Jorie’s 80th Edition of The Sunday Post


Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer: The Sunday Gazette

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~

It’s a chance to share News.

A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies.

Anyone can participate as long as you:

Enter your link on my post - Sundays beginning at 12:01 am (CST) (link will be open all week)

Link back to this post or this blog

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~ Don’t forget to check out Jorie’s Online Reading Club! ~

Highlights:

TBF (To Be Finished):

 Last Light (Restoration, #1)   

Stellar Visitors

Coming Soon

           Paradise Lost (Joanna Brady, #9)    Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God

   My Book Haul: (Thank you, Goodreads, for these images!)

  Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God   Paradise Lost (Joanna Brady, #9)  Holy Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture  King George III: America's Enemy

Back to School Films @ Jorie’s Store


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Theatrical release poster – Dead Poets Society | Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 With the recent loss of Robin Williams, I recalled one of my favorite films – Dead Poets Society. Surprisingly, this rather literary film wasn’t based on a book. Still, this movie turned me onto “teacher films” as well as to the late Williams’ mad acting skills. In light of all this and the students returning to school soon, I’ve added Dead Poets Society and other inspirational “teacher films” to the store. Let me know what are some of your favorites!
You can click on the covers, visit Jorie’s Store on Amazon, and shop for some great films. Making purchases at Jorie’s Store funds future giveaways! :)
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Dead Poets Society  To Sir, With Love  Dangerous Minds
   Freedom Writers  Stand and Deliver  Lean on Me (Keep Case Packaging)
  Mr. Holland's Opus  Blackboard Jungle  The Water Is Wide - Hallmark Hall of Fame
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Jorie’s 79th Edition of The Sunday Post


Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer: The Sunday Gazette

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~

It’s a chance to share News.

A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies.

Anyone can participate as long as you:

Enter your link on my post - Sundays beginning at 12:01 am (CST) (link will be open all week)

Link back to this post or this blog

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Wow, it’s August! I’ve been on WordPress for 6 amazing years and I look forward to a bright, well-read continuation in our relationship. A special thanks to Girl of  1000 Wonders for linking this post!  In addition to my bloggerversary, I posted another #tbtb and caught up on comments of Stellar Visitors.

books tbt    Van Gogh Starry Night Drawing | Wikimedia Commons | Public Domain Mark 1.0

I also had the pleasure of attending Mark Lanier’s lecture at the Lanier Theological Library last night. I am a proud owner of an autographed copy of Mark Lanier’s Christianity on Trial.

Christianity on Trial: A Lawyer Examines the Christian Faith

~ Don’t forget to check out Jorie’s Online Reading Club! ~

Highlights:

TBF (To Be Finished):

 Christianity on Trial: A Lawyer Examines the Christian Faith   

Stellar Visitors

Coming Soon

             Last Light (Restoration, #1)  Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God

   My Book Haul: (Thank you, Goodreads, for these images!)

  Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God  Last Light (Restoration, #1)  Paradise Lost (Joanna Brady, #9)  Holy Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture  King George III: America's Enemy

Jorie’s 78th Edition ~ The Sunday Post


Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer: The Sunday Gazette

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~

It’s a chance to share News.

A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies.

Anyone can participate as long as you:

Enter your link on my post - Sundays beginning at 12:01 am (CST) (link will be open all week)

Link back to this post or this blog

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I can’t believe it’s the last week of July! I posted first book review for the 2014 Bloggerversary Challenge in addition to sharing what folks have been reading in July. I even set up a new feature called Comment Catch Up in which I finally respond to comments from Stellar Visitors. Check out these features by clicking on the images below:

 Bloggerversary Giveaway  Van Gogh Starry Night Drawing | Wikimedia Commons | Public Domain Mark 1.0  What Are You Reading?

~ Don’t forget to check out Jorie’s Online Reading Club! ~

Highlights:

TBF (To Be Finished):

  The Fault in Our Stars Conversion The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

Stellar Visitors

Coming Soon

         Devil's Claw (Joanna Brady, #8)  Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live.  Last Light (Restoration, #1)  

   My Book Haul: (Thank you, Goodreads, for these images!)

 Devil's Claw (Joanna Brady, #8)  Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live.  Last Light (Restoration, #1)  Holy Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture  King George III: America's Enemy

What Are You Reading? – July 2014 Edition


What Are You Reading?
For the July 2014 edition, Jorie’s Reads shares books from library book clubs. Also, one of the fiction books was written by a school friend. It’s K.S. Love’s Sex, Love, and Kemistry.
If you’re interested in participating in future “What Are You Reading?” posts, please comment on this post.  To visit what readers have been reading in previous months, please visit “What Are You Reading?” You can visit Jorie’s Store on Amazon by clicking on the following book covers. Shopping at Jorie’s Store funds future giveaways!
Fiction:
Colours in the Steel (Fencer, Book 1)  The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey)  All the Truth That's In Me
To All the Boys I've Loved Before  Nantucket Blue  The Beginning of Everything
What Alice Forgot  Sex, Love, & Kemistry  The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel
Spin State  The Blazing World: A Novel Caminar
Nonfiction: 
Christianity on Trial: A Lawyer Examines the Christian Faith  Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court  Faith, Family, and Filipino American Community Life
Winning the West for Women: The Life of Suffragist Emma Smith DeVoe  War Ready: In My Father's Shadow  The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity (Case for ... Series)

Siri Hustvedt’s What I Loved (Bloggerversary Challenge)


What I Loved: A Novel

What I Loved: A Novel by Siri Hustvedt | Jorie’s Store @ Amazon

Title: What I Loved: A Novel
Author: Siri Hustvedt
ISBN: 9780312421199
Length: 370 pages
Publication Date: 2003
Publisher: Picador
Genre: Psychological Fiction
Source: Harris County Public Library

Bloggerversary Giveaway

Goodreads

Reasons for Reading: As I perused the 1001 Books list for a 2000s book,  I noticed Siri Hustvedt’s What I Loved and posted this book as an option for my annual challenge. Since What I Loved was less than four hundred pages, I felt reading it wouldn’t take me long.  Hustvedt’s book received the majority of votes and I requested it from Harris County Public Library (HCPL).

Summary: Beginning in 1975 New York City, art historian Leo Hertzberg (narrator of the story) finds a painting which entrances him in a SoHo gallery. After buying the painting, he tracks down Bill Wechsler, the artist. Hertzberg and Wechsler build a great friendship spanning twenty-five years. Additionally, their wives, Erica and Lucille, respectively, fall pregnant. Hertzberg and Erica have Matthew while Wechsler and Lucille have Mark. Later, Wechsler becomes involved with his muse, Violet. The novel follows these relationships; their joys and losses.

One Thing I Learned from this book: I knew macular deg

What I Loved: The rich characterization brought these characters to life. I saw Bill Wechsler as well as Lucille and Violet. The clarity amazed me.

What I Loathed: Not in the stupid sense of this word; this book was dense. Normally, I can read roughly twenty pages in an evening. However, it took me that long to read a single paragraph. Yes, even the title provided hints of things to come in this novel. I spent the first part braced for the crash. When it happened, boy, did it!

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Rainbow Rating: Orange – Restricted from those under age 17 

 

Song: Paul Mauriat – Love is Blue (HQ)

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Jorie’s 77th Edition ~ The Sunday Post


Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer: The Sunday Gazette

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~

It’s a chance to share News.

A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies.

Anyone can participate as long as you:

Enter your link on my post - Sundays beginning at 12:01 am (CST) (link will be open all week)

Link back to this post or this blog

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Some family stuff kept me from posting as much as I originally hoped. However, things are better and I look forward to publishing more posts. Also, a new feature is in the works.

On the bright side, I revisited Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones and Jude Deveraux’s The Mulberry Tree. I may post these books in the 2013 Revisited feature. Stay tuned!

I finally posted a review of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken. It differs from other reviews so check it out by clicking on the cover image.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Please feel free to share what you’re reading now for the July edition of “What Are You Reading?”

~ Don’t forget to check out Jorie’s Online Reading Club! ~

Highlights:

The Lovely Bones Outlaw Mountain (Joanna Brady, #7)  The Mulberry Tree

TBF (To Be Finished):

  Last Light (Restoration, #1)  The Dog Stars  Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution War Ready: In My Father's Shadow 

Stellar Visitors

Coming Soon

         Devil's Claw (Joanna Brady, #8)  Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live.  The Fault in Our Stars 

   My Book Haul: (Thank you, Goodreads, for these images!)

 Devil's Claw (Joanna Brady, #8)  Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live.  The Fault in Our Stars  Holy Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture  King George III: America's Enemy

Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken


Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand | Jorie's Store @ Amazon

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand | Jorie’s Store @ Amazon

 

Title: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Author: Laua Hillenbrand, Narrated by Edward Herrmann
ISBN: 9781415962763
Length: 13 hours, 56 minutes
Publication Date: November 16, 2010
Publisher: Random House Audio
Genre: Biography, History, Word War II History, Military History
Source: Harris County Public Library Digital Media Catalog

Goodreads

Reasons for Reading: I wanted to read Unbroken ever since I watched a “CBS Sunday Morning” segment about Louis Zamperini and Laura Hillenbrand. Soon after, I won a Nook Tablet and, thus, began my journey of requesting and re-requesting Unbroken until I finished it in 2014. I’ve checked out both eBook and eAudio of Unbroken from HCPL’s Overdrive.

Summary: Wild and crazy Louis Silvie Zamperini seemed unstoppable. His hi-jinx earned him a reputation in his hometown of Torrance, California while his amazing speed gave him a ticket to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. He went on to become an Army Air Forces bombardier. He fought in the Pacific Theater. His bomber crashed in the Pacific Ocean in May, 1943. Many believed Zamperini and others on board died in the crash.

Unbeaten, Zamperini rose to the surface of the ocean and pulled himself onto a life raft. He and two other crew members survived the crash. The three floated, awaiting help. Ultimately, Japanese fighters discovered the castaways. The journey continues, testing an unbreakable spirit.

One Thing I Learned from this book: One real threat to humanity was the pseudoscience of eugenics, “the belief and practice of improving the genetic quality of the human population” (Wikipedia, 2014).  To discover more, click on the following linked phrase – Eugenics – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

What I Liked: I liked Zamperini and his rough and tumble family. I easily slipped into his world as Hillenbrand set the scene well. I’ll admit this fits under the heading of  “stranger than fiction.”

What I Disliked: I wanted a little more between the last chapter and the penultimate chapter and the epilogue. As this may spoil the ending, I will not say anything more about the ending.

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Rainbow Rating: Orange – Restricted from those under age 17

A Few Notes: I finished reading Unbroken a short while before our hero’s passing in July. To see previous posts about the subject of Unbroken, check out the following links:

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Jorie’s 76th Edition ~ The Sunday Post


Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer: The Sunday Gazette

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~

It’s a chance to share News.

A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies.

Anyone can participate as long as you:

Enter your link on my post - Sundays beginning at 12:01 am (CST) (link will be open all week)

Link back to this post or this blog

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Fangirl Moment: I received temporary tattoos of Katherine Howe’s Conversion from Ms. Howe herself! I’ll post pics later but, for now, here’s the cover:

Conversion

A more somber note, this past week saw the passing of the hero of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, Louis Zamperini. Keep your eyes peeled for a review of Zamperini’s biography.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

I read Veronica Roth’s Allegiant, what the heck ending and all. For the time being, there may a Divergent week in the works for Jorie’s Reads. As I strive to note spoil plots, this will be a challenge for me. Stay tuned…

Divergent (Divergent, #1)  Insurgent (Divergent, #2)  Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

Finally, many thanks to various Jorie’s Reads readers for answering the call of the “What Are You Reading?” feature last month. Please feel free to share what you’re reading now for the July feature!  ;)

~ Don’t forget to check out Jorie’s Online Reading Club! ~

Highlights:

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

TBF (To Be Finished):

  The Selection Stories: The Prince & The Guard (The Selection, #0.5, #2.5)

Stellar Visitors

Coming Soon

         Outlaw Mountain (Joanna Brady, #7)  

   My Book Haul: (Thank you, Goodreads, for these images!)

  Outlaw Mountain (Joanna Brady, #7)  Holy Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution War Ready: In My Father's Shadow The Dog Stars

Independence Day Reads @ Jorie’s Store


Displays of fireworks, such as these over the Washington Monument, take place across the United States on Independence Day. | Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia

How better to celebrate Independence Day than to share some topical books? Here’s a little something for every taste and audience. What are your favorite Fourth of July reads?
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! :)
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Johnny Tremain  Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation  1776
   Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons: The Story of Phillis Wheatley (Great Episodes)  April MorningThe First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
  Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality  Don't Know Much About History, Anniversary Edition: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned  George Washington's Teeth
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