Jorie’s Top Ten Most Intriguing Literary People

Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish

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Top Ten Characters Who X (you fill in the blank — examples: piss me off, are the popular kids, are bookish, would be my bff, that stole my heart, etc. etc.)

(Thank you,  LibraryThing for the images)

(We have characters and real people in this week’s list. Love them, hate them, these folks made me think.)

1. Kat/ Ally Carter’s Heist Society 

Heist Society by Ally Carter

2. Sarah/ Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key 

Sarah's Key (Movie Tie-in) by Tatiana…

3. Ashima Ganguli/ Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake 

The Namesake: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri

4. Cleopatra/ Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra: A Life 

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

5. Nitta Sayuri/ Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha 

6. Cinna/ Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games Trilogy 


7. Geoffrey Chaucer/ Anya Seton’s Katherine 

Author photo. Illustration from Cassell's History of England - Century Edition - published circa 1902.<br><br />
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8. Atticus Finch/ Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird 

To Kill a Mockingbird [film] by Robert…

9. Miah (Jeremiah)/ Jacqueline Woodson’s If You Come Softly 

10. Augustine of Hippo/ The Confessions of St. Augustine 

Author photo. Saint Augustine by Philippe de Champaigne

Literary Easter Eggs – 2014 Edition

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easter_eggs1_2.JPG by pentacs | morgueFile

In 2013, I celebrated Holy Week with An Easter Egg Hunt. Here, I referenced Wikipedia’s definition of an Easter Egg – a hidden message in a work which refers to something else. This can be an inside joke or a friend’s name. Also in 2013, Candice of warmcuppatea posted twice on this topic - Literary Easter Eggs – Stephen King Edition and Literary LOST Easter Eggs – Part II. By the way, when I Googled “Literary Easter Eggs,” her Stephen King Edition post came up on the first page of results. Props to you, Candice! ;)
This Easter, I’m sharing some books that have Easter Eggs. These might be references to other works or might have namesake characters. As was true with the books I shared on Valentine’s Day,  you can click on the covers, visit Jorie’s Store on Amazon, and shop for some great reading. Making purchases at Jorie’s Store funds future giveaways! :)

 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy  The Peach Keeper (Center Point Platinum Romance (Large Print))  The Da Vinci Code Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass (Bantam Classics) Nine Dragons (A Harry Bosch Novel) The Truth About Forever

 The Virgin Suicides: A Novel  The French Lieutenant's Woman  Trial by Fury (J. P. Beaumont Novel)  Apollyon: The Destroyer Is Unleashed (Left Behind)  11/22/63: A Novel  1022 Evergreen Place (Cedar Cove) 

 Pegasus in Flight (Talent, Bk. 2)  Atonement: A Novel  Nineteen Minutes  Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems  Atlas Shrugged  Charlotte's Web (Trophy Newbery)

TBTB (Throwback Thursday Books) – D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths by Ingri…



My fascination with Greek mythological melodrama probably stems from this gloriously illustrated tome. Whenever library patrons seek mythology, I always hope D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths is on the shelf. Just last year, I purchased my very own copy from Barnes & Noble.






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Ruta Sepetys’ Out of the Easy

Out of The Easy

Jorie’s Store – Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Title and Author(s):  Ruta Sepetys’ Out of the Easy

Release Date: February 12, 2013
Publisher: Philomel; First Edition edition

ISBN: 978-0399256929
Pages: 352
Source: Harris County Public Library 

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Reasons for Reading: After reading Ruta Sepetys’ Between Shades of Gray (not to be confused with the infamous E.L. James trilogy), I wanted to read Sepetys’ sophomore effort. Additionally, the setting of New Orleans appealed to me. I placed a request on it and excitedly received the book in 2014.

Summary: In 1950, seventeen year old Josie Moraine barely makes ends meet working in the French Quarter. Her erratic, somewhat estranged mother works as a prostitute. Josie longs to make her way out of New Orleans and to the Ivy Leagues. Around New Year’s Day, a wealthy man from Tennessee turns up dead. When the crime seems to lead to Josie’s mother and her shady boyfriend, Josie finds herself embroiled.

One Thing I Learned from this book: I hadn’t realized Tulane had a sister college – Newcomb.

What I Liked: The fantastic setting of New Orleans appealed to me again. Sepetys’ also diverged greatly from that of Between Shades of Gray. Nonetheless, the characters and situations described still made me want to know what would happen to them as they did in Sepetys’ first novel.

What I Disliked: I wasn’t happy with Josie’s mother being a sociopath sort of whore. Also, I thought there were too many evildoers in this book.

RR - Orange

Rainbow Rating: Orange – Restricted from those under age 17 

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Top Ten Bookish Things Jorie Would Like to Own

Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish

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Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren’t Books) That I’d Like To Own (new bookshelves, bookends, cool bookmark, a bookish shirt, etc. You can add things you DO own if you want).

1.  Time to read whatever I please

2.  An iPad

3. A book prop

4.  Autographed books 

5. A Universal Library Card

6.  Access anywhere, anytime

7. Durable bookmarks

8. Extended check outs of long books

9. Comfortable furniture conducive to reading

10. Book Clubs!


Heartbleed: Serious OpenSSL zero day vulnerability revealed | ZDNet

Heartbleed: Serious OpenSSL zero day vulnerability revealed | ZDNet

Last week, news of the Heartbleed virus leaked. While I don’t believe I suffered very much, I did notice I finished all eight books I listed as “Currently Reading” on one of my favorite social media book sites. Since then, I changed passwords and remained vigilant.

I’ve also referred to Mashable’s “The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now” site.