All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue (The Debutante Files #2) By: Sophie Jordan Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
There was once a lady who loathed a lord…
Lady Aurelia hasn’t always hated Max, Viscount Camden, her brother’s best friend. In fact, as a besotted girl, she thrived under his kind attention – sure that he was the most noble and handsome man in the land. Until her young heart discovered what manner of rogue he really was. Now, though she enjoys nothing more than getting on his last nerve, she can’t deny Max drives her to distraction—even if she tries to pretend otherwise.
…and a lord who was confounded by a lady.
Max cannot recall a time when Aurelia did not vex him. If she was not his friend’s sister, he would stay far away from the infuriating vixen. Unfortunately, they are always thrown together. At parties and family gatherings…she is always there. Infuriating him, tossing punch in his face, driving him mad…until one night, she goes too far and he retaliates in the only way he can: with a kiss that changes everything.
One of those books I picked up on a whim (Boxing Day sale, haha; yes, this book review kept getting pushed back this year xD); it’s a tried and tested premise, but it sounded like fun.
Madame Picasso By: Anne Girard Format/Source: Paperback; won from a contest held by guiltless reading
When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world.
A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can’t help but be drawn into his web. But what starts as a torrid affair soon evolves into what will become the first great love of Picasso’s life.
Omg you guys, I’m finally reading this book! I won this book in a giveaway contest hosted by guiltless reading in 2014 but I stalled on picking it up. It always felt like a spring read to me so I did make a note to myself to pick it up this sometime this year. Which I finally did, huzzah!
Sebastian Fennick, the newest Duke of Wrexford, prefers the straightforwardness of mathematics to romantic nonsense. When he meets Lady Katherine Adderly at the first ball of the season, he finds her as alluring as she is disagreeable. His title may now require him to marry, but Sebastian can’t think of anyone less fit to be his wife, even if he can’t get her out of his mind.
After five seasons of snubbing suitors and making small talk, Lady Kitty has seen all the ton has to offer…and she’s not impressed. But when Kitty’s overbearing father demands she must marry before her beloved younger sister can, she proposes a plan to the handsome duke. Kitty’s schemes always seem to backfire, but she knows this one can’t go wrong. After all, she’s not the least bit tempted by Sebastian, is she?.
I only found out about this book when I signed up for the Avon Impulse newsletter around Valentine’s Day and this was one of the eBook they were offering. It’s a familiar premise, using a fake engagement to allow the other couple to marry without any problems, but I was nonetheless intrigued 🙂
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme 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!
This week’s topic: Ten Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them
Oooh, great topic! I loooooove books that leave me wanting to learn more about a topic or a person 🙂
In no particular order:
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (review) — This is the book that sparked my interest in Spanish history and literature and books set in Spain. It even inspired a trip to Spain a few years ago 😀
Juliet by Ann Fortier (review) — This book left me curious about the city and layout of Siena, with its different neighbourhoods marked by the different families that controlled the area. I had read the book when I was in Italy but unfortunately could not schedule a day trip to the city to see the carved statues for myself.
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (review) — We all know the major countries involved in World War Two and the impact that the war had on these countries but then there comes a book like this that reminds me that I still don’t know how smaller countries were affected, in this case Hungary.
I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira (review) — This book left me looking up Degas’ artwork and examining them more closely 🙂
Madame Picasso by Anne Girard (review to be posted later this week) — I love books like this that focuses on the women in these artists’ lives because I learn so much more about these artists in the process and what they were like in life.
Rodin’s Lover by Heather Webb (review) — I can’t remember if it was this book or another book, but it left me sketching a bit again.
The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke (review to be posted in October) — This stunning book left me writing a bit of poetry afterwards! (I was also going through a bit of writer’s block, so the poetry helped) It also reminded me that I have yet to read some of his poetry! Need to rectify that one of these days.
The Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonsos Falcones — After I read this book I looked up images of the Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona and kicking myself for not knowing about it when we were there as to stop by and check it out (I had picked up the book in the train station as we were leaving Barcelona -_-;)
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (review) — Well this book solidified my desire to go to Iceland someday; there was something about the landscape that permeated through the pages here…Oh, it also had me looking up the actual case of Agnes Magnusdottir.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (review #1, #2, #3) — LOTR was definitely one of those books that, like The Shadow of the Wind, opened up new avenues for me, not only in reading more fantasy but also checking out books that influenced Tolkien, such as The Kalevala (review) 🙂
And that’s my list for this week! I’m sure there are plenty of other books that left me seeking out more about a topic or wanting to try or do something or visit a place, but this is just some of those books. What books prompted you to read up more on a topic or visit/try/do something? Let me know, I’d love to read your list! 🙂