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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #142

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released.


When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.
Summary & Cover taken from
Length: 400 pages (Hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: March 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Why I'm Waiting:

I love books that deal with necromancy I think it's really cool and I'm all for witches! This looks like it might just be the start of a great new series, and that cover art is fantastic.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

2016 Big Book Summer Challenge


Well I suppose that it's only proper that I mark my full return to the blogosphere with signing up for a book challenge that I can ACTUALLY do. I haven't done as much reading as I used to since I stepped away from the blog and I need a push to get through some of my TBR pile before the year is through. Enter the Big Book Summer Challenge hosted by the fabulous Sue over at Book by Book! Since the year is over halfway through I think this is perfectly suited to me.

The Details:

Hey, it's summer, so we'll keep this low-key and easy!
  • Anything over 400 pages qualifies as a big book.
  • The challenge will run from Memorial Day weekend (starting May 27 this year) through Labor Day weekend (Labor Day is September 5 this year).
  • Choose one or two or however many big books you want as your goal.  Wait, did you get that?  You only need to read 1 book with over 400 pages this summer to participate! (though you are welcome to read more, if you want).
  • Choose from what's on your shelves already or a big book you've been meaning to read for ages or anything that catches your eye in the library - whatever peaks your interest!
  • Sign up on the links list below.
  • Write a post to kick things off - you can list the exact big books you plan to read or just publish your intent to participate, but be sure to include the Big Book Summer Challenge pic above, with a link back to this blog.
  • Write a post to wrap up at the end, listing the big books you read during the summer.
  • You can write progress posts if you want to and/or reviews of the big books you've read...but you don't have to!  There is a separate links list below for big book review posts.
That's it!  Go check out your shelves and your TBR list and sign up over at  Book by Book

(Don't have a blog?  No problem!  You can still participate in the challenge - just leave a comment in the Comment section, stating your goals for the Big Book Summer Challenge or sign up in the Goodreads group.)
At the end of the summer, there will be a Big Book Giveaway! After Labor Day, Sue will select one name from among the participants (bloggers who leave a link below as well as those without a blog who leave a comment to announce their participation or participate through the Goodreads group) and will offer the winner a choice from a selection of Big Books from her own shelves - probably most of the titles I read this summer and perhaps a few others to choose from.

And help spread the word on Twitter with #BigBookSummer (you can follow sue at @suebookbybook).

My Goals:

I don't generally do well with reading according to a list and it isn't a requirement to post one if you sign up but here are some I might just finally get to:

Re-Reads :

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon - 743 pages (Paperback) Time Travel/Historical Fictton
The Tiger Queens: The Women of Genghis Khan by Stephanie Thornton - 486 pages (Paperback) Historical Fiction
Voyager (Outlander #3) by Diana Gabaldon - 880 pages (Paperback) Time Travel/Historical Fiction

To Read For the First Time:

Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4) by Diana Gabaldon - 870 pages (Paperback) Time Travel/Historical Fiction
Wolf Captured (Firekeeper Saga #4) by Jane Linkskold  - 722 pages (Paperback) Fantasy 
The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14) by J.R. Ward - 508 pages (Hardcover) Paranormal Romaance

I read a lot of books that are over 400 pages and will add them to this challenge as I go along but these are the heavy hitters that I really want to get to. 
Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday #87

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. 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, if you want to, add your name to the Linky widget on that day's posts (typically put up midnight EST on Tuesday) 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.

Top 10 Facts About Me as a blogger:

1. I started Turning the Pages on October 29th 2011. 
2. I have taken about a year and a half off blogging and am just now getting back into it full time. 
3. On my blog you will find reviews for romance, fantasy, sci-fi, YA, new adult, historical fiction, thrillers & mysteries, non-fiction, graphic novels and manga and all the subsets in between
4. My Mister reads all my posts and comments on them religiously, so he's the guy you see me calling Babe in the comments.
5.  Once upon a time I had 3 or 4 blog posts up a day for weeks on end! Crazy, not sure I could go back to that scheduling. 
6. My brother reads my blog. Hi Jay!
7.  The blog has had about 6 different layouts over the years, however this current one has been my layout for a few years now and I love it.
8. Because of blogging my TBR list on Goodreads is now at 14,000 books long!
9.  I have met some incredible authors in person that know me because of this blog :)
10.  I love bookish memes! Seriously I do them as much as I can :)