Monday, January 23, 2017

A Winter's Respite Readathon Update #1

I've been having fun reading this past week for A Winter's Respite Readathon. I have finished reading two books already as follows:

1. Dead Man's Diamonds by A. R. Winters 
2. La Borinquena #1 by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez

So far, I started and finished reading books that weren't in my goals post for the A Winter's Respite Readathon, which I made a week ago. Oh well!

I'm currently 108 pages into the cozy mystery novel, Bruja Brouhaha by Rochelle Staab.

So, how is your reading going for A Winter's Respite Readathon?

Sunday, January 22, 2017

La Borinqueña #1 by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez

Comic Book
In an attempt to expand my reading horizon to new genres and books with more diverse topics, I chose to read La Borinqueña #1 by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, which is a cool new comic book featuring an Afro Puerto Rican female superhero!

I really enjoyed reading La Borinqueña #1 by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez! The artwork and colors displayed in each of the pages in this book are very well done. I liked the story and the characters very much. I also like that the main character is a woman of Afro Puerto Rican decent, a college student, and very much for the environment. I like strong, diverse, female characters and Marisol Rios De La Luz (the main character) is such a character.  I think Marisol Rios De La Luz  makes a good role model.

My only minor complaint about La Borinqueña #1 by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez is that some of it is written in Spanish and I don't understand/speak Spanish. So, I felt like I was missing out on some of what was going on in this comic book when it came to the parts written in Spanish.

I am giving La Borinqueña #1 by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Dead Man's Diamonds (Piece of Cake Mysteries #1) by A. R. Winters

It's no big secret, but I love to read cozy mystery novels. I enjoy discovering new to me cozy mystery authors and new to me cozy mystery series.

I recently discovered and read the eBook edition of Dead Man's Diamonds (Piece of Cake Mysteries #1) by A. R. Winters. 

I was able to download Dead Man's Diamonds (Piece of Cake Mysteries #1) by A. R. Winters for FREE to my Kindle from Amazon. Below is my unbiased review of this cozy mystery novel.

As far as cozy mystery novels go, Dead Man's Diamonds (Piece of Cake Mysteries #1) by A. R. Winters is a pretty good read. I enjoyed the story, characters, and plot overall... This novel is good, not great, but works nicely in helping to pass the time.

In Dead Man's Diamonds, you have two long time friends in their 20s, Mindy and Beth, who are amateur sleuths who help solve crime. In the case of the Dead Man's Diamonds, Mindy and Beth are trying to help a former high school classmate, Mike, prove his innocence. Mike is being accused of murdering his uncle by the police and Mike hires Mindy and Beth to prove his innocence. Are Mindy and Beth up to the task??? 

I am giving Dead Man's Diamonds (Piece of Cake Mysteries #1) by A. R. Winters a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Wouldn't Be Great To Be Paid To Read & Review Books!?!?!

Top Ten Tuesday -- Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I've Read In The Past Year Or So

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here 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.

Here are the hidden gems books I've read in the past year as follows:

This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor by Susan Wicklund
Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi

Obituary Society by Jessica L. Randall
The Good Traitor by Ryan Quinn
Deadly Readings by Laura Bradford
Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera
My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy by Grace Buchele Mineta
Hard Cold Winter by Glenn Eric Hamilton
Blood Wager by Connie Suttle

Which hidden gems books have you read in the past year?

Monday, January 16, 2017

A Winter's Respite Readathon Goals

My goals for the A Winter's Respite Readathon are to read the following books:

1. Listen to one audiobook (yet to be determined).
2. Finish reading Eat Dirt by Josh Axe (I started this book last year and can't believe I haven't finished it!!)
3. Bruja Brouhaha by Rochelle Staab
4. Deenie by Judy Blume
5. A Simple Christmas Wish by Melody Carlson

Are you participating in A Winter's Respite Readathon? If so, what are your reading goals??

Maple Syrup Murder by Grace Lemon

Cozy eBook Mystery
Maple Syrup Murder by Grace Lemon is my 8th read for 2017 and the first cozy mystery book I've read this year. As many of you may know, I enjoy reading cozy mystery novels.

Maple Syrup Murder is the first book in the 'An Oh Fudge!' series.

I was able to download Maple Syrup Murder by Grace Lemon for FREE from Amazon to my Kindle. This eBook is approximately 61 pages in length. Below is my unbiased opinion of Maple Syrup Murder by Grace Lemon.

I enjoyed reading Maple Syrup Murder by Grace Lemon overall. but it was more of a novella than full length novel. I enjoyed the story and writing overall as well. The leading character, Ida Noe, and her best friend, Maura Sweeney, are no fuss, feisty women and seemed a bit gruff, but were otherwise were decent characters. The mystery and murder were interesting and I enjoyed reading how Ida Noe solved the mystery. 

The following is a plot summary for Maple Syrup Murder by Grace Lemon from Amazon:
Welcome to Cider Island – a town where anyone who’s anyone knows something about someone. It’s just that kind of place. And things get a whole lot stickier for the residents when a businessman visiting the island ends up smothered at the local sugar bush. 
With maple syrup season in full swing, Ida Noe’s fudge shop is busier than a centipede at a toe counting contest – especially when she’s invited to showcase her world famous Maple Bacon Fudge at Sweeney’s Sugar Bush. All is sweet until some poor sap kicks the bucket in the sugarhouse and all fingers point to Ida’s best friend Maura Sweeney.

With the help of her lumpy black Lab and origami loving friend, Ida is determined to “tap” the real killer and prove that maple can indeed be murder.
Previously published as Maple Can Be Murder.
I am giving Maple Syrup Murder by Grace Lemon a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Rippler (Ripple Series Book 1) by Cidney Swanson

Unabridged Audio Version
I listened to the unabridged audio version of The Rippler (Ripple Series Book 1) by Cidney Swanson and narrated by Sarah Mollo-Christensen. Listening time for The Rippler (Ripple Series Book 1) by Cidney Swanson is 6 hours, 37 minutes. 

The Rippler (Ripple Series Book 1) by Cidney Swanson is the first novel in a young adult series, that I discovered while browsing Amazon's website. The Rippler (Ripple Series Book 1) by Cidney Swanson received really good reviews from online reviewers. I also liked the premise of The Rippler (Ripple Series Book 1) by Cidney Swanson, so I decided to listen to this novel. 

I am glad that I did listen to The Rippler (Ripple Series Book 1) by Cidney Swanson. It's a good novel. I liked the storyline quite a bit and the writing is solid. I enjoyed many of the characters, especially the leading character of Samantha and also the character of Will, whom Samantha falls in love with during the course of this novel. I also enjoyed Sarah Mollo-Christensen's narration of The Rippler (Ripple Series Book 1) by Cidney Swanson.

The following is a summary for The Rippler (Ripple Series Book 1) by Cidney Swanson from Audible:
Samantha yearns to shed the label of that girl whose mom died, but finding she can turn invisible isn't what she had in mind. Especially when she learns the neo-Nazi who killed her mom may be after her next. Sam's crush Will offers help and secrecy, but the time is coming when Sam will have to choose between keeping her secrets and keeping Will safe.
I am giving The Rippler (Ripple Series Book 1) by Cidney Swanson a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

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