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

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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!

RR - Orange

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

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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.

RR - Orange

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)

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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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The Sunday Post ~ Jorie’s 75th Edition


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 am pleased to say I now am an owner of a Literary Elements Adult Summer Reading Program Mug. Thank you, Harris County Public Library (HCPL) for this reward! ;) Now, I need to work on the Footprints in the Sand Summer Reading Club for Adults at Tallowood Baptist Church.

Also, in lieu of the Subheading “TBR (To Be Read)”, I’ve put in “TBF (To Be Finished).” Both of these books needed to go back to the library. I’ve gotten back in line for these books as well.

Lastly, I’m thrilled I’ve got 3 books on my shelf via Net Galley! As Jack Keroauc would say “Ooooh, wee!”

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

Highlights:

TBF (To Be Finished):

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story  King George III: America's Enemy

Stellar Visitors

         Outlaw Mountain (Joanna Brady, #7)  Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

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

Allegiant (Divergent, #3) Labor Day 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

What Are You Reading? – June 2014 Edition


What Are You Reading?
In addition to listing selections for the Freeman Mystery Book Club, Hofstetter Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club, and Great Books Discussion Group, Jorie’s Reads heard from many. When there were books in a series, I’ve chosen to list the first title.
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:
Allegiant (Divergent Series)  The Good Son: A Novel  Babylon Steel
Carpool  Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street  A Pedigree To Die For
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 3: Century #1 1910  Zombillenium: Gretchen  The Darkest Minds (A Darkest Minds Novel)
Skin Game (Dresden Files)  Fields of Prey The Cat, the Devil, and Lee Fontana: A Novel
The Unnaturalists  The Harlem Hellfighters  Don Quixote Volume1.
To Sail a Darkling Sea (Black Tide Rising)  The Kraken Project (Wyman Ford) Nauti Boy (Berkley Sensation)
Blades of Winter: A Novel of the Shadowstorm  Labor Day Movie Tie- In Edition: A Novel (P.S.)  Room: A Novel
Nonfiction: 
The Distance Between Us: A Memoir  The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11  Mom & Me & Mom
The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass  Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream  Good Morning, Holy Spirit
Culturally-Conscious Worship  Before You Say "I Do": A Marriage Preparation Manual for Couples  Fear No Evil: A Test of Faith, a Courageous Church, and an Unfailing God
Making Small Groups Work: What Every Small Group Leader Needs to Know  For Married Women Only: Three Principles for Honoring Your Husband  The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
The Most of Nora Ephron  Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking  Finding Ophelia's Voice, Opening Ophelia's Heart: Nurturing the Adolescent Female Voice: An Exploration of the Physiological, Psychological, and Music
Gasping for Airtime: Two Years In the Trenches of Saturday Night Live  Kids Are Weird: And Other Observations from Parenthood  Hidden Like Anne Frank: 14 True Stories of Survival
ESV Study Bible, Personal Size  MARGOT FONTEYN  Rescuing Da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis Stole Europe's Great Art - America and Her Allies Recovered It
Scalia: A Court of One  The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears  Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight: New Science Proves You Should Eat Chocolate Every Day

Ann Brashares’ My Name is Memory


My Name is Memory

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares | Jorie’s Store @ Amazon

 

Title: My Name is Memory
Author: Ann Brashares
ISBN: 9781594487583
Length: 324 pages
Publication Date: June 01, 2010
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Source: Harris County Public Library

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Reasons for Reading: I came across this title on someone else’s Top Ten Tuesday list back in March. The premise and author Ann Brashares caught my interest. Quickly, I discovered a few copies of My Name is Memory on the shelf at a Harris County Public Library (HCPL) branch and checked out one.

Warning: This is a work of fiction which deals with the subject of reincarnation (past lives). If reincarnation is an offensive topic, please consider yourself warned. 

Summary: Lucy’s crush on the enigmatic Daniel kept her from approaching him. She gathers up courage at the high school graduation dance and approaches Daniel. Little does she know that she and Daniel go way, way back. Unlike most, Daniel recalls each of his past lives. In the first incarnation (that he remembers), Daniel encountered a woman (Lucy) that stole his heart. With each life, Daniel doggedly pursues a seemingly star-crossed love of his lives, the woman who once was called Sophia. Added to a mix is a vengeful brother from that fateful first life who’s after blood. Brashares employs both Daniel’s first person and Lucy/Sophia’s third-person views. This tale of epic proportions begins in 552 AD Asia Minor and carries on through to 1918 England and Twenty-First Century Virginia.

One Thing I Learned from this book: There was an earthquake in AD 526. To learn more about it, visit the following, linked phrase – 526 Antioch Earthquake – Wikipedia

What I Liked: As a historical fiction fan, I enjoyed the passages set in the past. I especially liked reading about events in the First Millennium AD. Also, Brashares’ characters in this book differed greatly from those in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. While I enjoyed reading about Carmen, Lena, Tibby, and Bridget, I appreciate Brashares’ originality in character formation.

What I Disliked: I refuse to spoil the ending but I hope Brashares can write the other books planned involving Daniel and Lucy.

RR - Orange

Rainbow Rating: Orange – Restricted from those under age 17 

 

Song: Nat King Cole, Unforgettable

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Kass Morgan’s The 100


The 100 (The 100 Series)

The 100 (The 100 Series) by Kass Morgan | Jorie’s Store @ Amazon

 

Title: The 100
Author: Kass Morgan
ISBN: 978-0316234474
Length: 336 pages
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Harris County Public Library

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Reasons for Reading: I heard about the upcoming series on The CW. While I normally read the books before I see the movie, I often do the reverse when it comes to TV shows. However, I held out on the show with Kass Morgan’s The 100. Also, I broke my own rule about reading a series before the author finished the series. Thus, I checked out this first book from HCPL.

Summary: (A little background) In a bleak future, humans dwell in ships which orbit a practically abandoned planet Earth. Earth may still have too much radiation for humans to live on it. Due to limited space and dwindling resources, draconian laws rule the day. It’s unclear whether people are permitted to procreate or if they’re limited to just one child. Also, even among the ships, there are “better neighborhoods.” Apparently slight infractions incur the death penalty (known as “being floated”) for adults. Minors await their eighteenth birthdays, trial, and much the same penalty.

 (Story Time) However, push has come to shove. Clarke, the first of four points of view (POV) offered in The 100, finds herself being dragged from solitary confinement to board a ship headed for Earth. The grown ups have decided to send a hundred juvenile delinquents to Earth to test the waters. If these kiddos can make it, then the humans may try to “go home.” The daughter of floated scientists, Clarke has minimal training in medicine. Other POVs come from ex-boyfriend Wells, the son of the chancellor, and Bellamy, a risk-taker who will do anything to protect his ill-gotten little sister, Octavia. These two manipulated their way onto the Earthbound ship but the last POV, a girl named Glass, snuck off the ship. All four POVs face the same question: survival.

One Thing I Learned from this book: I learned what sort of society I wouldn’t want to live in if Earth fell to radioactive ruin. :)

What I Liked: Unlike many other reviewers, I appreciated all four POVs. When I tired of one’s angle, a new chapter and POV began. I liked the scenes where characters rediscovered Earth.

What I Disliked: I usually appreciate flashbacks but I found them tedious after a while. Another thing that irked was the cliffhanger ending. I completely expected it but was still disappointed by the cliché of it. Also, lines such as “The first kiss on Earth in centuries” were gagging. Lastly, I wanted more description of the setting.

RR - Yellow  Rainbow Rating: Yellow – Parental Guidance for Kids Under 13

Song: From Myself – Paul Hovermale

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