Monthly Archives: September 2013

Celebrate Banned Books Week. Read Something Dirty.

It’s Banned Books Week, which has gotten me thinking about which books have been banned, where, when and most of all, why? I always used to imagine books that were banned were banned because they contained things that were completely shocking and anti-social at the time of publication. Things used to be different, and I get that. But I’ve recently… Read more »

Top Ten Tuesday: The Best Sequels Ever

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish is all about sequels. THE BEST SEQUELS EVER, to be precise. Now, this is gonna be tough. I don’t read a lot of series, and when I do the books tend to blend together. If I make it to ten it’ll eventually just be any sequel I’ve actually read…. Read more »

MORE TALES OF THE CITY – Armistead Maupin

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The tenants of 28 Barbary Lane have fled their cozy nest for adventures far afield. Mary Ann Singleton finds love at sea with a forgetful stranger, Mona Ramsey discovers her doppelgänger in a desert whorehouse, and Michael Tolliver bumps into his favorite gynecologist in a Mexican bar. Meanwhile, their venerable landlady takes the biggest journey of all—without ever leaving home…. Read more »

A-Z Bookish Survey

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I saw this over on Care’s Online Book Club blog and traced it back to the original source, Perpetual Page-Turner, so that I could join in! I love fill-in the blank type link-ups, I like that there are a bunch of questions that I can give short answers to and that will make me think about things to write about… Read more »

Book Memes & Pics: You Left WHO In Charge?

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Either of these would be awesome and also very dangerous for me. Though the books would probably be more so. Not only would I be unable to resist taking at least half of them home with me, but I’d probably get my nose stuck in one and not even notice people walking off with the other half! //<![CDATA[ var sc_project=10144299;… Read more »

Books on the Web: What You Didn’t Know About Sherlock Holmes, The Worst Book You’ve Read, Chaos Walking… and More!

It’s been a busy week for bookish articles and news on the web – so I already have another roundup for you guys!   ‘Blurred Lines’ Model Emily Ratajkowski Cast As Ben Affleck’s Mistress In ‘Gone Girl’. For those of you anxiously awaiting casting news! 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Sherlock Holmes. In anticipation of the 3rd season of the… Read more »

AUSTENLAND – Shannon Hale

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Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s… Read more »

Books on the Web: JK Rowling’s Big News, Sympathetic Villains, What Your Books Would Tell You… and More!

I keep coming across awesome book-related images, posts and articles and I figure maybe I’ll keep track of them and share them with you guys occasionally. Here are some of the things that caught my interest recently: JK Rowling to Write New Film Series Based in the World of Harry Potter.  I can hear legions of devout HP fans the… Read more »


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Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the… Read more »

Book Memes & Pics: Too Many Books, Not Enough SHELVES!!!!

I recently caved and started double-stacking my books because there was literally nowhere left in the house to put them. After filling up my bookshelves, the DVD shelves, my bedside table, the shelves that were supposed to be for shoes, one of the kitchen shelves and the tops of bookcases, I’d started stacking them on the floor. Which I didn’t… Read more »

TALES OF THE CITY: A NOVEL – Armistead Maupin

“San Francisco, 1976. A naïve young secretary, fresh out of Cleveland, tumbles headlong into a brave new world of laundromat Lotharios, pot-growing landladies, cut throat debutantes, and Jockey Shorts dance contests. The saga that ensues is manic, romantic, tawdry, touching, and outrageous – unmistakably the handiwork of Armistead Maupin.” – Goodreads Description —— I first encountered this book not in… Read more »

Book Memes & Pics: Long-Awaited Reading

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Happy Labor Day, bookworms! Who’s using the extra day off to start a long-awaited book? I’m finally digging into Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City – prompted, I’ll admit, by a recent trip to San Francisco! Which books have you been meaning to read for ages? //<![CDATA[ var sc_project=10144299; var sc_invisible=1; var sc_security="82f610c9"; var scJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ?… Read more »