December 22, 2014

Top 10 of 2014: Best Books I've Read

My Top 10 lists for 2014 became a little easier this year as I found that Goodreads made a list of books I'd read in 2014 I didn't reach my goal of 122 books but of the 89 books I did read that is what I have to go on. Congratulations to those who completed their goals in the 2014 Goodreads Reading Challenge!

(in no particular order)

An Honorable Mention

First time reading the Harry Potter books and why not include them in my top 10 read?

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. The first in the series made me want to delve more into the world of Claire and Jamie. Oh Aye indeed!
  2. Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers. The first book accounts the story of Ismae one of 3 women assassins from the Convent of St. Mortain .
  3. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. This may have been the last in the series but we will no doubt see more of the characters in her up and coming new book series the Dark Artifices.
  4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. A unique and amazing story about a boy who goes on a trek through the desert to find his treasure.
  5. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I saw the last film in this epic trilogy yesterday. It is by far my favorite movie of the year as is the book.
  6. Hidden Dragons by Emma Holly .I won this book and it impressed me.
  7. Skin Game by Jim Butcher . Nothing but Fun and games for Harry Dresden.
  8. Cress by Marissa Meyer . This book is awesome.
  9. The Children of Hürin by J.R.R.Tolkien The events in this book were way before The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and the story was fantastic all the same.
  10. Better Off Dead by H.P.Mallory I love her as an author and this series was très magnifique!

December 14, 2014

The Snow Queen- A Holiday Gift from Audible

A holiday gift from to all its members is this beautiful classic fairytale of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen performed by Julia Whelan.

"Except ye become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."

The Snow Queen

Written by: Hans Christian Andersen
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
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Publisher's Summary

This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

December 13, 2014

Stacking the Shelves

This past week was all about Secret Santa. I'd wrapped and sent my secret person's books and things off previously and it was so nice to see that she received them, but today I got my Secret Santa's gift . Super exciting! So a big Thank You to Kelsey@ kelsey'sclutteredbookshelf for sending me these books and socks.

2 books from the Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee

The Complete DVD sets of Season 1,2, and 3 

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I have been a little obsessed with The Game of Thrones lately. After watching the TV series seasons 1-3, I had to have the books because I am in love with this series! Admittedly I don't like the books as much, even when listening to it on audio. It's disappointing because I'm not a fan of the narrator Roy Dotrice.

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Wal-Mart had The World of Ice and Fire on sale so I got it . The book is gorgeous and makes me very happy to add it to my shelf.

Hard To Come By by Laura Kaye came in the mail this past week also


I won some Harry Potter bookmarks in the Harry Potter Re-Readalong from Donna at

I even bought some Pop vinyl dolls of my favorite Game of Thrones characters.

Jon Snow

Tyrion Lannister
Daenerys Targaryen

November 10, 2014

Hired Gun #3 is LIVE!

Hired Gun #3 by A.J. Bennett  

***Adult Paranormal Romance this is not intended for Young Adult readers.***


Just when Thorne thought things couldn’t get any more complicated, Athena throws another wrench into the mix. The mystery of Kataya Clarke has been solved, and Thorne’s not quite sure how he feels about this revelation.
Have the gods played a joke on him or done him a favor? Either way he has to come to terms with the information.
Meanwhile, The Sicarii assigns Thorne a hit that will be more challenging than any he’s faced before. Even he’s not sure if he’ll have the ability to take down a powerful demon hell-bent on revenge.
This is a Mark My Words book publicity

November 8, 2014

What's New On My Shelf

I don't have a good camera and the lighting is terrible I know but I ordered the first three books in Throne of Glass by Sarah J.Maas. I've heard nothing but good things about these books and I love their covers. I can't wait to start reading them

I bought Talon by Julie Kagawa, Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan and In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken. I took a peak at what's inside Talon and the last book of The Darkest Minds trilogy and I like what I see so far.

November 5, 2014

Secret Santa Sign-Ups

The Broke and the Bookish : 5th Annual Secret Santa

Sign ups are open until November 14th . This event is sure to get you into the Christmas Spirit. If you want to give a few or more books to a special person this Christmas please click the link or the image and follow the steps.

UPDATE: Sign Ups are closed for Secret Santa but here is what I've put together so far in a tweet #TBTBSanta. All the gifts are wrapped , all I have left to do is send it off to that lucky person . . . and that's a secret .