particular trope for this list but in the end I just decided to go with 10 romances that I’ve enjoyed recently (well, I’m sure I’m missing a whole ton of other romances; I was lazy/in a hurry and just zipped through the romance shelf on my Goodreads account) 😛
In no particular order:
- When a Marquess Loves a Woman by Vivienne Lorret (review) — Featuring the friends-turned enemies-turned lovers trope 😛 Max and Juliet have been sniping barbs at each other since the first book in the Season’s Originals trilogy so it was good to finally see their story.
- This Earl is On Fire by Vivenne Lorret (review) — Featuring the injured hero and heroine-shunned-by-Society-for-reasons trope (trying hard not to spoil what that is exactly). Otherwise known as a variation of the opposites attract story 😛 Also, hell, I could’ve easily listed all of Vivenne Lorret’s books here, just check out her books 😛
- You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane (review) — Featuring the friends-or-are-they-more-than-that trope 😛 Gosh I was rooting for Ben and Rachel hard even though at times it looked as though they would never have their moment 😛
- Six Degrees of Scandal by Caroline Linden (review) — I recommend all of her Scandalous books, actually, I find them quite different/interesting in the historical romance genre and the series has quite the balance of danger, intrigue, friendship, family drama, and of course the romance (and different obstables to said romances). Anyway, this book features the guy-who-failed-the-girl-in-the-past-but-is-there-for-her-now kind of trope…for lack of a better description. It was also a great finale to the series!
- Colonel Brandon’s Diary by Amanda Grange (review) — Featuring the Cinderella trope/I-knew-Colonel-Brandon-was-a-cupcake-before-but-I-didn’t-know-just-how-precious trope 😛 No, seriously, reading this book shed him in a totally new light for me, if that was even possible!
- Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (review) — This is a fan favourite so I was a little worried the hype would get to me but I am happy to say this book lived up to expectations! Features the friends-first kind of trope 😛
- The Viscount Down the Lane by Elizabeth Boyle (review) — Featuring the grumpy-hero-and-clumsy-but-always-helping-heroine trope 😛 And a pesky cat to boot! Definitely had me laughing quite a bit, reading this book xD
- The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (review) — I loved both storylines, but I admit I liked the romance between Carrie and Graham in the 21st century a lot more 😛 No particular trope going on here–they meet, they spend time together, they slowly fall in love–but the chemistry was ace.
- The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn (review) — Featuring a mathematician and a drama queen? Yeah, colour me intrigued! I also consider this book one of Julia Quinn’s funniest books; I wish she had written a series on the Pleinsworths, they’re a hilarious family unit.
- Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart by Sarah MacLean (review) — Featuring the social-outcast-and-the-uppity-duke/enemies-to-lovers trope. Their tension was quite palpable, but when it shifts to romance–well, oh my 😛
And that’s my list for this week! What books did you list for this week’s TTT/how did you interpret this week’s topic? Do you plan on buying all the chocolate in sight like I will today? 😛 Let me know, I’d love to hear from you!
Close Enough to Touch
By: Colleen Oakley
Format/Source: Advanced Reading Copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster CA
One time a boy kissed me and I almost died…
And so begins the story of Jubilee Jenkins, a young woman with a rare and debilitating medical condition: she’s allergic to other humans. After a humiliating near-death experience in high school, Jubilee has become a recluse, living the past nine years in the confines of the small town New Jersey house her unaffectionate mother left to her when she ran off with a Long Island businessman. But now, her mother is dead, and without her financial support, Jubilee is forced to leave home and face the world—and the people in it—that she’s been hiding from.
One of those people is Eric Keegan, a man who just moved into town for work. With a daughter from his failed marriage who is no longer speaking to him, and a brilliant, if psychologically troubled, adopted son, Eric’s struggling to figure out how his life got so off-course, and how to be the dad—and man—he wants so desperately to be. Then, one day, he meets a mysterious woman named Jubilee, with a unique condition…
Close Enough to Touch is an evocative, poignant, and heartrending exploration of the power and possibilities of the human heart.
The premise of this novel fascinated me so much that I requested an ARC to read. This book will be available on 14 February 2017.
The Rogue Not Taken (Scandal and Scoundrel #1)
By: Sarah MacLean
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
Lady Sophie’s Society Splash!
When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside-first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocacy. Unfortunately, the carriage in which she stows away isn’t saving her from ruin . . . it’s filled with it.
Rogue’s Reign of Ravishment!
Kingscote, “King,” the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, resulting in a reputation far worse than the truth, a general sense that he’s more pretty face than proper gentleman, and an irate summons home to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the journey becomes anything but boring.
War? Or More?
He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, making opposites altogether too attractive . . . .
Okay, so readers of my historical romance book reviews know that I adored Sarah MacLean’s Love By Numbers trilogy (see author tag). Whilst her other book series didn’t really appeal to me, I ended up picking up this book because the premise sounded interesting–especially how she lands her brother-in-law in a pond in front of society–and I was looking for a fun read to balance out my to-read pile a bit.