May 21, 2015

Quirky Readers (That's YOU!)

You guys get to hear a lot about what I like, and what I read - but I was thinking it would be fun to know more about what YOU like and read!

Wanna be awesome and leave a comment answering some (or all) of these questions? 

Or you could even email me: quirkybookworm @ gmail if you want to get wordier. I'll round up some of your responses in an upcoming post. 

  • What are your favorite genres?
  • Do you like to read several books at once, or just one at a time?
  • What tv shows are you loving right now?
  • What's the best book you've read this year?
  • Do you sort your bookcases? How - alphabetically? By genre?
  • Do you use an e-reader? Which kind?
  • What's the best movie you've seen this year?
  • Does your significant other like to read?

I can't wait to hear your responses! And I tell you what - anyone who emails me or leaves a comment answering some of them will be entered to win a $5 Amazon giftcard, just to make it more fun for you too! I'll give it 4 or 5 days, and then randomly choose a commenter and email you the giftcard - so please don't comment anonymously!

May 19, 2015

A Bookworm's Plea: Please Don't Ask Me What My Favorite Book Is!

Scene at a party recently.

Hostess: "So-and-so is in my book club! Jessica is a blogger."
So: "Oh really?"
Me: "Yes, I blog a lot about what I read."
So: "What's your favorite book?"
Me: "I don't know! I really can't narrow that down."
So: "Let's say you have to. What's your favorite?"
Me: "Ummmm... I really can't. I read about 120 books a year! That's too many to pick just one."
So: "120?! Do you have kids?"
Me: "Um, yep. 5 year old and 1 year old."
So: Making judgy face.
Noel: (Reluctantly trapped listening to this conversation.) "Thank goodness for audiobooks, huh?"
Me: "Yeah, I listen to a lot of audiobooks. And I'm still nursing, so I read a lot then." (Trying to make it less awkward) "Maybe I'll just let her nurse till she's five, hahaha!"
So: Staring at me, not laughing.
Me: (smiling nervously) "Anyway, nice to meet you... "

Phew. That question just always stresses me out so much! How about you?

Do YOU have a favorite book?

[Ironically, the photo above wasn't actually taken at a party... but at church. We had a silly photo booth after service on Family Sunday a few months ago. But it was the most "Howard family at a party" type picture I could find.]

May 17, 2015

Book Review: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan dished out Hollywood secrets in their earlier novels, Spoiled and Messy. In The Royal We, they tackle royal relationships, with a story clearly inspired by Prince William and Kate Middleton's romance. At first glance this might sound trite (I almost didn't even start reading it!), but The Royal We is surprisingly thought-provoking, invoking questions of love, privacy and sibling rivalry.

American Rebecca "Bex" Porter isn't fascinated by the royals, unlike her twin sister, Lacey. So when Bex arrives in Oxford for a year of study abroad, she doesn't realize at first that Nick, a guy down the hall, is Prince Nicholas, heir to the British throne. (In Bex's defense, it was raining. Otherwise I'm sure she would have.)

Swept up into the dazzling world of the British upper class, Bex finds herself falling for Nick in a big way. But there is a dark side to the glamour: Bex and Nick's every public move is analyzed, the paparazzi are always on their tail, and becoming "the famous twin" is hurting Bex and Lacey's relationship. How much pressure can Bex take? Is the fairytale romance worth the sacrifice?

Told in a friendly, first-person style by Bex, The Royal We is both a compelling love story and an introspective look at how far people will go for fame. A delightful read, sure to please romance readers, royal watchers and Anglophiles alike, The Royal We is nearly impossible to put down. I'm speaking from experience here, I could NOT stop reading it. It's pretty long for a romance actually - around 500 pages, and I finished it in less than 24 hours. My children may or may not have gotten a fair bit of extra screen time during that 24 hours...

Maybe now that Will and Kate have two kids (ahem, I wasn't the only one obsessively stalking Twitter in the lead-up to Princess Charlotte's name reveal, right?), Cocks and Morgan will write a sequel where Nick and Bex are married and trying to navigate raising kids in the royal spotlight! I really hope so, I loved The Royal We so much. 5 stars!

Are YOU a royal watcher?

I originally wrote most of this review for Shelf Awareness. And this post contains a few affiliate links. Thanks for supporting Quirky Bookworm!