November Reader of the Month – Marco L.

Marco L.

This is the eleventh interview for Reader of the Month.

I think my earliest memory of Marco L. is from the time we were sixth graders at Dean Intermediate. We were both in choir at Cook Middle School and Jersey Village High but we didn’t talk much back then. I’d say we’ve probably talked more since high school graduation. When I learned Marco L. read one of my recent favorite books, I asked if he’d be willing to be a Reader of the Month. He kindly obliged.

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

The best thing I’ve read in the past year is actually the most recent book I have read also.  It was Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo.

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

When reading dialogue, I find myself reading it out loud and in a different voice for each person.

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

Currently, the book that is with me is The Bass Angler’s Almanac by John Weiss.  Bass fishing is very challenging, especially with the changing of seasons, so I like to read educational books for tips and tactics.

4. Who supplies your reading material?

Mostly Amazon or Half-Price Books

5. What type of reading do you usually enjoy?

Aside from educational books, my favorite are detective/ case solving stories and true military stories.

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

Dan Brown and James Patterson are my favorites.  They never let me down.

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

I must admit, I don’t have one 😦 .

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

This might sound cliché, but The Bible changed my life.  Basically, it showed me how God wants me to live my life (opposite of how I lived when younger).  My life is infinitely better now.

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

My favorite books I read as a child were the Encyclopedia Brown series.  Encyclopedia Brown was like Sherlock Holmes in child form.

10. Where do you like to read?

I love to read outdoors.  It helps me concentrate more for some reason.

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

My hobbies include fishing, playing baseball/softball and watching movies.

12. Where can we find you online?

You can find me at!/marco.landa.77 but leave a message because I usually don’t accept friend requests from people I don’t know.

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

Hey Jorie!!!  Haha 🙂

14. What do you challenge people to read?

A lot of people don’t want to try and read The Bible due to its size, so I say read Heaven is for Real. It’s a true account of a 4 year old boy who went to Heaven and came back.  It’s written by his father, Todd Burpo, who is a pastor.  It made my faith so much stronger, and I think it will do the same for you.

15. How about sharing five random facts about you?

I am an accountant for an energy company, I have 4 dogs, I am a board member for a non-profit organization called Navidad en el Barrio, I ,most likely, don’t read nearly as much as most of you reading this, and I’m still single.  🙂

Akiane and Foreli Kramarik’s Akiane: Her life, her art, her poetry.

Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry by Akiane Kramarik | LibraryThing

Kramarik, A., & Kramarik, F. (2006). Akiane: Her life, her art, her poetry. Nashville, Tenn: W Publishing Group. 9780849900440

Reasons for Reading: I believe I first learned of Akiane Kramarik when she was a guest on Oprah. However, I’m not certain. She made a lasting impression on me when I read Heaven is for Real.  So, when I found HCPL owned Akiane and Foreli Kramarik’s Akiane: Her life, her art, her poetry, I requested a copy.

Summary: Young prodigy Akiane Kramarik’s outstanding body of artwork comes to light in this book. Born to an atheist mother and lapsed Catholic father, Akiane remarkably sought God. Her faith and developing relationship with God brought her family to belief and acceptance. The book tells Akiane’s story, shows her glorious artwork, and shares her poetry.

What I Liked: This book presented Akiane’s artwork beautifully. The paintings nearly leapt off the pages at me. Also, Akiane captures the attention just through this book setting on the coffee table.  

What I Disliked:  As this book came out in 2006, I’m curious to find more recent info on Akiane.

Four Out of Five Pearls

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Jorie’s Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For 2013

Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish

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  1. Meg Waite Clayton’s The Wednesday Daughters 
  2. Sarah Addison Allen’s Lost Lake
  3. Caroline B. Cooney’s Janie Face to Face
  4. Stephanie Perkins’ Isla and the Happily Ever After
  5. Michèle Roberts’ Ignorance
  6. Sarah Dessen’s The Moon and More
  7. Cathy Marie Buchanan’s The Painted Girls
  8. Elizabeth Wilhide’s Ashenden
  9. Becky Aikman’s Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives
  10. Carlin Flora’s Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are
  11. Ace Collins’ Stories Behind Women of Extraordinary Faith

The Sunday Post ~ sharing blog news and book haul ~ Jorie’s 12th 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:

  • Participate in The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For 2013
  • Review a book 
  • Post my 12th edition of The Sunday Gazette 🙂
  • November Reader of the Month – Marco L.
  • Finish reading: Meg Waite Clayton’s The Wednesday Sisters and Katie J. Davis and Beth Clark’s Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption

My Book Haul: 

  • 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 
  • Ron Hall, Denver Moore, and Lynn Vincent’s What difference do it make? – Stories of Hope and Healing
  • Meg Waite Clayton’s The Wednesday Sisters
  •  Katie J. Davis and Beth Clark’s Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption

Seeing the Story – Life of Pi

Life of Pi | Jorie’s Store @ Amazon

Lee, A. (Director), Sharma, S. (Performer), Khan, I., & Hussain, A. (2012). Life of pi [Theater].

Reasons for Watching: I read Yann Martel’s Life of Pi a few years ago. I originally listened to the audiobook via HCPL and bought a copy of a paperback copy from the Freeman Bookstore.

Summary : Born Piscine Molitar Patel in idyllic Pondicherry, India takes on the nickname of Pi in order to avoid being called “Pissing Patel.”  Pi is the precocious son of a zoo keeper and becomes a Hindu, Christian, and Muslim simultaneously. As tensions grow in 1977, the Patels decide to immigrate to Canada via a Japanese freight boat. When the freighter wrecks, Pi finds himself in the middle of the Pacific on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, all fighting for survival.

Book to Movie Adaptation : In the book, a few passages are narrated by an “author.” Mostly, the story was told by Pi himself. Early on, director Ang Lee lets viewers listen along with the author as Pi relates his story. For the sake of time, many things were condensed. While still living in India, Pi is old enough in the movie to have a love interest in the movie. Also, Pi’s mother , Gita (played by Tabu) was much less religious in the book. As a number of differences are spoiler-laden, I’ll refer the curious readers to 9 Big Differences Between The Life Of Pi Movie And Book.

Review :

Four Out of Five Pearls 

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez’s Playing with Boys

Playing with Boys: A Novel by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez | LibraryThing

Valdes, A. (2004). Playing with boys. New York: St. Martin’s Press. 9780312332341

Reasons for Reading : As I liked the previous three books I’d read by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, I requested Playing with Boys via HCPL.

Summary:. Talent agent Alexis hails from Texas and strives to make a name for herself. Gorgeous starlet Marcella’s smart mouth  has often cost her jobs. Screenwriter Olivia barely keeps up with her toddler son. They all have issues with guys as well as launching their careers. Yet, when these three radically different Latinas meet serendipitously in Los Angeles, they see that they can collaborate and rise to the top.

What I Liked :  I enjoyed catching glimpses of some of the sucias from The Dirty Girls Social Club books.Just having three main characters was good. Valdes-Rodriguez created compelling characters. I especially liked Alexis as she seemed to want the best for everyone and she used her talents for the greater good. I rooted for her to thrive.

What I Disliked : On the other hand, I couldn’t ever appreciate Marcella. I found myself scanning quickly through the sections she narrated. Also, I didn’t like that anyone who wasn’t one of three main characters had a section. I feel that Valdes-Rodriguez could’ve didn’t really have to move outside this group of friends for a point of view.

Two Out of Five Pearls

Song: Christina Milian – Us Against The World – YouTube

Setting : Los Angeles

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Top Ten Authors Jorie is Thankful For At This Moment

Top Ten Tuesday | The Broke and the Bookish

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  1. Katherine Howe
  2. Jeffrey Eugenides
  3. Barbara Kingsolver
  4. Mark Twain
  5. Judy Blume
  6. Geoffrey Chaucer
  7. Jhumpa Lahiri
  8. Stephen King
  9. Julia Alvarez
  10. Rebecca Skloot