Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

This week's topic is:
Top Ten beginnings and endings...

Every Day - David Levithan
"I wake up. 
     Immediately I have to figure out who I am."

Under the Light - Laura Whitcomb

"I used to practice leaving my body." 

Nothing - Janne Teller
"Nothing matters.
I have know that for a long time.
So nothing is worth doing.
I just realized that."

Beauty Queens - Libba Bray

"This book begins with a plane crash. We do not want you to worry about this. According to the U.S. Department of Unnecessary Statistics, your chance of dying in a plane crash are one in half a million. Whereas your chances of losing your bathing suit bottoms to a strong tide are two to one. So, all in all, it's safer to fly than to go to the beach."

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone - Kat Rosenfield
"The night before Amelia Anne Richardson bled her life away on the parched dirt road outside of town, I bled out my dignity in the back of a pickup truck under a starpricked sky."

Looking for Alaska - John Green
"So I know she forgives me, just as I forgive her. Thomas Edison's last words were: 'It's very beautiful over there.' I don't know where there is, but I believe it's somewhere, and I hope it's beautiful."

Imaginary Girls - Nova Ren Suma
"It sounded impossible, something no one would believe, Yet I was so sure that at any moment I'd open my eyes and see her. I'd open my eyes and see."

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone - Kat Rosenfield
"That the windows are empty, and the dust has settled. 
That there is nobody left to remember that summer.
That Amelia Anne Richardson is dead and gone.
And that the only thing left, heavy and sweet in the violet twilight, is the scent of wild roses."

This is Not a Test - Courtney Summers
"The dead girl presses her face against the glass. She waits for me to tell her what's next."

The Sky is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson
"I don't know how the heart withstands it.
 I kiss the ring, put it back into the cabinet next to the notebook, and close the door with the bird on it. Then I reach into my pack and take out the houseplant. It's so decrepit, just a few blackened leaves left. I walk over to the edge of the cliff, so I'm right over the falls. I take the plant out of its pot, shake the dirt off the roots, get a good grip, reach my arm back, take one deep breath before I pitch my arm forward, and let go."

The Broke and the Bookish is a group of college aged and twenty somethings that have an unhealthy obsession with reading and would spend every last penny on books even if it meant skipping a few meals. We are the people  who lurk in the library, buy handbags based on how many books can be stashed in them, and who refer to characters in books as if they are personal friends.
We sought after other bookish college students to share in our love for reading and were brought together by the College Students group on Goodreads that was created in September 2008. Our desire to share great books with each other in and our tendency to be opinionated and passionate about all things book related naturally led to the birth of The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.


  1. Wonderful picks, Britt! I agree with Amelia, The Sky is Everywhere, and Beauty Queens!

  2. Great list! I completely forgot about Beauty Queens when making my list, but I wholeheartedly agree that it is an outstanding beginning. I also agree with The Sky is Everywhere. You have a bunch of books on your list that I haven't read yet. Thanks for adding to my TBR list!

  3. I saw the start of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone on another list and was intrigued. Now I'm equally intrigued by the ending. I think I'll need to read it sometime soon. Also yay for Beauty Queens making the list! I LOVE that book!

  4. This is a great list! I've only read a couple of these, but this week's TTT is particularly dangerous for my wishlist as the quotes just make me want to go get all the books!!


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