What Are You Reading? – August 2014 Edition


What Are You Reading?
For the August edition, Jorie’s Reads shares books from library book clubs. Although I missed his visit, I was also happy to get an autographed copy of Gary L. Stewart’s The Most Dangerous Animal of All!
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:
Haunted Ground: A Novel  Little Brother  The Nose
The Blade Itself (The First Law: Book One)  The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle)  Blood Song (A Raven's Shadow Novel)
The Vacationers: A Novel  Sandstorm (Sigma Force)  The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) (National Book Critics Circle Award: Fiction Finalists)
Nonfiction: 
The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father . . . and Finding the Zodiac Killer  Will It Waffle?: 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron  Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
Push Dick's Button: A Conversation on Skating from a Good Part of the Last Century--and a Little Tomfoolery  In a Rocket Made of Ice: Among the Children of Wat Opot  David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language (P.S.) 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

Jorie’s 81st 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:

Stellar Visitors

Coming Soon

         

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

  Conversion  I is for Innocent (Kinsey Millhone, #9)  Minor in Possession (J.P. Beaumont, #8) Holy Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture  King George III: America's Enemy

Starlight Reviews – Sandra Brown’s Deadline & Dan Harris’ 10% Happier…



Starlight Reviews | Jorie's Reads by Starry Night Elf

In this edition of Starlight Reviews, I offer up two books focused on journalists facing the aftermath of covering news in war zones. First, I look at suspense novelist Sandra Brown’s Deadline. Then, I focus on Dan Harris’ 10% Happier… 

Deadline

Deadline: A Novel by Sandra Brown | Jorie’s Store @ Amazon

Deadline: A Novel 
by Sandra Brown
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: Sept 24, 2013
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Mystery
ISBN: 9781455551231
Source: eBranch Harris County Public Library

Goodreads 

 Description: 

Renowned print journalist Dawson Scott returns from reporting from the front lines of Afghanistan. Quietly suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), he learns from his source in the FBI of a potentially huge story. This story could define Dawson’s career!

Dawson begins investigating the Jeremy Wesson’s disappearance. Wesson, the biological son of Carl Wingert and Floral Stemal, stateside terrorists who have been on the run for forty years. His coverage leads to Savannah, Georgia and Amelia Nolan, Wesson’s ex-wife, and their two boys. Drawn to Amelia, Dawson learns she and her young sons are staying with a nanny on one of the Georgia Sea Islands. In an unexpected turn of events, Dawson becomes entangled in nasty allegations. Setting aside the PTSD, Dawson tries to find Wesson, Wingert and Stemal.

Review: 

In Deadline, Brown’s gifts of dialogue, setting, and local color brightly shown. A riveting and fast read, I wanted to know how it would end. While I wish Brown made the nanny more memorable, I felt Brown reestablished herself as one of my “go-to” authors.

   RR - OrangeRainbow Rating: Orange – Restricted from those under age 17 

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

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 by Dan Harris | Jorie’s Store @ Amazon

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works
by Dan Harris
Publisher: It Books
Publication date: March 11, 2014
Genre: Biography, Autobiography, Psychology
ISBN: 9780062265425
Source: Harris County Public Library

Goodreads 

Description: 

Broadcast journalist Dan Harris’ most embarrassing moment – a panic attack – took place as he attempted to read the news on “Good Morning America” in 2004. After reporting from Afghanistan, Harris became accustomed to adrenaline. When returning to the US, he took serious, illegal drugs to maintain the high. Always on edge, the need for a fix led to the panic attack. After seeking medical help, Harris quits drugs and life gets better.

Soon, Harris’ assignment to reporting on faith leads him to the “self-help subculture.” In turn, Harris discovers something which helps him calm down – meditation.

Review: 

I enjoyed Harris’ writing style – self-deprecatingly humorous. I liked reading about many of the journalists on ABC and so many celebrities. He even mentioned Rivers Cuomo of Weezer! I didn’t agree with everything Harris said and I wasn’t too keen about the narrow margins of the pages.

RR - Orange  Rainbow Rating: Orange – Restricted from those under age 17 

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