Jorie’s Top Ten Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines


Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish
  1. Hollis Templeton in Kay Hooper’s Bishop/ Special Crimes Unit Series
  2. Annika Giannini in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series
  3. Jane Eyre in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre
  4. Sadie in Stephen King’s 11/22/63
  5. Stephanie Plum in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series
  6. Tally Youngblood in Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies
  7. Elizabeth McKenna in Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  8. Katherine Solomon in Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol
  9. Patria Mirabal in Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies
  10. Lindsey Lee Wells in John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines
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The Sunday Post ~ sharing blog news and book haul ~ Jorie’s 8th Edition


Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer: The Sunday

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:

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:

Last week on Jorie’s Reads, I:

This week, I hope to:

My Book Haul: 

  • Ayana Mathis’ The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
  • Ian Fleming’s Quantum of Solace: The Complete James Bond Short Stories
  • Olive Ann Burn’s Cold Sassy Tree
  • Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • Jeffrey Archer’s The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot
  • Mary Higgins Clark’s All Through the Night
  • James M. Kouzes’ The Leadership Challenge (for work)
  • Holy Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture 
  • Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus 
  • Marilu Henner’s Total Memory Makeover: Uncover Your Past, Take Charge of Your Future 

 

October Reader of the Month – Eva Marie B.


This is the tenth interview for Reader of the Month.

Eva Marie B.

When I settled into a desk in History of Jazz in Fall 2001, I found myself in front of Eva Marie B, one of many music students in the course. By the time we studied for our first exam in the course, I learned Eva Marie, unlike me, was taking the class not for fun and that she couldn’t stand Jazz. Nevertheless, we struck up a bond based on our many shared interests – faith, friendship, travel, learning, and reading.

1.      What’s the best thing you’ve read in the past year?

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

2.      Do you have any quirks when it comes to reading?

I don’t think so.

3.      What’s on your bookshelf or in your book bag?

The following books are on my shelf: Wild at Heart by John Eldredge; Real Worship: Playground, Battleground, or Holy Ground by Warren Wiersbe; Fear No Evil: A Test of Faith, a Courageous Church and an Unfailing God by Brady Boyd; Holy Bible (NASB); Holy Bible (NIV); La Biblia Santa (NVI); and Strength to Love (A compilation of speeches and sermons by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

4.      Who supplies your reading material?

I mostly buy my books via Amazon. Every now and then, I will check them out from the library.

5.      What type of reading do you usually enjoy?

I like fast reads. I also like non-fiction books about church and worship. I also like re-reading The Chronicles of Narnia.

6.      Who are some authors that you read regardless of anything?  

C.S. Lewis and Rick Warren

7.      What’s on your TBR (to be read) list?

He Talk like a White Boy by Joseph C. Phillips

8.      Can you recall a book that changed your life? How so?

Strength to Love challenged my thoughts and ideas of love and forgiveness. Dr. King emphasized that true forgiveness doesn’t demand an apology from the offender. True forgiveness doesn’t even require the offender to recognize that he or she was at fault. True forgiveness is setting someone free which in turn sets the forgiver free. Apart from God such forgiveness is impossible.

9.   What was something you enjoyed reading as a child?

Any and everything related to Winnie the Pooh

10.  Where do you like to read?

At home on my couch or on a blanket in the park or in the comfy chair at Panera Bread or in a quiet coffee shop

11.  Other than reading, what do you like doing?

I like to paint, sing, and play the piano and guitar. I also like visiting my family.

12.  Where can we find you online?

Facebook

13.  Would you like to make a shout out to any other avid readers that are online?

No matter how much I read, I’ll never catch up to the amount of books read by Miss Leah Gorham.

14.  What do you challenge people to read?

At least once a year read a book of an author whose worldview is different than yours.
15.   How about sharing five random facts about you?

  1. My favorite colors are baby pink and baby blue.
  2. I have always wanted to visit Puerto Rico, but I have yet to do so.
  3. I went dog sledding while in Canada.
  4. Eeyore and Simba are my two favorite cartoon characters.
  5. I have an adorable male peek-a-poo named Dyamand.

TBRs – William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer’s The boy who harnessed the wind…


The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba | LibraryThing

Kamkwamba, W., & Mealer, B. (2009). The boy who harnessed the wind: Creating currents of electricity and hope. New York, NY: William Morrow. 9780061730320

The other day, I attended a training for work. One of the books mentioned was William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer’s The boy who harnessed the wind… As my book haul is pretty large, I’m TBR’ing this one. I look forward to reading it, though.

Top Ten Books That Get Candice Into The Halloween Spirit


Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish
Since I don’t read much that gets me in the Halloween Spirit, I’ve asked my pal Candice P. (June Reader of the Month) to come up with her top ten books.
  1. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
  2. Stephen King’s The Green Mile
  3. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  4. Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
  5. Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles Series
  6. Stephen King’s The Shining
  7. Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  9. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series
  10. R.L. Stine’s Fear Street

The Sunday Post ~ sharing blog news and book haul ~ Jorie’s 7th Edition


Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer: The Sunday

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:

Last week on Jorie’s Reads, I:

This week, I hope to:

  • Finish reading Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer’s Between the Lines
  • Participate in The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books To Get In The Halloween Spirit (with a little help)
  • Review a book 
  • Post October Reader of the Month – Eva Marie B.

My Book Haul: 

  • Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer’s Between the Lines
  • Jeffrey Archer’s The Gospel According to Judas by Benjamin Iscariot
  • Mary Higgins Clark’s All Through the Night
  • James M. Kouzes’ The Leadership Challenge (for work)
  • Holy Bible: Archaeological Study Bible-NIV: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture 
  • Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus 
  • Marilu Henner’s Total Memory Makeover: Uncover Your Past, Take Charge of Your Future 

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez’s Dirty Girls on Top


Dirty Girls on Top by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez | LibraryThing

Valdes, A. (2008). Dirty girls on top. New York: St. Martin’s Press. 9780312349677

Reasons for Reading : Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez got me hooked on the sucias with The Dirty Girls Social Club. So, I checked out the sequel, Dirty Girls on Top from HCPL.

Summary: (Must Read The Dirty Girls Social Club before starting this book) Las sucias return five years after the end of The Dirty Girls Social Club. Columnist Lauren Fernandez still writes at a Boston paper but can’t choose her men nor hold her liquor well. Ghetto-fabulous Usnavys has a great man and little tomboy at home but also a roving eye. Rebecca found her soulmate in Andre but has yet to realize her dream of parenthood. Sara may appear to have it all together but with her own decorating show on cable but can she resist the charms of her abusive ex-husband Roberto. Chameleon-like rockstar Cuicatl (formerly known as Amber) wakes up to the fact that it’s hard to stay on top. Despite coming out of the closet and living with her partner, Elizabeth is a lonely single parent. All of this begs the question – Can las sucias reunite and withstand all the lemons life has given them?

What I Liked: The first book tied up some loose ends but I wondered about what was happening with las sucias. I think Valdes-Rodriguez answered a number of my questions. Her descriptions render these women quite real and they deal with their issues in realistic ways. I could see these people as though they were in the room with me! While their distinctive voices stand on their own, I appreciated that the author headed each section with the name of the heroine narrating it.

What I Disliked: I mentioned before that I think six were too many. Three or four characters would’ve been great. Perhaps I’m a purest but I didn’t like reading Roberto’s section. This book belongs to las sucias alone! Lastly, I got a little too much detail in some passages. As I’ve noted, Valdes-Rodriguez leaves little to the imagination with her nearly photographic descriptions.

Three Out of Five Pearls

Song: Lana Del Rey – National Anthem – YouTube

Setting : Boston, Los Angeles, New Mexico, Puerto Rico

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