February 2013 Reader of the Month – Joe N.


Joe N.’s Favorite State Flag

This is the fourteenth interview for Reader of the Month.

I’ve always known Joe N. He’s my dad! Dad’s also one who has encouraged me to read whenever I could and go to the library where I could borrow books for free.

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

Being George Washington by Glenn Beck

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

I cannot stand having fines on my library card.

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

The NIV Bible and today’s paper.

4)      Who supplies your reading material?

The Houston Chronicle and various online news sites – Real-Clear Politics, The Drudge Report, etc.

5)      What type of reading do you usually enjoy?

I don’t limit myself to one type of reading. Usually, I prefer nonfiction such as the news. Yet, there’s fiction out there I enjoy, too.

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

I liked Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins’ Left Behind Series.

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

The Bounty Trilogy by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall is on my bedside table, collecting dust.

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

The Bible – enough said!

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

DC Comics and Classics Illustrated

10)  Where do you like to read?

Work (it’s cool there)

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

I like watching TV, playing computer games, making candles, and staying current with the news.

12)  Where can we find you online?

Not really

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

See #12 (sorry, Jorie.)

14)  What do you challenge people to read?

“The Declaration of Independence”

15)  How about sharing five random facts about you?

  1. Both my wife and I are left-handed.
  2. My daughter is right-handed.
  3. I’ve been a Dallas Cowboys fan since I was in high school.
  4. I’m a Native Texan.
  5. I prefer working nights.

 

 

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The Bible in 90 Days: Cover to Cover in 12 Pages a Day


Goodreads | The Bible in 90 Days: Cover to Cover in 12 Pages a Day

As I’ve not had much luck with sticking to the 52 week Bible-Reading Plan in the past few years, I’m attempting this audio version of the Bible. Maybe I can do it in 3 months.

eBranch Harris County Public Library – The Bible in 90 Days

Top Ten Authors That Jorie Automatically Puts on Hold


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Julia’s Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

(Check Out the Revisited Challenge on Jorie’s Reads and vote for your favorites)

  1. Sarah Dessen
  2. Michael Connelly
  3. Katherine Howe
  4. Dan Brown
  5. Sarah Addison Allen
  6. Stephen King
  7. Kay Hooper
  8. John Green
  9. Julia Alvarez
  10. Jeffrey Eugenides

Anna Godbersen’s Bright Young Things Series


The Bright Young Things Saga by Anna Godbersen | Harris County Public Library Online Catalog

The Bright Young Things Saga by Anna Godbersen | Harris County Public Library Online Catalog

Title and Author(s): Bright Young Things; Beautiful Days; and The Lucky Ones by Anna Godbersen
Release Date: October 12, 2010; September 20, 2011; November 27, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 006196266X; 0061962686; 0061962708
Pages: 400; 368; 384
Source: Library

Reasons for Reading:  When I finished The Luxe Series, I wanted to read more Anna Godbersen. Upon hearing of a new saga set in the 1920s, I quickly requested the first book – Bright Young Things from the library.

Summary: Beginning with a prologue voiced in the first person, this narrator recalls the last summer of the Roaring Twenties. The narrator mentions three young ladies – one who became famous, one who got married, and one who died. Then, the saga leads the reader to two best friends. Orphaned Cordelia Grey leaves a boy at the alter with her best friend, Letty Larkspur (Letitia Haubstadt), and escaped their boring life in small town Ohio for the glitter of New York in the summer of 1929. Cordelia wants to reunite with her bootlegger father, Darius Grey, while Letty wants to see her name in lights. When they arrive in New York, Cordelia serendipitously meets her father, her brother – Charlie Grey, and Charlie’s sweetheart – Astrid Donal.  These three teen beauties strive to make their marks in New York is one dazzling summer.

One Thing I Learned from reading Anna Godbersen’s Bright Young Things Series

What I Liked : I like the styles from the 1920s – the fashion, the architecture, the art, the music, etc. Also, unlike the main characters of Godbersen’s The Luxe series, these girls appeared kind and caring – no frenemy in the bunch. Lastly, these girls definitely possessed the maturity of teenagers.

What I Disliked: While Godbersen started telling an interesting story, I found myself bored and tempted to scan pages early on in my reading of the third book, The Lucky Ones. Astrid, in particular, didn’t appeal to me. I found her absolutely insipid and I nearly skipped the Astrid-centric chapters. On the other hand, her stepsister Billie didn’t have enough scenes in the saga.

Three Out of Five Pearls

Song: “Yes, Sir! That’s My Baby!” (Lee Morse, 1925)

Setting: Ohio, New York City, Long Island New York

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The Sunday Post ~ sharing blog news and book haul ~ Jorie’s 25th 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:

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

(Don’t forget to vote for your favorite books in the Revisited Challenge!)

Last week on Jorie’s Reads, I:

This week, I hope to:

  • Post my 25th edition of The Sunday Post 🙂
  • Participate in The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Authors That I’d Put On My Auto-Buy List
  • Post reviews
  • Share February Reader of the Month
  • Finish reading: Giuseppi Verdi and Richard Bonynge’s Rigoletto

Around the Blogosphere:

My Book Haul: 

  • 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 
  • Libba Bray’s The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle #3)
  • Fred Plotkin’s Opera 101…
  • Giuseppi Verdi and Richard Bonynge’s Rigoletto

 

 

Isn’t it Bromantic?


The Three Musketeers (1993) Torrents | Torrent Butler

Yes, Candice P. of warmcuppatea shared a post on her blog “I Love You, Man.” She listed 10 Bromances. The Urban Dictionary defines bromance as “the complicated love and affection shared by two straight males.”

So after some consideration, I’m doing a literary take on “Top Bromances.”

  1. King David and Jonathan of The Bible
  2. Athos, Porthos, and Aramis of Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers
  3. Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books
  4. Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  5. Legolas and Gimley of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  6. Colin Singleton and Hassan Harbish of John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines
  7. Vito Corleone and Genco Abbandando of Mario Puzo’s The Godfather
  8. Jake and Bill of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises
  9. Jack Burden and Governor Stark in Robert Penn Warren All the King’s Men
  10. Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Jorie’s Ten Favorite Characters in Series


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Top Ten Tuesday: Lori’s Top Ten Favorite Characters in the Classics Genre

(Check Out the Revisited Challenge on Jorie’s Reads and vote for your favorites)

  1. Eve Dallas  in J.D. Robb’s … in Death Series
  2. Roark in J.D. Robb’s … in Death Series
  3. Evelyn Barton Forbes in Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody Series
  4. Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni in Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series
  5. Lula in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series
  6. Ranger in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series
  7. Maggie McPherson in Michael Connelly’s The Lincoln Lawyer Series
  8. Hollis Templeton in Kay Hooper’s Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Series
  9. Sara in Alisa Valdes’ The Dirty Girls Social Club Series
  10. Dr. Watson in the Sherlock Holmes books