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About Kensley @ The Broken Bookshelf

Young mother, wife, TV show enthusiast, avid reader, writer, gamer.

July TBR


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1. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

  • ARC provided by Edelweiss and I’m screaming omg I cannot WAIT to read this!!!

2. Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

  • Via the library, Reese Witherspoon’s June Bookclub pick. This is a mystery/thriller and the author is also an actress, well known for her role as Mable Lane Fox (Tony Gillingham’s beau/wife) in Downton Abbey.

3. Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins with 12 stories from 12 YA authors (Cassandra Claire, Becky Albertalli, Leigh Bardugo, Stephanie Perkins, and Veronica Roth are among them).

  • Via the library and my “Summer Read” before the summer is over. I’m not a fan of summer at all, but reading about it in stories may put me in a better mood for it as the summer is coming (thankfully) to a close.

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4. The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

  • This is a thriller and an ARC, provided by BookishFirst and it’s not a super long read and I’ve already read some in it when I got it, but wanted to hold off until closer to its release date (August).

5. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

  • Via personal collection. Very short read and I got this from Book Depository ages ago but wanted to read it this year. I know Sharp Objects is on my TBR for August, simply because I want to watch the HBO show, so this will hopefully get me into the mood to read it.

Do you want to read any of these? Have you read any of these? 



Book Tag: Me in Book Characters

I was tagged by Sara @ The Bibliophagist to do the Me in Book Characters tag! After some hard thinking, this was fun!! Thanks for tagging me, and tag me in all the things!!


  • Thank the creators of the tag – Ash and Lo @Windowsill Books
  • Thank whoever tagged you.
  • List 5 book characters who you relate to most and explain why.
  • Tag some of your friends!

My Characters:

8131d806b65f87198ba22b407900bb0e--the-shining-movie-jack-nicholsonCharacter #1: Jack Torrance in The Shining by Stephen King This is one of the first characters I saw myself in, a few years ago, but I just watched the movie this past Monday, and I can say that JT is me, in book form, if I were a middle-aged man. Jack is a writer, has a temper, likes alcohol, and is a bit terrifying. That’s me. And I’m not mad about it. If anything, it is an honor to feel connected to him.

Wilkes_01Character #2: Annie Wilkes in Misery by Stephen King I only relate to Annie because of her love for books (in her case, the Misery series by Paul Sheldon) and a tendency to be on the crazy side when I am not happy. This is, of course, an exaggeration, but I see myself in her. However, I am not a nurse that murders patients, let’s just be clear.

Cersei-Lannister-game-of-thrones-33804391-1024-576Character #3: Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin She’s a boss ass b*tch and even though she is a well-hated character, and rightfully so, I feel that if I were in her position, I’d be the exact same way. But, we can leave out the incest, thanks.

7f25fc751a47fd02caab5d281d19b1c4.jpgCharacter #4: Wendy Torrance in The Shining by Stephen King I know I’ve already chosen Jack Torrence in this list, but I really relate to Wendy as well. I am a mother, who would be very overprotective of her son – especially if any harm were coming to him from a family member/his dad. Though I enjoy horror movies/books, I am a scaredy cat in the middle of the night much like Wendy is in general.

Character #5: I can’t think of a 5th I would like to say I’m Anna from A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window because I could totally see myself going off the deep end if something were to tragically happen to my family and I was the only survivor and I ended up mentally unstable, relying on medication and alcohol and internet communication to get through the day. So, we’ll just pick her, because that would be the most likely scenario if that were to ever happen to me.


Charleigh, Shalini, Bookworm Dot Reviews, Justine, and anyone who else wants to do it!!

This was super fun, required me to really think about myself and book characters, and coincidentally, almost all of my characters have movie/tv counterparts.


All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

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display-779903f7f072dbce0ff33be539878e03To start, I absolutely love Emily Giffin. Her writing is superb and she is such a great storyteller, I have not read a book of her I didn’t like and I practically screamed when I found out she was coming out with another book.

This story is told from three perspectives and I honestly thought it would be a problem, but it isn’t. This story follows Nashville’s elite and shows that one “mistake” can alter so much. I am also a big fan of stories following “wealthy” families when they get the light shone on them, showing that they are just like the rest of society with their problems and their secrets, they just deal with their problems at white tie galas and I deal with mine binge-watching Parks & Rec in sweatpants.

Release Date: TODAY

‘lil update

Hey, so long time no see! I know, I know. I am terribly sorry for the weeklong absence, but I have literally been sick every day for almost two weeks. I’ve barely had the energy to do anything but work, read, and finish assignments for my TV writing class. Also, it being hot as Hades here doesn’t help. Literally, it feels like I’m in Satan’s armpit when I step outside, and yes the humidity is that bad.

So, since wrote last week, I’ve also finished Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which loved so much, so there’s a review to come this weekend (I hope).  I’m not sure how many of you will read this, but I just wanted to make sure everyone knew I was alive and haven’t given up, I just get incredibly sick during the summer time due to the heat (and oh, lord, the allergies).


Oh, and Sara, I haven’t forgotten about that book tag. It’s still there, I just haven’t had the chance to get to it yet.

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

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40389527Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Let me just start off by saying, even though it took me a full week to finish reading this book, I actually read it in about two day’s reading time. As you all know, one of my favorite genres is thrillers. I love the suspense of not knowing where the book is headed, twists that I anticipate, or twists I expect and then am floored by my wrong assumptions. This book had all of that. The writing was incredible and made this book so enjoyable.

*semi-spoilers, but nothing too deep*

     Anna Fox, a former child psychologist, suffers from agoraphobia after a terrible accident with her husband and daughter, unable to leave her house beyond the backyard. She spies on her neighbors through the windows of her home, most notably through her bedroom window. On Halloween night, Jane Russell, the new neighbor, saves Anna from the nasty teens who throw eggs at her house.

A few days later, Jane pops by again. This time, she stays awhile, and Anna and Jane become friends, bonding over wine, old movies, and chess. Jane gets a little drunk and slips up, mentioning that Alistair, her husband, is controlling and loses his temper.

A few days later, Anna hears a scream from the Russell’s home. She looks over and sees Jane with a sharp silver thing sticking out of her chest, bleeding. After she calls for help, she ventures outside – the first time in almost a year – and across the street to help Jane. She collapses on the way and then wakes up in a hospital room to a nurse and a detective.

After the detective takes her home when she recovers, he and another detective survey the house. Their most troubling find is the table left littered with pills and wine, both recently used.

Perhaps she imagined the whole thing? That’s what the detective thinks, anyway. And then the doorbell rings and Alistair walks in with Jane in tow…

…and Anna’s never seen this woman in her life.

When I tell you I’ve never been in love with a thriller book until this one, I am telling the TRUTH. The writing from A.J. Finn makes this book stand out above the rest, and the twists and turns just gripped me throughout its entirety. I was questioning everyone, every reality, and every possibility I could, but I was still floored with the last twist near the end.

If you enjoy thrillers and suspense, read this book, you won’t regret it! As a matter of fact, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t read this book. The way the chapters are set up makes it a quick read, but the writing sucks you into this world.


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Yesterday, I finished The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn, and let me tell you, I was on the edge the entire time. I’ve got my notes written down, so I’ll be posting a review later on this evening or this weekend, so look for that, because trust me when I say it is my number one favorite book of the year thus far. I am not exaggerating, I’m not over-selling, it just truly grabbed me and didn’t let go from the beginning, it was a quick and easy read, and Finn’s writing style was unlike any I have seen before – it sucked me in and no matter what was going on around me, if I stopped to read, I was dropped right back into the story like I was living in it.

I am currently reading Simon vs the Homosapien Agenda and Eliza and Her Monsters. Simon being a library read, I’ve got a little over a week to finish it, so I’ll be reading that and starting with Eliza. Out of these two books, which would be your favorite??

Also, I’m a week late on posting my BA Bookhaul and I will post that soon. It is from Book Outlet and it includes the ACOTAR series (minus ACOFAS), Six of Crows & Crooked Kindom (special edition), Eleanor & Park (collector’s edition), and many more!

I just started my Television Writing class last Monday (5/28) and it is knocking me for a loop with the amount of stuff going on, not to mention screenwriting is not one of my strongest suits. Also, I’ve been sick here and there this week, including today, so I’ve been saving my energy for work and finishing up school work this week and then binge-watching BEA/BookCon vlogs and Downton Abbey the rest of the time.

Thanks for sticking around ’til the end, readers and have a great weekend!!

Mail Call

While I’m late to the party and was sick yesterday, the mailman was kind and brought me my new S.K. baby.


It may take me until the end of the summer before I’m able to dive into this book, but until then, it’s sitting there on my S. K. shelf until it’s time.

And, since I’m trash for Stephen King, I’ve pre-ordered his next release, which just got a cover reveal! Elevation releases on October 30th, 2018 and it’s currently only $12 for hardback.

Elevation by Stephen King

Set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine

The latest from legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together—a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences. 

Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.

In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face–including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.

From Stephen King, our “most precious renewable resource, like Shakespeare in the malleability of his work” (The Guardian), Elevation is an antidote to our divisive culture, as gloriously joyful (with a twinge of deep sadness) as “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

So, that release is just in time to finish up October as my set-in-stone Stephen King month, because what kind of reading is more Halloweeny than King, right? Also, it’s basically a long novella, only coming in at 144 pages, so it will make for a quick read to finish the month of October off.

I’m currently on my way to finishing The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn, and with 2 weeks left on my library loan for both books, I hope to finish Simon vs as well. I’m hoping to get to Scythe and Eliza and Her Monsters this month, but my Television Writing class this month is proving to be extensive and I expect the same for my writing workshop next month since it is also on television writing. So, I’m trying to balance out both reading and writing for class and getting in my TBRs without going insane.

~have a wonderful week if I don’t see you before the weekend~