Nov 30, 2017

Winner-Winner Chicken-Dinner!

If the chicken dinner is a signed copy of Renegades that is!! Lol!

Let's get to it! And the winner is...


Congrats Susan!!

I've emailed Susan and she will have 48 hours to respond or else a new winner will be chosen! Thanks for visiting the blog guys!

Random Thursday

The last Thursday of the month means the last day for learning new trivia facts from That's a Fact Jack: A Collection of Utterly Useless Information [Updated] by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser! Next week we go back to Dave Smith and Disney facts!

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"In 1784, Chunosuke Matsuyama was shipwrecked on a Pacific island while searching for buried treasure. Before he starved to death, Matsuyama carved his story onto coconut wood and set it adrift in a sealed bottle. A century and a half later, in 1935, the bottle washed ashore in the village of Hiraturemura, where Matsuyama was born."

That's so eerie that it basically went back to his original home! Sorry for the weird picture! I wanted one of the bottle itself but the link didn't work, so here's what coconut wood looks like according to Google Pictures! Lol.

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"In Japan it is socially acceptable for men to fall asleep on the job. It's a sign that they've been working really hard."

There are sooo many things wrong with this! Lol!

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"When Japanese men retire, their spouses often cannot get used to them being around the house. Sixty percent of retirees' wives suffer from shujin zaitaku sutoresu shoukougun, literally 'one's husband being at home stress syndrome.'"

I thought this picture expressed the message perfectly! LOL!

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"The custom of leaving undone the bottom button of a man's vest originates with King Edward VII of Great Britain, who reigned from 1901 to 1910. Bertie, as he was called, was simply too portly to fasten the bottom button. Taking it as a fashion statement, his loyal subjects followed."

Weird. Weirder still was I couldn't find a picture that accurately describes this trend!

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"John Milton is believed to have used Cromwell as the basis for Satan in his epic poem, 'Paradise Lost,' published in 1667."

So possibly the first instance of casting your nemesis as the bad guy in literature?

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"Oliver Cromwell--the military leader who overthrew King Charles I of England and ruled as self-appointed Lord Protector from 1653 until his death in 1658--was posthumously hanged, drawn, and quartered in 1660 upon the restoration of King Charles II."

That's hardcore man! No wonder Milton was inspired by him to create his Satan!

Nov 29, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.
Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city's elites are being executed as their mansions' security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family's fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he's forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city's most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce's only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.
Really excited for this one! I loved Wonder Woman when I read it, and I always loved the Batman movies! Yeah, I don't really know my comic book lore, I just watched the movies growing up! Michael Keaton is still my favorite Batman...mostly because I loved Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman! Again, I know it's probably nothing close to the comic book stories but I can't help but loving her role as Catwoman and her relationship with Batman!
AUTHOR: Marie Lu
PUBLISHER: Random House Books for Young Readers
GENRE: DC Icons--really not sure what we were calling this genre!
RELEASE DATE: January 2, 2018 

Nov 28, 2017

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker.

Here are the rules:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page

3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc.

"'Booze. And more booze. Oh, and a hot tub. That was their request last year. A f***ing hot tub.'

'We could actually do that, Sheriff,' Phil says. 'It wouldn't be a jacuzzi-style with jets, but a deep communal tub with fire-heated water and--'

Dalton cuts him off with expletives. Many expletives." p 10*

*This quote comes from the ARC, therefore, it and its page number are NOT final.

TITLE: This Fallen Prey
AUTHOR: Kelley Armstrong

PUBLISHER: Minotaur Books
GENRE: Thriller/Mystery
RELEASE DATE: February 6, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created 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's topic is: Top Ten Books on My Winter TBR

*in no particular order
**blogging way ahead again in anticipation of birthdays and holidays that are coming up! So let's hope I am making accurate guesses here!

10. THE DIRT ON THE NINTH GRAVE by Darynda Jones--blogging ahead, I'm hoping I've read book 8 already! I am doing everything I can to get caught up completely with this series! It's near the top of my priority list! Lol.
9. THIS FALLEN PREY by Kelley Armstrong--clearly this one is at the TOP of the list! LOL!
8. PRODIGY by Marie Lu (The Graphic Novel)--I want to get this series wrapped up as well! Just learned (again, at the time of writing this post, LOL!) that Marie will be coming to my city in January! So I need to get this series wrapped up too!

7. THE ROSE SOCIETY by Marie Lu--I need to finish this trilogy before January as well! I am sooo behind on my trilogies!
6. THE SWEETEST BURN by Jeaniene Frost--I think I held off on this one in part because I wanted to binge it with the final book that comes out today. Trying to remember book 1 though will be painful!
5. THE REPLACED by Kimberly Derting--picked this trilogy at random! I want to try to finish some of my trilogies that I was waiting for them to be all out before reading book 2...I'm now a year or is it 2? late! 

4. TORN by Jennifer L. Armentrout--I so need to get reading this one! I am soo behind!
3. THE DEAD LIST by Jennifer L. Armentrout--as you can see, this is the JLA row! And my shame of having so many unread books by a favorite author!
2. THE RETURN by Jennifer L. Armentrout--I still need to START this series! I am so shameful of this!!

1. BURNED by Karen Marie Moning--another one thrown in at random! I am soooo behind in this series as well! Really really want to get caught up by holy wow these are deliciously long!

Nov 27, 2017

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.

Last Week I Read:

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (ARC)--Review to come at a later date
Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen (ARC)--Review to come at a later date

About to Start Reading:

This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong (ARC)

What I Might Read this Week:

Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins

Other Posts of Interest:


Nov 26, 2017

Stacking the Shelves

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! The meme is now hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.

This was yet another ultra calm week. Even with the holiday that was sort of surprising! I even got Black Friday off for the first time in 2 years and I was soooo excited! Turn of bad luck though, this was the year that my family literally didn't go out at all after saying they were going out at all. Typical. While I did score some good deals on my DVDs that I am always after, 2 weren't on sale whatsoever so I'm constantly checking them online elsewhere and I did get like 95% of my Christmas shopping done! I'm already terrified of my credit card bill because I also had to add on there my bridesmaid dress for my sister's wedding next year. It wasn't overly expensive, but it's still a good chunk of money. I'm thinking I'm close to gift cards from B&N after all is said and done!*

*note this is just my slightly pessimistic side talking. But granted, I mostly say these things to myself so that when I am proven wrong, I can sigh with relief! But there will definitely be one gift card earning involved!

So I actually didn't buy any books this week! I did preorder one for next week...deliberately about ordering myself a few more too! But here's my bookish goodies that I did receive this week:

Firstly, my first ever Christmas Book Sleeve and it's PERFECT! I messaged the Bookkeeper Boutique about a custom order print. I've mentioned my weird obsession with gingerbread cookies around Christmastime and she found this adorable print and I was SO happy with it! I ordered the Papa size because that seems to be the best fit for the majority of my hardcovers. I probably need to do a Mama size just to see how well it can hold a paperback. The Baby size is mostly for Kindle tablets and mine's already in a decent enough case.

Then last week Out of Print was having a sale of some sort...I think it was Free Shipping that time and I ordered these socks that I had my eye on when they sent a previous email of goodies to buy! And they came this week too!

They say: Books Turn Muggles into Wizards! I loved it so much and I thought, you can never have too many socks. (seriously, I have sooo many socks! and only a small percentage of them are "fun" socks like these! LOL!!)

And then I got my OwlCrate box for November! The book wasn't what I was guessing it to be. I'm a little on the fence about it, but still keeping it for now! I'll show a picture of the contents later this month! Possibly later this week on Instagram once I take some pics later today!

And finally, I received a surprise of my Renegades preorder swag! I was suspecting this was another preorder gift and hadn't turned the envelope over prior to opening, so it was quite a surprise in a sense!

According to the quiz I took, I was a Renegade, so naturally, I followed the rules and picked that one when filling out my form!

So that was my week! No books, but still some awesome goodies!! What did you all get?


Nov 24, 2017

Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict
This week's question is: What's your immediate feeling when entering a bookstore, as compared to how you feel when entering a department store? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books
MY ANSWER: A feeling of being home! Contentment. Utter joy! Maybe a little bit of thrills.
Basically all the same feelings I share when entering Disney World! Lol! 

Nov 23, 2017

Random Thursday

Reading That's a Fact Jack: A Collection of Utterly Useless Information [Updated] by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser makes me wonder where on earth they found out all this information! It's so weird and obscure! But I love it!

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"New York City taxi medallions--permits affixed to the hoods of New York City's 13,327 official yellow cabs--have provided a far greater return to investors than stocks. If you bought a medallion in 1970 and held on to it till today, you would have outperformed the S&P 500 by several thousand percent!"

Since my edition of this book has the "updated" to it, I'm taking it to mean it was republished in 2013. Whether this fact comes from 2006 or 2013 isn't clear, but just note that the TODAY could mean either year and not actually today in 2017!

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"London cab drivers have big brains. Acquiring exhaustive knowledge of London's labyrinthine roundabouts, mews, and one-ways actually causes portions of the drivers' brains to grow to larger-than-average-sizes."

All I know is I would be reduced to a stressed-out mess! I can't even handle driving in downtown areas, mine included, as well as Chicago...and some other cities, but I might be repressing what they were and the experiences themselves! Needless to say I do not like this kind of driving!!

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"The term 'cop' most likely derives from the British police acronym for Constable On Patrol. Some believe it is a shortened version of 'copper,' which referred to the buttons worn by British bobbies."

More new to me information! Let's just hope I can retain some of this for whenever games of random trivia come up! LOL!

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"In 1598, Queen Elizabeth I created a court appointment of the 'Uncorker of Ocean Bottles,' who was entrusted with opening every ocean bottle that contained a message in her royal presence. Uncorking such a bottle on your own was punishable by death."

Wow. That's severe!!

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"According to maritime law, jetsam is anything deliberately thrown into the sea while flotsam is floating wreckage."

Strange names for eels, but I dig it! Lol!

Nov 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.
The riveting conclusion to the Kingmaker Chronicles, available January 2018!

Who is Catalia Fisa?
With the help of pivotal figures from her past, Cat begins to understand the root of her exceptional magic, her fated union with Griffin Sinta, and Griffin's role in shaping her destiny.

Only Cat holds the key to unlocking her own power, and that means finally accepting herself, her past, and her future in order to protect her loved ones, confront her murderous mother, and taking a final, terrifying step--reuniting all three realms and taking her place as the Queen of Thalyria.

What doesn't kill her will only make her stronger...we hope.
Again, I still need to read the second book but since I loved the first one I cannot wait to see how this stunning series ends!
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Casablanca
GENRE: Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: January 2, 2018